Our Team

Meet Our Professionals

Terri Brusseau Kraus
PT, MPT, CCET
President and Lead Therapist
Jason Bandong
PT, DPT
Physical Therapist
Laurel Jensen
Exercise Specialist
Julie Centanni
Office Manager
Excellent
Based on 16 reviews
Leighanne S
Leighanne S
2023-10-09
Teri knew exactly what was causing my discomfort and started immediately to get me comfortable by explaining what she was going to do. What a relief to work with a knowledgeable , informative, and very kind person and staff! Laurel, Julie, and Jason are awesome… and BoBo the best .
Judith Goldfinch
Judith Goldfinch
2023-02-22
From the moment I first walked into Atala PT I felt confident that my body was in for a treat. Everybody embraces you as a valuable client/patient. Terri, the owner, calls her business a boutique PT and so it is! Check it out, you’ll be glad you did!!
Ellen owen
Ellen owen
2022-10-13
ATALA physical therapy know what there doing. Terri, Jason and Laurel are awesome and helped me with my injury and after 2 treatments I felt better. I look forward to more visits and getting back to walking again. ATALA is awesome!!!
Nancy Williams
Nancy Williams
2022-10-02
Absolutely the best physical therapy ever! Terri, Jason and staff are great.
Laurel Stanford
Laurel Stanford
2020-10-22
Very impressed with this PT. Very experienced and caring staff who are genuinely interested in good outcomes. Staying COVID safe too with proper protocols so l always feel safe.
Brian Flannery
Brian Flannery
2020-07-15
As the result of an automobile accident I ended up with a wrenched left shoulder, back and neck. Terri was among the approved therapists under my health care system. Her warm, enthusiastic, positive approach and professional treatment over six sessionss provided the relief I sorely needed. She and her welcoming staff have my highest recommendation.
Justin Hai
Justin Hai
2020-07-10
A caring and thoughtful clinic, where the owner and team have excellent diagnosis skills and treatments. This is a quiet clinic, with private treatment rooms and they are maniacal about cleaning, even before COVID.... I highly recommend all the therapists and exercise specialists at Atala...
Robin Sachs
Robin Sachs
2020-02-20
I have needed physical therapy several times over the past few years. Atala Physical Therapy is by far the best. They have excellent customer service and they are the very best at working with me to go over what I need to do to get back into a pain-free life. I highly recommend Terri, Illsong, and everyone there.
Allison Miller
Allison Miller
2019-11-14
I have had such a great experience at Atala Physical Therapy! After suffering with right hip pain when I was sleeping on my ride side for a year I finally decided to seek help and was SO fortunate to find Terri! She was so good at looking at the big picture and me as a whole and what could be contributing to my problem. She made recommendations I was able to implement right away that made a positive difference. She is always timely, never rushed, also personable, professional and truly caring! Jason was wonderful with assisting me with exercises and the entire office has a very good vibe! If you are having chronic pain or orthopedic problems I would definitely go and see Terri! I can't thank their team enough!
Our Team
PT, MPT, CCET
President and Lead Therapist

Terri is the owner and Lead Physical Therapist at Atala. She earned her Master’s of Physical Therapy degree from Chapman University and also has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business and Advertising. She has over 25 years of experience in private outpatient orthopedics. Terri emphasizes manual techniques, along with core stabilization and efficient exercise programs, to achieve outstanding results. She believes in treating the individual as a whole; as well as addressing the specific needs of the patient. Terri has training in Maitland, Mulligan, McConnell, and Jackson Techniques. She has certificates from the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine (IAOM) in manual therapy and continues to up-date her skills annually.

Terri has a wealth of hands-on experience with a variety of patients. She has trained in Krav Maga for over seven years and understands the importance of body alignment and maximizing body efficiency, strength, and endurance. Terri firmly believes a positive mindset is a large factor in a complete recovery.

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Physical Therapist

Jason is one of Atala’s primary Physical Therapists. He has many years working within the health industry as a trainer, sports coach, exercise specialist, and now physical therapist. After graduating with honors from California State University, San Marcos with his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, he went on to earn his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree with honors from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. Jason emphasizes manual therapy techniques, myofascial decompression/cupping, movement analysis, corrective movement patterns, and utilizing a full-body approach to treatment.

Jason’s previous time as a former collegiate Track and Field athlete and former high school (sprints) coach allows him to properly analyze and correct patient’s running, jogging, and walking technique. He actively strength trains with a powerlifting approach and understands how lifting technique and mechanics are of upmost importance. Jason’s goal is to use his caring and compassionate nature combined with his clinical knowledge to guide his patients to living healthier, moving more efficiently, and staying in a pain free zone.

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Exercise Specialist

Laurel is our amazing Exercise Specialist. She is a southern California native and having been in water more than out of water for most of her life, she would grow gills if she could. Her education began at the University of California San Diego where she studied Environmental Sciences as well as competed as a collegiate athlete for the women’s water polo team. Her athletic skills acted as a launching pad into international pools where she developed a love for holistic fitness, nutrition, and total body healing. Laurel is a certified group fitness instructor who is eager to learn how to best serve others on their way back to health in all areas of their life.

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Office Manager

Julie is our incredible Office Manager. She is a Midwesterner at heart and a big fan of all thing’s sports. She has a Master’s in Health, Exercise, and Sports Science and has a passion for helping others live their best quality of life. 

As Office Manager, Julie oversees insurance verification, billing, and scheduling of all patients. Not only does she manage the business side of things, she also supervises the gym and assists with all Atala marketing campaigns. Julie takes the time to make sure your entire experience at Atala is as organized and efficient as possible.