Mitch is the owner and chief physical therapist at Ronning Physical Therapy. Born and raised in Santa Cruz, California, he received an undergraduate degree in Health Science from California State University Northridge and his Physical Therapy degree from California State University Northridge / University of California Los Angeles.
In 1995, he became the first physical therapist in Santa Cruz to be recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association as a board certified clinical specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. His continuing education credits include the “Pacific Manual Therapy Year Long Course” and the “Santa Cruz Orthopedic Manual Year Long Program”.
Mitch enjoys treating patients of all ages but has a special interest in youth sports. He is a former youth coach in football, soccer, baseball, softball and wrestling. In 2011, he completed specialized training in SPORTSMETRICS- a nationally recognized program featuring a scientific approach to decreasing the risk of anterior cruciate ligament injuries.
Ginny joined RPT as a staff Physical Therapist in 2005. She earned her Doctorate in Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy in 2012, her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Duke University in 1990, is Board Certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy, and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists, the culmination of a 3-year post-professional training program specializing in manual orthopedic physical therapy.
She provides detailed assessment of primarily orthopedic injuries and dysfunction, but most enjoys foot/ankle, pediatric orthopedics and sports-related conditions. Prior to returning to her Central Coast roots, she spent 11 years as full-time orthopedic faculty at Texas State University. She is an avid cyclist, and performs bike-fitting services within the local cycling community. She also enjoys exploring our beautiful central coast, hiking, playing guitar, and spending time with family, most of whom reside in the area.
Jen joined Ronning Physical Therapy in 2013 but has been practicing in Santa Cruz since 2004. After graduating from Aptos High School (Go Mariners), she received her undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology from U.C. Davis with a minor in Psychology. She continued on to graduate school at New York University where she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.
After New York Jen returned to Santa Cruz to start her practice focusing on orthopedics, sports conditioning and movement analysis. She enjoys helping a wide variety of patients including those with all orthopedic conditions, vestibular and balance disorders, movement impairments and post surgical rehabilitation.
Jen stays active and healthy competing in triathlons, training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and enjoying all that Santa Cruz has to offer.
Kim was born and raised in a small town in Vermont. She received her degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Vermont. She moved to Santa Barbara, California in 2001 where she began her career as a therapist. She eventually found her way to Santa Cruz in 2006.
She has worked in various settings, with a primary focus on outpatient orthopedics. She has also worked in a Level 1 Trauma hospital, acute rehab, and treated in an aquatic setting where she taught prenatal classes and treated many orthopedic conditions.
She finds herself busy these days keeping up with her husband and two young children. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, camping, and reading.
Hillevi was born and raised in Sweden where she received her degree as a Physical Therapist from Karolinska Institute, Stockholm in 1985. She also earned a specialty in Occupational Health for Physical Therapists from Umea University, in 1990. She worked in Sweden for ten years with focus on orthopedic and work related issues until love brought her to California. Hillevi received her California PT license in 1997 and has since worked in the Bay Area and Santa Cruz in out patient clinics and private practices, all specializing in Orthopedics and Sports.
Over the course of her career she has focused her efforts on refining her manual techniques. She finds combining movement analysis with hands on treatment a very powerful combination for recovery. Her experience as a dance instructor has given her a unique affinity with the challenges and injuries faced by the dancing community.
In her free time she enjoys traveling with her family, Argentine Tango, horseback riding, hiking and good meals.
Erika began her career as a PT after graduating from California State University, Sacramento in 2001. She joined RPT in 2017. At this time, she has put her hobbies on hold to pursue a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. It is not her titles that satisfy her; but rather, career satisfaction is created through her daily efforts to assist others with their rehab goals. Perhaps some of you are finding that the medical language given to you about your condition is intimidating; Erika can help simplify the language so those words are no longer a burden to your recovery.
Jason joined RPT as a staff Physical Therapist in August 2017. Raised in the Santa Cruz mountains as a child he moved into Los Gatos and attended Los Gatos High School where he played both basketball and baseball. After that Jason moved to Capitola and attended Cabrillo College before he attended and graduated from California State University Monterey Bay in 2014 in Kinesiology. In May 2015 he was accepted to the University of St. Augustine in San Marcos California where he earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in August 2017. Jason has experience with Applied Functional Science, an application of therapy that utilizes 3D exercises for functional training. Jason also spent time practicing in Hilo, Hawaii and has since embraced the aloha spirit.
Jason’s hobbies include surfing, basketball, camping, hiking and pretty much any outdoor activity. Whether it’s surfing in Santa Cruz or Monterey you might see him in his bright orange 5/4 cm wet suit hunting waves wherever they may be. Jason loves being a part of the local community and believes in giving back whether it’s providing high-quality physical therapy or being a part of local charity events.
Tiffany joined Ronning Physical Therapy in 2001 as a PT aide/ front office assistant and in 2010 was promoted to office manager. She has 15 years of administrative experience working with numerous insurance companies, including private insurances, workers compensation and auto. She is in charge of patient accounts and billing.
Tiffany is a Santa Cruz native; she enjoys Pilate's, walking on West Cliff and traveling.