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Your one-on-one therapy partners


Learn more about the expert physical therapists and team members that you’ll work with at our clinic. Every physical therapy session will be one-on-one with a Licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy.

Dr. Mark Sherman

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“Dr. Shulman and staff are a cut above everyone else. They will customize a treatment plan for the individual instead of approaching therapy with a cookie cutter plan. I’ve had excellent results with my back pain and appreciate the care I received here. I highly recommend them.”

– Steve M.

Dr. Mark Shulman

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), FAAOMPT, COMT, CSCS


Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists.

Dr. Mark Shulman, DPT, FAAOMPT, COMT, CSCS has worked in Physical Therapy since 2005 when he started as a Physical Therapy Aide in an Outpatient clinic. Since then he has continued to progress his practice and gain experiences in multiple treatment settings. Dr. Shulman started “The Physical Therapy Effect” to continue his goal of providing quality one on one care to the patients he works with.

Mark studied Physical Therapy at Northeastern University in Boston Massachusetts where he graduated Magna Cum laude with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2010. While completing his degree in Physical Therapy, Dr. Shulman also earned his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Credentials from the NSCA. He has taken multiple advanced training courses to become a Certified Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapist through North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy. Dr. Shulman is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy. He is also currently a Credentialed Clinical Instructor through the America Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Mark maintains an active membership in the American Physical Therapy Association, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists and National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Within the San Diego community Mark has set up multiple injury prevention clinics for high schools around the county. Mark is the Physical Therapist for Cali Coast Elite All Star Cheer Gym as well as the head of their sports medicine team. He provides volunteer Physical Therapy services to events such as Bike MS: Bay to Bay, Padres Pedal and SDBC Grande Prix.

When not in the clinic Mark enjoys outdoors activities including sports like flag football, cycling, skiing and golf. He also can be found at dog beach with his dog “Matilda.”

Dr. Allison McKay

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“This place and the people that work there are the best! Very friendly and great at what they do. It’s an awesome environment and I would highly suggest.”

– Emmett C.

Dr. Allison McKay

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), PRPC


Allison has been working as a physical therapist since 2009. Initially working outside of Boston she moved to San Diego after two years of working as a traveling Physical Therapist. Once she settled in San Diego Allison returned to working in an outpatient setting at The Physical Therapy Effect in 2014.

Allison studied Physical Therapy at Northeastern University in Boston Massachusetts where she graduated with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2009. In the time since graduation, Allison has pursued new learning opportunities for orthopedic manual Physical Therapy as well as advanced training classes in Women’s Health and Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation. She has her Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification through the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, which she puts to use as the lead Physical Therapist for The Physical Therapy Effect’s Pelvic Health Rehabilitation Program.

When not in the clinic Allison enjoys spending her free time traveling or outdoors either running, hiking, playing soccer or skiing. She enjoys volunteering for local road races and events as well as working with local charities such as the Challenged Athlete’s Foundation. She can also be found walking her French Bulldog “Jax.”

Dr. Joshua Tizon

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“Mark and the team at The Physical Therapy Effect are awesome people with a real passion for helping others. Their dedication to providing the best service possible is evident. I highly recommend visiting The Physical Therapy Effect!”

– Megan P.

Dr. Joshua Tizon

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), Certified Applied Functional Science (CAFS)

E. Joshua Tizon, DPT, CAFS joined The PT Effect team in 2019 and received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of St. Augustine. He has experience in multiple setting but always maintained his focus on Orthopedic Physical Therapy. He is currently a member of the faculty from his alma mater at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. He was born and raised in Southern California, originally from Orange County, and has been in San Diego County since 2016.

Having his own history of shoulder injury and low back pain with successful Physical Therapy treatments gives Josh a clear understanding of the importance of physical fitness and proper management that he passes along to his clients and patients to develop their own resilience to injury.

Josh is certified in Applied Functional Science (CAFS) through the Gray Institute which allows him to develop exercises that correlate with an individual’s daily activities and prevent unwanted movements that could be causing dysfunction. He has taken multiple advanced training courses to become a Certified Manual Physical Therapist through North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy. Josh is a continued seeker of knowledge to learn effective methodologies and skills that he can utilize in effective patient care management and has taken numerous advanced technique courses and seminars.

When he is not working Josh enjoys weightlifting, finding the best burritos in all the lands, and can be found riding his motorcycle on the highways.

Julissa Amina

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“Since meeting Julissa, I have not been able to find a massage so enjoyable or catered to me anywhere else. Julissa takes incredible attention to detail, cares deeply about her clients, and truly has a set of magic hands. I will be Julissa’s client for as long as she works in massage.”

– Melissa S.

Julissa Amina

Certified Massage Therapist (CMT)

A personal healing journey, Hawaiian heritage and culture led Julissa to a path of massage therapy. She has been a massage therapist since 2006. She has worked in many spas and clinics, instructed anatomy and massage, worked with doctors, chiropractors, and physical therapists.

Her intuition is incorporated with Aromatherapy and essential oil applications, Deep Tissue, Lomilomi, Lymphatic Drainage, Myofascial Release, Reiki, Sports, Swedish, Trigger Point Therapy and more to focus on specific needs, therapeutic injury care, and relaxation. Trained in the home of the Ironman World Championship, she has worked with numerous athletes. She is also educated in Pohaku Wela (Hot Stone), Prenatal to relax, relieve and/or to encourage labor, and spa treatments. She continues to expand and grow with experience and continuing education.

In her play time, you’ll find her laughing, skipping, stretching, or climbing, hanging, and diving from silks. She is an aerial student, mainly aerial silks but occasionally dabbles in other aerial apparatuses.

“I work from the heart and believe in blending skillful techniques and intuition to assist with restoring wellness, harmony, and tranquility in the mind, body, and soul

Jil Harris

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“You couldn’t go to a better PT place to heal and feel better again. Friendly and welcoming place. Clean and on time. Everyone here aims to make sure their patients get the best quality of care possible.”

– D. B.

Jil Harris

Certified Physical Therapist (CPT)

Personal Trainer

Jil works as the Marketing Director for The Physical Therapy Effect and as an American Council on Exercise (ACE) certified personal trainer with over 12 years of experience in the fitness industry, and has worked at The Physical Therapy Effect since its inception in 2013.

She specializes in functional, full body strength and endurance exercise programs designed to meet ones specific health and fitness goals. Whether your goal is to lose a few pounds, strengthen, tone, improve functional movement, increase flexibility, or all of the above, Jil can work with you one-on-one to achieve these goals.

Jil has a unique ability to work with a diverse clientele at any fitness level, including special populations, older adults, and clients recovering from injury or surgery. She earned her Professional Certificate in Fitness and Exercise Science from UCSD Extension in 2005, and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sports and Recreation Management from Ashford University in 2013. Jil continues to educate herself annually through ACE’s Continuing Education Programs to help keep her clients up to date on the newest health and fitness information and trends.

Rachel Berger

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“So relieved of any pain and awesome staff”

– Rick D.

Rachel Berger

Office Manager

Rachel is our Office Manager. She is usually the first patient interaction you will have here at The Physical Therapy Effect. From scheduling, to billing and insurance Rachel is our office expert. She is also the genius behind our social media page. Her goal is to help keep your experience tailored to you so that each session can be smooth, welcoming and worry free.

Rachel is Certified in Medical Billing and Coding as well as Book keeping. Rachel is happy to help you with any questions or concerns you may have.

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