Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
- Outpatient Orthopedic Physical Therapy
- Experts in Evaluating Biomechanics and Movement
- Sports Medicine Rehabilitation
- Advanced Manual Therapy Techniques
- IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization)
- Pilates and Yoga based exercise
- Pre-surgical Rehabilitation
- Post-surgical Rehabilitation
- Work Injury Rehabilitation
- Fall Prevention, Balance, and Gait Training
- Fitness Programs
- Ergonomic & Worksite Consultations
- TMJ (Temporal Mandibular Joint) Rehabilitation
- Vestibular Rehabilitation
- Modality Treatments – Infrared Therapy, Electrical Stimulation, Ultrasound, Cervical and Lumbar Mechanical Traction, Iontophoresis
Brandon Irons, MPT, CMPT – Clinic Director
Brandon Irons, MPT is the Director of PRN San Diego Uptown. He earned his Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from California State University, Northridge in 2010 and his Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from San Diego State University in 2006. Professionally, his entire practice has been in Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Rehabilitation. He has successfully worked to rehabilitate clients from all levels of injury from children to older adults including professional athletes. Brandon has progressed his education with advanced clinical evaluation, assessment, and manual therapeutic treatment techniques. Through a rigorous educational and examination process, he has become a Certified Manual Physical Therapist. He has been a Clinical Director with PRN since 2013, and the Director of PRN San Diego Uptown since 2016. Brandon enjoys running, mountain biking, surfing and snowboarding in his free time.
Amy Richards, MPT, ATC
Amy Richard, MPT, ATC has been a physical therapist with PRN for the past 15 years. Amy earned her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology at San Diego State University and became a certified Athletic Trainer 1997. Amy received her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the School of Health Related Sciences at the MAYO Clinic 1999.
Amy was the Athletic Trainer for the University of San Diego Club Rugby, Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse, and Club Soccer teams for 10 years. She specialized in on field sports medicine assessments, conclusion management, emergency care, and return to sport rehabilitation.
Amy enjoys working in the outpatient physical therapy setting as a manual therapist. She has clinical experience utilizing manual therapy techniques and working with a variety of different musculoskeletal conditions, including low back pain, neck pain, shoulder dysfunction, SI joint dysfunction and post operative rehab. Amy incorporates patient education, pilates, kinesio-taping, and functional strengthening with patient care.
When Amy is not working she enjoys spending time with her family, working in the garden, cooking and baking.
Dr. Leslie Monagle, DPT
Leslie graduated with honors from San Diego State University in 2004 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiotherapy. She received her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from San Diego State University in 2015, with special recognition for academic excellence. While in graduate school, she participated in research focusing on risk factors for injury in high school cross-country runners, which was published in poster presentation format at the American Physical Therapy Association national conference in 2016. Leslie strives to provide individualized treatments that are supported by current evidence to improve her patients’ overall function and quality of life. Outside of the clinic, Leslie enjoys hiking, camping, reading, and enjoying life in beautiful San Diego.
Dr. Tamara Pessin, DPT
Tamara graduated with honors from San Diego State University in 2014 with her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. She then received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree with honors from the University of St. Augustine for health sciences in 2017. Dr. Pessin has successfully rehabilitated a diverse group of patients including young and older adults with a wide range of orthopedic diagnoses including nonoperative, preoperative, and postoperative care. Additionally, she has worked with pediatric patients with diagnoses of torticollis, plagiocephaly, and developmental delay. Her passion for physical therapy is fueled by the joy she receives from helping others regain optimal function. In her spare time, Tamara enjoys hiking, dancing, and enjoying the lovely weather San Diego has to offer.
Della Schweitzer, PTA, CEAS
San Diego native Della Schweitzer has been a Physical Therapist Assistant for 20 years and at PRN Uptown for 17 years. Prior to working at the Uptown clinic, Della held a variety of positions in her 25 years with PRN. Della obtained her certification as an ergonomic specialist and now also conducts workshops and individual workplace ergonomic assessments. Her greatest satisfaction is helping her patients regain function and get back to living their lives. Outside of the clinic, Della enjoys spending time with her family and enjoying her time outdoors with her dog.
Kate Button, PTA, ATC
Kate Button, PTA, ATC is a native San Diegan, and grew up in east county. She graduated from Valhalla High School and graduated from SDSU with a Bachellor’s degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Athletic Training. Kate has a background in sports medicine. She has been a Certified Athletic trainer for 12 years and a member of the NATA since 2004 working with all levels of athlete including high school, NCAA, and professional. In 2009, Kate graduated from Loma Linda University with her PTA degree. Kate’s caring nature and passion for helping others guided her to a career in Physical Therapy. She thoroughly enjoys the challenges as well as personal rewards that come with a profession dedicated to the healing of others. Her background in Sports Medicine allows her to contribute her knowledge and skills towards the recovery of PRN’s athletic population. When she is not in the clinic, Kate can be found at the local beaches, trails and parks enjoying San Diego’s amazing sunshine and weather with her Labradoodle Ruby. She regularly trains for ½ marathons and practices Pilates and Yoga.