Trisha Hopps, PT, CPI
Trisha Hopps, PT, CPI, co-founder, graduated from Cal. State University, Northridge and became a Physical Therapist (PT) in 1991. Before opening Ridge Physical Therapy she had the opportunity to work in a variety of clinical settings both as a clinician and rehabilitation manager. This allowed her to gain the knowledge and experience to own and operate her own facility. In 2002 her dream came true and the doors to Ridge Physical Therapy & Wellness Center opened.
Having a competitive spirit, she takes the challenges her patients bring to help them resolve the problems for which they seek treatment. She strives to provide the most comprehensive therapy services in Butte County to enable people to return to a quality, active and healthy lifestyle they deserve.
Trish realizes there is always more to learn and frequently attends continuing education classes in a variety courses related to manual therapy techniques, pelvic pain and incontinence, visceral mobilization and Pilates exercises.
With the variety of seminars she has attended over the years, Trish has come to realize one must assess the whole body and attempt to find the cause of the problem not simply treat the area of pain. The pain is the symptom, but the cause often lies elsewhere. Each person’s response to treatment and progression through the rehabilitation process is different and that’s why she loves being a therapist… It is challenging and very rewarding.
Trish and her family moved to Paradise when she was 10 years old and she began her competitive athletic career. As a Bobcat Alumni, she was inducted into the Paradise High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007. She tries to maintain a certain level of health and fitness by participating in many activities including working out, bike riding, camping, boating and travel (when she can!).
Trish loves animals and feels very fortunate to be able to bring her dogs Molly and Ellie to work every day!
Read about Trish’s continuing education.
Pamme Serafine, PTA
Pamme Serafine, PTA and co-founder has been a licensed physical therapist assistant for more than 30 years. She is a long time resident of Paradise and enjoys working in her home town.
Over the years, Pamme has attended many continuing education courses. However, since 1999, her focus has been on training in Myofascial Release (MFR) techniques and treating Women’s Health Issues, including pelvic floor pain and dysfunction, fibromyalgia and chronic pain. In 2011 she added visceral mobilization techniques to her treatment repertoire. Her number one goal is to create a safe and peaceful environment to assist each patient in his or her own healing process.
“I do not consider myself a “Healer”, but a “Tool” that allows Healing. Someone said, (and I agree), “We are the Key, MFR is the door, and the Patient is the one who chooses to walk through the door”.
“I love the people I work with, we are truly family… all of them are humble, creative and caring… and they never admit how wonderful they really are!”
When not in the clinic, Pamme can be found enjoying her love of cooking for friends and family, reading, traveling, camping and playing with her grandkids.
Read about Pamme’s continuing education.
Shawna Hoffman, PTA
Shawna grew up in Chico, CA and graduated from Sacramento City College with certification as a Physical Therapist Assistant with an Associate of Science degree in 2013 and became licensed through the Physical Therapy Board of California shortly thereafter. She joined our team that same year.
Shawna participates in extreme sports such as wakeboarding, snowboarding, and dirtbiking; and has experienced related injuries requiring physical therapy. Witnessing the results from PT, she has found her passion for healing others to relieve pain and restore full body function to a healthy state in order to return to the everyday life and desired activity.
Given her extensive experience with extreme sports, Shawna believes her biggest asset is education to protect the body and prevent further injury with effective exercise and manual therapy techniques. She seeks out and attends continuing education courses to improve her manual and clinical skills and realizes the value in such intensive learning.
Lisa Flores, CPI
Lisa has been a Paradise resident since 2005. She grew up in the Santa Cruz Mountains in California and began studying ballet in 1972 in San Jose with Gloria Vauges-Mohr of the New York City Ballet. Lisa’s studies continued at the Cornish Institute of Fine Arts in Seattle, Washington and she performed and taught Ballet and Modern Dance for the next 30 years. She also helped form and co-direct a non-profit dance company in the Pacific Northwest.
Driven by the desire to prolong her movement career, Lisa started studying Pilates and Yoga to balance the sometimes grueling life of a dancer. Falling in love with both disciplines, she decided to pursue them and become certified to teach both.
In 2003, Lisa achieved her vision and became a Certified Pilates Instructor (CPI) through the ITT Institute of San Francisco, led by renowned teacher Madeline Black. Additionally in 2006 she became certified to teach Yoga through the White Lotus Institute of Santa Barbara.
Lisa’s greatest joy is helping people find a connection to their bodies and realizing the miracle of movement, whether it be dancing, or simply bending over put on a shoe, or lifting a shovel!
For many years she accompanied her father, Tony Flores, a talented Sicilian born mandolin player. She has a son, Bo, who lives in San Diego and is also a fine musician. In her “spare time”, Lisa nourishes her flower and vegetable gardens.
Sheila McDonald, Office Manager
To her pleasure, Sheila has been involved with Ridge Physical Therapy & Wellness Center since its inception, December 9, 2002. She has an extensive background in business and has spent most of her career involved with the inner workings of business and its many faceted activities.
When Trish said, “Mom, I need your help,” it was natural for Sheila to come aboard as Office Manager. Sheila certainly wasn’t prepared for the diversity of jobs for which she is responsible. But, it has allowed her to put on her thinking cap and work things through and achieve the final outcomes. Sometimes things take longer than she’d like but Rome wasn’t built in a day.
To Sheila, one of the greatest benefits of being at Ridge Physical Therapy & Wellness Center daily is working with the talented and knowledgeable staff. They are all brilliant and collectively have many, many years of experience and expertise in the therapy field.
Sheila especially enjoys talking with the patients and their family members and hearing about their interests and activities. What’s most exciting is seeing each person improve as they heal and become active in their day to day living. This is the greatest gift that can be given…and is done here on a daily basis. Sheila is grateful to be part of this growing, prosperous and successful Wellness Center.
Sheila has lived in Paradise since 1975. She has 3 daughters and is a huge NASCAR fan. Jimmy Johnson is her favorite driver. Sheila and her husband have been attending the race in Las Vegas every March for years.
Valerie Drouillard, Receptionist
Valerie Drouillard has been a Receptionist for Ridge Physical Therapy & Wellness Center since August, 2007, and is the smiling and positive “first impression” our patients receive when they walk through the door. She has a well-rounded background with over 20 years experience in office work and is happy to be part of the Ridge team. Luckily for us, Valerie moved from the Sacramento Valley to Paradise in 1991 with her two sons and is now a proud grandmother.
In her free time, Valerie enjoys gardening, camping, photography and most anything outdoors. She also treasures the time she spends with her family and is an avid softball fan and scorekeeper.
Valerie is truly a “People Person” who strives to assist in making each patient’s visit a positive experience, treating everyone as if they were family members.