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 and CEO
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.
Anita McCullum, PTA - Physical Therapist Assistant, Lusby
Anita is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant on staff at Gateau Physical Therapy. She earned an Associate of Science degree at the Physical Therapist Assistant program in Vincennes University in Indiana in 1987. She has been practicing as a PTA since that time with experience in both in-patient and outpatient care. She is skilled in treating orthopedic injuries and is experienced in various manual therapy techniques including Myofascial Release and Strain-Counterstrain. Anita works at the Lusby office.
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.
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.
Meghan O. Haus, DPT - Physical Therapist, California
Meghan is a licensed Physical Therapist at Gateau Physical Therapy in California. In 2010 she earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. Meghan began her career in Physical Therapy at Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster, CA treating patients with a variety of diagnoses including joint replacements, stroke and spinal cord injuries. She was part of a trauma team collaborating with other medical professionals to safely mobilize medically complex patients and advance them towards the next step in their rehabilitation process. Meghan joined the Gateau PT team in May 2011 and is now also the Clinical Director of the California office. Her professional interests include sports medicine, with a special interest in the treatment of shoulder injuries and knee pain. Meghan also has gained experience treating neurological conditions in the outpatient setting including Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinsons Disease.
Bonnie Torres, DPT, Cert MDT – Physical Therapist, California
Bonnie is a licensed Physical Therapist who splits time between both the Lusby and California offices. She graduated from the University of Maryland College Park with her Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology in 2010 and received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Maryland at Baltimore in 2013. She comes to Gateau after working as a PT at Greater Washington Orthopaedic Group, a physician-owned practice in Montgomery County Maryland. She has experience with rehab after many types of surgeries including ligament and tendon repair, joint replacements, and spinal surgeries, but her real interest is with the spine. Bonnie became a certified McKenzie therapist in 2016 which is a mechanical approach to the diagnosis and treatment of any orthopedic issue in the body.