Meet Our Staff
Douglas C. Claussen PT, DPT
Doug graduated from California State University, Long Beach in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science, in Physical Therapy. In 2006, he completed his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He became a Certified Clinical Instructor in 2012.
Doug has owned AIR Physical Therapy since 2005. He was the District Manager of NovaCare Outpatient Physical Therapy from 1994-1998. He also owned Back Schools in Modesto, Manteca and Tracy from 1979-1994. His first job as a physical therapist was a staff therapist for Anderson and Baim Physical Therapy, Modesto from 1978-1979. Doug has been a member of American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) since 1975. Besides running his practice and working full-time, Doug has been a representative at large for California APTA from 2010 to present. His love of football and dedication to high school sports found him on Central Catholic's fields from 1994-2011. Doug is also an active member of the Elk's Lodge #1282 in Modesto, California.
Larry E. Taylor RPT
Larry graduated from California State University Long Beach with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. He has extensive expertise in Orthopedics, Acute Care, Sports Medicine, Geriatrics, and the Fitness Industry, including Anti Aging medicine and Nutrition.
Larry provided physical therapy and weight training for both football teams of El Toro and Mission Viejo High Schools for many years, while he had a sports medicine center in Mission Viejo, California.
Larry returned to his home town of Modesto in the Spring of 2013 to be nearer to his family. He enjoys weight lifting, spinning and reading. Larry has been nicknamed "the Bookman", as he is rarely seen without a book in his hand.
Steven G. Scott PTA
Steven graduated from Sacramento City College in 2007 as a Physical Therapy Assistant. He has practiced in both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation settings. Steven enjoys spending time with his wife and three sons. He also supports his mom's passion of running as he participates with her in her endeavors.
Dominic Valponi PTA
Dominic graduated from CSU Chico in 2007, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. He recently graduated from the PTA program at Sacramento City College and obtained his physical therapist assistant license in 2016. Prior to becoming a PTA Dominic worked full-time as a physical therapy aide at AIR from 2008-2016. Dominic's sincere concern for people and knowledge of the body is show in his work and his continued commitment to learning. He is an avid sports fan and enjoys going to Stanford football games with his family. Some of Dominic's other interests include attending Big Valley Grace Community church, camping, hiking, traveling and spending time with his family and friends.
Adam Madsen PT Aide
Adam grew up in Oakdale, California and attended Oakdale High School from 1998-2002. Throughout this period sports and fitness were always a part of his daily life as he played football, basketball and track and field all four years. After graduation from high school he relocated to southern California and attended Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo. Track and field enabled him to achieve his ultimate goal of attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, as he was accepted into the school to further his collegiate career. Academics took precedent as track and field was given up to allow more focus on school. However, sports and fitness were still on his mind as he attained a degree in Kinesiology with a pre-physical therapy emphasis. After graduating, Adam moved back to the valley and took a little hiatus from his ultimate goal of getting a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He is currently working on getting accepted to schools for Physical Therapy.
Pam Dressler PT Aide, Office Specialist
Pam has been employed with AIR since 2005. She graduated with a certificate in Therapeutic Health from Maric College at that time. She has been a true asset to the company and is always willing to go with the flow. Pam started in the back as an aide and worked her way up to the front desk after the birth of her third child. Pam is well versed in front and back office. She will always greet you with a smile and help whenever possible. In her free time, Pam enjoys spending time with her younger children at gymnastics and soccer and trying to keep track of her busy freshman in college.
Jasmin Garcia PT Aide
Jasmin graduated from MJC with her Associate of Science in Athletic Training in 2013. She then attended Fresno State University in May 2015. She decided to move back home to closer to family and friends. She plans to return to school to continue her education.
Mike Reardon PT Aide
Mike Reardon has worked for AIR Physical Therapy since May 2016. He is a great asset to our spinal cord patients. He has an expansive array of knowledge in the spinal cord injury world. When not at work Mike enjoys riding his hand bike and competing in road races. Last year he was ranked 8th in the nation. He also enjoys working out with his coworkers after work. He likes to be outdoors, kayaking and swimming. He enjoys fine dining with close friends.
Mario Rodriguez PT Aide
Mario graduated from Fresno State with his Bachelor's in Exercise Science. He plans to go back to school and receive his PhD in Physical Therapy. Mario enjoys exercising, playing sports, and traveling. His hobbies include playing music music and traveling. Mario's injury experience in sports is what sparked his interest in physical therapy. He plans to use his knowledge to help as much people as possible.
Rocky Pimentel PT Aide
Rocky received his Associate of Science degree in Athletic Training and Sports Medicine from Modesto Junior College. He is currently working toward his Bachelor Of Science degree in Kinesiology at CSU, Stanislaus.
As a fitness fanatic and an outdoor enthusiast, Rocky stays active by golfing, hiking, and working out. His other interests include writing music, and poetry, as well as volunteering for numerous fundraising organizations.
Lauren Davis PT Aide
Lauren graduated from the University of San Francisco in 2014. After some soul-searching she decided to go back to school for physical therapy. When not working or in class she can be found at the gym or working on 3-D models.
Ashley Torres Front Desk
Ashley attended MJC and majored in Sports Medicine. She believes smiling raises your spirits and makes other people happy. Her passion is to help as many patients as possible achieve optimal health and to assure that patients are satisfied with their care. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling and participating in and teaching Martial Arts.
Jorge Alvarez PT Aide
Jorge was raised in Ceres, California where his passion of baseball and school helped mold the person he is today. Injuries from sports became a factor which allowed physical therapy to come into his life, and through his experience he was inspired to follow this path in the medical field. He has received his Associates in Natural Sciences and Kinesiology from Modesto Junior College, and will be attending CSU Stanislaus to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology with an emphasis on Exercise Science. After receiving a Bachelors he will pursue a Doctorate of Physical Therapy to make a great impact on the community.
On Jorge's free time he likes to stay active by playing sports, hiking and spending time with family. Aside from staying active Jorge likes to read research on different forms of rehab and prehab to extend his knowledge to help others regain their strength, mobility, and simply help others regain confidence back in their body.