Staff

Nic Henderson

Dr Nic Henderson DPT, Cert. MDT

Originally from Australia, Dr 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.

Matthew Kirsten

Dr Matthew Kirsten, PT, DPT

Dr Matthew Kirsten 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.

Collin Monty

Dr Collin Monty, DPT

Dr Collin Monty is a local of Mission Viejo and received his Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Loma Linda University. Collin received his undergraduate degree in Spanish from Pacific Union College, located in Napa Valley, California. During his college years, Collin studied abroad for a year in Spain and enjoyed traveling to places such as Italy, Africa, France, Norway, Poland and others.

Collin is a sports enthusiast and especially enjoys surfing and playing basketball. His favorite surf spots are Salt Creek and Trestles. Collin played on high school and college basketball teams and is a loyal fan of the Los Angeles Lakers. His own personal experience with physical therapy after a basketball-related injury led him into the profession.

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.

Vincent

Vincent Tumino, BS, PTA

Vincent earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in Kinesiology from Sacramento State in 2012. He pursued his passion for the Physical Therapy field by graduating with an Associates Degree in Applied Science from Stanbridge University, Irvine in the Physical Therapy Assistant class of 2016. Vincent hopes to pursue future options in this field by continuing into a graduate Doctorate Physical Therapy program, and becoming an APTA Board Certified Clinical Instructor in addition to gaining other clinical specializations, which will further his growth and knowledge for the field.

Vincent grew up in both California and New York. His passion for orthopedics and sports began at a young age, through competitive sports to high school varsity baseball and football.

In his spare time he enjoys weight lifting, following baseball (Go Yankees), traveling, eating, and the outdoors.

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.