Outpatient Rehabilitation Team

  Bruce Akinaka, Physical Therapist, ATC, CI
Bruce Akinaka PT, ATC,CI received his BS degree in physical therapy from Cal State University at Northridge Health Sciences in 1982.  He obtained his athletic training certification in 1984 and his clinical instructor certification in 2012.  He has been actively practicing the physical therapy profession in a variety of settings including but not limited to acute hospital care, home care, multiple outpatients clinical departments, skilled in-patient nursing facilities and many sports injury treatment facilities to both recreational and professional, collegian and Olympian caliber athletes.  Prior to his assignment to the Marshall Medical Out-patient rehabilitation unit he worked at Marshall for ten years as the Ergonomist Specialist for injury prevention.  His interest and specialties for treatment include temporal mandibular joint pain, facial and cranial pain, sports medicine and spinal pain related to scoliosis and chronic knee pain. 
 
Gina Bucholz, Physical Therapist Assisant
Gina Buchholz received her Associate of Science degree in 1995 from Visalia City College.  As she earned her degree she worked as a PT aide for two years in the skilled nursing home setting.  She received her PTA training through Professional Skills Institute, in Santa Barbara California in 1996.  After graduating from the program she worked in the acute care setting in Fairfield California for 6 years followed with a year in the outpatient setting in Tracy Calif.  She has been employed by Marshall for 8 years working in the Acute care and in 2007 commenced working in the outpatient clinic.  She has taken courses in functional orthopedics, exercise for geriatrics, pain management and rehab for total joint replacement patients. Physical Therapy Assistants work hand in hand with the evaluating Physical Therapist to carry out the treatment plan and progress patients to their goals.

  Duane E. Cintron, Occupational Therapist
Duane received his Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from San Jose State University in 1996.  He completed his internships at Stanford University Hospital and the Veterans Hospital in Palo Alto.  Duane has worked in the specialty area of traumatic brain injury rehabilitation since 1994.  Duane has since gone on to specialize in neurological rehabilitation working in the acute, acute rehabilitation, post acute/ transitional rehabilitation, home health and outpatient settings.  Duane’s specialty areas include upper extremity treatment, neuro re-education, NDT, vision and visual perceptual deficits, cognitive deficits, and pre-vocational skills training.  Duane has lectured for the Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC) as well as for many of Sacramento’s hospitals on vision therapy and upper extremity neurological re-education.  Duane is also a Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist (CDRS) one of only 1,500 in the country, and the only practicing one in Sacramento.

  Victoria Golmitz, MA, CCC
Speech Language Pathologist
Victoria graduated from San Jose State University with her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 1993.  She was hired at San Jose Medical Center for her Clinical Fellowship Year and remained an employee at SJMC until 1997 working in the intensive care unit, acute setting, acute rehabilitation, skilled nursing setting and outpatient setting.  In 1998, Marshall Medical hired Victoria part-time.  She currently continues to work part-time in the hospital (ICU, acute and transitional care) and in the outpatient clinic 2 days per week.  Victoria is one of the few speech pathologists that have been trained in Vital Stim, “ the only neuromuscular electrical stimulation that is cleared by the FDA to treat dysphagia.”  She has many years of experience performing Modified Barium Swallow Studies, which Marshall Medical begun utilizing in May of 2006.  Victoria was part of the team that developed the stroke pathway for the hospital.  She has given talks at local caregiver meetings and is one of the facilitators for a stroke support group that meets in Placerville each month.

  Teresa Montgomery, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Teresa received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Biology from the UC Davis in 2008 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in 2012. Teresa has practiced physical therapy in a variety of settings including the school system, outpatient clinic, and skilled nursing facility. She specializes in treating children and adults with neurologic conditions. Teresa utilizes manual therapy, neuromuscular re-education, and vestibular integration techniques. Teresa is passionate about helping patients maintain their independence and return to their prior level of function. Teresa grew up in El Dorado County and resides in Placerville with her husband and two young boys. She enjoys doing Pilates, taking her kids to the park, and spending time with family and friends at the river.     
 
  A.J. Smith, Physical Therapist Assistant
A.J. received his AS degree in 2015 from Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts in San Mateo. He began his career as a Therapy Aide for five years while completing his prerequisite courses. Since receiving his license, A.J. has worked in a Skilled Nursing Facility and an outpatient clinic in Sacramento. When an opening came at Marshall, A.J. jumped on the opportunity to work at the hospital where he was born. Eager to give back to his community, he enjoys working with patients of all ages. AJ is currently working at both our outpatient clinic and in the hospital. In his free time, A.J. enjoys baseball, mountain biking, skiing and spending time with his wife and son. 

 

Stephanie Wiegand, PT, DPT 
Physical Therapist, Doctor of Physical Therapy 
Stephanie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Spanish from the College of Saint Benedict in 2004 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Nova Southeastern University in 2010. Stephanie has completed all of the Manual Therapy Courses through the University of Saint Augustine in 2012 as well as other continuing education in post-surgical, vestibular/balance disorders, and IAMST training. After practicing in Florida and Nevada, Stephanie landed in Northern California with her significant other and black lab. Her areas of specialization include the spine and orthopedic rehabilitation. In 2016, Stephanie obtained her certification to be a clinical instructor.  Stephanie has a genuine care to help individuals of all ages, reach their personal goals and achieve their optimal level of function throughout their daily lives and recreational activities. She has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) since 2007 and continues to work on being an advocate for the profession. Stephanie reaches out to the Latino community by putting her Spanish speaking skills to use. Stephanie is currently developing Marshall's Pelvic Health Program, which will treat bowel and bladder dysfunction and pelvic pain for all ages and genders.  In addition, she is working on obtaining continuing education to become a women’s health specialist. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, running, skiing, snowshoeing, dancing salsa, playing softball, and spending time with her friends, family, and dog.

  John Wu, Physical Therapist
John Wu, PT received his BS degree in physical therapy from Cumberland College of Health Sciences University of Sydney, Australia in 1990.  He is currently working as a physical therapist at Marshall Medical Center in Placerville, California.  He assisted in establishing this clinic as an entity and it opened in September 2005.  Prior to this he worked predominantly in either private clinics or hospital outpatient departments in Texas and Australia.  He specializes in treating spinal disorders using a combination of manual therapy techniques and exercise programs. He was trained in Australia in Maitland joint mobilization and Butler neural mobilization.  More recently he has begun treating vestibular disorders in particular benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.