Ellora Maggs, Founder
Ellora Maggs is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist, and an instructor for several healthcare and fitness seminars across the country. She believes that your body is meant to move and be active and has tremendous faith and optimism in your body’s ability to adapt and heal itself. Ellora sees physical therapy as a stepping stone to give her patients back the confidence they need to live the healthy, active lifestyle they deserve. No two patient pathways are identical, and Ellora’s unique background with a wide array of experiences enables her to find the best pathway for you to optimize your health and achieve all of your goals.
Dr. Maggs is an instructor for Active Release Technique (ART), the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), The Running Clinic and StrongFirst. This collection of expertise in hands-on treatment skills, movement assessment, motor control retraining, higher level fitness and strength training allows her to adequately assess, protect and then challenge each patient to allow the body’s natural adaptation process to thrive. Additionally, this wide range of experience gives her a unique perspective on how to guide her patients from the lowest functional levels to the highest-level performance in sport and life. She can’t wait to help you along your journey to get the lifestyle you’ve always wanted!
Dr. Maggs graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University. She completed her Master of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of California San Francisco and San Francisco State University and received her Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Physiology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Ellora has worked on the medical treatment team for several Ironman and Ultra-Marathon events, most recently at the Kona Ironman World Championships, Ironman Arizona, and the Leadville 100 Series. She is certified by the Titlist Performance Institute and has participated in on-site care at the US Open. Additionally, she has treated many professional and high-level athletes in sports including triathlon, ultra-running, swimming, soccer, basketball, baseball, tennis, rowing, hockey, and track and field. She has a particular interest in helping people enjoy running without injury and has led several outreach programs aimed at preventive care for running injuries. She consults regularly with various triathlon and running clubs with an emphasis on preventive care.
Beyond her expertise in treating athletic injuries, Ellora has significant experience in the community setting where she has treated overuse conditions from the demands of work and life such as tendinopathy, joint pain, low back pain, arthritis and post-surgical rehabilitation. Prior to her work in orthopedics, she worked in a hospital exclusively for patients with spinal cord injuries, as well as in other hospital settings where she has treated a wide array of medical and post-surgical patients.
Away from the clinic, Ellora enjoys all things outdoors and can regularly be found running, swimming, skiing, or hiking. She also has had extensive experience in climbing, tennis, and ultimate frisbee. Ellora is a classically trained violinist who enjoys playing fiddle in various bluegrass and celtic bands. As a proponent of whole-body health, she supports her local organic farmers and encourages everyone to look at nutrition as a cornerstone of overall health and fitness.
Katherine Kelly, PT, DPT
Katherine Kelly graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho and is certified in the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), and The Running Clinic. She is committed to continuing her education throughout her career as a physical therapist and is applying this knowledge in the clinic on a daily basis. Her clinical experience has included everything from working in a hospital setting on early joint mobility for post surgical patients, to being a member of the stroke team emphasizing the use of the involved limbs in therapy to encourage neuroplastic recovery after stroke. Many of her clinical hours have been spent in outpatient orthopedic clinics, including Peak Performance Care, where she found that the philosophy of Peak Performance aligned with her own. Katy’s personal philosophy is that the best treatment is one that the client is involved in and she helps foster this perspective by making goals with her clients, through education, and through movement. She has also worked with recreational and competitive climbers for injury rehabilitation, prevention, and movement analysis.
Katy grew up in eastern Montana in a very small fly-fishing community. She got her BA in Environmental Studies at the University of Montana. After college she spent a few years teaching and coaching snowboarding in Idaho, Montana, and Utah. In this career she learned that she loved teaching people physical skills and how to enjoy movement. Physical therapy seemed like a natural way to continue developing skills that she had learned teaching snowboarding. Those skills include movement analysis, communication, and tailoring her approach to movement education for different learning styles. Today she draws on these skills to help people get out of pain and regain functional movement
When she isn’t in the clinic Katy enjoys snowboarding, splitboarding, climbing at Table Mountain and in Tuolumne Meadows, running with her dog, cooking with her fiancé, and exploring the Sonora area. She grew up dancing through high school until her love for snowboarding and mountain sports drew her away from the dance studio. She recently relocated to the Sonora area from Montana and Idaho, and is getting to know all the things the area has to offer.
Lisa Garman, Personal Trainer
Lisa Garman is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer. She has advanced certifications as a StrongFirst Kettlebell Instructor, TRX Instructor, Group Fitness Instructor, and a Certified Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach.
Lisa is also fully certified in Levels 1 & 2 of the Functional Movement Screen. She coaches individual and small group training sessions with individualized training programs specifically tailored to each client.
Lisa develops a bond with each of her clients to ensure a productive and genuine experience, which in turn helps clients reach their goals more effectively. By working with clients to build strength and stability, Lisa can identify many issues before they become injuries. Furthermore, it allows her to utilize her advanced training to properly identify potential problems and refer them to the physical therapists for physical therapy treatment if necessary.
Lisa starts each individual session with a Functional Movement Screen and evaluation. This identifies potential problem areas and helps Lisa to properly plan an individualized workout routine to maximize outcome and to prevent injury. No single approach works equally well for everyone, so Lisa truly customizes every training session to each client.
As a Precision Nutrition Coach, Lisa can help guide each client through a online habit-based program. Clients will receive daily lessons, habits and nutrition information that will help them view eating habits differently. As a coach Lisa will be there to support each client through the program and keep them accountable and present through their journey. One of the greatest details that Lisa will offer in her Nutrition Program is that it will not be a diet! No guilt, no restrictions, no more giving up entire food groups! Learn how to enjoy life while learning some healthy nutrition habits with lifelong success.
Lisa believes very strongly in continuing education and attends multiple workshops, certifications, lectures and seminars each year to stay on top of the fitness industry standards. She believes that although the industry changes rapidly, the core values to learn and teach clients how to move and feel better stay the same. Lisa believes that if she can teach clients how to move in their everyday activities to the best of their ability, they can then live life to the fullest each and every day.
Lisa leads an active lifestyle as a mother of two children, and she focuses on stability, nutrition, and structure at home as well as in her business. She loves hiking, skiing, and otherwise enjoying time outside with her family. She is happy to bring her active lifestyle to her clients, classes, and individual training programs.
Sarah Schummer, Personal Trainer
Sarah Schummer is a StrongFirst certified kettlebell instructor & barbell coach at Peak Performance Care, and offers one-on-one or small group training services with individualized training programs.
Sarah was born and raised in Calaveras County. She was an active youth; playing softball, swimming, and riding horses competitively. At a young age, Sarah began a career in Emergency Medical Services & the fire service in the Sierra foothills. She pursued education in fire science while working as a seasonal firefighter with CALFIRE, before transitioning to Tuolumne County Ambulance Service in 2005 as an EMT-1. In 2010, her love of exercise prompted her to join CrossFit Sonora, and she became certified in December 2011 as a CrossFit level 1 instructor. Her interest in promoting functional movement and exercise recovery also led her to become certified as a CrossFit Mobility coach, a program designed & instructed by renowned Physical Therapist Kelly Starrett. Also recognizing the intrinsic relationship between exercise & nutrition, she went on to attend Bauman College in Berkeley CA, and graduated in 2014 as a Certified Nutrition Consultant. Until this point, her own exercise had predominantly been barbell & bodyweight based, but particular interest in kettlebells was sparked when she received “Enter the Kettlebell” by Pavel Tsatsouline, as a gift. Sarah began implementing kettlebells as accessory training for her barbell work, and was immediately impressed with gains in strength, stability, and endurance. The following spring, she trained for and attained StrongFirst kettlebell (SFG) instructor certification, and went on to attend the StrongFirst Lifter instructor (SFL) course, considered by many to be the gold standard in barbell training. Sarah continues to increase her knowledge and ability to better serve the clients she works with, most recently attaining Functional Movement Screen (FMS) level one & level two certifications.
When she isn’t training, Sarah enjoys many outdoor activities, including hiking and riding her horses. She loves to cook and bake, and share her love of food with friends and family. Sarah lives in Sonora with her son, and their various farm animals.
Becca, Certified Personal Trainer
Becca is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, with certifications as a StrongFirst kettlebell instructor and barbell coach, and 200-hour registered yoga teacher. Becca views health and fitness from a humanitarian mindset, working preventively to improve clients’ future outcomes. Practicing what she preaches, she focuses on building overall strength and full-body functionality by training in a variety of different fitness genres. Her relatable and laidback approach to fitness reminds her clients that through passion and commitment, you can achieve anything.
Becca grew up being active, playing competitive soccer and volleyball, while also engaging in other outdoor activities. Looking for a way to stay physically active after high school she began teaching group fitness classes, beginning with indoor cycling. From indoor cycling Becca was able to find the true joy that comes from movement and continued to dive further into health and fitness. Teaching group fitness classes gave her the ability to explore and grow truly immersed within the fitness industry; an opportunity that has expanded her views and mindset in regard to working out.
Becca found her focus in functional fitness and believes you should train to live, not just workout. From this philosophy, she developed a deep love for yoga and weight training and went on to complete a 200-hour yoga teacher training, as well as two StrongFirst certifications.
Through StrongFirst and furthering her education, she has been able to meet incredible individuals who have further fueled the expansion of her knowledge base. In completing the Functional Movement Screen level one and two certifications, Becca is excited to continue her education and better her training for her clients.