Meet the Team

DAVE TOWNSEND, MPT

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"I believe that anything is possible, and I like to share that with my clients so that they can reach their goals," says Dave, who has owned and operated SRPT since 2002. His own goal is simple: to provide the best physical therapy experience in Sonoma County, by treating clients with the care and precision he’d extend to friends and family. 
Committed to a hands-on approach, Dave specializes in chronic pain, cycling and running injuries. He earned a BS in Exercise Science with an emphasis in sports medicine and athletic training from the University of California, Davis, where he worked with the athletic training program and ran Track and Field with the Aggies NCAA Division II Team for four years. He received his Master’s in Physical Therapy, with honors, from Nova Southeastern University. Since then, Dave has taken numerous courses in Orthopedic Manual Therapy and Sports Physical Therapy, including
postgraduate courses from the Institute of Physical Art with Gregg Johnson, PT. He is also a Gold Certified BikePT fitter. Dave lives with his wife and three children in Santa Rosa, where he enjoys outdoor adventures with his family, running, and biking on the beautiful local trails and roads.



LORI BAREKMAN, MSPT

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“I love watching my clients learn new things about their bodies and discover key components of movement that will have an impact on their lives,” says Lori. With a keen eye for posture and body mechanics and an impressive 25+ years of experience, she helps her clients reach their goals in an encouraging, positive setting. A certified manual therapist, she has a particular expertise in the assessment of joint and soft-tissue dysfunction—the root cause of many chronic pain problems—and in running injuries. She also specializes in women’s health issues (such as osteoporosis prevention, exercise training, and fall prevention). Lori received her Master of Science from USC, a specialty certification in Manual Therapy from the Institute of Physical Therapy, St. Augustine, FL, and a Certificate in Women’s Health Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in Houston. A Sonoma resident and the supermom of two awesome kids, Lori is an ultra runner who regularly finishes in the top of her age group. She loves spending time outdoors and participating in community activities. She is also fluent in Spanish, and enjoys addressing the needs of Spanish-speaking clients. 

GAIL PERRY, DPT

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“Motion is lotion” is Gail’s mantra. A physical therapist with an emphasis on Pilates rehabilitation, Gail revels in the detective aspect of her work: determining a client’s movement-system problem or impairment. “I love motivating people to move, helping them reach their goals, and teaching clients of all ages the skills to keep active and healthy,” she says. Gail graduated from UC Davis in 1978 with Bachelor of Science degrees in Physiology and Psychology. She earned a postgraduate degree in physical therapy from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Regis University. With a lifelong passion for learning, she continually discovers new techniques and strategies to help clients attain their objectives. An active athlete herself, she loves to run, bike, swim, ski, and hike, and participates in triathlons, 10K races, and half-marathons. She lives in Santa Rosa with her husband, with whom she has three grown children—including a daughter who is also a physical therapist!

BILLY BINNS, DPT

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Billy is a lifelong resident of Sonoma County with a passion for helping people reach their highest potential. He graduated from Sonoma State University with a BS in Kinesology and earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2017 from The University is St. Augustine in Austin, Texas. There, he learned specialized manual therapy treatment techniques developed by Stanley Paris. With these skills he is able to help his patients achieve great results by identifying the root source of their problem and then create a clear plan to fix it. He also, has a passion for golf and has been Certified by Titleist Performance Institute to perform the TPI assessment which helps golfers improve their swing and reduce injuries. He can be reached at billy@santarosapt.com

REBECCA NELSON, DPT

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Rebecca earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Northern Arizona University in 2015. Since then, she has developed an eclectic approach that combines manual therapy, corrective exercise, and fitness principles to help her patients reach their goals quickly. She also has a passion for teaching people overall wellness strategies to improve their health and well being, beyond the rehab of their specific injury. With these skills she has created a very successful “Fit for Life” class here at SRPT where participants make life changing transformations in fitness, weight loss, and overall health. When she’s not in the clinic she loves being in the outdoors running, hiking and in the gym practicing what she preaches! She can be reached at rebecca@santarosapt.com

ALICIA WORTMAN, DPT

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Alicia grew up here in Santa Rosa competing as a runner in track and cross country. She attended Sonoma State University where she earned her BS in Kinesiology and competed on the varsity track and cross country teams. In 2018 she earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from University of the Pacific. Since that time, she has worked with a wide variety of patients and developed a specialty in running analysis and prevention of running injuries. She is a wealth of knowledge, keeping up to date on current research and evidence based practices especially as it relates to running. Her treatment style reflects a combination of hands on, manual therapy and specific corrective exercises that address the underlying source of patient’s injury. Outside of the clinic she still loves training and competing in running including the Boston Marathon in 2019! She can be reached at alicia@santarosapt.com

SHARI HENTHORNE, PATIENT ACCOUNTS COORDINATOR

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“I love to see returning patients—that’s how we know that we’re doing a good job,” says Shari, who manages all of our patient accounts at SRPT. Have a question about your bill? Need some help with an insurance-payment problem? She’s is your go-to person, an enthusiastic multitasker who will go above and beyond to resolve any issue. In her spare time, Shari enjoys bike riding, spending time with her husband and three children, and taking on home-improvement projects.

COURTNEY GARCIA, PATIENT RELATIONS COORDINATOR

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TONI JOHNSON, PATIENT RELATIONS COORDINATOR

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