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Meet Our Riverside Clinic Staff

Back row: Amanda Morgan, MPT, CSCS, John P. Dennis, Jr., OCS, Cher Littler, Insurance Verifications/
Front Desk Assistant, Kimberly Hofferber, Front Desk Assistant; Front Row: Rachel Johansen, DPT,
Diane Datz, DPT, Shelly Wilson, MPT

John P. Dennis, Jr., PT, OCS
President, Physical Therapy at Dawn

After graduating from the University of Missouri - Columbia, with high honors in Physical Therapy, as well as additional degrees in English Literature and History, John moved to New Mexico in 1998. He has provided orthopedic, outpatient physical therapy services in New Mexico since that time.

John opened Physical Therapy at Dawn in 2006 to create an environment where patients are treated by skilled clinicians, with good availability, who are attentive to patients' unique abilities and goals. He is thankful for all those at Physical Therapy at Dawn who help realize this vision. John strives to consistently have a strong team of both clinicians and administrative staff to best serve the Albuquerque area community.

Exploring New Mexico's grandeur continues to be his favorite getaway. Hiking, backpacking, camping, cycling and canoeing are indulged in whenever possible.




Diane Datz, PT, DPT

Diane comes to our clinic with experiences in a variety of orthopedic diagnoses. She enjoys treating an array of neuromusculoskeletal impairments, including sports injuries, post-surgical rehabilitation, overuse injuries and chronic pain. She graduated from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi in 2009 with a Bachelor's of Science in Kinesiology, and obtained her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Old Dominion University in 2014. Diane traveled around the United States working at rural PT clinics and looks forward to using those experiences to assist her new patients to restore function and allow them to return to the activities they enjoy. Her evaluation and treatment approach is multifaceted: employing a tailored combination of manual therapy techniques and therapeutic exercise to retrain movement patterns and restore function. In her spare time, Diane enjoys traveling, hiking, running, and enjoying her weimaraner puppy. diane@physicaltherapyatdawn.com

Rachel Johansen, PT, DPT

Rachel Johansen is an Albuquerque native. She completed her undergraduate education at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. In addition to her academic pursuits, Rachel played defense for the division three Trinity University Women’s soccer team for 4 years. She returned to New Mexico and attended UNM to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2014. While in school, she enjoyed volunteering in a Senior Mentorship program and working in a wheelchair factory in Antigua, Guatemala. She has been at Physical Therapy at Dawn since earning her DPT.

As a former competitive athlete, Rachel loves to work with patients involved in sports but is very passionate about providing care for the aging population as well. She is advancing in pelvic floor rehabilitation training and welcomes patients with issues ranging from incontinence to chronic pelvic pain. Rachel enjoys traveling around the world, continues to play soccer, and takes advantage of all the mountains have to offer from snowboarding to hiking!

Rachel is our specialist for Pelvic Floor/Women’s Health Physical Therapy which involves innovative conservative treatments to address issues like urinary incontinence or pelvic pain that may have severe implications on your everyday life. Pelvic floor disorders affect millions of women who might not realize conservative treatment is available. These issues can affect a patient’s physical, psychological and social well-being and impose significant lifestyle restrictions. rachel@physicaltherapyatdawn.com

Amanda Morgan, PT, MPT, CSCS

Amanda Morgan graduated from California State University Sacramento with her Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology in 2008, and her Master's degree in Physical Therapy in 2010. Over the last 4 years her training and practice have been focused in the private practice physical therapy setting. She enjoys treating a variety of conditions, and creating treatment plans that are customized to each patient. She strives to help patients reduce their pain return to their full level of function.

She utilizes her background in manual therapy and exercise to help patients reach their rehabilitation goals. Additional training she has completed to advance her skills in those areas include certification as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist since 2010, and completion of an 85 contact hour seminar series in 2013. The “Retrain the Brain” Seminar Series: Integration of Manipulative Therapy, Movement Science, And The Brain is a course that encompasses examination and treatment for the body and pain. Her next goal is to become an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, and plans to take the examination for board certification through the American Physical Therapy Orthopedic Section in the spring of 2016.

To support and to stay current in the fields of physical therapy and fitness she has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 2008, and of the National Strength and Conditioning Association since 2010. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family and three dogs, the outdoors, fitness, and gardening. amandam@physicaltherapyatdawn.com

Shelly Wilson, PT, MSPT

Shelly graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with Bachelors degree in Exercise and Sport Science in 2004. She went on to get her Masters in Physical Therapy from the University of New Mexico graduating in 2007. Since that time she has been working in outpatient orthopedics here in New Mexico.

Over the years she has treated a wide variety of orthopedic issues and injures across all age groups. She utilizes the McKenzie method, Mulligan concepts, kinesiotaping, strain counter strain techniques and functional strengthening in her treatments. She also has experiences with on site injury prevention, ergonomic assessments, functional capacity evaluations and work conditioning.

Shelly is Titleist Performance Institute Certified. This allows her to analyze the body-swing connection to improve performance on the golf course. She develops custom exercise programs to address physical limitations in order to maximize physical capabilities as they relate to the golf swing.

Shelly works with patients to determine their physical limitations and develop individualized treatment programs to achieve patients' goals, improve function and reduce pain. She finds it very important to listen to her patients and work together to achieve the desired outcomes. shelly@physicaltherapyatdawn.com

Cher Littler
Insurance Verifications/
Front Desk Assistant










Kimberly Hofferber
Front Desk Assistant