OUR TEAM

PHYSICAL THERAPISTS

Belinda McDonald, PT DPT, Owner

  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Evidence in Motion of Health Professions, 2017
  • Pain Specialist Certification from the International Spine and Pain Institute, 2016
  • Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist from the Maitland Orthopedic Physiotherapy Seminars, 2006
  • Physical Therapy Board of California Certification, 2001
  • Further continued education in Manual therapy, Sports rehabilitation and Neurodynamic approach to rehabilitation

With 24 years experience, Belinda was educated in South Africa in an intensive four year Manual Physiotherapy Honors program and having completed an additional year-long fellowship in the Maitland approach, after working for three years, she moved to the USA. Having completed a yearlong fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Therapy while still in South Africa, and have completed an additional certification here in the USA as a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist. Her focus is in manual technique, and she is trained in the skills needed for direct access to the patient population.

Nicole Jensen, PT DPT

  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine, San Marcos, 2011
  • Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise physiology with a minor in nutrition and psychology from California State University Chico, 2008
  • Nicole’s thirst for knowledge continues to drive her to learn and has since continued her education in Maitland mobilizations, nueromobilizations and pain management

Nicole was a certified massage therapist for 5 years before becoming a physical therapist which enhanced her ability to feel the differences in tissue sensitivity. Her passion is to teach others the tools they need to maintain balance throughout their active healthy life styles. Nicole’s personal experience with tearing her ACL has allowed her to truly understand the medical and rehabilitation process making her more empathetic and eager to help others overcome their injuries. In her free time she enjoys ballroom dancing, Pilates and spending time with her husband and daughter.

Melissa Guttuso, PT DPT

 

  • Bachelors of Science in Exercise and Wellness from Arizona State University, 2017
  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Midwestern University, 2020
  • Mission trip to Guatemala with Hearts in Motion and PT school to provide PT to residents

 

Melissa knew from a young age that she wanted to work in a field where she could work with and help people. She found her passion for physical therapy with the desire to help people get back to participating in activities they enjoy throughout all stages of life. In her free time, Melissa enjoys walking at the beach, tennis, stand up paddle boarding, and spending time with friends and family.

OFFICE ADMINISTRATION 

Alex M.

Alex is responsible for administrative duty management, front office staffing, patient scheduling, and medical billing. She has an Associate’s degree in Health Sciences, and an Occupational Certificate for Medical Billing and Coding. Her interest in the medical field was sparked when she began working with a student permit at the age of 14, she was inspired to further her knowledge and studied a variety of healthcare courses in college. Alex joined with Signature Physical Therapy in late May of 2010 and started working at the front desk, she immediately rooted herself in the hearts of the owners and patients. As our practice grew she grew with us-her natural leadership skills, unparalleled compassion, and medical training were catalysts for her moving into the Office Manager position she now conquers.

Alyssa D.

Alyssa joined our team in November of 2020 as a front office administrator- responsible for day to day office administrative duties, patient scheduling and our pilates schedule. She is a graduate of Texas State University with a degree in Business Management and a minor in Mass Communications & Fashion Merchandising. She is a Texas native but has been a California resident for 4 years. Alyssa is passionate about making patients feel cared for the moment they step through the door. She enjoys her time off, soaking up the sun with her two dogs and husband.

Hanna M

Hanna joined our team in April 2021. She has worked in medical front office/costumer service relations for over seven years. She graduated in Southern California with a license in Esthetics from The Board of Barbering and Cosmetology, with an emphasis in medical skin care. Her experience and love for working with people led her to settle in very quickly in our front office and as our Laser technician.  In her free time, she enjoys exploring new coffee shops and road tripping to visit her family.

PILATES & PERSONAL TRAINERS

Marianne Seare

● BFA Modern Dance, Minor in Health Sciences and Secondary School Teaching Certificate from University of Utah
● ACE Certified Health Coach , 2020
● Balanced Body Barre Training, 2018
● BASI Pilates Comprehensive Certificate, 2017
● ACE Certified Personal Trainer, 2015
● Fit4Baby, Fit to Deliver pre/postnatal Certificate, 2006, 2008
● The Method Pilates Comprehensive Certificate Physicalmind Institute, 2001

Marianne worked as a Dance Director and Health Education teacher in the secondary school system before becoming a Pilates Instructor. She is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah and she moved to Southern California in the summer of 2000 seeking warmer weather and a more relaxed lifestyle. Marianne has worked in women’s fitness centers, health & wellness centers and for Fit4Mom San Diego. She has taught various forms of group exercise along with Pilates and is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Signature Pilates team. She takes advantage of every opportunity to continue her education in Pilates, health and wellness and other methods of physical training.

“I enjoy helping clients discover their own motivation for moving and finding connections between Pilates and activities of daily living. I am still inspired to teach Pilates after all of these years because there are always opportunities to learn, improve and grow as a trainer. When I am not teaching Pilates, I love cooking, dancing, watching live theater and spending time at the beach with my family.”

Jackie White

  • Bachelor’s of Kinesiology from California State University, Fullerton, 2017
  • Associate’s of Occupational Therapy Assistant from St. Catherine’s University, Minnesota, 2020
  • Certified Personal Trainer through ISSA, 2021
  • Certified Nutritionist through ISSA, 2021
  • Further continued education in Corrective Exercise Training through ISSA

 

Jackie has been around the realm of health and fitness for over 8 years. Graduating locally from CSUF, she’s picked up quite a bit of skills and knowledge since then. Her love of health and fitness started when she would spend time with her brother through college going to the gym, enjoying the quality time with family while still learning and developing proper techniques. Over time, Jackie participated in a couple of marathons, a 5k and a 10k, and that is where her love grew. Becoming a runner and gradual strength trainer helped her learn and understand her body now more than ever. Taking what she’s learned and grown to love, Jackie has worked at Active Rehab Center in Fountain Valley, Select Physical Therapy in Laguna Niguel, and F45 Functional Group Training in San Clemente. She has also had experience in fieldwork at Providence Speech and Hearing Center for pediatrics, and Heritage Rehabilitation Center for geriatrics. Today, she trains as our on-site personal trainer through personal 1-on-1 training sessions as well as group fitness training sessions. 

 During her days off, Jackie enjoys spending her time at Disneyland or impromptu karaoke performances with friends and family, as well creating new and yummy recipes in the kitchen for all to enjoy!