Jessica Alkema has always been interested in sports medicine. As an undergraduate student at CSU Stanislaus, Jessica planned on completing licensure as an athletic trainer and then moving on to medical school to become and orthopedist. But she started a family and decided she needed a career that would allow her to spend more time with her family. Physical therapy was the perfect match since it would allow her to follow her passion for sports medicine while also raising her family. She received a Master of Physical Therapy degree from CSU Sacramento in 2010. Following graduation, she completed a six-month internship with Sonora Regional Medical Center before being hired on as a licensed physical therapist. She has since earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy and became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

Jessica loves her job. “We have an awesome team at the Medical Center. The patients I get to treat are great with so many different backgrounds and stories,” says Jessica. “I really enjoy that I can not only help them get back to doing the things they love but establish a friendship with them as well.”

In her spare time, Jessica loves football and watches it whenever she can. She enjoys that her kids are now involved with a lot of sports and that she gets to be a sideline mom. They also enjoy spending time together on the ski slopes.