Mark Figueroa | PT, CMPT

Mark Figueroa, Owner and Certified Manual Physical Therapist, leads our team and is dedicated to developing master clinicians by providing advanced training for complex conditions through the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) model. We use an evidence-informed approach for evaluation and management through consideration of normal, abnormal, and applied anatomy, physiology, pathology, and movement science. The concepts of total patient health, function, life-participation, pain behaviors and their manifestations, and their role in the total/client management drive our practice.

Mark completed his degree in Physical Therapy at the University of New Mexico. Mark describes himself as a “mechanic of the body” and enjoys working with patients to determine the best course of action to get them back to where they need to be physically.

Corey Christensen | PT, MPT, ATC

Corey earned his Master’s in Physical Therapy from East Carolina University and his Bachelor’s in Athletic Training from Southern Utah University. He has been with Del Valle Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation since 2005.

Corey truly appreciates seeing the progress our clients make while attending therapy sessions and being able to get back to doing what they enjoy in life. He also maintains his licensure as an athletic trainer, giving him an extra component in his work with athletes recovering from sports-related injuries.

He is pursuing certification with the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy as a Manual Therapist and Orthopedic Manipulative Therapist. In his free time, Corey participates in kickboxing and enjoys helping his community and spending time with his family. He and his wife, April, have 3 children.

Isaac Acosta | PT, MPT

Isaac earned his Master’s in Physical Therapy from the University of Texas at El Paso and his Bachelor’s in Athletic Training from New Mexico State University. His clinical experience includes wound care/acute care completed at Baylor in Dallas, TX and inpatient rehabilitation.

As an undergraduate, Isaac completed rotations with the athletic programs at Las Cruces High School and New Mexico State University. He has been with Del Valle Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation since 2009 and loves the day-to-day interactions with our clients as he helps them recover from surgery or injury or cope with chronic conditions.

He is currently working towards certification as a Manual Therapist and Orthopedic Manipulative Therapist with the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy. New Mexico born and raised, Isaac is an avid golfer. He and his wife, Tiffany, recently welcomed their first child.

Noel Gonzalez | MOTR, CHT

Noel is the only Certified Hand Therapist in private practice here in Las Cruces and only 1 of 6,000 worldwide. This exceptional distinction is awarded twice per year by the Hand Therapy Certification Committee for those occupational or physical therapists that have: accumulated advanced training and 4,000 hours in the direct treatment of the upper extremity; have passed rigorous examination in theory and practice of all conditions hand to shoulder; and have been a board licensed therapist a minimum of 3 years before sitting for the exam.

The Hand Therapy Certification Committee tests candidates on a multitude of physical dysfunctions, current research, ethics, legislation, evidence-based practice, treatment techniques, clinical judgement, splinting and orthotics, burns, wound care, complex traumatic injuries, neurological conditions, orthopedics, and from any pediatric ailment up to arthritis. 

With Del Valle PT & HT being a private and independent clinic, Noel is able to operate with greater latitude in terms of more treatment time spent with patients, navigating insurance constraints, accommodating financial hardship, and utilizing abundant resources in the form of custom splints and prefabricated braces. His schedule is flexible and he has been known to work with you after your work day is through.

Noel prides himself in providing patients with a one of a kind environment conducive to healing produced by Certified Hand Therapist skill and mixed in with a good sense of humor. He would challenge you to see the difference for yourself!

Noel graduated with his Master of Occupational Therapy from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas in 2013 after receiving his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from New Mexico State University. When he’s not in the clinic, Noel is out enjoying the green chile, spending time with his family often grilling, binge watching his favorite shows and following his sports teams. Noel is also fluent in Spanish.

Aquí estamos para servirle a sus ordenes. Se habla español y del bueno, fue mi primer idioma. La educación no la consegui en la escuela, me la inculcaron mis padres. Pero eso si, el nivel de terapia es único. Soy uno de seis mil terapeutas certificados en tratamiento de manos en el mundo. Recuerde esto: No importa a donde los mande el doctor, importa dónde elige ir usted. Aquí los espero.

Mike Gurule | PTA 

Michael has a wide range of experience in the field of physical therapy.  Though his primary focus has been out patient orthopedic rehabilitation, he has also had the opportunity for other diverse experiences.  He has made a difference by helping to rehabilitate individuals from pediatrics to geriatrics, and has treated many populations such as special needs children, young athletes, and patients with neurological conditions.  He trained at the PIMA Medical Institute in Albuquerque, NM.

As a bilingual physical therapy assistant, Michael is able to share his knowledge, skills, and training with the Hispanic community, helping them to understand their diagnosis and treatment plan. 

Michael says, “My career as a Physical Therapy Assistant has been both a blessing and a very rewarding experience, both personally and professionally.  I look forward to serving our community.”

 

Yashania Alvarez | PTA

Yashania comes to Del Valle Physical Therapy with a wide range of experience, having worked with patients with both neurological trauma and orthopedic injuries, from pediatrics to geriatrics. She has worked in health care for many years, including 11 years in in-patient rehab and seven years in home health. She honed her skills working with patients who had just undergone surgery, helping them take those first tentative steps. In home health, Yashania spent time with patients, not only helping them gain confidence, but earning theirs. She then went through an intensive program at Western Technical College in El Paso to become licensed as a physical therapy assistant.

She is devoted to the success of her patients and is passionate about helping them. She says, “What I like about physical therapy is that I can help patients get back to the life they had before. That’s what I love about my job.” 

One special patient really stands out to her as a success story. A young man was riding his motorcycle to work and was hit by a drunk driver. Doctors told his family he wouldn’t survive. But he did and Yashania was part of his rehabilitation team. She says, “We helped bring him back into the community and back to work. He was able to recover, not at 100 percent, but he was functional in his daily life and could work. It was awesome that we were able to be part of that.”

When she’s not at work helping people, Yashania enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her children and a grandson.