Our Team

At Rausch PT, everyone from our friendly front office staff to our dedicated aides is 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 Therapist

Dr. Kevin Rausch

President & Owner, PT, MPT

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.

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Michelle Zens

Physical Therapist

Born and raised in sunny California, you could find Michelle consistently outside playing sports and being active.

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Dr. Jonathan Meltzer

PT, DPT

I’ve always had a profound interest in baseball and the physical demands required by the human body to perform the sport well.

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Dr. Sean Swopes

PT, DPT, CSCS

Throughout my life, I’ve always been involved in team sports, such as baseball, basketball, and football.

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Dr. Rebecca Gasca

PT

Meet our pelvic health and sports therapy PT Dr. Rebecca Gasca. Rebecca treats issues that are among either of these categories, but also specializes in addressing these issues concurrently.

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Dr. Sarah MacMillan

PT

Sarah grew up in Southern Orange County and has been involved in sports her whole life. She competed in gymnastics for 13 years.

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Dr. Renee Rinard

PT, DPT

I grew up in Claremont, CA, where I played competitive soccer year-round from a very young age, which is where my love of maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle began.

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Dr. Ashley Heller

PT, MPT

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.

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Dr. Max Biessmann

PT, DPT

Meet our “Endurance PT,” Dr. Max Biessmann. Max has a background as a professional triathlete, collegiate swimmer and swim/tri coach.

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Clinic Staff

Melissa Bruketta CMT

Massage Therapist

Profile coming soon…

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Avrie Stoker

Massage Therapist

Avrie Stoker is a massage therapist at Rausch Physical Therapy.

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Alfredo Valdes Islas

Massage Therapist

While in school Alfredo fell in love with neuromuscular techniques.

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Jesse Jacobo

Massage Therapist

Jesse has been a massage therapist for the past 14 years.

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Renee Watson

Massage Therapist

I’ve been a massage therapist since 2002 and am still passionate about my profession and helping others.

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Julianne Land

ABC Fitness Studio Manager

Hi! I’m the Studio Manager and an Instructor at ABC Fit Studio, a full-service fitness studio located in the same suite as Rausch Physical Therapy & Sports Performance.

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Amber Bloemhof

Lead PT Aide

Profile coming soon…

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Dori Shiraga

Massage Therapist

Rx Massage is so excited to have Massage Therapist Dori Shiraga join our team!

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Tommy Casarrubias

Massage Therapist

Tommy Casarrubias is a massage therapist at Rausch Physical Therapy.

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Testimonials

The impact Rausch has made on my knee health over the past year has genuinely been a game changer. Kevin C has not only helped me through multiple injuries, but he always answers all my annoying questions with equally annoying enthusiasm. You go Kevin, thanks for all you do!

Stephanie M.
Foothill Ranch, CA

Really love this office. I drive by at least 10 other physical therapy offices.

They do a great job! I especially recommend Kenneday (a pt aide). She is WAY more than an “aide”. She does a great job keeping an eye on her patients to ensure they are doing all of their exercises correctly and that they remember all of the exercises.

She is a great part of my recovery and extremely professional and a nice person too!

Recommend this place for your pt needs.

Judy W.
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

This is the best most thorough physical therapy I have ever been to and there’s been a few.  Ruth is my physical therapist and she makes you feel comfortable and is very knowledgeable and good at her job.  In 5 months I am almost all healed from my L4L5 fusion back surgery.  Everyone there is so nice and helpful.

Lana L.
Laguna Niguel, CA

Just had the most amazing massage from Melissa! I’ve been experiencing neck pain and stiffness for several months and none of the massage therapists I’ve worked with at other massage clinics have been able to get the knots out. Well Melissa did and I feel like I have a new neck! Thank you for your help!

Kathryn T.
Bishop, CA

I highly recommend Renee as a massage therapist. She understands health in all totality both body and mind. She knows and supplies a great massage each time and fosters a feeling of trust and safety. Beautiful hearted as well as talented employee. Great facility.

Sheryl W.
Mission Viejo, CA

The best PTs. The best gym. The best people come here to get better. I get better when I follow the rules and do what she says. When I don’t, I get hurt again. It’s the way it goes I guess. I highly recommend this place to anyone who needs some PT.

Jashua P.
Irvine, CA

I’ve been receiving physical therapy for a month now on my (once frozen) shoulder and have enjoyed every minute of it. The staff is superb and the prescribed regimens are extremely effective. My go to PT is Rebecca. She is the bomb– amazing talent, great personality, & genuinely caring. Her assistant, Christina is also fantastic. After a few visits, I’ve progressed tremendously and now have full motion in my shoulder. Am so grateful to the Rausch team…highly recommend!

Judy T.
Ladera Ranch, CA

I went from waking up every morning in excruciating shoulder pain after hurting myself weight lifting. Thanks to Jonathan – I’m glad to say that I’m able to live a pain-free life and do the activities I love. I can’t thank Jonathan and the rest of the team enough – their knowledge, compassion, and enthusiasm really put them over the top. After multiple visits to orthopedic physicians, multiple scans, and other physical therapists, I was scared I was going to be left to live a life with one shoulder and lots of pain. Again, I can’t thank the team here enough. Thank you!

Sarah C.
San Jose, CA

Rausch Physical Therapy was highly recommended to me by my long time physical therapist in Ventura County. I began care with Jonathan at the Rausch Laguna Nigel location and now see him at their Dana Point studio. Happily, I can report I have found the care at Rausch to be superior and highly recommend Jonathan for his expertise and caring. I have chronic muscle weakness due to my MS but after each session I walk out feeling stronger. Even with Covid protocols in place, I continue to feel comfortable receiving care at Rausch.

Julie G.
Agoura Hills, CA

I came in about 2 and a half weeks before I was supposed to run my first marathon with pain in my quad. I was so nervous I wasn’t going to be able to run my race. My PT was Diana Wang. She came up with a plan to get me ready for my race. I appreciated her expertise, follow-up, and commitment to helping me reach my goal. Because of her and Rausch PT I was able to run my first marathon with no injury!

Natalie W.
Dana Point, CA

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