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Meet the NAKOA Physical Therapy Team


Allison Nelson, Doctor of Physical Therapy, NAKOA Fitness and Physical Therapy in Carlsbad, CaliforniaAllison is the Director of Physical Therapy at NAKOA. She earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from St. Augustine University in 2011. Allison is passionate about making a positive difference and helping people live pain-free.

She loves working with all types of impairments including:

  • Acute sports-related injuries
  • Repetitive overuse injuries
  • Post-surgical patients
  • Challenging cases of chronic pain

She is thankful to be able to spend ample time with every patient, allowing her to deliver the highest quality-of-care. Although she continues to grow and support our incredible therapy program with ease, Allison also manages to balance being a wife, a new mom, and an athlete all at the same time. We couldn’t have found a more capable, talented, and kind-hearted woman to lead our Therapy Team, we are incredibly grateful to have her.


Kevin BlanchardKevin is a recent addition to the Physical Therapy team here at NAKOA and we sure are happy to have him. He is originally from the panhandle of Florida, where he grew up spoiled by the ocean and coastal lifestyle. He spent the majority of his youth participating in sports, going on surf trips, and beach cruising. Despite his awards in high school for playing basketball, his heart was still always on a board whether it was skateboarding, surfing, or wakeboarding, he couldn’t be kept indoors.

As a competitive wakeboarder, Kevin eventually experience his own share of personal injuries that exposed him first hand to the field of Physical Therapy. After finishing a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Science, he ventured west to San Diego where he eventually went back to school for a Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy at the University of St. Augustine. Kevin sticks by the motto, “You’re not just another patient” understanding each individual is unique taking full body approach for the best outcomes. When he’s not working Kevin spends his time traveling, dancing, surfing, and getting sunburnt.


Physical Therapist in Carlsbad - John LuAnother newbie gem to the NAKOA Physical Therapy Team is Jon Luu. Born and raised in San Jose, CA, Jon has been an active kid since day one playing all sorts of sports from organized team sports like basketball and volleyball to individual hobbies like skateboarding and snowboarding. Like many athletes, Jon’s time playing sports throughout high school and college led him to sustain injuries of his own which is what sparked his initial passion for physical therapy. His own positive experience with dedicated physical therapists that helped him rehab, recover, and return to the game motivated him to pursue a career in physical therapy, to help other people overcome their injuries and return to doing what they love most.

Jon earned his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from San Jose State University and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from The University of St. Augustine. Jon utilizes a comprehensive and individualized approach for patient care; combining the use of:

  • Manual therapy
  • Functional training
  • Corrective exercise
  • Patient education

His goal is not just to treat patients, but to educate and help people understand the cause of their injuries so that they can better overcome their obstacles, improve overall wellness, and prevent future injury. Outside of the clinic, Jon can be found playing beach volleyball, watching sports, going camping and off-roading, and spending time with family and friends.