Meet our Team

David Ebel, RPT

David has been practicing physical therapy in La Grande since 1993. Since graduating from Pacific University’s Therapy Program (Forest Grove, Oregon) in 1982, he has gained wide experience in all aspects of physical therapy. He has specialized in manual therapy, training with physicians from the United States, France, England and Australia, focusing on adult and pediatric care for acute and chronic dysfunction including a multitude of diagnoses. David is a member in good standing with the American Physical Therapy Association, Oregon Physical Therapy Association, the International Association of Health Care Practitioners and the American CranioSacral Association. David is a Teaching Assistant for the Upledger Institute in a variety of techniques.

James Gorham, MPT, CEO

James was born in La Grande and graduated from Imbler High School. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and Health from Eastern Oregon University in 1995 and with his Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy in 1997 from Andrews University in Dayton, OH. James owned and managed a PT practice for 6 1/2 years in Sherwood, OR. His areas of expertise include: sports medicine, including developing a rehabilitation program for golfers called “Back Swing”, and manual therapy. James is also certified in the Astym treatment technique. His outside interests include sports, camping, and golfing. James and his family moved back to La Grande in 2007. James also serves as the Clinic’s CEO.

Ron Babcock, RPT

Ron is a 1991 graduate of the University of Utah’s Physical Therapy program and a 1988 graduate of Eastern Oregon University. He returned to La Grande in 1999 to assist with the opening of Mountain Valley Therapy with David Ebel, RPT, and Diane Warnock. Ron brings a variety of experience to our practice, including manual therapy, general orthopedics, sports and industrial medicine. Areas of special interest include the integration of the many manual therapies with exercise and more traditional forms of physical therapy, Sports and Industrial Medicine, and multi planar functional exercise, to facilitate patient outcomes.

Rachael Livingston, DPT

Rachael joined Mountain Valley Therapy in June of 2017. She graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science then went onto Pacific University where she obtained a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Rachael was born in La Grande and raised in Baker City, she was eager to return to a small town. In her spare time, Rachael enjoys hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing and snowboarding. 


James “Rusty” Hottal, RPT

Rusty is a familiar face to La Grande and he and his wife are enjoying their “return to home.” Rusty received his Physical Therapy degree in 1985 from Loma Linda University. he has been practicing as a Physical Therapist for nearly 32 years and his clinical experience has treated a wide array of conditions with a focus on pool therapy, manual therapy and treatment of chronic pain. Rusty enjoys hiking, camping, and family time.


Tracey Gorham, LPTA

Tracey joined Mountain Valley Therapy in 2007. She graduated from the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Mount Hood Community College in 1996. She has several years of experience with rehabilitation, particularly with the geriatric population. Tracey enjoys spending time with her family, running, and reading. Additionally, Tracey also serves as the Rehab Gym Director, Clinical Services Director, and Quality Assurance Director.

Michele Mayer, PTA

Michele graduated from Mt. Hood Community College’s Physical Therapist Assistant program with an Associates of Applied Science in 2011. She holds 4 years combined experience in inpatient and outpatient settings emphasizing treatment of pre and post-operative injuries as well as various orthopedic conditions utilizing manual and aquatic therapies to facilitate increased strength, stability, and healing. Her ambitions are to expand her knowledge base obtaining training in acupressure, sensory integration therapy, and women’s health. A few of her future plans include earning certifications in CranioSacral Therapy as well as Personal Trainer to help prevent future injury. In her free time she enjoys being outdoors in nature, discovering new hiking trails, and trips to the coast for never-ending hours of beach-combing.

Pamela Wilkins, PTA

As a graduate of the Lake Washington Institute of Technology Physical Therapy Assistant, Pamela has 2 years experience practicing Physical Therapy in Cle Elum Washington. Pamela joined Mountain Valley Therapy in May of 2017 while moving to the La Grande area from Ellensburg Washington. She hopes to expand her skills while working in a large outpatient physical therapy clinic. Pamela enjoys hiking, fishing and exploring the mountains with her husband and dogs.

Megan McChristy, PTA

Megan graduated from Boise State University’s Physical Therapist Assistant program with an Associates in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Physiology. She then received her Associates of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant from Idaho Consortium of PTA Education, College of Western Idaho. Megan joined Mountain Valley Therapy in May of 2017. She enjoys traveling all over the world, and spending time with her dogs while hiking.

Amy Martin, PTA

Amy graduated from Linn State Technical College in Linn, MO in 2013. She has been practicing physical therapy in mostly outpatient settings for the past four years in MO, FL, and now OR. Amy came to Mountain Valley Therapy as a traveling PTA and fell in love with the area and decided to stay. She hopes to soon become a Certified Lymphedema specialist and continue to further her knowledge in Crainosacral Therapy. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, camping, fishing, being on the water, and spending time with her boston terrier, Simpson.

Brook Jorgensen, MS, ATC

Brook joined Mountain Valley in 2003 as a Certified Athletic Trainer. She graduated from the Athletic Training Program at Oregon State University in 2001 and finished her Master’s of Science at Utah State University in 2003. Brook has many roles at MVT, including assisting with the implementation of therapeutic and aquatic exercise with patients. She is the head athletic trainer at La Grande High School, working with student athletes performing injury prevention, treatment and rehabilitation during practices and events. She has pursued further education in multiple areas, including orthopedic injuries, functional exercise, strain-counter strain, and concussions. In 2008, she spent a week in Eugene on the sports medicine staff at the Track & Field Olympic Trials. In her free time, she enjoys being in the outdoors, reading and spending time with her husband and three children.

Angela Cain, MS, ATC

Angela joined Mountain Valley in 2016 as a Certified Athletic Trainer. She graduated from the Athletic Training Program at Montana State University – Billings in 2014 with her Master’s. She had completed her undergraduate work at University of Oregon in 2010. Angela has many roles at MVT, including assisting with the implementation of therapeutic exercises with patients and reviewing their home exercise programs. She is helping facilitate community outreach with some of the smaller schools in the county and surrounding areas as an athletic trainer working with coaches and student athletes performing injury prevention education at open gym events. She has pursued further education in multiple areas, including orthopedic injuries and functional taping techniques. Angela is relatively new to Eastern Oregon she was raised in Bend and is happy to be here with us an active community member. In her free time, she enjoys being in the outdoors hiking, cross country skiing and snowboarding and spending time with her friends and family that live in the area.

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