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Private Physical Therapy Sessions

Our mission at First Step Physical Therapy Inc. is to provide compassionate, personalized, and revolutionary treatments that help our patients regain function by decreasing pain and improving strength and confidence.

We first work to understand our patient’s history and individual needs, and then work together with them to maximize results, ensuring a safe and quick return to a high quality of life.

We work one-on-one with our clients, not with a several-clients-at-a-time which would force us to split your time with others.

At First Step Physical Therapy Inc., your PT session truly is a private session.

Our Specialized Services Include:

  • Manual Therapy
  • Fall Prevention Program
  • Post Operative Care
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Upper extremity injuries
  • Hand/wrist trauma
  • Soft Tissue Mobilization, Pressure Point Release
  • Myofascial & Muscle Tension Release
  • Pre-Postpartum Care
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Work hardening program
  • Sports and performance injuries
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Joint sprains & muscular strains
  • Elbow pain and tenderness
  • Tennis/golfer’s elbow
  • Knee pain
  • Lumbo Pelvic Integration & Muscle Energy Techniques

ML830 Cold Laser Program

Cold Laser therapy is a now USA FDA approved therapy that has been used successfully to heal for more than 30 years in Japan, Europe, and Canada. Painless cold Laser PT now available in the USA protocol is as follows:

  • The ML830 Laser stimulates and energizes cells to repair and strengthen injured tissues by sending light (photons) into the injury.
  • Once the photons find the injured tissue, they stimulate and energize the cells to repair and strengthen - at a remarkably fast rate.
  • This treatment not only helps injured tissues and wounds heal faster, but it also makes the healed tissue stronger and less vulnerable to re-injury.

Acute and Chronic Pain

  • Arthritis
  • Back and Neck Pain
  • General Deconditioning
  • Joint pain and stiffness
  • Migraines
  • Osteoporosis
  • Rotator Cuff Disorders
  • Scoliosis / Stenosis
  • Shoulder Impingement

ML830 Cold Laser Treatment
for Pre & Post-Surgical Conditions

  • General Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Herniated Disc
  • Joint Replacement Rehabilitation


November 20, 2013

Physical Therapists John and Monika Dinakaran have been very friendly, kind and concerned toward me, giving me excellent care.  I started improving right away.  It amazed me with all the positions Monika put me in and adjusted my knee to get good results.  She has given me so many different exercises to do at home that it hasn’t gotten boring.  I’m able to stand up straight now with my right knee angle going from a 17 or 18 to a 7 degree.  Monika has been very through and has given me a really good discharge exercise plan.  She has said I can call or come in any time if I have a question.  I would recommend First Step Physical Therapy Inc. to anyone.

Debbie Holmes



This husband and wife team offer excellent service.  I have been coming here almost two months, with substantial progress.  I had a shoulder injury sustained while playing basketball which has prevented me from playing for the last few months. I have been steadily progressing, in fact, I went to the gym the other day and feel that my ability to play again is coming soon.  John and Monica are professional, knowledgeable, and genuinely interested in my recovery.  As and added bonus, they are pleasant company.

John F. Johnson


John & Monika are fabulous!  John’s favorite word, they are both great people and great Therapists.  I was in a lot of pain when I first came here, but now I am able to walk for long periods of time and sleep without pain.  It has been a good experience here because they are such nice people.  But, don’t let tiny little Monika fool you.  She is MIGHTY.


Mary Manzano


My name is Shawn Fields; I came to First Step Physical Therapy Inc. after I hurt my leg in baseball.  I couldn’t walk right but John and Monika kept working with me.  I rate First Step Physical Therapy Five Stars and recommend them to anyone.

Shawn Fields


Physical therapy really helped me a lot for the past seven sessions.  Their help let me to being able to run without it hurting and their advice and support is what helped me strive to becoming better.  I will take all your comments to heart and remember my experience here.  Hope to visit and I’ll make sure if I have a injury to give you guys a call!!!

Thank You!

Taylor B.


I am client at First Step Physical Therapy Inc.  I was referred to Firs Step by the Department of Veteran Affairs Medical facility at McClellan.  When I first started treatment at First Step, I had considerable to serious pain & swelling of both knees.  I had been diagnosed with Bi-lateral arthritis after returning from Iraq in 2007, this condition became more severe over the years, and began to seriously affect me in 2013.  Upon attending physical therapy sessions at First Step Physical Therapy, I’m elated to say that the swelling in both knees is completely gone.  I also have gone on a scale pain wise from 9 to 0.  I found the treatment at First Step, to be extremely effective.  The techniques and rehab taught at this facility is outstanding. The staff are extremely courteous, attentive and very knowledgeable, concerning physical therapy & rehabilitation.  I would highly encourage and recommend that individuals or groups use physical therapy at First Step to successfully rehabilitate themselves to full recovery.  On a scale of 1 – 10, I give First Step Physical Therapy Inc. a 10!

Thank You,

Eric Broadus

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