Our Physical Therapists
Ilona Falvy, PT
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing!”
I have been a physical therapist for over 25 years having graduated from Loma Linda University in June 1993 with a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy. My enthusiasm and passion for movement and boundless possibilities has been the fuel for my post-graduate studies in manual therapy and focused exercise. I have specialized in working with people with neck and back dysfunction, knee and hip pain, and complex medical condition. It is humbling and rewarding to work with people as they journey toward healing, wellness, and joy!
Christina Leisen, DPT
“The greatest wealth is health”
My passion for Physical therapy and wellness began from a very young age. I experienced many physical injuries in my youth, and this experience nurtured a high level of compassion, empathy, and desire to serve others. I carry this desire to serve and heal into my practice as a physical therapist and in all my patient interactions. I graduated with a Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy from Regis University in May 2013. Since then, I have specialized my skills in the area of orthopedics, women’s health, and integrative manual therapy. I am passionate about support and nurturing my patients, reminding them that they are their own greatest resource for healing, and instilling the desire to turn health and wellness into a lifelong process.
Shirley Cook, PT
Shirley has been a physical therapist for over 30 years. Shirley grew up in Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Physical Therapy. While living in Wisconsin she worked in a small rural hospital and a large hospital in Madison. When she moved to California she worked at Mt. Zion hospital in San Francisco which is now part of UCSF. While transitioning from San Francisco to Sonoma County she worked in home health for a short period of time.
Shirley has lived in Sonoma County for over 30 years. She has worked at several outpatient physical therapy offices while she and her husband raised their 3 children. She has extensive experience working with patients pre and post shoulder, knee, and spinal surgery. She also has experience with patients with orofacial and craniofacial pain as well as vestibular dysfunction and balance impairments.
As an avid learner, Shirley has taken many continuing education classes in varied techniques and approaches and is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Montana. Her favorite part of her profession is being able to come along side her patients to help them achieve their health goals and to help them enjoy living optimally while pursuing their passions.
Our Business Manager
Wendy Biale, PhD (ABD)
While not a physical therapist, I bring to this practice a life-long pursuit of wellness and physical activity. As a former dancer and personal trainer, I consider physical vitality a significant key to wholeness. And so I am delighted that after being Ilona’s client for over a decade, I can now partner my business skills with her to make her healing gifts available to the wider community. When not crunching numbers at the clinic, I’m either at home in Napa enjoying long training walks with my husband in preparation for our second Camino de Santiago pilgrimage walk set for 2021, hosting guests at our winery, teaching theology, or working on my dissertation for my PhD in Theology.
Our Sister Company
Clearwater Wellness Institute, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation created to develop and implement community based wellness programs. Currently, the St. Helena High School Wellness Clinic is the Institute’s primary program.