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Ron Kopitzke

Ron Kopitzke, PT, DPT, OCS

After working in Placerville for 8 years, in 1996 Ron opened Sierra Orthopaedic and Athletic Rehabilitation (SOAR). His objective was providing individualized quality care performed by a physical therapist.


Ron graduated from Loma Linda University in 1981 with a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Therapy. Soon after graduating he pursued his interest in sports and orthopedic rehabilitation. He has worked as an athletic trainer at the high school level as well as in the 1984 Olympics. In 1988 Ron and his wife moved to Northern California so she could obtain her graduate degree. Ron moved to Placerville to continue his passion of orthopedic rehabilitation. In 1996 Ron started SOAR with the objective of providing individualized quality care. In 2001 Ron achieved his Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) accreditation. He is one of 4000 orthopedic specialists in the U.S. In 2004 Ron went back to school to study evidenced-based medicine. He graduated from Rocky Mountain University with a Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy.


He is continuing to pursue his interest in athletic and orthopedic injuries, temporomandibular joint dysfunction, and biomechanics of the foot and ankle with orthosis fabrication.


Ron practices what he teaches, including windsurfing, mountain biking, skiing, and snow boarding in his off-hours activities. Ron and his family have lived in the Placerville area since 1988.


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Bonny Barts, PT, DPT

Bonny (Wilson-Cyphers) Barts, PT, DPT, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Loma Linda University in 1980. As the field of Physical Therapy changed over the years to become a doctorate profession, she went on to earn her Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2005.


Her career path began in an acute care hospital setting helping patients with a variety of medical diagnoses and establishing a valuable base of general medicine knowledge. This was followed by the first of many post-graduate residencies. She was trained in a specialty neurological setting in Vallejo, California and studied Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF). Afterwards, she was invited back to her alma mater, Loma Linda University and spent the next five years working in that setting as a clinical professor (teaching physical and occupational therapy students as a clinician at the university medical center). She was the assistant director of the neurological section and in charge of all neurological pediatric patients.


She moved to Placerville in 1987, and her career path changed again, this time to specializing in Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. She began working at Sierra Orthopaedic and Athletic Rehabilitation in 1996 and enjoyed 14 years of a wonderful career helping patients in the Placerville area. She continued her education pursuits during this time- frame with additional residencies in orthopedics and was certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist from 2001-2011.


In 2009 she began to specialize in sport-specific training and rehabilitation. She opened her own business, Fit for the Tee, and devoted most of her training time to golf biomechanics. She is a level 3 medical professional, certified by the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI). She is currently working on certification through TPI to specialize in training junior golfers.


Due to personal family issues, her path changed again. Fit for the Tee was closed and she was offered her past position back at SOAR. She feels blessed to be back in Placerville, where she feels so at home and welcomed back by her former patients.

Joshua Slater, PT, DPT, OCSJoshua Slater, PT, DPT, OCS

Josh was raised in Southern California. Having been born in Canada with a passion for the outdoors, he chose University of Nevada for his undergraduate work. While completing his undergraduate degree he attended and graduated from a physical therapy assistant program in 2000. He quickly got a job specializing in Orthopedics. Josh worked for 3 years as an assistant until going back to graduate school. He graduated from Loma Linda University in 2005 with a Masters of Physical Therapy. In 2006 he received his Doctorate degree emphasizing Orthopedic Physical Therapy.


After finishing his graduate work, Josh worked extensively with orthopedic patients at a private practice in Southern CA. In 2009 he was acknowledged by the American Physical Therapy Association as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS). Along with his vast experience in the Orthopedic field, Josh has also mentored and instructed numerous physical therapy Doctoral students. Currently Josh has relocated to El Dorado County to further pursue his passion for the outdoors and to instill that passion onto his children.







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