Staff

Don Baas, PT

Don Baas, PT

Don graduated from Fresno State University in 1990 and has been providing patient care, practice management and clinical development since. Don is taking an administrative and leadership role for Baas Physical Therapy and is the CEO and co-developer/co-owner of Western Physical Therapy, Inc., a multi-practice company with offices from the Sacramento area north of Redding, of which Baas Physical Therapy belongs. Don is a cycling enthusiast, an avid fisherman, and enjoys hiking, biking, and traveling with his family. He and his wife Erin have two children at home, and a third that is married with a young son of their own.

Brian Baas, PT

Brian Baas, PT

Brian also graduated from Fresno State University in 1992 and has been providing patient care, practice management, and clinical development since. Brian is also taking an administrative and leadership role for Baas Physical Therapy as well as providing patient care. Brian is the CFO and co-developer/co-owner of Western Physical Therapy, Inc., a growing organization of outpatient physical therapy practices. He is involved in community outreaches, has served as Anderson High Schools athletic team therapist, and enjoys developing physical therapy programs. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his two daughters, playing basketball, golfing, wake-surfing, and cycling.

Kevin Elo, MPT, ATC/L, CSCS, CEAS

Kevin Elo has earned his Masters in Physical Therapy from the University of Evansville, is a Licensed Athletic Trainer, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist. Over the past 20 years, he has been involved significantly in orthopedics, sports medicine, performing arts medicine, and work related rehabilitation. He has been a successful private practice owner for eight years in the Northwest Indiana/Chicagoland area. Highlights of his career have included working at the NFL Combine medical re-check, being a Preferred Provider of Physical Therapy/Athletic Training for USA Gymnastics, an initial member of the Drum Corps Medical Project, as well as serving as an Athletic Trainer at the High School/College/Professional levels. Kevin has also served as a consultant for sports teams, as well as various businesses for health/wellness/ergonomics. Kevin is an active percussionist/drummer, is a voice-over artist, plays volleyball and basketball, youth athletic coach, and is busy in the church music ministry. He recently moved from Indiana, with his fantastic wife, Allison, and six wonderfully active children.

John Kvale, DPT

John Kvale, DPT

John graduated from Ohio University in 2002 with a Bachelor’s in Biochemistry and then from the University of Colorado in 2009 with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. John started his career in Hawaii where he practiced physical therapy in the outpatient setting. He and his wife moved to New Mexico in 2011, where he continued his career in the outpatient, inpatient, aquatic and wound care settings at a small hospital. John, his wife, and young son moved to Redding in 2013 to join Baas Physical Therapy. At Baas Physical Therapy, he specializes in aquatic therapy for patients with spinal, balance, pain, and orthopedic conditions.

John earned an Aquatic Exercise Association certification as an Aquatic Fitness Professional. He also maintains an APTA membership and supports the APTA as an orthopedic section member. When outside the clinic, John and his young family enjoy hiking, golfing, and traveling.

Cynthia Huang, DPT

Cynthia Huang, DPT

Cynthia is from Indiana and attended University of Colorado to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Previously, she attended Purdue University for her Bachelor of Science and University of Virginia for her Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering; this training helped develop the dedication to using the most effective treatments to help individuals return to their desired lifestyles. She enjoys guiding patients back to being active and to regain function with education, exercises, manual techniques, and modalities, among other tools. She is an active APTA member and has worked with patients after total knee replacement in Honduras with Operation Walk. In her free time, she enjoys all things outdoors, including hiking, climbing, skiing, and backpacking.

Michelle Leavell-Penn, PTA

Michelle Leavell-Penn, PTA

Michelle graduated from Holistic Institute of Berkley for Massage Therapy in 1985 and developed her own private practice from 1992 to 2016. She furthered her education at Coleman College in Houston Texas, graduating from an Accredited Physical Therapist Assistant Program and receiving her license in 2007. She went on to specialize in Aquatic Therapy Certificates at the Aquatic Therapy Rehab Institute, and has over 5 years of experience in Aquatic Orthopedic care, with an emphasis on core and lumbar stability. Michelle is dedicated to providing special care to each individual patient, and to providing a fun atmosphere while educating patients and assisting in reaching therapy goals. Michelle is a certified scuba diver and also enjoys camping, hiking, biking, horseback riding, kayaking, sailing, snorkeling, and singing in the choir at church.

Hillary Burgin, PT Tech

Hillary is a native of Northern California with over 4 years of physical therapy aide experience. She enjoys assisting patients in their recovery from injuries and everyday aches and pain. Hillary has worked at Baas Physical Therapy since January of 2013. During her free time she enjoys spending time with her family.

Justin, PT Tech

Justin, PT Tech

Justin has lived in Redding for 6 years and joined Baas Physical Therapy in 2017. As a PT Technician, Justin works diligently to assist patients in perfecting their exercise programs and encourages them to stay positive throughout their treatment. Justin’s background is in fitness and personal training, and he utilizes those skills to motivate and aide patients in their recovery. In his free time, Justin enjoys being active outdoors, working out at the gym, and spending time with friends.

Christina, PT Tech

Christina, PT Tech

Christina is one of our Aqua Physical Therapy Technicians here at Baas Physical Therapy. She joined the staff in September 2014. Christina is also an ACE-Certified Group Fitness Instructor with Body and Soul Fitness, and enjoys helping patients with their aquatic exercises on their road to recovery. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. Christina and her husband enjoy swing dancing, hiking, camping, and hosting their Church Bible study.

Melissa, Front Desk / Scheduling Coordinator

Melissa, Front Desk / Scheduling Coordinator

Melissa joined the staff at Baas Physical Therapy in June of 2014. Her family relocated from the coast, where she was the lead receptionist for another medical group. She enjoys her personal interactions she is able to have with our patients here at Baas Physical Therapy.

Brianna, Front Desk / Insurance Coordinator

Brianna, Front Desk / Insurance Coordinator

Brianna was born and raised in the Bay Area and moved to Redding in 2014. She has worked for several medical offices and loves being able to help a patient in need. Outside of work, she enjoys spending her days at Whiskeytown Lake and hiking at the falls. Brianna truly enjoys being a part of the Baas PT Team and will always be ready to answer any questions you may have!

Kasey, Front Desk / Referral Coordinator

Kasey, Front Desk / Referral Coordinator

Kasey moved to Redding from Las Vegas about 5 years ago. She attended Shasta College before enrolling in the LVN program at the Institute of Technology, where she hopes to return to complete her schooling in the future. Kasey has worked in the medical setting for 2 years now and absolutely loves it. As the Referral Coordinator at Baas Physical Therapy, she works with physician’s offices in the area to receive referrals and then proceeds to schedule patients for initial appointments. In her free time, Kasey enjoys playing softball, fishing, pitching horseshoes with her grandmother, and spending time with her step-son.