Mission Statement

Alhambra Valley Physical Therapy is a small, outpatient neurological and orthopedic family practice clinic that offers evaluation and treatment for a variety of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular system dysfunctions. Our therapeutic goals are pain relief and restoration of proper biomechanics, movement, and function through evidence-based practice. All treatments are individualized to the specific needs of the patient, and treatments typically consist of biweekly, hour-long sessions.

The therapists have expertise in the examination of musculoskeletal and neurological impairments, and are trained to improve and restore movement and function through manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, physical agents, and specialize in aquatic therapy programs with our state-of-the-art HydroWorx 500 series indoor pool with underwater treadmill.



Alhambra Valley Physical Therapy (AVPT) was established in 1986 in Martinez, California by Joan Arieta. Popularity grew by word of mouth from patients and doctors, which helped the business expand to a larger clinic in Pleasant Hill, California in 2002.

2003 was a big year for AVPT when Joan's son, Nolan Arieta, joined the staff as the second licensed physical therapist, officially making AVPT a family owned and operated business.

Also in 2003, AVPT became a state-of-the-art facility with the installation of a HydroWorx 500 series indoor aquatic therapy pool with underwater treadmill.

In 2009, AVPT went "green" with the integration of an electronic software program for scheduling, billing and documentation, which has reduced our paper consumption by almost 80%.

We strive to practice evidence based medicine utilizing physical therapy interventions that have been shown to be effective for the many disorders we treat. In that effort the physical therapists here have advanced their education, gaining doctorates (DPT) in their field. Joan received her doctorate from her Alma mater Baylor University in 2008, and Nolan graduated, with his doctorate, from Rocky Mountain University in 2010.