Meet Your Therapists

Our Team - Merced

Dr. Chris Dahlhoff, PT, DPT, owner (Doctorate in Physical Therapy)

Dr. Chris began college as a business major, but when he sprained his ankle playing competititve baseball, it was physical therapy that helped him recover and return to playing. Intrigued by the knowledge and effectiveness of the therapist he worked with, Chris changed his major and embarked on a career dedicated to helping others achieve their health and performance goals. 

Chris’ college baseball career, years of field experience, and continuing dedication to understanding the complexities of training for peak performance, mean that he understands the needs of athletes and work-day warriors alike and is equipped to help them play at their highest level.  He is passionate about helping others achieve their goals.

Giving back to the community as a way to say thanks.  Chris has had the pleasure of volunteering as the therapist/trainer for Stone Ridge Christian High School Athletic programs since the school opened in 2003. (check out their new-contruction progress  - stoneridgechristian.com )  He also provides community education/training for McSwain soccer coaches, as well as local industry trainings.  He is a member of the North Merced Rotary Club, which provides humanitarian support both locally and internationally, and is on the board for the club’s annual North/South High School Football All-Star Game.  He is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association. 

Lisa S. Clinton, MSPT (Masters of Science in Physical Therapy)

Lisa Clinton has a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Simmons College in Boston and has more than 25 years of experience as a licensed therapist. She joined the Yosemite Physical Therapy team 14 years ago and has a rich background of continuing education in multiple areas including identification and treatment of upper extremity repetitive strain injuries, rehabilitation of knee and shoulder injuries, taping techniques (kinesio and McConnell), myofascial release, gait and foot assessment, pediatric rehabilitation, and balance and vestibular disorders.  Lisa is a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist and is a consultant to local government offices, manufacturing and industry, working closely with both employee and employer to create optimal ergonomic environments.  She also provides on-site educational classes on injury prevention related to cumulative trauma.

The fusion of her experience and education has helped her to see the patient as a whole and address layers of problems that may lead to injury. Her goal is to help patients achieve their highest level of function.

When Lisa is not treating patients, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughters, especially at the beach and Disneyland.  She loves to cheer her girls on at their sporting and school events.

She has been actively involved at Yosemite Church for the past 17 years.

Nicole Delworth, MPT (Masters of Physical Therapy)

Nicole Delworth received her Bachelor of Science in Health Science and her Masters of Physical Therapy, both from California State University, Northridge.  

Nicole has over 21 years of experience in various physical therapy settings including outpatient orthopedic, subacute and transitional care facilities.  She joined Yosemite Physical Therapy 12 years ago as the director of our Atwater office.  She spent 5 years developing the programs in that office before moving to our Merced office.  Her clinical skill set is enhanced by her experience as a competitive swimmer and gymnast.  She enjoys staying fit and is a big fan of her two volleyball-playing daughters. 

Vanessa Duncan, PTA (Physical Therapist Licensed Assistant)

Born in Madison, Indiana, Vanessa attended Southern Adventist University to attain her A.S. degree in pre-physical therapy in 2014. She then completed the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Loma Linda University in 2015.  While in high school she played soccer, basketball and fast pitch softball competitively, where she learned the value of proper coaching and physical training.  These experiences gave her insite into the world of physical therapy, and ultimately sparked and interest for a career in the field.  Her experience as an athelete herself, has helped with her ability to understand and treat the injured atheletes here at YPT.  When not at work she enjoys doing most anything outdoors, including camping, backpacking, kayaking, playing sports and dirtbiking. 

Jannet Perez, PTA (Physical Therapist Licensed Assistant)

Jannet was born and raised in Los Angeles, graduated High School and moved to the Central Valley in 2008.  She attended California State University Stanislaus where she obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology, with a concentration in Health & Wellness and a minor in Psychology in 2013.  

After graduation, she had the opportunity to work at an outpatient physical therapy clinic - it was there that her hands-on experience motivated her to persue a more advanced degree in the field.  She attended Carrington College and obtained her A.S. degree as a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistent in 2018.

She has always had a strong interest in medicine and helping others, and was driven toward Physical Therapy because of its hands-on nature.  Her committement to helping others attain their individual goals and maximize performance and function is what drives her.  Her genuine compassion for others along with her ability to connect with her patients makes them feel at ease and confident that they are in the right place - and being bilingual Spanish/English is another talent that helps her to accomplish this.  Her goal is to continue to learn new and innovative treatment techniques, and to obtain specialist certifications.  

She family oriented and enjoys spending time with her husband and 15-month-old boy.  She also enjoys traveling as well.