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Kelsey Nakata

PT, DPT, Owner

Kelsey Nakata

Kelsey was born and raised on the island of Oahu, Hawaii – Mililani Town. He grew up with a love of the ocean, baseball, and other outdoor activities.

Kelsey received his Bachelors of Arts in Exercise Science from Willamette University in Salem, OR in 2009. He was a 4-year pitcher on the baseball team during his time at Willamette. Kelsey majored in Exercise Science.

Kelsey graduated from the University of Southern California Doctorate of Physical Therapy program in 2012 – the number one ranked physical therapy program in the nation.  He was able to learn from an outstanding faculty, and also had the opportunity to receive mentoring from Mark Kozuki, PT, DPT.  Mark worked with the World Surf League and is strongly connected in the surf world.  This is when and where Kelsey was introduced to the primary treatment concepts he currently employs.

Kelsey went on to practice in West LA for 7 years at Schlink & Associates Physical Therapy.  There, he had the opportunity to treat professional athletes, celebrities, and weekend warriors.  He received extensive mentoring and gathered a foundation of knowledge from Michael Schlink, MA, PT, OCS.  Kelsey specialized in spinal dysfunction and the assessment and treatment of muscle imbalances and trunk stabilization. He also treated neuropathic disorders / sympathetic maintained pain phenomenon.  The Watkins Spine Group, Kerlan-Jobe Institute, and Cedars Sinai Medical Center referred a large number of patients.

Kelsey relocated to the Monterey Peninsula in 2019, where he practiced for 2 years.

Currents Physical Therapy + Wellness has been a lifelong goal of his.

Working with patients to recover from injury and return to their desired activity is what drives Kelsey. He is compassionate and takes pride in being able to listen carefully to patients.  Kelsey incorporates concepts from Vladimir Janda, Shirley Sahrmann, Nikolai Bogduk, Michael Schlink and Mark Kozuki. Upon careful assessment, Kelsey prioritizes treatment of underlying muscle imbalances through manual therapy and neuromuscular retraining techniques.

Kelsey enjoys reading, hiking, surfing, golfing and spending time with friends and family in his free time. 

He is involved with the local surf and golf community.

Education
  • University of Southern California
    2009-2012
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy
  • Willamette University
    2005-2009
    Bachelor of Arts — Exercise Science
Memberships + Certifications
  • Titleist Performance Institute Certified – Medical Level 2
Gray Institute Functional Golf system Certified
APTA Member



Kelsey Nakata is a gifted physical therapist. I was suffering from chronic back pain for a couple of years and I was fortunate to be treated by Kelsey Nakata recently. He is skillful in asking insightful questions to diagnose the source of the problem. He worked patiently with me to learn about my unique issues and adjusted the treatment as he discovered more about my mobility issues and pain. He demonstrated empathy and perseverance while collaborating closely with me to adjust and modify the course of treatment. His treatment included a combination of exercise, hands-on treatment, and life-style adjustments, which resulted in my pain level reducing and my mobility increasing. My goals were to improve mobility, reduce pain, sleep better, and improve my quality of life. As a result of Kelsey’s attentive care and treatment, I have achieved my goal! 

Kiran Kamath – Marina, CA
Vice President of Academic Affairs (Retired) | Monterey Peninsula College