Rising Sun Physical Therapy's Physical Therapists promote Optimal Health and Wellness through education, advanced manual therapy, and structured mobility and strengthening programs. Our therapists are dedicated to providing treatment that fits your individual needs that gets you back on your feet fast! That means we take into consideration the things that make you unique, such as your occupation, your lifestyle, even your budget. Keeping such factors in mind help your physical therapist determine the most effective way to treat you. Our therapists are licensed Doctors of Physical Therapy who believe in highly personalized care. We have been helping people find relief for their injuries through hands-on physical expertise and a caring attitude.
Natsuko Watanabe, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Natsuko was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan where she was an avid athlete, being team captain in both basketball and soccer. She is currently the only Japanese speaking physical therapist in Orange County. Her interest in sports led her to come to the United States where she earned her B.S in Kinesiology from Syracuse University. Her passion to help people with physical injuries lead her to earn her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree at Chapman University in Orange California.
Her philosophy in physical therapy is the fusion of art and science enabling her to be creative with each treatment while understanding human anatomy and biomechanics. Blending the knowledge of Eastern and Western medicine allows her to individualize and optimize her patient’s outcomes through both an evidence-based and holistic approach. This allows her to treat each person as a whole, rather than just a list of symptoms or an injury. Her passion is finding the root cause of the patient’s problem so that she will not only temporarily fix the issue, but help the patient obtain their personal goals and to maximize their health outcomes.
In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, being active, and to workout; and on the outrigger canoe team, muay thai/kickboxing, jogging, snowboarding, playing basketball. She also loves to travel and spend time with her friends and dog, Luca.