Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy

rehabilitation, SDRI, physical therapy, alvarado, san diegoPhysical therapy provides individualized, quality care to those who are have suffered an injury, are aging or have a disease that impacts mobility. Physical therapists strive to develop, maintain and restore maximum functional mobility.

The physical therapists at Alvarado's Rehabilitation Institute are highly skilled, knowledgeable and team-oriented. They work closely with clients, families and caregivers to identify problems with strength, mobility and movement, to establish agreed-upon goals and develop a treatment plan to achieve the best outcomes for your rehabilitation.

Physical therapy interventions include spinal and extremity mobilization, therapeutic exercise, electrotherapeutic and mechanical agents, balance re-education, functional training, recommendations for mobility aids and assistive devices, patient education, home exercise programs, and community referrals.

In physical therapy, the aim is to prevent impairments, functional limitations, disability and injury, and promote health, quality of life and fitness for all ages.

Physical therapy services include the following:

  • Acute rehabilitation services
  • Amputee rehabilitation
  • Balance disorders
  • Ergonomic evaluations
  • General orthopedic outpatient program
  • Joint replacement recovery
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Neurologic disorders
  • Outpatient rehabilitation services
  • Pelvic floor rehabilitation
  • Pelvic pain disorders
  • Pelvic muscle dysfunction
  • Genitourinary disorders
  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Spine disorders
  • Vestibular rehabilitation

Our Physical Therapists

Steven Keller, MPT, C/NDT, CEAS

Steven Keller received his Master’s of Physical Therapy in 2004 from California State University Northridge. He Joined the Alvarado team in 2005 and has enjoyed working with all patient types especially in the neurologic population. He received his NDT certification in 2011 which has given him a better understanding of facilitating movement in his patients with stroke. He is also certified in LSVT BIG which is an intense four week program treating people with Parkinson’s disease. Steve is a certified ergonomic specialist from the Back School of Atlanta and routinely evaluates workstations. He believes in a functional approach to treating his patients and has taken multiple Gary Gray courses. He enjoys working here because he can see and help his patients go through the continuum of care from the hospital to inpatient rehab then outpatient. He is heavily involved in the SoCal Rehab Golf Tournament held every year in September which pairs two able bodied participants with two people who have a disability. He enjoys keeping in shape by weight training or running, playing golf and snowboarding. He married his college sweetheart, who is also a Physical Therapist, and they have 2 children.

Don Romero PTA, ATC

Don Romero graduated from Point Loma Nazarene College in 1989. He has a B.A. in physical education with emphasis in Athletic Training. In 1991 he became certified in athletic training and worked as an athletic trainer for a junior hockey team based out of southern California. In addition, he began working in sports medicine/physical therapy. Don became a licensed physical therapist assistant in 1993 and joined the dynamic physical therapy team at Alvarado Hospital outpatient in 1996. Don is proficient in myofascial release and various manual skills. He enjoys working with a variety of patient populations. Don has a wonderful wife and 3 sons. He loves to play guitar and bass, taking walks with his wife, cycling, going to the gym and playing golf.

Kerri Caswell PT

Kerri is the Lead Physical Therapist at Alvarado Hospital/San Diego Rehabilitation Institute. She received her physical therapy degree in 1993 from Stockton University in New Jersey. She has been a practicing physical therapist for 23 years and has spent the last 18 years at Alvarado. She is very well rounded in her skills as a physical therapist. She has experience in numerous settings and has the ability to work with many different patient diagnoses. Her passion has been working with individuals in an outpatient therapy setting. She currently specializes in Women’s health and pelvic floor dysfunction, she has a certification in Vestibular/Inner Ear Balance Disorders she received from Emory University in 2003 and is also certified in LSVT BIG. She works closely with her patients in providing comprehensive assessments. She uses specific therapeutic techniques in developing thorough treatment programs for individualized care of each patient. She truly believes exercise is medicine and strives to educate this to her patients.

Andrea Reeves, PT, Cert. MDT

Andrea Reeves received her Physical Therapy degree from California State University, Long Beach in 1998. She joined the Alvarado Hospital Medical Center/San Diego Rehabilitation Institute team in 1999 where she originally spent her time as a PT on the Transitional Care Unit providing Inpatient care to patients in the hospital to help them return home. Andrea eventually joined the Outpatient PT team in 2000 where she has become the primary Orthopedic Physical Therapist, treating diagnoses such as back pain, neck pain, shoulder, elbow and hand issues, hip, knee and ankle issues, fractures, post-surgery recovery and rehab, fibromyalgia and other chronic pain disorders. Andrea ran the SpineZone PT clinic at Alvarado Hospital for three years, which was an evidence based, outpatient spine-strengthening program. It specialized in treating chronic and subacute back and neck pain, including those trying to avoid surgery as well as those that had surgery. Andrea became certified in the McKenzie Method – Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT) in 2011 which is an internationally acclaimed method of assessment and treatment for spinal and extremity pain. She is also certified in LSVT BIG which is an intense four week program treating people with Parkinson’s disease. Andrea is a native of San Diego and enjoys spending time with her husband, son, daughter and dog. She does Polynesian dancing to stay healthy and fit and enjoys staying active. Andrea’s top goal is to decrease our patients’ pain and help them become more functional and active, so they can return to enjoying an improved quality of life.

To find out more, call (619) 229-7216, 229-7380 or e-mail us. We accept almost all private and government insurance plans. Please ask your physician for a referral. We accept patients even if their original care was not provided at Alvarado Hospital.

Steven Keller, MPT, C/NDT, CEAS

Steven Keller received his Master’s of Physical Therapy in 2004 from California State University Northridge. He Joined the Alvarado team in 2005 and has enjoyed working with all patient types especially in the neurologic population. He received his NDT certification in 2011 which has given him a better understanding of facilitating movement in his patients with stroke. He is also certified in LSVT BIG which is an intense four week program treating people with Parkinson’s disease. Steve is a certified ergonomic specialist from the Back School of Atlanta and routinely evaluates workstations. He believes in a functional approach to treating his patients and has taken multiple Gary Gray courses. He enjoys working here because he can see and help his patients go through the continuum of care from the hospital to inpatient rehab then outpatient. He is heavily involved in the SoCal Rehab Golf Tournament held every year in September which pairs two able bodied participants with two people who have a disability. He enjoys keeping in shape by weight training or running, playing golf and snowboarding. He married his college sweetheart, who is also a Physical Therapist, and they have 2 children.

Don Romero PTA, ATC

Don Romero graduated from Point Loma Nazarene College in 1989. He has a B.A. in physical education with emphasis in Athletic Training. In 1991 he became certified in athletic training and worked as an athletic trainer for a junior hockey team based out of southern California. In addition, he began working in sports medicine/physical therapy. Don became a licensed physical therapist assistant in 1993 and joined the dynamic physical therapy team at Alvarado Hospital outpatient in 1996. Don is proficient in myofascial release and various manual skills. He enjoys working with a variety of patient populations. Don has a wonderful wife and 3 sons. He loves to play guitar and bass, taking walks with his wife, cycling, going to the gym and playing golf.

Kerri Caswell PT

Kerri is the Lead Physical Therapist at Alvarado Hospital/San Diego Rehabilitation Institute. She received her physical therapy degree in 1993 from Stockton University in New Jersey. She has been a practicing physical therapist for 23 years and has spent the last 18 years at Alvarado. She is very well rounded in her skills as a physical therapist. She has experience in numerous settings and has the ability to work with many different patient diagnoses. Her passion has been working with individuals in an outpatient therapy setting. She currently specializes in Women’s health and pelvic floor dysfunction, she has a certification in Vestibular/Inner Ear Balance Disorders she received from Emory University in 2003 and is also certified in LSVT BIG. She works closely with her patients in providing comprehensive assessments. She uses specific therapeutic techniques in developing thorough treatment programs for individualized care of each patient. She truly believes exercise is medicine and strives to educate this to her patients.

Andrea Reeves, PT, Cert. MDT

Andrea Reeves received her Physical Therapy degree from California State University, Long Beach in 1998. She joined the Alvarado Hospital Medical Center/San Diego Rehabilitation Institute team in 1999 where she originally spent her time as a PT on the Transitional Care Unit providing Inpatient care to patients in the hospital to help them return home. Andrea eventually joined the Outpatient PT team in 2000 where she has become the primary Orthopedic Physical Therapist, treating diagnoses such as back pain, neck pain, shoulder, elbow and hand issues, hip, knee and ankle issues, fractures, post-surgery recovery and rehab, fibromyalgia and other chronic pain disorders. Andrea ran the SpineZone PT clinic at Alvarado Hospital for three years, which was an evidence based, outpatient spine-strengthening program. It specialized in treating chronic and subacute back and neck pain, including those trying to avoid surgery as well as those that had surgery. Andrea became certified in the McKenzie Method – Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT) in 2011 which is an internationally acclaimed method of assessment and treatment for spinal and extremity pain. She is also certified in LSVT BIG which is an intense four week program treating people with Parkinson’s disease. Andrea is a native of San Diego and enjoys spending time with her husband, son, daughter and dog. She does Polynesian dancing to stay healthy and fit and enjoys staying active. Andrea’s top goal is to decrease our patients’ pain and help them become more functional and active, so they can return to enjoying an improved quality of life.

Steven Keller, MPT, C/NDT, CEAS

Steven Keller received his Master’s of Physical Therapy in 2004 from California State University Northridge. He Joined the Alvarado team in 2005 and has enjoyed working with all patient types especially in the neurologic population. He received his NDT certification in 2011 which has given him a better understanding of facilitating movement in his patients with stroke. He is also certified in LSVT BIG which is an intense four week program treating people with Parkinson’s disease. Steve is a certified ergonomic specialist from the Back School of Atlanta and routinely evaluates workstations. He believes in a functional approach to treating his patients and has taken multiple Gary Gray courses. He enjoys working here because he can see and help his patients go through the continuum of care from the hospital to inpatient rehab then outpatient. He is heavily involved in the SoCal Rehab Golf Tournament held every year in September which pairs two able bodied participants with two people who have a disability. He enjoys keeping in shape by weight training or running, playing golf and snowboarding. He married his college sweetheart, who is also a Physical Therapist, and they have 2 children.

Don Romero PTA, ATC

Don Romero graduated from Point Loma Nazarene College in 1989. He has a B.A. in physical education with emphasis in Athletic Training. In 1991 he became certified in athletic training and worked as an athletic trainer for a junior hockey team based out of southern California. In addition, he began working in sports medicine/physical therapy. Don became a licensed physical therapist assistant in 1993 and joined the dynamic physical therapy team at Alvarado Hospital outpatient in 1996. Don is proficient in myofascial release and various manual skills. He enjoys working with a variety of patient populations. Don has a wonderful wife and 3 sons. He loves to play guitar and bass, taking walks with his wife, cycling, going to the gym and playing golf.

Kerri Caswell PT

Kerri is the Lead Physical Therapist at Alvarado Hospital/San Diego Rehabilitation Institute. She received her physical therapy degree in 1993 from Stockton University in New Jersey. She has been a practicing physical therapist for 23 years and has spent the last 18 years at Alvarado. She is very well rounded in her skills as a physical therapist. She has experience in numerous settings and has the ability to work with many different patient diagnoses. Her passion has been working with individuals in an outpatient therapy setting. She currently specializes in Women’s health and pelvic floor dysfunction, she has a certification in Vestibular/Inner Ear Balance Disorders she received from Emory University in 2003 and is also certified in LSVT BIG. She works closely with her patients in providing comprehensive assessments. She uses specific therapeutic techniques in developing thorough treatment programs for individualized care of each patient. She truly believes exercise is medicine and strives to educate this to her patients.

Andrea Reeves, PT, Cert. MDT

Andrea Reeves received her Physical Therapy degree from California State University, Long Beach in 1998. She joined the Alvarado Hospital Medical Center/San Diego Rehabilitation Institute team in 1999 where she originally spent her time as a PT on the Transitional Care Unit providing Inpatient care to patients in the hospital to help them return home. Andrea eventually joined the Outpatient PT team in 2000 where she has become the primary Orthopedic Physical Therapist, treating diagnoses such as back pain, neck pain, shoulder, elbow and hand issues, hip, knee and ankle issues, fractures, post-surgery recovery and rehab, fibromyalgia and other chronic pain disorders. Andrea ran the SpineZone PT clinic at Alvarado Hospital for three years, which was an evidence based, outpatient spine-strengthening program. It specialized in treating chronic and subacute back and neck pain, including those trying to avoid surgery as well as those that had surgery. Andrea became certified in the McKenzie Method – Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT) in 2011 which is an internationally acclaimed method of assessment and treatment for spinal and extremity pain. She is also certified in LSVT BIG which is an intense four week program treating people with Parkinson’s disease. Andrea is a native of San Diego and enjoys spending time with her husband, son, daughter and dog. She does Polynesian dancing to stay healthy and fit and enjoys staying active. Andrea’s top goal is to decrease our patients’ pain and help them become more functional and active, so they can return to enjoying an improved quality of life.