Meet Our Kenya Team

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Natalie Winblad, DPT

Natalie Winblad, DPT

Natalie grew up in Rancho Cucamonga and now lives in Claremont with her husband Eric.  She attended APU majoring in Applied Health, then attended Western University of Health Sciences and graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2012. Natalie is employed by Team Physical Therapy in Rancho Cucamonga where she specializes in orthopedics and sports medicine.

Natalie has had some amazing opportunities along side her studies and as a young professional to travel and share her love for Christ, people and her skills.  She has been to Cambodia – where she was able to teach biology and first aide, Nigeria – where she worked in medical clinics, India – where she worked in physical therapy outpatient children’s hospitals, Mexico – building houses, worked with children and taught soccer, with the Challenged Athletes Foundation – where she has worked with those who have amputations pursuing active lifestyles using prosthetics and adaptive equipment. This is her third trip to Kenya where she works along side the staff at the Living Room, doing physical therapy and staff education.

We are blessed to have Natalie leading our team this year!


Rose L. Hamm, PT, DPT, CWS, FACCWS

Rose received a BS in Physical Therapy from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and an MS and post-graduate DPT from the University of Southern California. She is currently Assistant Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California and practices at Keck Hospital at USC where she developed the in-patient and out-patient wound care programs. She is a Certified Wound Specialist and a Fellow in the College of Certified Wound Specialists, serving as a Regional Director and Secretary of the Board of Directors. As a part of the College, she has helped develop a wound care curriculum that is being taught in Latin and South America to all medical disciplines with the goal of guiding them toward best practice and certification in the field of wound management.


She most recently edited “Text and Atlas of Wound Diagnosis and Treatment,” a comprehensive textbook on wound care that is published by McGraw Hill Education. Rose also wrote and co-produced “The Give and Take of Wound Management: A Guide to Making Clinical Decisions,” an interactive on-line course designed to teach interdisciplinary clinicians about wound healing, diagnosis, and evidence-based interventions. She has also written several book chapters and journal articles on wound healing. She has lectured on negative pressure wound therapy, atypical wounds, lower extremity edema management, and current concepts in wound management to interdisciplinary groups in a variety of settings. She is a member of the APTA Acute Care and Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management Sections, the American Academy of Wound Management, and the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care.   Rose is passionate about care of patients with wounds, about teaching students the role of physical therapy in wound management, and about sports (especially tennis, skiing, North Carolina basketball, and USC football); however, this all takes a second seat to her family of four children and nine grandchildren!


Kevin DeGroot, PT, DPT

Kevin DeGroot, PT, DPT

I grew up in Ontario, California but have spent the past 8 years as a student in Sioux Center, IA and Denver, CO and now working as a physical therapist in Denver. I originally became interested in global missions as I heard the stories of my grandparent’s and dad’s time spent in Nigeria as missionaries, where my dad was born and spent the first 13 years of his life. Throughout my early life I was very interested in sports and finding a way to use that interest to help people, so I set out with the goal of becoming a “sports medical doctor” although at the time I had no idea what that really meant. For a time in high school and early college my career goals changed but I eventually came back to my original goal of working in healthcare and took the opportunity to meet with Jeff Bekendam and find out more about what physical therapy was and to try and figure out if it was a career path that God could use my interests and passions to help fill a need in the world. Through this conversation and several others I decided to pursue a career in physical therapy and spent each summer back home from school in Iowa working at Team Physical Therapy building relationships with many of the people from Compassion PT. After my undergraduate work I attended Regis University partially because of their strong reputation as a physical therapy program in orthopedics but also because of their strong global health program, a program that brought me to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for 3 weeks of clinical work during my final year of the program. Upon graduation from Regis I decided to stay in Denver all the while trying to figure out a way to become more involved with Regis’ global health program but also maintaining the friendships from my time at Team which eventually led to opportunity in Kenya and hopefully many more in the future.

Christina & Husband

Christina Shafer, RN

We are so happy to have Christina as part of the team this year! She is currently employed by Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena.  Christina spent two months in 2010 as a Medical Intern Missionary through Empowering Lives International in Kipkaren Kenya serving the very community that our team will be with on this trip.


Shelby Martin

We became acquainted with Shelby as a patient, then as part of the staff at Team Physical Therapy where we learned of her love for the field of health and missions.  She has served abroad with Hospitals for Hope in Cochabamba, Bolivia, Mission of Hope in Santa Cruz de la sierra, Bolivia, and Hospice Care Ministry in Mexicali, Mexico.  She also served as a youth leader at Glenkirk Church in Glendora for 5 years.   Shelby graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a bachelors in Biology in 2013.  She is now enjoying some time on Mammoth Mountain where she is a Snowboard Instructor at Canyon Lodge.

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