Donald Sanchez, PT
Founder/President · All Paradigm Locations

Donald graduated from UNM’s Division of Physical Therapy in 1983. He has worked in several clinics throughout the Southwest but returned to his hometown of Los Lunas in 1996 to fulfill the dream of owning his own practice. He has dedicated his life to physical therapy and the application of a comprehensive, all-inclusive approach to patient care. He believes that physical therapy is a perfect venue to be able to help people and touch lives. Donald is committed to the advancement of the profession of PT and the ongoing conversation of the healing capacity of the human body.

Donald lives in Los Lunas with his wife Loraine and their son Estevan. He enjoys gardening, classic cars, exercise, and the outdoors.


Steve Waghorn, PT
Physical Therapist / Practice Administrator · All Paradigm Locations

Steve graduated in 2004 from UNM’s Division of Physical Therapy with a Master’s degree. Steve has been with Paradigm Physical Therapy since 2000, starting out as a therapy technician. His relationship with Paradigm influenced him to return as a therapist. Steve currently acts as the manager of the Belen clinic.

Nicole Rejda
Chief Administrative Officer · All Paradigm Locations

Nicole is the heart and soul of Paradigm. She helps to bridge the gap between clinical staff and administrative staff and has more responsibilities than can be listed. She has been with Paradigm since 2010 and in her time has effected very positive change. She is married with 2 children and lives in Valencia County.


Los Lunas Staff


Patrick Vigil, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist / Clinic Manager · Los Lunas

Patrick grew up in Albuquerque’s South Valley and has lived in Los Lunas since 2002. Prior to joining Paradigm in 2005, he was a personal trainer with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. He began his career with Paradigm as the Fitness Coordinator and has since graduated with his Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Physical Therapy from the University of New Mexico. He is happily married with 5 young children with his youngest daughter just being born earlier this year. He enjoys coaching his son’s football team and is very involved in his church. He donates a great deal of time and resources to various community activities and sponsors a needy child in Nicaragua. Patrick has combined his interest in orthopaedics as well as gait and foot dynamics along with his skill of fabricating fully custom foot orthotics to help make Paradigm the best place for patient care in Valencia County


John Tucker, PT
Staff Physical Therapist · Los Lunas

John graduated from Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS and The University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City in 1977 with a degree in Physical Therapy.  Following graduation he began his career in Lawrence, KS where he remained until relocating to New Mexico in 1981.  Over the years, he has worked in a variety of clinical settings gaining a wide range of experience and expertise.  Special areas of interest include shoulder and knee pain and dysfunction, lumbo-pelvic disorders and disorders of the vestibular (balance) system.  John has also volunteered his services over the years primarily working with athletes in the high school setting.  He recently relocated to Los Lunas to join the team here at Paradigm and hopes to be able to continue his volunteer work here as well.



Claire Shores, PT,DPT
Staff Physical Therapist · Los Lunas

Claire is a native New Mexican, she attended the University of New Mexico where she received a bachelor in nutrition and a doctorate of physical therapy. Claire is happily married and has two dogs who she enjoys spending time with. She also enjoys traveling and going on outdoor adventures, such as running, hiking, skiing and mountain biking. Claire enjoys working in the orthopedic setting because of the variety of people she is able to work with. She has a certification in pelvic floor rehabilitation to better help serve women with pelvic floor dysfunctions such as incontinence and pelvic pain.  She looks forward to helping patients through therapy to strive for a happier, healthier life.


Carla Jester, PTA
Staff Physical Therapist Assistant · Los Lunas

Carla graduated from Pima Medical Institute in June of 2013 and began working for the Los Lunas clinic in July as a PTA.  She is also a personal trainer certified through the American College of Sports Medicine.  She brings with her 17 years of medical experience as a paramedic in Oregon, and finds that the knowledge serves her well in the field of physical therapy.  Carla is an endurance road cyclist who regularly participates in events with distances anywhere from 50 to 111 miles.  She also enjoys other outdoor activities such as hiking, snowshoeing, and flatwater kayaking.

Frances Lowenberg, PTA
Staff Physical Therapist Assistant · Los Lunas

Francie is from Dallas TX, and moved to Albuquerque in 1993 to attend the University of New Mexico to study Art and Education. She has been a PTA since graduating from Carrington College in 2012. Before becoming a PTA, Francie was a gymnastics instructor. Besides gymnastics, she has been involved in equestrian vaulting, and is the conditioning coach for a vaulting club in Corrales. When not working or vaulting, she enjoys spending time with family, hiking, gardening and creating fiber art paintings.


Diana Mock, PTA
Staff Physical Therapist Assistant · Los Lunas

Diana Mock was born in Santa Fe, but has lived in Los Lunas since she was in the 4th grade.  After graduating High School she followed in her Dad’s footsteps and became a personal trainer at Gold’s Gym.  Years later she wanted to further her education and went back to school to become a Physical Therapy Assistant. She graduated from PIMA Medical Institute in 2012.  Since then she has gained experience working in an outpatient setting as well as a skilled nursing facility.  She is enjoying her new job at Paradigm Physical Therapy and Wellness. She looks forward to advancing her manual therapy skills and eels she has found her nitch in an outpatient setting.  In her down time she likes to spend time with her husband, family, and friends.  She also likes to spend time with her dogs and enjoys outdoor activities.


Belen Staff


Marie Valdez, PT,DPT
Staff Physical Therapist/Clinical Manager · Belen

Marie is from Isleta Pueblo and is a graduate of Los Lunas High School.  She graduated from Texas Tech University where she played soccer for TTU Women’s Soccer team for 4 years.  In 2005 she graduated with her Master’s in Physical Therapy and in 2006 she received her Master’s in Athletic Training. For the past 6 years, Marie has been practicing outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine in Denton, TX. She has a special interest in orthopedic manual therapy and plans to become a certified manual therapist through IAOM-US.

She recently moved back home to Isleta and is excited to join the team at Paradigm. In her spare time, Marie enjoys spending time with family, running, going to concerts and being outdoors.


Rachel Maestas, PT,DPT
Staff Physical Therapist · Belen

Rachel has been a life long resident of Belen  and is a graduate of Belen High School.  She graduated in 2014 from UNM’s Division of Physical Therapy with a Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy.

Rachel is attracted to the profession of physical therapy due to the fascination of how the human body functions and how it has the amazing capacity to heal and regenerate when injured.  Rachel has a passion helping others and showing them how to allow their body to heal after an injury.

Rachel lives south of Belen with her husband and daughter.  Rachel enjoys spending time with her family, and competing on her horses in barrel racing.


Elizabeth Black, PT,DPT
Staff Physical Therapist · Belen

Elizabeth attended Angelo State University in San Angelo, TX where she received her degree in Kinesiology – Exercise Science.  She then stayed in San Angelo for graduate school where she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy.  Elizabeth grew up in Roswell, NM and moved back to her home state upon graduation to practice PT in Belen.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing with her dog, running, spending time outdoors, and reading.


Ben Porcher, PTA
Staff Physical Therapist Assistant · Belen

Ben recently graduated from Pima Medical Institute in 2015 to pursue a career in rehabilitation that he has always been drawn towards. He has lived in Belen since 1996 with his wife and three children and enjoys working with people to help them achieve their goals. Ben is an avid outdoor enthusiast who enjoys hiking and running.





Leah Mathison, PTA
Staff Physical Therapist Assistant · Belen/Los Lunas

Leah is a recent graduate from Carrington College in the spring of 2014.  She moved to New Mexico two years ago from Wisconsin, and has fallen in love with Valencia county.  She has always enjoyed helping others, and looks forward to helping patients meet their goals.




Lindsey Phillips, PTA
Staff Physical Therapist Assistant · Belen/Los Lunas

Lindsey was born and raised in los lunas nm. She began her career with Paradigm as a clinic attendant, until she graduated from Pima Medical Institute as a PTA on 2015. Lindsey is excited to be apart of a team that is passionate about helping people accomplish their goals.   In her spare time she loves to play volleyball, exercise, and spend time with her family.


Bernalillo Staff


Linda Stewart, PT
Staff Physical Therapist  · Bernalillo

Linda graduated from the University of Kansas Medical Center, School of Physical Therapy in 1978. She worked in Alabama as a physical therapist for 34 years before relocating to New Mexico. She has been at the Los Lunas clinic since February of 2013.

Jeremy Woffinden, PT,DPT
Staff Physical Therapist · Los Lunas

Jeremy is from Spanish Fork, Utah.  He graduated from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2013 with his Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy.  He joined the Paradigm team in April 2014, and is excited to serve those in the Los Lunas community.  He enjoys working in the outpatient orthopedic setting and has experience as a manual therapist.  He plans on becoming certified as an orthopedic certified specialist and manual therapist.  In his spare time he enjoys exercising, playing sports, traveling and being in the outdoors.


Josh Garcia, PTA
Staff Physical Therapist Assistant/Clinic Manager · Bernalillo

Josh has been with Paradigm since 2010, starting out as a physical therapy technician. After completing PTA school in 2013, he returned to Paradigm as a PTA.  He graduated from UNM in 2004 with a BA in Business Administration gaining experience in finance, real estate and international trade.  Josh has also earned a EMT-B license and has been a certified personal trainer.  He is passionate about orthopedic patient care and plans to pursue a graduate degree in a rehabilitation field.  He is currently working at the Bernalillo clinic.

In his spare time, Josh enjoys spending time with family, running, biking, and playing basketball.


Jamila Nicks, PTA
Staff Physical Therapist Assistant · Bernalillo

Jamila graduated in 2010 with a BS in Exercise Science from UNM.  She worked as a Physical Therapy Technician for a number of years before becoming a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant in 2013.  She has been with Paradigm since July 2013.