Ross Dover, PT, OCS, Owner-AGPT

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Ross took over ownership of AGPT in February of 2015 from the previous owner Pat Ford. Ross has a lot of experience in physical therapy beginning in 1984 working at UCLA medical center after graduation from Cal State Northridge/UCLA PT program. He then moved to San Luis Obispo, worked at General Hospital, then bought Morro Bay Physical Therapy. He enjoyed adding a fitness center to physical therapy as he developed FitnessWorks/TherapyWorks.

After becoming an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, he has devoted his time to helping patients move toward their most optimum physical functions with proven and up to date techniques. As he has worked over his career, he has increasing gratitude to the patients who are willing to work toward recovery, and to the medical community that cooperate to find the best health care solution to their patients.

Ross is grateful that his home in his career came with a family of dedicated, dependable and talented professionals whose common goal is to provide the best care for patients possible.

Catherine Midyett, PT

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Graduated from UC Davis w BS in Physiology, University of the Pacific in Stockton w Masters of science in Physical Therapy.

27 years as PT, have enjoyed a wide breadth of experiences including acute care, acute rehab, outpatient ortho and clinical administration.

Finds hands on treatment and connection with patients most fulfilling. However also thoroughly enjoy the teaching aspect of PT as often patients' understanding and management of their injury or dysfunction is what keeps them healthy in the long term.

Has lived in AG for the past 12 years with husband of 27 years. Has college age son and daughter and would love to have a cat but allergies won't allow it.

Passionate about posture and sunscreen. Enjoys baking, hiking, gardening, and watching her husband fly fish.  Currently trying to enjoy golf and pretending to know about wine.  

Tom Newell, ATC

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Tom earned a bachelors degree in Physical Education and Kinesiology from Sonoma State University in 1993.  He spent 6 yrs in collegiate, amateur and professional athletics as well as physical therapy clinics before landing on the central coast in 1996. Tom and his wife, Betsy,  came to the central coast after the baseball season to be near Tom’s parents while awaiting the birth of their first child. Tom and Betsy now have 3 children and have been married 25 years.  They have two college age children and one in junior high.  The Newell’s are active members of Grace Bible Church in Arroyo Grande.  Betsy is a children’s pastor and Tom has served on many different teams and boards at GBC.    Betsy and Tom like to serve their community through GBC, hang out  with friends and family, travel, watch baseball, cook, eat, and enjoy the beautiful outdoor areas of the central coast.  Tom enjoys helping people achieve better health and function as evidenced by his 21 years here at Arroyo Grande Physical Therapy. 

Susan Norris Starr-Office Manager

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Susan has been involved in the health fields for 28 years. She has certifications in Medical Assisting and Massage. She also studied psychology and art. These interests became a career path for her as she worked for medial doctors, chiropractors and physical therapists. She was involved with the art of healing ever since and found her calling working in the physical therapy setting.

Susan grew up in Orcutt and cherishes her multi generation family connection to the Santa Maria Valley. She grew up riding motorcycles and horses, played softball and did a lot of camping. She especially enjoys fishing at Lopez lake.
She has two talented children Cassie and Jesse and their dog Sadie.

Her employer, her coworkers and hundreds of patients know Susan as the person who is the most knowledgeable, accurate when dealing with insurances and billing. All who know her also realize that she works hard in order to participate in the transformation of patients to be the best that they can be.

Katherine Switala - Aide Supervisor

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Katherine has been working at Arroyo Grande Physical Therapy for five years. She was previously involved in the health care field and, after taking time to raise her two children (a work still in progress), brought her talents, energy and strength to the physical therapy field. In addition to raising her children and keeping a home, she is involved in charity and church work.

As the aide supervisor she is responsible for keeping the office clean and well stocked with supplies. She never forgets a birthday, she keeps all the staff organized and meetings on time. She also makes patients very happy as she supervises exercises, as directed by therapists, and applies pain relieving modalities to patients in a kind and friendly manner which in no small part keeps the patients coming back.