Carrie Wolfe, DPT

Carrie Wolfe, DPT received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, St Augustine, Florida. She has a B.S. in Exercise Science with an emphasis in athletic training and pre-physical therapy from Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA. She attended Ohlone Junior College in Fremont, CA and was a collegiate softball player at both Ohlone and Sonoma State. Prior to opening Laguna Physical Therapy (LPT) in 2007 with Kristy Milanese, DPT, Carrie was with the Pediatric Therapy Network in Torrance, CA where she focused on individualized pediatric programs and treatment design in clinic, school, early intervention and home settings. In addition, Carrie worked for the Little Company of Mary Hospital in San Pedro, CA and Rebound Rehabilitation in St. Augustine, FL. Certifications include: Dynamic Ankle Foot Orthoses; Sensory Integration Training; Adult, Child and Infant CPR and Blood Bourne Pathogens and Infectious disease control. Outside of her physical therapy practice, Carrie enjoys all dance from ballet to hip-hop and participating in triathlons.

Carrie has also spent three years studying karate and kick boxing. She enjoys being part of the Elk Grove community and working with children both in the clinic and off-site in schools across the Sacramento valley. Carrie is licensed to practice physical therapy California and is currently accepting new patients. Carrie has 5 adopted children. Her passions are dance, football, and soccer. In fact she has played for the Sacramento Sirens Women’s Tackle Football team for 7 seasons. In her free time she loves to visit Disneyland. Also she is a big animal lover

Carrie Wolfe

Kristina Milanese, DPT

California native born and raised in the bay area, moved to Sacramento in 1999 to play Soccer as a goalkeeper at Sac state on scholarship where she received her degree in Psychology and Business Administration.

Kristina is a die hard 49er and SF Giants fan and grew up going to the games with her family. She has played 6 seasons for the semi-professional Women’s Tackle Football team the Sacramento Sirens. Where she plays fullback and linebacker, along with all special teams. Her passions are playing with her three dogs, Cooper, a black lab, Rouxe, an English mastiff, and Remington, a Great Dane. Other Hobbies include camping, working out, traveling, woodworking, playing softball, attempting to golf, and deep sea fishing.

Kristina absolutely adores her Framily (friends and family) and tries to spend as much time as possible. She has amazing parents who are her rock, a younger sister and brother and sister in law that she adores, and as wells as 5 nephews (one set of triplets in that mix) and one niece (the baby) who have her wrapped around their fingers. She also holds the title of “Auntie Kristy or Auntie Bubba” to many of her friends’ children and it is by far the greatest compliment that she has been given.

Kristina Milanese

Kathleen Hicks, DPT

Kathleen Hicks, MPT, has her Master of Physical Therapy, from CSU Sacramento, and a Bachelor of Science, from the University of California, at Davis, in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior. “Patients can expect a well-rounded approach to treatment, as I am open to new techniques and ways to improve treatment,” says Kathleen, “I love working with motivated individuals of all ages.” Kathleen is licensed to practice physical therapy in California and is currently accepting new patients.

Kathleen enjoys cooking and being creative in the kitchen. She alo enjoys teaching, and is currently developing the clinical education portion for our practice. She has a wide range of hobbies ranging from fishing and bicycling to reading and knitting. Kathleen is also the mother of two busy little girls.

In the clinic, she specializes in two areas, splitting time between pediatrics and orthopedics.

Kathleen Hicks

Krista Farnady, DPT

Krista received her B.A. from Chico State in Exercise Physiology and continued on to Physical Therapy school here locally at Sacramento State. She graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy has a passion for pediatrics. She works part time in the school and Early Intervention settings. When she is not out and about working with kids in the community you can find her camping, hiking, or rock climbing in Tahoe or the Eastern Sierras. Whenever they have the chance, Krista and her fiancé love to travel throughout the US or abroad and are always up for an adventure!

Krista Farnady

Bach Estebat, PTA

Bach completed her undergraduate from the University of the Pacific with a B.A. in Sport Sciences. She continued pursuing a career as a Physical Therapist Assistant at Carrington College of California and graduated with an Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant. As a Physical Therapist Assistant she has the opportunity to split time between Pediatric and Orthopedic.

Aside from working, she enjoys exploring the outdoors and going for leisurely runs and hikes. Bach is also looking forward to training for another marathon, possibly the California International Marathon again for a personal record. Bach and her fiancé enjoy going to local concerts in Sacramento and attending music festivals for the love of music.

In her spare time she enjoys sewing. She can spend many hours thrift shopping and upcycling her finds for herself and others who are willing to wear them.

Bach Estebat

Melody Mandell

Melody received both her B.A. in Sports Medicine and Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees from the University of the Pacific. Her love of movement started when she was just a toddler taking ballet and tap classes and progressed through her school aged years when she spent most of her time dancing in a San Diego based dance company. Being able to help her patients restore and optimize their movement is what motivated Melody to become a Physical Therapist.

In addition to orthopedic and pediatric physical therapy, Melody has a passion for providing physical therapy services to third world countries. During PT school, she had the opportunity to volunteer in a hospital in Malawi, Africa, and would love to continue that work someday.

In her free time, you can find Melody providing hair and makeup services to her friends for special occasions, or going on walks with her husband around Midtown to discover fun places to eat.

Melody Mandell

Mariela “Ela” Morse, PTA

Mariela, better known as “Ela” completed her undergraduate studies at California State University-Sacramento earning a B. S. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Therapeutic Exercise and Rehabilitation. While an undergrad student, Ela started her career in physical therapy as a Physical Therapy Aide under the supervision of Kristina Milanese, DPT at our very own Laguna Physical Therapy. As an aide, Ela applied concurrently to both DPT and Sac City’s PTA Program. After a lot of self reflection, Ela concluded PTA was a better fit for her. She says “As a PTA I get to merge my passion for exercise with patient education and give my patients the tools for life long success”. Ela attended Sacramento City College’s PTA program where she served as class president and developed a mentor program that continues to this day.

When she’s not working, Ela enjoys spending quality time with her husband, their pup Oakley, and friends/family. She is a die hard Minnesota Vikings fan and her passion for sports helped pave the way to her career paths. When Ela isn’t catching a Vikings game or watching the latest stats on ESPN, she enjoys hiking, floating on the American River, craft beer, and a good Micheal Connelly book.

Ela is fluent in Spanish and splits time between clinic and pediatric therapy.

Mariela 'Ela' Morse