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Our Staff

Alicia Esparza, MPT / Owner

Alicia was raised in Denver, Colorado and has spent her entire career in the southwest. Alicia holds a Masters degree in Physical Therapy from The University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Prior to owning Taos Physical Therapy Inc., Alicia spent a decade in Yuma, Arizona providing outpatient care at a clinic and inpatient acute care at Yuma Regional Medical Center.

As a "City Girl" Alicia has a deep love for theatre, modern dance, and arts of all kinds. She is an active person and enjoys dancing, skiing, hiking, and Aikido and can be found cheering on the Taos Coyote hockey teams and all of the Taos Tiger athletes.

Joshua George, DPT

Joshua received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from East Tennessee State University. He graduated with honors and was the recipient of the student research award for his work as a graduate assistant under the mentorship of Dr. Peter Panus, studying the ability to quantify fall risk due to medication. Prior to earning his DPT he attended the University of South Carolina, graduating with a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Spanish.

In the clinical setting, Joshua enjoys treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal injuries, taking special interest in minimizing fall risk and working with chronic pain patients. Clinical rotations in Puerto Rico and an intensive manual therapy internship in Portland, Oregon, have shaped his treatment style to best suit the patient's goals from walking around the eco park all the way to skiing black diamonds in order to attain their highest quality of life.

In his free time Josh enjoys playing outdoors, either running in the mountains or attempting to fly fish. To help offset student debt, he spent the last few winter seasons teaching snowboarding and skiing which he hopes to continue here in Taos. Make sure to say hello if you see him out on slopes or running on his favorite local path, the South Boundary Trail.

Leo Kaeck, PTA

Born in Asheville, NC, Leo moved to New Mexico at age 10 with his parents, three siblings and four assorted dogs and cats. As a homeschool family, Leo grew up in Taos enjoying sports and athletics, attending what they called "Mountain Homeschool", participating in rec-league soccer, skiing on school days during the winter, and studying at the Taos Taekwondo Academy pursuing his interest in martial arts.

Leo passed the GED in 2012 and began classes at UNM Taos for pre-requisites, as well as taking online anatomy courses through San Juan College. With much encouragement and support from his family and friends, Leo moved to Farmington, NM to attend the on-campus PTA program in 2014. In this setting Leo was able to learn quickly as part of the fast-paced program, developing a passion for the Physical Therapy practice. Leo finished his schooling with a clinical rotation spent at Taos Physical Therapy, learning directly under Alicia, he vastly improved his knowledge base and clinical skill set. Leo feels very fortunate being given the opportunity to begin his career working in what he considers his hometown, working alongside energetic and motivated team members.

With his return home, Leo looks forward to future ski seasons in Taos, he also continues to study martial arts, recently achieving his 2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo. Leo greatly enjoys learning and practicing in his field, and plans to return to school for his Bachelor and Doctoral level degrees in the future, pursuing a manual therapy specialization.

 Carolyn Steinlage, DPT

Carolyn moved to Taos from Kansas City, KS. Born in Topeka, KS and raised in a small town just south of Topeka she was drawn back to small town living here in Taos.

Carolyn received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Kansas in May of 2017. Prior to that she received her PTA and BA in Exercise Physiology degrees at Washburn University in 2011 and 2013. Previous clinical experience as a PTA was mostly in a skilled nursing setting with a geriatric or post operative population. Her DPT clinical education focused on Outpatient Orthopedics and Sports Rehabilitation. Her favorite educational and life altering clinical experiences included a 6 week internship at the Center for Rehabilitation of the Paralyzed in Savar, Bangladesh and a 4 week internship at Mahidol Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand. Travel and learning about new people and places is definitely something she is drawn to.

Being new to the area she is looking forward to finding some great hiking trails, trying out mineral pools, absorbing the rich culture, and surviving the ski slopes this winter.

Office Staff / Technicians

Sara Holmes – COO/Practice Administrator
Marlene Miera – Office Manager
Mae Lucero – Administrative Assistant
Valerie Ortega – Scheduler
Wade Bradley – PT Technician
Anton Herion-Luis - PT Technician
Haley Rach - PT Technician

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