The Physical Therapy Clinic of Monterey Spine & Joint is a full-service rehabilitation clinic, established in August 2017, specializing in the care of patients with orthopedic and sports-related injuries. At MSJ, our skilled therapists have easy access to your physician as well as easy access to your medical records, MRI, X-rays, and other information needed to best manage your treatment plan. This continuity of care ensures your individual case is managed according to your specific needs, which means our physical therapists not only provide interventions based on their careful judgements about diagnosis and prognosis, but also confer regularly with your referring physician to optimize and expedite your recovery. Our Director of Physical Therapy, Hunter Stark, came to the Monterey Peninsula from the Florida Gulf Coast with the vision of creating an integrated model of physical therapy in an environment that is suitable for all ages and activity levels. After years of helping professional, collegiate and high school athletes return from injury, enhance their performance, and excel at their sports, he was determined to create a similar environment for the general public. In order to achieve this vision, we developed a relationship with the San Francisco 49ers in order to help us bring a professional level of care to the people of the Monterey Peninsula. We are the first medical group to partner with the 49ers in this fashion. We plan to utilize the medical knowledge of the 49ers medical staff and combine that with the diverse background of our team of physical therapists and physicians in order to develop comprehensive education and treatment programs for all types of injuries.

If you have a body, you’re an athlete and everything you need is already inside

- Bill Bowerman, Coach and Co-Founder of Nike -

These simple quotes summarize our core principles at Monterey Spine & Joint Physical Therapy. Everyone is an athlete at heart and everyone shoulder have access to the elite level care like world-class athletes – whether you are a youth athlete, a weekend warrior, a busy executive or an active senior. We want to be the ones to educate and guide you to bring out the best athlete in everyone.



Our team of physical therapists at Monterey Spine & Joint are highly skilled to offer the latest cutting-edge treatments to help you achieve your goals.

We emphasize a hands-on approach that includes a thorough biomechanical assessment of how the body moves and functions to determine what specific muscle imbalances and movement impairments may be leading to dysfunction or limiting your performance. We then offer an individualized approach that produces amazing results.

We are trained in many of the latest assessment, treatment and manual therapy techniques, including:

  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (Graston)
  • Trigger point release and neuromuscular techniques
  • Muscle energy techniques
  • Joint mobilization and spinal manipulation
  • Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) and Functional Movement Screen (FMS)
  • Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) and Functional Movement Screen (FMS)



Hunter Stark


Hunter Stark is the Director of Physical Therapy for Monterey Spine & Joint and began in 2017. Hunter is a licensed physical therapist through the American Physical Therapy Association, as well as a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT) via Maitland-Australian Physiotherapy and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength & Conditioning Association. Before joining Monterey Spine & Joint, Hunter spent the previous six years as a physical therapist at the Andrews Institute for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Gulf Breeze, FL, where he provided rehabilitation for athletes in the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, Olympic Teams as well as US Special Forces and general population. Hunter is originally from Jackson, MS, and received his B.S. in Biological Sciences from Mississippi State University and Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He enjoys reading, fishing, outdoor sports, as well as lifting heavy things up and putting them down!

Carey-Leah Havrilko


Carey Havrilko has been a staff physical therapist with Monterey Spine & Joint since 2017. Carey is a licensed physical therapist through the American Physical Therapy Association. Before joining Monterey Spine & Joint, Carey spent the previous six years in outpatient orthopedic practice in the Monterey-Salinas area. Carey is originally from Vermont and moved to the Monterey-Salinas area in 2011. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Duke University in 1999 and Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of Vermont in 2011. She enjoys participating in barre classes, yoga and local wine tasting!

Dan Reddington


Dan has been a staff physical therapist with Monterey Spine & Joint since 2017. Dan is a licensed physical therapist through the American Physical Therapy Association and certified in the use of dry-needling through Kineticore (Level 1 & 2). Before joining Monterey Spine & Joint, Dan spent the previous three years working in Rhode Island at an outpatient orthopedic clinic with emphasis on knee and shoulder conditions. Dan is originally from Rhode Island and graduated with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northeastern University in Boston, MA, with emphasis on Sports Strength and Conditioning. He is an avid football, basketball, and baseball fan and enjoys exercising and spending time outside in his free time!

Maria Piedimonte

Physical Therapy Technician

Maria has been a physical therapy technician with Monterey Spine & Joint since 2017. Maria is a Monterey native and received her B.S. degree in Neurobiology and Behavior from UC-Irvine. Maria is currently pursuing her Yoga instructor certification and has future plans to continue her education for a doctorate in physical therapy. She is passionate about yoga, nutrition, outdoor activities, reading, traveling and playing with puppies!


Our services

Trying to return from a nagging injury or surgery that is keeping you from being your best self? Do you have aches and pain that are getting too much to handle on your own? Do you just need advice on how to take better care of your body? We can assist you to restore function, optimize yourself, and get back to your past activities even better than you were before. We’ll help you feel better, but also address the underlying causes of your injury to prevent it from occurring again.

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    Movement is Medicine           When most people think of medicine, they imagine pills to be taken, injections to be endured or surgeries to help diagnose and treat diseases. However, one of the s...

    Movement is Medicine

              When most people think of medicine, they imagine pills to be taken, injections to be endured or surgeries to help diagnose and treat diseases. However, one of the strongest forms of medicine isn’t something you can buy at a pharmacy or get in a doctor’s office. This type of medicine is simply movement and it’s something that can easily be taught.

    Movement is an ideal medicine. It’s extremely effective, free, low risk, abundantly available, socially acceptable and simple to do. When compared to traditional treatments, such as drugs and surgery, the risk to benefit ratio frequently is far superior. A regular dose of movement can help to:

    • Improve memory and cognitive function
    • Improve your sleep
    • Reduce stress levels
    • Help with anxiety and depression
    • Support social connectedness and happiness
    • Lower your risk of many chronic disease including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers

    Important as the previous reasons are, there’s one reason that tops them all. The ability to meet the demands, both expected and unexpected, of everyday life because you have achieved a basic fitness level.  Unfortunately, most people approach movement with the same aversion they express towards a hypodermic needle or the awful-tasting medicine we sometimes have to swallow to “feel better.” As children we didn’t feel this way about moving our bodies. Kids typically view physical activities like skipping, jumping and running as exciting play to be enjoyed. In our hyper-busy, remote-control oriented culture, barriers to exercise and fun abound. Long workdays, difficult commutes and balancing family or job obligations leave many Americans chronically exhausted, stiff, sore and unable to even perform the most basic of tasks such as squatting, reaching, or bending down without pain.

    How can a Physical Therapist help to improve your functional fitness?

              Physical Therapists are the movement professionals of the medical world. Physical therapy is the health profession whose primary purpose is the promotion of optimal health and movement by preventing or correcting impairments in body structures and function, activity limitations, participation restrictions or environmental barriers as related to movement and health. A physical therapist can help educate you and tweak the way you move to prevent aches and pain as well as ward off serious injuries like “throwing out” your back. To help you become – and stay – physically active try implementing some of the following steps into your life:

    1. Recognize that your body needs movement to be healthy. We know that when we are hungry we should eat, and when we are tired we should sleep. But when we get stiff, achy and tired, we generally don’t recognize these signals as cues that our body craves movement. Instead, we misinterpret them as a need for rest, which makes us stiffer, achier and even more tired. This is why the saying “Motion is Lotion” is so true. Joint movement can provide “lotion” (lubrication) to painful joints, improve the way your body perceives pain and can even prevent some pain before it starts.

    2. Make a commitment to movement. Design your own personal activity program. This does not have to be a gym program but rather try to schedule fun activities and movements into your weekly plan.

    3. Avoid sitting for prolonged periods. Whenever you must sit for an extended length of time, take regular stretch breaks and short walks.

    4. Make the active choice. When you are faced with the choice of moving more or moving less, move more. For example, choose the stairs over an elevator, park in the farthest spot, walk to the store, turn off the TV and go out to play. Get rid of the negative mindset of trying to expend as little energy as possible and adopt a pro-active attitude that eagerly looks for opportunities to move.

    5. Understand the importance of attitude. If you say, “I can’t,” then you won’t. For example, don’t think of your “bad knee” and “good knee” but rather your “better and getting better” knees. Believe in your ability to achieve goals and improve rather than on a negative mindset.

    6. Remember that doing something is better than doing nothing. Three minutes of stretching, a two-minute walk, even a 30-second deep breath all can contribute to better health.

    Whatever your age, there’s strong scientific evidence that being physically active can help you lead a healthier and even happier life. Find the joy in moving. Let go of all preconceived notions regarding exercise and activity and just go outside – or inside – and play.

    “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing”
    – George Bernard Shaw


    – Hunter Stark, PT, DPT, CSCS, COMT

Monterey Spine & Joint Physical Therapy is ready to provide you with the treatment you deserve.
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12 Upper Ragsdale, Ryan Ranch
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