Staff

Nic Henderson

Nic Henderson DPT, Cert. MDT

Originally from Australia, Nic Henderson came to the United States to pursue college athletics. After playing baseball and football in Iowa, he moved to California where he graduated from the University of Redlands with a double major in Biology and Psychology. He then pursued a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Chapman University. Since graduating, Nic has worked in Outpatient Physical Therapy with a strong emphasis on sports therapy, manual therapy, and one-on-one treatment. This has included personalized exercise programs, hands-on soft tissue and joint mobilizations, and postural re-education.

Nic is certified in the McKenzie approach with an emphasis on evaluation and treatment of the cervical and lumbar spine. Nic constantly looks to further his skills and has pursued continuing education focusing on advanced rehabilitation of the shoulder and lower extremities (particularly relating to athletes who throw and ACL and Meniscus injuries of the knee) Nic has worked as a PT Director for California Rehabilitation & Sports Therapy Downey. The clinic he directed showed tremendous growth and success, leading him to open his own thriving clinic in Mission Viejo.

Nic has also worked as part of the medical staff at the professional skateboarding Maloof Money Cup. Nic is an avid surfer, snowboarder and mountain biker. He also enjoys playing recreational sports including baseball, softball, and volleyball. He is a college and professional sports fan and follows the Anaheim Angels, San Diego Chargers, and USC Trojans. He attends spring training in Arizona and as many games as possible during the season. Nic is also an enthusiastic hiker, camper, and rock climber.

Monica Smith MPT, ATC

Monica Smith, MPT, ATC

Monica attended undergraduate school at California State University Dominguez Hills, where she played four years of varsity soccer. During those competitive years, she earned many academic and athletic awards including a College National Championship title her sophomore year. She graduated from Cal State Dominguez Hills in 1995 with a Bachelor's degree in Athletic Training. As a competitive athlete growing up, Monica sustained multiple injuries which consequently introduced her to the field of sports medicine. Her love for sports, exercise, human anatomy, and helping others led her to the field of Physical Therapy.

After receiving her certification in Athletic Training, Monica continued her education at Chapman University where she earned a Master's degree in Physical Therapy in 1998. Over the years, Monica has also become passionate about injury prevention and nutrition for overall wellness. She holds a certification in the Functional Movement Screen which is a ranking system that screens individual movement patterns for functional limitations and asymmetries in order to predict an individual's potential risk for injury.

She is an avid learner and has taken hundreds of continuing education units over the years including manual therapy courses through the Institute of Physical Art. In her free time, Monica enjoys working out and spending time with her husband and three kids. Monica's goal is to improve the quality of life for all of her patients and to always continue to grow in her own professional development.

Matthew Kirsten

Matthew Kirsten, PT, DPT

Matt is a local to Mission Viejo having graduated from Mission Viejo High School in 2004. Matt received his Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology from California State University, Fullerton in 2009 where he also competed as a Division 1 pole vaulter on the track and field team. After his graduation from CSUF, Matt returned to his high school to coach the pole vault team. Matt went on to get his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the University of St. Augustine in San Diego.

Matt is an avid Hockey fan and attends as many Ducks games as possible. He is excited to be a part of the California Rehabilitation and Sports Therapy team and eager to give back to the community he has called home for so many years.

Emily Wade, OTD, OTR/L


Emily Wade, OTD, OTR/L


Emily moved from Michigan to California to earn her undergraduate degree in occupational therapy at the University of Southern California. She later continued on at USC to pursue her clinical doctorate in occupational therapy, specializing in hand therapy. Emily is a certified provider of Astym, an evidence-based instrument assisted soft-tissue mobilization technique.

In her free time, Emily enjoys spending time with her family and friends and cheering on the USC Trojans. Emily is proud to be a part of the California Rehabilitation and Sports Therapy team. Her goal is to enable her patients to return to participation in whatever occupations they find meaningful and continue to grow as a practitioner.

Daisy Reidinger, PTA

Daisy Reidinger, PTA

Daisy graduated from Loma Linda University with a degree as a Physical Therapy Assistant. She has 20 years of experience and has had the pleasure of working with pediatric to geriatric clients. She has found her passion with California Rehabilitation and Sports Therapy. She also continued her education through ISSA and become a Certified Fitness Trainer (CFT).

Daisy is a local from Laguna Beach and enjoys the beach. She loves water sports like wakeboarding, wake surfing and paddle boarding along with snowboarding and learning to surf.

Her most enjoyable hobby and passion is fitness, nutrition and weight training which led her to many bodybuilding fitness competitions as a competitive Figure and Bikini athlete. She continues to compete and make it a part of her healthy lifestyle as well as promoting fitness and wellness.

Daisy is an avid fan of football and her favorite team is the Green Bay Packers. She spends time watching all their games with her husband and daughter during football season.