Our Team

Marilyn Johnson, PT

Marilyn Johnson, P.T. and owner of Innovative Physical Therapy has been a physical therapist for 33 years starting out specializing in sports medicine treating professional and amateur athletes. Over the years she has widened her skills through extensive continuing education to provide excellent service to all types of patient populations. She graduated from Children’s Hospital School of Physical Therapy in Los Angeles with a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Physical Therapy and from the University of California in Santa Barbara with a Baccalaureate Degree in Health Studies. She started Innovative Physical Therapy in 1994.

Marilyn’s diverse experience, extensive knowledge, and passion for Orthopedics includes special interests treating the temporal mandibular joint (TMJ), the cervical spine, the sacroiliac joint (SIJ), the ankle and foot (including fabrication of custom orthotics), and peripheral neuropathies. She uses a unique evaluation style to determine the cause of symptoms and then through the use of hands on techniques and functional training delivers highly effective treatment to her patients.

Outside of physical therapy, Marilyn enjoys spending time exploring Seattle with her oldest daughter Sara and son-in-law Eric and hiking the many trails in San Diego. with her youngest daughter Katie. You can also find her on weekends combing the beaches of North County San Diego with her black Labrador, Bentley; cooking up a storm of gourmet dishes with friends; or heading out to a rock or country music concert.

Lindy First, PT, DPT

Lindy First, DPT is a licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy and owner of Innovative Physical Therapy. She received an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science/Pre-med and a minor in psychology from George Washington University, Washington D.C and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from USC.

As a former Tennis Division I Scholarship athlete, Lindy has a passion for health and fitness and a thorough understanding of movement and body mechanics. Lindy’s strong manual skills and extensive knowledge in strength, resistance, and sport-specific training allow her to excel in rehabilitating patients with orthopedic injuries and training all ranges of athletes for return to sport.

In addition to rehabilitating patients with orthopedic conditions, Lindy specializes in treating Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction, Headaches, Sacroilliac joint dysfunction, and Cervical pain. Integrating skilled manual therapy, patient education, and therapeutic exercise, Lindy has developed her own style of physical therapy to achieve her patient’s goals.

When Lindy is not at the clinic, you can find her hiking the beautiful trails of San Diego with her husband Matt, their two kids, Louie & Charli, and their golden doodle, Onyx. She also loves exploring new restaurants in town, cooking up her own recipes from scratch, taking Pilates classes, and spending time with her tight knit family at local Farmer’s Markets.

Monique Lassaga-Bishop, DPT

Monique Lassaga-Bishop, DPT is a licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy. She completed her Undergraduate degree of Kinesiology Pre-Physical Therapy at San Diego State. Monique continued at SDSU and earned her Doctorate Degree in 2018. Through the Program at SDSU she became passionate in helping others and learned new and innovative methods that allows her to customize each patient’s plan of care.

From a young age Monique was involved in many sports and had a peaked interest in the human body and its functional abilities. As a pole-vaulter, she found that understanding the relationship between different muscles groups was important to her success.  In high school, through direct experience, Monique decided physical therapy was the right career for her.

In her free time Monique enjoys being outdoors at the local beaches and parks with her friends and attending live music events. She leads an active lifestyle playing beach volleyball on a club team and regularly practicing Pilates and yoga.

Jared Brown, PT, DPT

Jared Brown, DPT earned his Doctoral degree from San Diego State University in 2015. He was a member of the 2012 inaugural DPT class at San Diego State. He also attended San Diego State University where he earned his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy.

As a former collegiate baseball player at College of the Sequoias, Jared’s passion for human movement, biomechanics, and health science started to develop. Jared has recently returned to his alumni, SDSU to teach in the Doctoral program as an adjunct faculty member in Musculoskeletal Lab I & II. He finds great satisfaction in returning to his alumni to teach and share his wealth of knowledge and promote the field of Physical Therapy.

Jared has developed a passion for treating patients with orthopedic injuries, specializing in shoulder dysfunctions and sports related injuries. He integrates his skilled manual therapy, current evidenced based practice, therapeutic exercises, and patient education to devise a custom treatment plan for each patient to allow them to achieve their desired goals.

Jared currently lives in San Diego where he enjoys staying active playing softball, hiking with his boxer Marty and enjoying everything sunny San Diego has to offer.

Brandon Brym, PT, DPT

Brandon Brym, DPT is a licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy. He completed his undergraduate studies at The University of Colorado in Boulder, where he received his degree in Integrative Physiology. There he discovered his passion for physical therapy while working as an assistant in the exercise physiology lab. After working for a sports medicine clinic in Boulder for a couple years, he moved to San Diego where he obtained his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from The University of St Augustine for Health Sciences.

As a multiple sport athlete, Brandon has always had a passion for health, wellness, and athletic performance. Given his years of experience in strength training and conditioning, Brandon specializes in sports medicine and return to sport rehabilitation. During his tenure at The University of St Augustine, Brandon received advanced training in both manual therapy and movement dysfunctions. His treatment approach emphasizes restoring optimal functional movement utilizing a specific biomechanical approach.

In his free time, you can find Brandon out enjoying a ball game at Petco Park or checking out the many beaches San Diego has to offer.

Alissa Haight, NCMT

Alissa Haight is our Nationally Certified Massage Therapist and has been with Innovative Physical Therapy for over 10 years. She attained her massage certification at Golden State Massage Therapy College in Bakersfield, CA in 2006. Though she specializes in deep tissue and Swedish massage, she is also trained in prenatal, reflexology and sports massage. She received a certification of Myofascial Release in 2013. Each massage is customized to the client’s need to ensure the maximum benefit is reached each visit.

In her spare time, Alissa enjoys playing beach volleyball with friends and going to comedy shows.

Annika Soltero, Office Manager

Annika Soltero, our Office Manager, received her certification in Front Office Medical Assisting from Southwestern Community college in 1998. She now has over 18 years experience with Innovative Physical Therapy. Annika is responsible for all the day to day operations of the clinic. In addition to managing the office, Annika also handles all of the insurance and billing needs for IPT. In her spare time she loves baking, watching football and spending time with her family. Annika is also our office HIPAA compliance officer. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your privacy or our policies & procedures, please do not hesitate to contact her.

Find Us

Innovative Physical Therapy has been in San Diego since 1994. We are manual therapists believing in a hands on, one on one, approach to physical therapy. Contact us using this form or give us a call.

TEL (619) 260-0750 | FAX (619) 260-0201

Mission Valley

5030 Camino De La Siesta Suite 220
San Diego, CA 92108

La Jolla

7855 Fay Avenue Suite 290
La Jolla, CA 92037

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