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.

Eli Thom, PT, DPT

Eli Thom is a licensed Physical Therapist with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX. He completed his bachelors of science in Exercise Science at Quincy University in Quincy, IL where he played Division II football. He was named a 2nd Team All-American in 2015 going into his senior year. Prior to Quincy University, he attended Butte Community College in Oroville, CA where he helped the Roadrunners win a Junior College National Championship in 2013. During his athletic career he developed a love for exercise and he spent time with physical therapists and athletic trainers as they helped athletes return to their sports.

Eli incorporates an eclectic approach to physical therapy utilizing hands on techniques, therapeutic exercise, modalities, and education to help his patients return to doing what they love with less pain. He has a strong passion for physical therapy. While he was in physical therapy school, he volunteered as a physical therapy representative at STEM health field fairs at local colleges in Texas and helped advocate for the advancement of physical therapy in Texas at the state capitol in 2019.

If Eli is not in the clinic, you will find him at the dog park with his 3-year-old beagle, staying active in the gym, enjoying the beach, or snowboarding in the winter.

Maya Bizik, PT, DPT

Maya Bizik is a licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy and has specialized in outpatient orthopedic physical therapy since 2014. Her philosophy of effective treatment focuses on educating patients regarding overall body awareness and proper body mechanics, while integrating skilled manual therapy and therapeutic exercises to assist through the rehabilitation process and to prevent re-injury. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania and earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from University of St. Augustine in San Marcos, CA. She specializes in manual based treatments by incorporating the skills she learned from various Manual Therapy Certification courses.

As a young adult she was involved in several different sports and events that encouraged her to pursue her career into physical therapy. She was a lead role on her cross-country running team. She also performed several years in dance competitions and was a valuable member on the swim team.

In addition to physical therapy, Maya enjoys soaking up “all natural vitamin D” while hiking, riding her bike, attending yoga on the cliffs and/or spending time at the beach.

Melissa Warheit

Melissa Warheit is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant with a degree from Quinnipiac University where she graduated in 2017. She understands wanting to help patients return to the activities they love prior to their injuries, having suffered many herself over the years. Her focus is on sports and orthopedic injuries but has an interest in growing her knowledge in treating vestibular and neurological disorders.

Melissa grew up playing sports and was a D1 lacrosse player in college. She has always had an interest in the human body and how it moves. After taking a sports medicine class in high school, she really developed a passion for it.

When not in the clinic, Melissa enjoys all things outdoors like running, hiking and going to the beach.

Katrina Jenkins, MT

Katrina JenkinsKatrina Jenkins is a licensed massage therapist specializing in deep tissue and sports massage.  Before pursuing her passion at the Massage Therapy Institute of Colorado, she graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science and a concentration in Community Health Education.  While studying, she worked as a nurse’s aide.  Throughout her career as a massage therapist, she applies her teaching and nursing experiences to meet the unique needs of each patient in her care.

In her spare time, Katrina enjoys writing.  Most of her work is fiction, but she also writes educational health blogs.  When she isn’t writing, she’s probably hiking or watching the Baltimore Ravens.


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.

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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

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