....we strive to offer individualized and uncompromised cutting edge treatment to each one of our patients. We are dedicated to creating an environment that will help each one reach their highest goals.....
Ernie Chavez, PT
Ernie graduated from the University of Utah and has been practicing physical therapy since 1994. He was a member of the US National Boxing team from 1979-1980. Ernie won a gold medal at the National Olympic Sports festival as a boxer in the bantam weight division. He continued his career as a professional, world-ranked boxer. He is an avid runner. He has a personal best of 2 hours and 26 minutes for a marathon. Ernie enjoys running, biking, and in his spare time he likes to watch the Utes play. He has received certifications in Ergonomic and Industrial Rehab, including; functional capacity evaluations and work hardening programs. Ernie specializes in orthopedic, back, and sport injuries. He stresses proper nutrition and exercise to help patients achieve their goals and get them “back to life.”
Melissa Ita'aehau, DPT, CLT
Melissa graduated with a doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Utah in 2005. She has been practicing at Wasatch Physical Therapy ever since. She competed in pole vault while attending Utah State. Melissa coached gymnastics for 10 years at USA Gymnastics World in Bountiful. She enjoys tennis, biking, playing volleyball, and being active. She is married and has 5 kids. She has focused her therapy treatment in pelvic pain and incontinence issues as well as receiving certification in the treatment of lymphedema. Although she specializes in these things, she sees patients with all conditions. She is passionate about helping her patients become their best selves.
Rusty Jenkins, DPT
Rusty earned his bachelors degree from Utah State University in 2001. He received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Utah in 2005. After graduating, he spent 5 years in Texas and 2 years in Colorado before returning to Utah in 2012. Rusty's approach to treatment is primarily focused on manual therapy. He has been utilizing Functional Dry Needling® in his practice since 2011 and was the second physical therapist in the state of Utah to be approved by DOPL to use the technique. He has completed Advanced Level 3 training with Kinetacore and is one of the highest trained clinicians in the state of Utah in dry needling.
Rusty has completed all Level II coursework with NAIOMT (currently working toward CMPT certification), is well trained in manipulation/mobilization techniques from NAIOMT and the International Spine & Pain Institute (ISPI), and utilizes the kinesiotaping method. He also places a priority on patient education so that each patient understands their condition and plan of care, which helps improve patient compliance, motivation, and outcomes. He also believes that you should look forward to going to therapy and having a good time while you are there. Rusty is married with 4 children and enjoys watching sports, playing basketball and golf, and spending time with his family.
Tyler Landgren, DPT
Tyler earned his bachelor’s degree from Utah State University. He then went on to earn his Doctorate from the University of Utah. He likes all sports but particularly enjoys tennis, racquetball, and biking. He and his wife love to travel and spend time together. He has focused on outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation and really enjoys treating a wide variety of conditions. His special interests are post-concussion management and spine related disorders. He is passionate in helping patients get back to their best self.
Scott Toronto, DPT, Cert MDT
Scott Toronto was born and raised in Farmington, UT and is one of 7 kids. In 2007, Scott received his Bachelor’s degree in Health Science at Brigham Young University-Idaho and continued on to receive his Doctor of Physical Therapy at University of St. Augustine-San Diego in 2012.
Scott grew up playing soccer, baseball, and basketball. In high school, Scott was a competitive swimmer and water polo player. In college, he played Ultimate Frisbee. Scott gained interest in physical therapy because of his love of sports and seeing athletes recover from their injuries. He enjoys helping athletes and all other types of patients by helping them to accelerate their recovery through manual therapy, therapeutic exercise programs, and evidence based practice. Scott also became certified in Mechanical Diagnosis Therapy (Cert MDT), for treating the spine and extremities in 2017
Scott has been married to his wife Diana, since 2009 and has two boys. In his spare time, he enjoys watching collegiate sports (Go BYU!!!) and the NBA (Go Jazz!!!), camping and the outdoors, watching Star Wars and Marvel movies, spending time with his son, and playing the Wii with his wife. Scott is also fluent in Spanish.
Rob Drenning, PT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Rob received his Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from Boston University in 2005. He has been practicing in orthopedic clinics since and recently moved to Utah with his family. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, as well as the American Academy of Sports Physical Therapists. Rob is a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist , and has completed fellowship training in a orthopedic manual physical therapy through Regis University. He is recognized as a Fellow with the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists, a distinction obtained by less than 1% of all physical therapists. Rob is adjunct clinical faculty with the University of New Mexico and enjoys sharing his professional passion with physical therapy students every year. He has presented at the national level on the topics of spine manipulation and pain science. Rob has experience treating patients of all ages, diagnoses, and activity levels from the weekend warrior to the professional athlete. He has a particular clinical interest in hands-on manual therapy, pain science, dry needling and functional strength training with the overall goal to empower each patient to be an active participant in his or her own recovery. Outside of the clinic, Rob is an avid snowboarder, mountain biker, and runner. He also enjoys any time spent outdoors with his wife and two young sons.
Carly Adams, DPT, OCS
Carly graduated with a doctorate from Eastern Washington University in Spokane, Washington. She then practiced for seven years in Bozeman, Montana, in an outpatient orthopedic setting before moving here to Utah. She enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and being outdoors hiking, camping and biking. Carly is a board certified orthopedic specialist. Her special interest area is in helping patients who are dealing with chronic pain.
Robyn Judd, DPT
Robyn graduated from the University of Utah in 2005 with a doctorate in physical therapy. She completed her undergraduate at BYU Idaho. Robyn and her family love to ski and snowboard on the wonderful mountains of Utah. She enjoys biking, playing tennis, and being outdoors. Robyn loves helping other people and it shows in her work. She sees patients with a wide variety of conditions; from pelvic pain, incontinence, orthopedic, and spine.
Mitch Lillywhite, DPT, CLT
Mitch grew up in Kaysville Utah, where he attended high school as a Davis Dart and helped them win a state championship in football. He later attended school at the University of Utah where he graduated with his bachelor’s degree in exercise and sport science. He continued his education at the U of U, and received his doctorate in physical therapy in 2016. Mitch enjoys the outdoors including camping, hiking, and fishing and spending time with his wife and kids. Mitch is a fan of Real Salt Lake and enjoys playing soccer. He has a second career as a professional soccer referee. Mitch has had the opportunity to work with Olympic athletes and has special interests in sports related injuries.
Gillian McGeorge, DPT, ATC, OCS
Gillian graduated from Weber State University with a BS in Athletic Training, then went on to the University of Utah to earn a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2009. Since then, she has been treating a variety of orthopedic conditions including the spine, shoulder, knee, ankle, and a variety of post-operative procedures. She received an orthopedic speciality certification in 2015.
Gillian has also enjoyed treating disorders of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). She has been treating concussions in the athletic population, after a car accident, or a fall. She has specialized training in primitive reflex integration, a new treatment protocol that has been helpful to resolve concussion symptoms rapidly.
Gillian is also a pelvic health practitioner that can address bowel and bladder issues, pelvic pain, pregnancy-related conditions, and post operative care.
During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, playing the violin, and crafting.
Daniel Johnson, DPT
Dan graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelors in Human Development and Family Studies, and from the University of Nevada Las Vegas with his doctorate in Physical Therapy. He treated patients in hospital and outpatient settings in southern Nevada prior to bringing his family back home to Utah in 2020. He is specializing in assessing and treating people with pelvic floor and orthopedic dysfunction.
Dan married his wife in 2011 and they enjoy three beautiful children. He loves hiking, running, and anything that takes him outdoors.