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Tammi Haseltine
Clinical Director

"My name is Tammi Haseltine. I am a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant who graduated from Madison College of Madison, WI in 2005. Over the past 17 years, I have worked in multiple settings to include school-based therapy, early intervention and pediatric outpatient therapy. I am a lifelong learner who has pursued additional training in sensory integration, Vital Links Therapeutic Listening, pediatric aquatic therapy, behavior modification therapy, picture exchange communication system (PECS), developmental hand skills and more. “Knowledge is power,” is one of my mantras. I strive to learn and grow every day. Knowledge is also something to be shared.  By educating my clients and their families in treatment strategies, they have the power to maximize skill development for success!"

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Kiersten Merkel
Occupational Therapist

"My name is Kiersten Merkel. I have been a Pediatric Occupational Therapist for over 2 years. During that time I have earned certification in SOS Feeding. I am originally from Pennsylvania and graduated with my Masters in Occupational Therapy while there. I discovered a passion for working in pediatrics while completing my fieldwork at a private school for children with autism. As an Occupational Therapist, I hope to help children live their healthiest lives by guiding and teaching them to become more independent, process sensory input, and engage in play! When I'm not looking for the newest sensory fidget or thinking of more ways to work on hand strength; I enjoy reading, hiking, watching Netflix, and spending time with my golden doodle, Winston."

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Stacey Belché
Speech-Language Pathologist

"My name is Stacey Belché and I have been a licensed and certified speech pathologist for 30 years.  I am originally from  the San Gabriel Valley and relocated to beautiful Coachella Valley in 2017.  I am a graduate of the University of the Pacific and have divided my career between pediatrics and adults.  I owned my own practice, Stacey Belché Speech Pathology, in Monrovia, CA for 15 years.  I absolutely love what I do and for as long as I’ve been a therapist, the one thing I know for sure is that my clients and families are my greatest teachers.  When I’m not working, you might find me playing pickleball, or traveling abroad where I peruse every toy store for interesting finds to bring home and share with my clients." 

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Cody Shimabukuro
Physical Therapist

"My name is Cody Shimabukuro. I am a Physical Therapist with experience in multiple outpatient and inpatient settings. I was born and raised in Hawaii and received my Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Loma Linda University in 2019. I have a passion for movement and strive to help others achieve their life goals. During my free time I enjoy traveling, watching movies and TV shows, and exploring the desert."

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Veronica Kennedy
Physical Therapy Assistant

"My name is Veronica Kennedy and I am a Physical  Therapy Assistant. I graduated from Loma Linda University in 2019. Since then, I have been working with all ages in the outpatient therapy setting.  I am passionate about wellness and striving to  treat the whole person. I believe that seeing and working with people as a whole, not just an injury or disability,  maximizes growth and progress to improve their quality of life. When I am not treating patients, I enjoy spending time with my six amazing boys and extended family. I am grateful to be a part of the Moving Mountains team and look forward to growing as a therapist while serving the Coachella Valley." 

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Kim Burton
Physical Therapist

"I have been a Physical Therapist for approximately 40 years. I love what I do, and I love learning. I graduated from Loma Linda University with my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. I have extensive experience in Pelvic Health issues which include: urinary/fecal incontinence, pelvic pain syndromes, and pelvic organ prolapse, work related injuries and orthopedics and Ergonomic assessments. Besides my Doctorate in Physical Therapy I am a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and an Ergonomic Assessment Specialist."

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Dr. Micheal Jerez
Chiropractor

Michael Jerez, DC was raised in Brooklyn, New York. Working at an early age at his father’s deli or helping his mother sweeping up at her salon, he learned strong work ethics and the importance of serving people. He was always attracted to exercise and working out and soon found his passion for fitness.

 

Continuing his desire to serve people and love for his country, he enlisted in the United States Military, becoming a Navy Corpsman attached to Several Marine Corps Units with numerous deployments and a tour in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2003.  After suffering several injuries, which left him with neurological deficits to his right arm, he began receiving Chiropractic and Acupuncture treatments. The relief he found with complimentary medicine gave Dr. Jerez a better appreciation to the Holistic Approach in caring for patients after noticing major improvements and a decrease in his symptoms.

 

With this new awareness, Dr. Jerez knew that he had to evolve in order to become more effective at service to his patients. This evolution led him to begin the journey to his degree as a Doctor of Chiropractic in 2009. Dr. Jerez successfully graduated with a Doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine from Southern California University of Health Sciences in Whittier, California in 2012.

Pediatrics, Pelvic, and Chiropractic Therapies

43-875 Washington St., Suite G, Palm Desert, CA 92211

Monday-Friday

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.