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 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 endured 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.
Nadia Hopper, DPT - Physical Therapist, California
Nadia is a licensed Physical Therapist with Gateau Physical Therapy. Her passion for sports and a fascination with the human body led her to pursue her dream of becoming a PT. Prior to joining the Gateau team, she graduated from Salisbury University with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and became a Certified Exercise Physiologist in 2015. Nadia continued her studies and obtained her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from American International College in 2018. As a student, Nadia had the privilege of working at Gateau Physical Therapy for a 12-week clinical. She also had the opportunity to experience two other rotations with sub-acute and outpatient rehabilitation exposure. Nadia’s interests lie in orthopedic and neurological conditions. She is eager to expand her experiences at Gateau by combining her newly acquired education with her passion to work with patients on their path to healing and a healthier lifestyle. In her free time, Nadia enjoys outdoor activities, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.