Our Team

At Rausch PT, everyone from our friendly front office staff to our dedicated aides are here to cheer you on and help you achieve your goals. We strive to give you the best experience possible every time you come see us, which is why your personal Rausch physical therapist will be by your side throughout your entire treatment. While most PT clinics have you see someone different every time, we feel it’s important to develop and nurture that one-on-one relationship with you to maintain the highest-quality care throughout the duration of your rehabilitation.

Our physical therapists are all athletes themselves, and as such, have developed sport-specific niches to complement their extensive understanding of the human body as a whole. Click on a PT below to learn about her or his specialties. If you’re an athlete, please feel free to ask for your sport’s resident PT when you call and make your first appointment!
 
 
 

Physical Therapists

  • Kevin Rausch<br><em>President & Owner, PT, MPT</em>
    Kevin Rausch
    President & Owner, PT, MPT
  • Jonathan Meltzer<br><em>PT, DPT</em>
    Jonathan Meltzer
    PT, DPT
    The "Baseball" PT
  • Sean Swopes<br><em>PT, DPT, CSCS</em>
    Sean Swopes
    PT, DPT, CSCS
    The "Mountain Biking" PT
  • Ashley Heller<br><em>PT, MPT</em>
    Ashley Heller
    PT, MPT
    The "Water Sports" PT
  • Kevin Capata<br><em>PT, DPT, CSCS</em>
    Kevin Capata
    PT, DPT, CSCS
    The "Triathlon" PT
  • Max Biessmann<br><em>PT, DPT</em>
    Max Biessmann
    PT, DPT
    The "Endurance" PT
  • Diana Wang<br><em>PT, DPT, ATC</em>
    Diana Wang
    PT, DPT, ATC
    The "Basketball" PT
  • Amanda Hurst<br><em>PT, DPT, ATC</em>
    Amanda Hurst
    PT, DPT, ATC
  • Ruth Meltzer<br><em>PT, DPT, OCS</em>
    Ruth Meltzer
    PT, DPT, OCS
Kevin Rausch
President & Owner, PT, MPT


Specialties

Running and Cycling injuries

Return-to-sports planning for athletes

Sacroiliac joint dysfunctions

Fixin’ stuff that other people can’t

 

Get to Know Kevin

Just like you, I was first introduced to the world of physical therapy as a patient. I hurt my knee playing volleyball, and after surgery I was sent to physical therapy. I had a rad physical therapist named Kay who got me back to playing the sport I loved, and I was blessed to finish my volleyball career at Cal Baptist University—where we won two National Championship titles—without major injuries. After seeing how Kay guided me through recovery, I decided that I wanted to become a physical therapist so I could help other people get better and get back to doing what they love. I graduated from physical therapy school at Nova Southeastern University, where I was able to develop advanced knowledge in sports biomechanics and manual physical therapy care.

In 2003 I began my professional career as a licensed physical therapist at a clinic in Newport Beach. There, I was blessed with many opportunities to care for high-level athletes from a variety of professional sports, including working with the USA Gymnastics Team and AVP Pro Tour. Three years later, my wife Chrissy and I decided to take a leap of faith and open our own clinic in Laguna Niguel.

Since our first day on March 5th, 2006, we could tell that Rausch Physical Therapy & Sports Performance was going to be a special place in the world of physical therapy. Our clinic has taken the lead by not only offering the most thorough and specific rehabilitation programs in the field, but also a Performance Lab boasting the kind of technology you can typically only access as a professional athlete.

I take great pride in the care of every single patient I get the opportunity to treat. Your concerns and goals are my top priority. I enjoy finding the cause of your issue, whatever that may be, and using my expertise to offer you relief and recovery. There’s a lot that goes into getting someone better, and I am not a believer in the “quick fix” idea. The human body is changed by work and corrective stress; I’m here to strengthen your total body health. See you on the table!

 

Professional

President, Rausch Physical Therapy & Sports Performance (2006)

President, ABC Pilates (2012)

Founder & President, HomePrograms.Net (2007)

Founder, Natural Running Series (2012)

Founder, Waypoint Children’s Foundation (2012)

Adjunct Professor, Concordia University (2003)

 

Education

Master’s Degree
Physical Therapy
Nova Southeastern University
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
(2003)

Bachelor’s Degree
Exercise Physiology
California Baptist University
Riverside, CA
(2001)

 

Publications and Public Speaking

iPT Conference, Newport Beach, CA (2014)

APTA Combined Sections Meeting, San Diego, CA (2013)

APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Chicago, IL (2012)

Impact Private Practice Journal, “Factors to Consider in Choosing a Home Exercise Program” (August 2008)

Physical Therapy Products, “Exercise Software” (January 2008)

Journal of Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy (September 2007)

 

Interested in having Kevin speak at your next conference? Please contact him at info@rauschpt.net.

Jonathan Meltzer
PT, DPT
The "Baseball" PT


 

Specialties

Manual Therapy

Baseball-Specific Rehab

Golf-Specific Rehab

 

Get to Know Jonathan

I’ve always had a profound interest in baseball and the physical demands required by the human body to perform the sport well. During my college years, I gained experience assessing, taping and rehabilitating collegiate baseball players as a student athletic trainer. In 2008, I graduated from the University of Redlands with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a minor in Physical Education. After graduation, I really began to find my passion for physical therapy while working as a Physical Therapy Aide. I went back to school and in 2012, I graduated top of my class with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Loma Linda University.

I then began my career right here at Rausch Physical Therapy. As a PT, my goals are to identify my patients’ limitations and treat them with the most recent and innovative techniques so we can prevent injuries and reach their individual goals. I’m also very passionate about the game of baseball, and I’m always looking for the newest research and treatments for baseball related injuries. It’s my respect for the game and caring for my patients that gets players back onto the field faster and healthier. My ultimate goal is to get the word out to all youth baseball players in South Orange County that they do not have to play through pain.

I live in Laguna Niguel with my wife and newborn baby boy. I really enjoy going to live sporting events, such as Angels baseball and UCLA football, so you can always find me rooting for any sports team.

 

Professional

Physical Therapist, Rausch Physical Therapy & Sports Performance (2012)

 

Education

Doctor of Physical Therapy
Loma Linda University
Loma Linda, CA 
(2012)

Bachelor’s Degree
Biology, Minor in Physical Education
University of Redlands
Redlands, CA (2008)

Sean Swopes
PT, DPT, CSCS
The "Mountain Biking" PT


 

Specialties

Spine evaluation

Strength and Conditioning

Manual Therapy

Movement Analysis

 

Get to Know Sean

Throughout my life, I’ve always been involved in team sports, such as baseball, basketball, and football. Living in Southern California, I’ve developed a passion for the outdoors and I’m continually searching for the next adventure. Currently my free time is spent on the trails or on the coast, riding my bike or out on a run.

I graduated with my Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from California State University Fullerton, and I completed my Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of St. Augustine. I hold a certification as a strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) for the National Strength and Conditioning Association. I have experience working in the outpatient orthopedic setting with a wide variety of patients. My focus is on helping you to understand your musculoskeletal impairments and working together to reach your goals.

I live in Dana Point with my wife Chelsea and our chocolate lab Olive. I am fortunate to be apart of the Rausch Physical Therapy team and hope I get the opportunity to help and motivate you to continue moving and living life to the fullest.

 

Professional

Physical Therapist, Rausch Physical Therapy & Sports Performance (2015)

 

Education

Doctor of Physical Therapy
University of St. Augustine
San Marcos, CA (2015)

Bachelor’s Degree
Kinesiology
California State University Fullerton
Fullerton, CA

Ashley Heller
PT, MPT
The "Water Sports" PT

Ashley
 

Specialties

Surfing/Paddling-related injuries

Post operative rehabilitation

Ankle injuries

 

Get to Know Ashley

Growing up in San Clemente, my love for the ocean began at an early age. I spent more than a decade lifeguarding and participating in a variety of water-related sports including surfing, swimming and water polo. I also competed throughout college on the UCSD surf team; in fact, I was introduced to the field of physical therapy as a young athlete trying to get back to surfing and water polo after a knee injury. It was then that I realized I could pursue my love for helping others as a physical therapist.

I am passionate about working with patients with shoulder, knee and ankle injuries, and I have a background in orthopedic-related injuries and post-operative rehabilitation. I believe that the combination of manual therapy and personalized therapeutic exercise program is vital to your recovery. As your physical therapist, it’s my goal to help you better understand your injury and the plan for your road to recovery.

I look forward to working with you through your recovery to get you back to what you love. When not at work, I love being outdoors; in my spare time you can find me surfing, running, going to the beach or fishing with my husband.

 

Professional

Physical Therapist, Rausch Physical Therapy & Sports Performance (2015)

 

Education

Master’s Degree
Physical Therapy
California State University, Long Beach
Long Beach, CA
(2012)

Bachelor’s Degree
Human Development
University of California, San Diego
San Diego, CA
(2008)

Kevin Capata
PT, DPT, CSCS
The "Triathlon" PT


 

Specialties

Triathlete-Related Injuries

Bridging the gap between PT and
Strength & Conditioning

Movement Pattern Faults and
Postural Dysfunctions

 

Get to Know Kevin

As an IRONMAN competitor, avid outdoor enthusiast, and certified strength and conditioning specialist, I pride myself on my ability to connect with my patients using personal experiences and evidence-based research to help them pursue their goals and maintain a healthy, active lifestyle.

My path to a career in physical therapy was a small journey in itself. I’ve always believed that being able to follow your true passion in the form of your profession is a gift and a privilege. So, midway through pursuing an accounting degree, I decided to follow my passion for the human body and movement and got a job as a physical therapy aide right here at Rausch PT. I went on to receive my doctorate of physical therapy at Columbia University, and now three years later, I’ve started my career as a doctor of physical therapy at Rausch PT. You can definitely say I’ve come full circle.

I love helping patients recognize and fix movement faults to help them overcome their injury or pain, but my main goal as your PT is to not only help you resolve your current complaint, but also to empower you with the knowledge and tools to prevent re-injury or potentially new injuries, leaving you feeling stronger than ever before.

Born and raised in Laguna Niguel, I’ve found my way back to my hometown. When not working hard for you, you can find me enjoying the beach or training for another race by running and biking the local canyons and trails. I am extremely fortunate to be apart of the Rausch PT team and look forward to helping you reach your goals and become the best version of yourself!

 

Professional

Physical Therapist, Rausch Physical Therapy & Sports Performance (2016)

 

Education

Doctor of Physical Therapy
Columbia University
New York, NY 
(2016)

Bachelor’s Degree
Business/Accounting
California Polytechnic State University, SLO
San Luis Obispo, CA (2013)

Max Biessmann
PT, DPT
The "Endurance" PT


 

Specialties

Swim-Related Injuries

Triathlete-Related Injuries

Movement Analysis

 

Get to Know Max

I began swimming competitively at the age of five, and swam through college. I also ran cross country in high school, so I naturally gravitated toward triathlon. I’ve completed 10 IRONMAN races, including the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona twice, and I have a decade of swim and triathlon coaching experience. Originally a microbiology major with an interest in biological research, I was introduced to the world of physical therapy while dealing with an injury while training for my first IRONMAN. I’m excited to have a career that allows me to combine the biology and scientific research-based approach with my passion for coaching and sports. As a physical therapist, I love that I’m able to combine my coaching experience and PT knowledge to help my patients achieve their personal bests in sports or daily life.

When not at the clinic you can find me out on the local trail or bike path training for my next race, be it a 5K, an open water swim, or an IRONMAN. I enjoy competing in a variety of events, from road races to ultra trail runs to open water swims. I’m excited to be the newest member of the Rausch PT team, and I look forward to helping people achieve their goals through physical therapy and all the unique opportunities available here at Rausch PT.

 

Professional

Physical Therapist, Rausch Physical Therapy & Sports Performance (2016)

 

Education

Doctor of Physical Therapy
University of St Augustine
San Marcos, CA 
(2016)

Bachelor’s Degree
Microbiology
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA (2008)

Diana Wang
PT, DPT, ATC
The "Basketball" PT


 

Specialties

Basketball & Volleyball-Related Injuries

Movement dysfunctions

Post-op Rehab

 

Get to Know Diana

Growing up as an active kid, I spent many years dabbling in different sports, but when I started high school, I fell in love with basketball. Playing ball I experienced my fair share of injuries—from back injuries to ankle sprains to black eyes—which landed me in the athletic training facility more often than I would have liked. Participating in rehab and seeing the results sparked a passion for me to pursue a career where I could help others in the field of sports medicine.

After high school I attended the University of the Pacific where I majored in Athletic Training. As an athletic training student, I had the opportunity to work with a local college football, field hockey, basketball and baseball teams, I even worked with the renowned Professional Bull Riding Association! After getting certified as an Athletic Trainer (ATC) and completing my undergraduate education, I knew that I wanted to pursue higher education, specifically in rehabilitation, so I went on to complete my Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree.

My goal as a physical therapist is simple: to help my patients feel better. Through proper education and evidence-based practice, I strive to provide the best possible care in order to guide my patients back to living their lives to the fullest. Here at Rausch PT, I’ve become an expert in volleyball/basketball-specific injuries, and I’m constantly optimizing my rehab programs for athletes in the Southern Orange County region.

Outside of the clinic, I enjoy playing basketball, surfing, jamming on my guitar, and attending concerts and sports events. I’m excited to have joined the Rausch PT team and can’t wait help you live your best life!

 

Professional

Physical Therapist, Rausch Physical Therapy & Sports Performance (2018)

 

Education

Doctor of Physical Therapy
University of the Pacific
Stockton, CA 
(2017)

Certification in Athletic Training (2015)

Bachelor’s Degree
Athletic Training
University of the Pacific
Stockton, CA
(2015)

Amanda Hurst
PT, DPT, ATC


 

Specialties

Functional Manual Therapy

Spine Assessment and Treatment

Acute Injury Management

Return-to-Sport Rehabilitation

 

Get to Know Amanda

Growing up in Southern California I had opportunities to play a lot of sports. It was my love of basketball that lead to my interest in athletic training and being able to immediately help the athlete on and off the field. I graduated from Concordia with my degree in Exercise and Sports Science and became a certified athletic trainer. Since then, I have worked closely with youth to college athletes in nearly every sport in our local community.

During undergrad, I worked as a Physical Therapy Aide for four years, and during that time I also became a back injury patient. Once I was a patient on the table, my eyes were fully opened to the amazing profession of physical therapy, and I decided I wanted to pursue it. I graduated from Chapman University with my Doctorate in Physical Therapy in in 2013.

Over the past four and a half years I have been blessed to work in several physical therapy settings, including outpatient private practice, hospital-based outpatient, acute care, and lab assisting. However, my love for sports has drawn me to Rausch Physical Therapy, where I can focus on rehabilitating active people of all ages in my community. My goal as a physical therapist is to return all my patients back to their sport, recreational activity or hobby, and to keep our community active, healthy and happy!

Outside of the clinic, you can find me in the gym pushing around some weight, adventuring outdoors whether it be hiking in the canyon or enjoying the beach, traveling and simply enjoying the newlywed life with my husband.

 

Professional

Physical Therapist, Rausch Physical Therapy & Sports Performance (2018)

Certified Athletic Trainer, Irvine Unified School District (2015- Present)

Physical Therapist, Memorial Care Saddleback (2014-Present)

Physical Therapist, Hoag Outpatient Rehabilitation (2017-2018)

Physical Therapist, Coury & Buehler Physical Therapy (2013-2017)

 

Education

Doctor of Physical Therapy
Chapman University
Orange, CA 
(2013)

Certification in Athletic Training (2010)

Bachelor’s Degree
Exercise and Sports Science
Concordia University
Irvine, CA
(2009)

Ruth Meltzer
PT, DPT, OCS

Profile coming soon…

 
 
 

Clinic Staff

  • Amber Bloemhof
    Amber Bloemhof
    Lead PT Aide
  • Lawrence Van Lingen
    Lawrence Van Lingen
    Sports Chiropractor/ART Specialist
  • Christy Atwood<br><em>CMT</em>
    Christy Atwood
    CMT
    Certified Massage Therapist
  • Liz Montagna
    Liz Montagna
    Yoga/Pilates Physical Therapy
  • Julianne Land
    Julianne Land
    ABC Fitness Studio Manager
Amber Bloemhof
Lead PT Aide


Profile coming soon…

Lawrence Van Lingen
Sports Chiropractor/ART Specialist

Lawrence has been working with elite athletes for 20 years. His main claim to fame is being married to former Olympian middle distance athlete Gwen and is the proud father of his daughter Faith, a.k.a. “The Goose.”

Lawrence started out his career in Durban by looking after the dominant Mr Price International running team for the Ultra Distance Comrades Marathon. He has helped Durban Surf Life Saving Club to 3 World Championship Titles. Lawrence also worked with the Glenwood Falcons Premier club rugby team for four years as the fitness and conditioning coach and therapist and helped them to a Club Championship title.

Lawrence then moved to Port Elizabeth where he spent two years racing and training as a Professional Ironman whilst working part time. In 2010 Lawrence moved to Cape Town where he worked full time in private practice treating numerous world class and amateur athletes using manual therapy and tissue release to align the body and restore normal function and movement.

In 2013 Lawrence was High Performance Manager for the South African Red Bull team of athletes including world class surfers, trail runners, triathletes and XC mountain bikers. Lawrence is currently working with Santa Cruz Syndicate and Greg Minnaar, the 2012 and 2013 UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Champion.

At the end of 2013, Lawrence relocated with his wife and daughter to Southern California and joined Rausch PT as a manual soft tissue therapist.

 

You can learn more about Lawrence in his Staff Spotlight

Christy Atwood
CMT
Certified Massage Therapist


Specialties

Trigger Point

TMJ

Prenatal

 

Get to Know Christy

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Throughout my career, I’ve had the opportunity to provide massage therapy ton numerous professional/semi pro athletes, CrossFit Champions, and marathon runners from around the world. I have an extensive background in exercise rehabilitation, along with being a personal trainer for the past 17 years, and my personal experiences as a runner have given me the knowledge to treat many different types of injuries. With 7+ years of experience and my vast knowledge of the neuromuscular system, I provide a personalized massage tailored to each person to assist in the rehab process.

I’m excited to be a part of the Rausch PT team; not only do I enjoy what I do, but I feel blessed that I can offer true therapeutic massage and bodywork as a contribution to the local community. Originally from Texas, I’m new to the Orange County area, but I’m already loving it. In my spare time I enjoy working out, hiking, biking and quality time at the beach.

 

Professional

Massage Therapist, Rausch Physical Therapy & Sports Performance (2017)

Certified Massage Therapist Certificate #73418

 

Education

Parker University
Dallas, TX (1000+ hrs. of training)

 

Liz Montagna
Yoga/Pilates Physical Therapy
Julianne Land
ABC Fitness Studio Manager


 

Get to Know Julianne

Hi! I’m the studio manager and an instructor over at ABC Pilates, a full-service Pilates studio located in the same suite as Rausch Physical Therapy. Like us, Rausch PT understands the importance of total body health, which is why we’ve bridged the gap between rehab and wellness by offering our clients exceptional physical therapy, sports massage, Pilates—all under one roof.

I work closely with the physical therapists and aides to instruct and develop Pilates-based rehab exercise programs to make sure you, the patient, are getting all the amazing benefits. I love that some of our favorite clients down here at ABC Pilates are current or past Rausch PT patients who joined us to get continued rehab care, cross training, or just for a really great workout.

I discovered Pilates in 1998 and immediately loved the benefits. With a background in fitness, dance and choreography, I knew a career in Pilates was the perfect combination of my professional and personal interests. When I’m not teaching at ABC, I’m also a fitness instructor of the Daniel Plan at Saddleback Church. My passion is to create a fun, safe class that will inspire you to work hard and achieve your ultimate fitness goal. Come down and see me soon!

 
 
 

Office Staff

  • Meghan Brannan
    Meghan Brannan
    Office Manager
  • Tiffany Ley
    Tiffany Ley
    Front Office Staff
  • Emily Aldama
    Emily Aldama
    Front Office Staff
  • Courtney Crocker
    Courtney Crocker
    Billing Manager
  • Casey Gomez
    Casey Gomez
    Marketing Manager
Meghan Brannan
Office Manager


Profile coming soon…

Tiffany Ley
Front Office Staff

Profile coming soon…

Emily Aldama
Front Office Staff

Profile coming soon…

Courtney Crocker
Billing Manager

Profile coming soon…

Casey Gomez
Marketing Manager

Get to Know Casey

As a life-long athlete and former collegiate basketball player, I spent my fair share of time on the PT table; I love that now I get to work with an elite PT team and interact with athletes every day. I enjoy all sports and I feel very fortunate that I get to combine my love for them with my career.

As marketing manager at Rausch Physical Therapy, I organize events, share inspiring client stories, and manage our social media and web presence—among other things. Working with a great group of people here at Rausch PT and with the awesome local athletic community means I’m always out and about and never bored. You can find me somewhere in the clinic in “creative mode” on my laptop or running around at community events, so make sure you wave if you ever see me driving around town in the #Rehabulance! Oh, and don’t forget to follow Rausch Physical Therapy on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram ☺︎

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Professional

Marketing Manager, Rausch Physical Therapy & Sports Performance (2015)

 

Education

Bachelor’s Degree
English/Journalism
Chapman University
Orange, CA
(2012)

 

Interests

Basketball

Pilates

Running around with my labradoodle, Cash