Meet Our Team

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Jay Ruettgers, PT, DPT, ATC

Clinic Director | Physical Therapist
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Jay is a native Oregonian and attended Oregon State University, receiving his degree in exercise and sports science. While at OSU, Jay worked with a variety of sports teams, ranging among wrestling, baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, gymnastics, and football. From Oregon State, Jay attended Regis University in Denver, Colorado and received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. That same year, Jay joined the Therapeutic Associates family and worked in Salem, Oregon until moving to the Rogue Valley to become the clinic director of Therapeutic Associates Medford Physical Therapy in 2006. In 2015 Jay became a partner of Therapeutic Associates Inc.

Jay’s emphasis on therapy is manually base with training through North American Institute of Manual Therapy (NAIOMT). He is also one of only a few rogue valley therapists certified in the ASTYM system. In the past, Jay has provided medical care for the Phoenix High sports teams, as well as being involved with Phoenix/Talent Little League, Medford National little league, and Rogue Valley Youth Hockey. Jay is a member of The Greater Medford Rotary and is a Board member and Vice President of the Medford Cruise Association.

Jay currently resides in the beautiful country side outside of Medford with his wife Cara, three children, and two dogs. Outside of the clinic Jay enjoys camping, cycling, fishing, and playing hockey.

“My goal is to get individuals back to being able to function throughout their day by watching them move, and then using a combination of hands-on techniques and exercises to correct their mechanical dysfunction. Physical therapy is a team approach between the therapists and patients to work together and achieve those desired goals.”

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Nate Spence, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Nate was born and raised in Texas, but had the privilege of also living in Arizona, California, and Iowa before moving to Medford after graduating High School. He served a 2-year LDS mission in McAllen Tx, where he learned Spanish. Nate earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University-Idaho and from there attended Idaho State University receiving his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2012. While at ISU Nate had the unique opportunity to expand his knowledge by working in a clinic specializing in vestibular and balance dysfunction. In addition, he participated in a therapeutic lifestyle change out reach program for people in the community, helping them to develop aerobic and resistance exercise programs. He also taught a Diabetes education class at the community center.

Upon graduation, Nate worked in a skilled nursing facility where he assisted people of all ages transitioning back into the community, but focused on the geriatric population and treated people with conditions including post-op joint replacements, stroke, Parkinson’s, amputation, and cardiopulmonary disorders. He also provided outpatient services to employees suffering from work related and over-use injuries.

Nate is currently pursuing certification in manual therapy through the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) and plans on becoming an Orthopedic Certified Specialist.

Outside the clinic, Nate is focused on spending time with his wife Kelly, and 4 energetic children. He also enjoys outdoor activities beautiful Southern Oregon has to offer including camping, rafting, and coaching his kids’ sports teams.

Michele Cull

Administrative Supervisor