About Mountain Valley

We are a God-centered company located in La Grande, Oregon focused on making positive differences in our community through physical therapy, occupational therapy, fitness and outreach programs.

Our Story

Opening its doors in 1999, Mountain Valley Therapy has established itself as a leader in rehabilitation services for the Grande Ronde Valley and beyond. We are proud to serve patients from Eastern Oregon, Eastern Washington, Idaho, and as far away as Utah and Texas.

 Our Therapists are trained in advanced manual therapy techniques that are found to be successful with patients who have had other treatments fail. In addition to standard orthopedic and neuro treatment techniques, we offer treatments that are not a part of many standard physical therapy practices such as CranioSacral Therapy, muscle – energy technique, strain/counter strain, manual lymphatic drainage, and sensory integration therapy.

Our Emphasis

Hundreds of hours of continuing education are taken each year by our therapy staff to provide our patients with the most up-to-date treatment techniques. We treat every patient as an individual and consider the whole person when planning physical and occupational therapy treatments. Our goal is to have pain-free, healthy, satisfied patients who are able to participate in all the activities they desire.

Our mission is to honor and glorify God in all that we think, say, and do.  We strive to create a supportive environment in which employees can achieve their professional, personal, and spiritual goals and potential.  Our goal is to provide clients with the highest quality, individualized therapeutic care to reduce symptoms and maximize their functional abilities and hence quality of life, and to promote active participation in our community by all employees.

Rehab Gym

Our physical therapy clinic features a dedicated rehabilitation gym which is well equipped with recumbent elliptical trainers, arm bicycles, parallel bars, and more. Our facility contains 11 private treatment rooms, with direct access to the rehabilitation gym.


Fitness & Health Center

Our fitness & health center is equipped with weights, treadmills, elliptical trainers, bicycles and all standard gym equipment. All employees receive a free membership to our fitness & health center which is attached to our physical therapy clinic.


Warm Water Aquatic Therapy Pool

Our facility offers a 25’X25′ warm water aquatic therapy pool set between 90 – 93 degrees. The pool is 3.5′ – 5.5′ deep and comes equipped with a current generator and equipment for therapy use. We do not use chlorine, our pool is UV filtered.


Our Staff


David Ebel, RPT

David was one of the founding owners of Mountain Valley Therapy in 1999. He graduated from Pacific University’s Physical Therapy Program in 1982 and has been practicing in La Grande since 1993. For over 40 years, David has practiced in out-patient orthopedics and neurology, home health/hospice and sports medicine treating athletes from grade school to college level. Now his main focus is in the healing and management of the most challenging acute and chronic diagnoses. He has trained under medical and osteopathic physicians from the United States, France, England and Australia and now utilizes a multitude of treatment techniques to address these complex pediatric and adult conditions. 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 and Chikly Institutes and is currently helping to develop curriculum for the Chikly Institute. He has been involved with teaching alternative pain management strategies to reduce the use of narcotics. Outside of work, he is active in his church community and enjoys time and activities with his wife, adult sons and their partners. He loves to travel both locally and internationally and participate in meditation retreats.

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 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.

Ian McLean, PT, DPT 

Ian grew up in Imbler and attended Eastern Oregon University to receive his Bachelors Degree. While attending EOU, Ian worked at Mountain Valley Therapy as an aide, helped with marketing, and was a personal trainer for 6.5 years. He then attended Azusa Pacific University in Southern California where he obtained his Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Ian enjoys treating orthopedic conditions, geriatrics and has a special interest in Parkinson’s. Outside of Mountain Valley, Ian loves playing basketball and is an avid weight lifter.

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 over 36 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.

Patrick Webinger, PT, DPT

Patrick received his Bachelors in Biochemistry from the University of Portland and then spent 8 years as an Armor Officer in the Army.  During that time he found his passion for helping people through physical therapy. He graduated from the University of Montana Physical Therapy Program in 2013 and for the last 10 years he owned and managed a PT practice in the Portland area.  He loves working with athletes and has worked with weekend warriors all the way to Olympic athletes. His favorite part of PT is helping people get back to moving well and doing what they love. Patrick and his wife moved to La Grande to enjoy the beauty the Eastern Oregon has to offer.  When he is not in the clinic he enjoys skiing, hiking, and exploring the outdoors with his wife.

Kent Kirby, PT

Kent joined Mountain Valley Therapy in 2019. Previously a coach for track & field, Kent is a big sports fan. When he isn’t watching the Pittsburgh Steelers play football, he is watching his three grandsons play sports. Toby Keith is hands down his favorite musician, and he certainly prefers the summer months over the rest of the year, especially because that means he will have clear skies to deal with; Kent is also a licensed pilot!

Gage Park, PT, DPT

Gage graduated with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from The University of Oklahoma. His passion for physical therapy is fueled by his passion for people and serving others. You know you’re in good hands with Gage as your PT because of the relationship he builds with you to make sure your therapy is specific for you. It was Mountain Valley’s mission that drew Gage to La Grande from his roots in Texas and Oklahoma. Serving God through a company that supports its employees and allows individual unique care to each patient, well that was just a company Gage had to check out. Gage loves to play golf and explore the mountains when he has a chance.


Claire Schumock, PT, DPT

Claire graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from George Fox University. She is also very proud of her bachelor of science in biology from Hillsdale College in Michigan. Like most of our staff Claire was drawn to Mountain Valley because of our mission statement. Her personal mission is very much in line with our company mission to honor God, help fellow employees, serve patients with the best individual care, and give back to the community. Claire is a native of Oregon having grown up around the Portland area. She fell in love with small towns while getting her undergraduate in Hillsdale Michigan. From that point on she knew she wanted to look for an area like ours. When she saw our job ad, she figured this just might be the place for her. Claire loves the outdoors, hiking, camping and water sports. She also loves to bake cakes.


Daniel Willey, PT, DPT

Daniel received his Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno and graduated at the top of his class.  Math, Physics, and Engineering was always a backup plan for him and he graduated Cum Laude from South College with a doctorate degree in Physical Therapy.  Dan has extensive experience dealing with injuries and specializes in treating chronic back pain.  He also finds treating vertigo particularly interesting and rewarding.  Dan was a bodybuilder when he was young and later studied yoga for 5 years travelling around the country to learn from many different teachers that helped him overcome his own injuries, back pain, and imbalance in his body.  Dan also has special training in Trigger Point Therapy.  Outside the office, you can find Dan doing his exercises every day, walking his dogs, snowboarding, snowmobiling, or mountain biking, and any and all water sports.


Kyla Gomes, PT, DPT

Kyla was born and raised in La Grande and graduated from La Grande High School. She attended both Central Washington University and Oregon State University to receive her bachelors degree, then went on to receive her doctorate in Physical Therapy from George Fox University. Kyla has a background in athletics which helped to develop her passion for serving others through physical activity. She especially loves working with the pediatric population, and will be using that passion working with children in the schools throughout La Grande. Outside of Mountain Valley, Kyla loves traveling and experiencing different cultures which led her to serve on a medical service trip to Uganda while she was attending GFU. She also loves spending her free time outdoors hiking, exploring, and running. In working as a Physical Therapist, she is passionate about helping patients reach their goals and get back to doing what they love.

Nicki Ebel, OT

Nicki Ebel returned to the Mountain Valley family in 2019 after a 6 year hiatus. She graduated from the University of Cape Town in 1987 and before moving to La Grande in 1994 practiced OT in Cape Town, South Africa, London, England and as a traveling therapist throughout the US. While she has worked in many fields of Occupational Therapy, in recent years she has specialized primarily in rehabilitation of hand, wrist and elbow conditions. Together with her husband, David Ebel, she has 4 adult sons and a step-son and is active in fitness, enjoys all manners of outdoor activities, travel and keeping connected to friends and family both locally and internationally. She loves her work as an Occupational Therapist and the opportunity to support people in their recovery and achievement of their rehabilitation goals and to live their lives to the fullest.

Tracey Gorham


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 also serves as the Executive Director, Clinical Services Director, and Quality Assurance Director. She enjoys spending time with her family, running, and reading.

Angela Cain


Angela joined Mountain Valley in 2016. She graduated from the Athletic Training Program at Montana State University – Billings in 2014 with her Master’s degree, having completed her undergraduate work at University of Oregon in 2010. She has pursued further education in multiple areas, including orthopedic injuries and functional taping techniques. In 2021, Angela decided to return to school and get her PTA degree. She currently serves as the Rehab Gym director as well as a clinician. 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.

Taylor Christopher


Taylor has worked at Mountain Valley since 2018. She was born and raised in Elgin, and graduated with her bachelor’s degree from Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho, then obtained her PTA  degree from the Idaho Consortium for Physical Therapist Assistant Education, LCSC campus. She enjoys working with orthopedic conditions including sports medicine and post-op cases. Outside of Mountain Valley Therapy, Taylor enjoys hiking, camping, spending time with her husband and daughter, attending concerts and rodeos, and being in the outdoors. 

Brook Jorgensen


Brook joined Mountain Valley in 2004 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. She went back to school to further her career and education, completing her PTA degree in 2022. She has been the athletic trainer at La Grande High School since 2004, 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, aquatic exercise and concussions. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, skiing, running, hiking and gardening. 

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2519 Cove Avenue
La Grande, OR 97850
(541) 962-0830