Our Mission

Our mission at Motus Physical Therapy and Performance is to help people move better and feel better. We want improve both individual and community quality of life, sport, and health by offering the advanced, progressive, evidence-based, innovative rehabilitative and training services.

 

We believe that how you move affects how you function or dysfunction throughout your life. This could be playing a sport, going to the gym, or just walking in the store.  We take the time to not only give the highest quality of care, but move beyond typical physical therapy to integrate principles from the movement, rehab, and strength and conditioning industries to help you achieve your goals. We look to find and treat the source of pain and injury for results that will last.

 

We also want to expand movement-based principles into the fitness/athletic communities to help individuals and athletes not only increase performance, but reduce risk of injury.  With so many fads, our goal is to bring truth, quality, and research-based services to the health and fitness worlds. Learning how, when, and how much to move can be the difference between a healthy body and injury. We strive to constantly evolve with the science to help people live stronger, more resilient, and with less pain. 

Our team

Mark De Jong, PT, DPT, SFMA- owner

Mark graduated from the University of the Pacific in 2006 with his Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy.   He has always been interested in orthopedics and sports physical therapy.  During his schooling, he had the privilege of working with Athlete’s Performance and training the highest level of athletes in the world.  He loves working with whatever level athlete, from the weekend warrior to the college athlete, to improve their movement patterns and build the necessary foundational strength that is needed for their situation.  He has been certified in the SFMA to help people move and play more efficiently.
 

Mark also has a strong manual therapy background, completing a year-long manual therapy class in Grass Valley shortly after graduating from Pacific.  This helps him significantly in treating the post-surgical patient to the person with pain from sitting at a computer all day every day.   He states his joy comes from getting people back to their normal activities, whatever that may be. 

Mark also practices what he preaches as he loves staying fit, whether it be running, cycling, hiking, or rock climbing.  He makes sure he is able to do anything that he asks his patients do, as he feels it is important for everyone to stay strong and move well.

Jessica Sonke, PT, DPT, SFMA,FMS, SFG1- owner

Jessica graduated from the University of the Pacific with her Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy in 2005. She also has a B.S. in Exercise Science and is a StrongFirst Certified Kettlebell Instructor.  Jessica uses a movement-based approach to help treat the source, rather than just the symptoms, of musculoskeletal problems.  She is also FMS and SFMA certified which allows her to assess movement and how it relates to sport and injury. She is passionate about injury prevention, joint and muscle health, and bringing a balance between the physical therapy and fitness/athletic communities. 

Jessica also has a strong manual therapy background, completing the year long Folsom Orthopedic Manual Therapy course. She has certification as a Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist and has also taken numerous continuing education courses in postural restoration, sport/injury rehab, vestibular disorders, and IASTM. Her training allows her to treat a wide variety of patients and help them reach their highest potential.

Jessica has lived in Ripon since 2002. When not working, she enjoys water-skiing, running, weight training, and spending time with her husband and 4 children.

Michael Lucas, PT, CSCS, sfma

Michael has a BA in Sports Medicine from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. He went on to attend physical therapy school at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland.  He has been practicing therapy since 2001.


Michael is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and has assisted local high school athletic programs.  He formerly served as an Army Physical Therapist in the Reserves and has contributed time to local high school JROTC programs.  He has his SFMA certification which allows him to assess movement patterns and dysfunction. He has also taken numerous other courses to enhance his knowledge in the orthopedic and sports medicine fields.  In addition to outpatient orthopedics, Mike also has experience in hospital care and skilled nursing facilities.

Outside for work, Mike enjoys snowboarding, hiking and entertaining his two young sons. He and his wife enjoy weekend outings to the beach and the mountains.