Meet Your Therapists

You are here because of a physical problem that is hindering your optimal function in life. Our staff consists of licensed physical therapists and licensed physical therapist assistants, dedicated to providing you with personal care in a professional setting. Your therapist will evaluate you and address and handle the underlying cause of your problem, not just the apparent pain or symptoms. The goals you have set for yourself will be discussed with your therapist. You will be informed of your treatment procedures and the duration of therapy required for optimal results. You will be educated so that you can maintain your health or even improve upon it in keeping with the objectives that you set for yourself. Once a month a Re-Evaluation will be performed to determine progress, reset goals, etc. and report of findings will go to your insurance company and your referring doctor.

Bonnie Gateau, PT, CSCS - Founder

Bonnie Gateau attended the University of Maryland at Baltimore and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy in 1983. She founded Gateau Physical Therapy in 1987, which grew from a 400 square foot facility to a 4000 square foot facility in Lusby. A second office opened in St. Mary's in 1993 and is now located in California. Bonnie is experienced in treating the pediatric population, has strong manual skills including myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, visceral manipulation and strain counter-strain. She is proficient in treating orthopedics, sports and occupational injuries. She emphasizes one-on-one treatment and strives to build strong relationships with every patient.

Lindsay Lavato, DPT - Clinical Director, Lusby

Lindsay is a Physical Therapist on staff at Gateau Physical Therapy's Lusby office. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Natural Sciences with a minor in Biology from Daemen College in Buffalo, NY in 2005. She graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Daemen in May 2007. She has enjoyed working in a variety of settings including outpatient orthopedics, pediatrics and skilled nursing facilities. She is a Women's Health specialist and treats a variety of diagnoses including urinary incontinence and pelvic pain. Lindsay works full time in our Lusby Office.

Danielle M. Leclerc, PT - Physical Therapist, Lusby

Danielle is a licensed Physical Therapist at Gateau Physical Therapy. She earned her Bachelor of Health Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland at Baltimore in 1993. Danielle started her career in Physical Therapy as a Contract Therapist traveling across the USA and working in a variety of settings including Outpatient Orthopedics, Inpatient Stroke Rehab, Home Health, Acute Care as well as Skilled Nursing Facilities. Upon returning to Maryland in 2000, she has continued to build her skills in, but not limited to, Orthopedics (neck, back, shoulder and joint replacements), Vestibular Rehab/BPPV, as well as Manual Techniques including Strain-Counterstrain and joint mobilization. Danielle works full time in our Lusby office.

Lindsey O'Brien, PTA - Physical Therapist Assistant, Lusby

Lindsey O’Brien is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant at the Lusby office. She is a graduate of the CACHE PTA Program of 2019 through College of Southern Maryland with an Associate of Applied Science degree. She acquired a wide variety of clinical experiences including Outpatient and Inpatient affiliations. Lindsey worked largely with the orthopedic population during her college experience but is excited to broaden her scope with interests in vestibular rehab and aquatics.

Julie Potter, PTA - Physical Therapist Assistant, Lusby & California

Julie is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant in our Lusby office. She earned her Associate of Applied Science degree in 2010 from CSM, with clinical experience in both inpatient and outpatient care. Julie treats a wide range of pre-, post- and non-surgical patients. Her talents lie in a variety of PT modalities and interventions, with a strong interest in joint replacements and manual therapies. She applies Kinesiology and McConnell Taping techniques as a means to decrease swelling and pain, accelerate the healing process, provide muscle re-education or inhibition, increase stability, and improve movement and function. Julie enjoys performing CranioSacral Therapy and offering Aquatic Therapy with treating many conditions including headaches, fatigue, stress, autoimmune diseases, mixed connective tissue disorders, fibromyalgia, and chronic pain.

Holly Newquist, PTA – Physical Therapist Assistant, California

Holly is a full-time licensed Physical Therapist Assistant at the California GPT office. She is a native to Annapolis, where she worked as a PTA for 12 years after graduating from the CACHE Physical Therapist Assistant program, through AACC, in 2008. She recently moved to Southern Maryland, where she enjoys continuing to take part in Outpatient Orthopedics. Holly enjoys working in this type of setting for the variety of treatments there is to offer, and finds it rewarding along with exciting to help patients along their journey as they make progress. Special interests include Kinesio/Rock taping, pre- and post-op orthopedic conditions, applying manual interventions, athlete recovery and pediatrics. Aside from PT, Holly enjoys being outside, running Disney half marathons, and being at the beach.

Casey Watson, PTA – Physical Therapist Assistant, Lusby

Casey is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant working full-time in the Lusby office. She attended Salisbury University and graduated in 2014 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise Science. Following graduation, she began working as a PT tech which sparked her interest in becoming a PTA. Casey continued her studies and obtained an Associates of Science degrees from Montgomery College’s PTA program in 2020. She has gained experience through a clinical affiliation at an outpatient clinic and also worked at a Skilled Nursing Facility post-graduation. She is eager to continue growing and expanding her knowledge as a PTA with Gateau Physical Therapy.