Meet the Expert Team Who Makes It All Possible

From total knee replacements to sports-specific rehab, workers compensation, Medicare, private insurance, and Contra Costa County patients: you will get more personal attention at Alhambra Valley Physical Therapy from our family-owned and operated staff than any other PT clinic.

Joan Arieta, RPT, DPT



  • University of California: BA in Physiology (Honors)
  • US Army - Baylor University Program in Physical Therapy: Masters in PT
  • Baylor University: Doctor of Physical Therapy 2008
  • APTA: Credentialed Clinical Physical Therapy Instructor
  • 2016 Graston certified
  • 2021 MFDc provider

Clinical Experience:

  • Experienced in hospital-based, outpatient, home health, and rehab settings.
  • US Army Medical Centers
    Musculoskeletal screening units
    Primary evaluator
    Orthopedic rehab
    Neurologic rehab
  • Chief Physical Therapist VA Martinez, 1976-1982
  • Established Alhambra Valley Physical Therapy, 1986
  • Expanded AVPT to include Pleasant Hill location, 2003

Nolan John Arieta, DPT

Staff therapist at AVPT for 19 years specializing in orthopedics with certifications in Graston, deep-tissue massage (GTS), and myofascial decompression using cups (MFDc). I have Masters and Doctorate of Physical Therapy degrees from the University of the Pacific and Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, and learning is a lifelong process, I believe. I also held certifications with the Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute and was a physical therapist aquatics instructor with that institute as well. We feature a Hydroworx 500 series pool where I instruct many patients per day, both hands-on in the pool as well as out of the pool with everything from geriatric Medicare patients to competitive sports-specific rehabilitation. I was also a scholar-athlete at St. Mary’s College of California on a Presidential (academic) scholarship. I played Division I baseball with the WCC, and NCAA Lacrosse, starting mid-fielder and 2000 California State champions.


Kaala Correia (formerly Cheney), DPT, MFDc

Utilizes a holistic, compassionate approach to evaluate and treat each patient/client as a Physical Therapist at AVPT. Bay Area native, Kaala was a student-athlete at Foothill High School in Pleasanton and Ohlone College in Fremont. She completed her undergraduate degree at San Jose State University then earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) in 2020 from Samuel Merritt University located in Oakland, CA. Kaala strives to provide her best for every patient and be a life-long learner. She is certified in Myofascial Decompression (MFD) and is a Parkinson's Wellness Recovery (PWR!Moves®) Certified Therapist. Kaala prides herself in facilitating goal achievements with an individualistic and creative approach in the clinic. Outside her career, Kaala’s other passions are enjoying the outdoors (hiking, biking, swimming, etc.!) as well as spending time with her family and loving Golden Retriever/Belgian Malinois mix named “Mazy.”

Ilia Ariea, PTA


  • 2000 - Graduated Carondelet High School
  • 2006 - Graduated San Jose State University
  • 2008 - Graduated physical therapists assistance school - Sonoma College
  • 2008 - Licensed PTA California
  • 2016 - Graston Certified
  • 2021 - MFD provider

Nate Frias, Physical Therapy Aid

Graduated from Saint Mary’s College in 2017.
Enjoys endurance cycling.

Elizabeth Urquides, Office Manager

Graduate of medical assistant school.
Joined AVPT in 2005
Medical biller and insurance expert.