Owner of Southwest Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. Kale received his physical therapy degree at University of New Mexico in 1988. Kale is a bilingual native of NM with over 20 years of clinical experience in orthopaedic and manual physical therapy. He has been in private practice since 2003. Kale is married with 2 children.
Linda has 37 years of experience in all facets of physical therapy. She has special interest in functional exercise, Women's Health, Men's Health, neuromobilization, and visceral mobilization, as well as general orthopedics. A lifelong learner, Linda keeps up with the latest developments in the field by attending numerous continuing education classes. She received her degree from University of Texas Medical Branch and has practiced in Albuquerque, NM, since moving here after graduating in 1976. She is an active mother of 4 and enjoys hiking and biking.
Paige is the newest member of the SWOPT team, joining in March 2017. She received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northern Arizona University in 2006 and has since worked for orthopedic private practices in both Arizona and Idaho. She has worked with a large variety of orthopedic and sports injuries, chronic pain, industrial and functional rehabilitation, with an emphasis on manual therapy, postural education and general wellness through movement. She enjoys mountain and dirt biking, hiking and skiing. She has recently moved to the Albuquerque area from the mountains of Eastern Idaho with her husband, two young children and dog who are all excited to be back in the sunny Southwest.
Joined SWOPT in 2007. Marilyn received her Physical Therapist Assistant degree in 1991 from Lehigh County Community College in Pennsylvania. Prior to that, Marilyn was employed as a PT tech for 20 years, focusing her education and clinical skills on myofascial release therapy, in particular, treatment of TMJ and neck disorders.
Jené Courtney, PTA
Jené joined Southwest Orthopaedic Physical Therapy in May 2012 as a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education/Biology in 1987 and her Physical Therapist Assistant degree in 2011. She has been a licensed Massage Therapist since 2009. Jené’s favorite things about being a PTA are helping people heal and educating her patients in improving their overall health. She has previous experience as a Physical Therapist Assistant for three years and as a Massage Therapist for four and a half years before coming to SWOPT. Jené is a Gulf War Veteran and served seven and a half years as an officer in the United States Army. Away from the clinic, Jené enjoys playing volleyball, cooking, reading and skiing.
Steve Luster, PTA
Steve Luster joined SWOPT in June 2013 as a Physical Therapy Assistant. He received his PTA degree in 2013 from PIMA Medical Institute. Prior to going to PIMA, Steve has been a certified Physical Therapy technician since 1997 and has been working in the outpatient physical therapy field for over 20 years. Steve chose to enter to the medical field following a lower back injury in 1996. His favorite things about being a PTA are seeing a patient return to their “New 100%” and helping patients with the healing/recovery process. Steve has a special interest in the manual therapy aspect of physical therapy as well as skeletal alignment and strains. He is continually expanding his knowledge by attending courses annually allowing the creation of customized, comfortable, and state of the art treatment plans for his patients.
Brandon Gore, PTA
Brandon Gore joined our team here at Southwest Orthopedic Physical Therapy as a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant in August of 2016. Brandon has been in the healthcare field for many years, working in Fire/EMS and Equine Therapy. He gained an interest in physical therapy after being a certified personal trainer and corrective exercise specialist.
Kristen Gonzales is front office manager. She graduated New Mexico State University with a degree in Sports Medicine and Athletic Training Education. She has over 15 years of experience in the orthopaedic setting. Kristen has one son. Kristen oversees 3 additional front office personnel in order to assure exceptional consumer service.
Mary Isaacson is co-owner and head of the billing department. Mary is a registered nurse with over 20 years of experience as a NICU Nurse and Nurse Case Manager. Mary oversees 3 additional billing personnel in order to provide quick and accurate consumer service.