Natalie Forsberg, PT

Natalie Forsberg, PT

Initially fell in love with missions at Azusa Pacific University while studying physical therapy. While at APU, she took numerous medical mission trips overseas to places such as India, Cambodia, Singapore, and Africa. It was in India, where a passion began to stir in her heart after spending over a month performing physical therapy in a hospice serving under privileged children. After debriefing from her time spent over seas, she felt God had given her a vision to form a foundation that provided physical therapy services in impoverished areas of the world. Natalie currently is a physical therapist at Team Physical Therapy in Rancho Cucamonga, California where she treats patients with a variety of orthopedic conditions.

Natalie also enjoys donating her time to The Challenged Athletes Foundation where she raises money to help people with physical challenges pursue an active lifestyle through physical fitness and athletics. Natalie spends her free time with her friends and family. She loves outdoors activities such as running, snowboarding, hiking, and sailing.

Teri Goodwim

Teri Goodwin

a wife, mom and volunteer. She taught school for twenty years but then in 2007, her son, Brian, broke his neck and became paralyzed. This turned her life upside down for a while but with tons of prayer and the love and support of many friends, she is now happily right side up again. She is very involved in the SCI world and Brian continues to make huge strides in his recovery.

Teri joined Compassion PT after she heard Jeff Bekendam share the story of his first trip to Living Room Ministries in Kenya in a church service. Even though she was aware of his work in Kenya, something stirred deep inside her that particular morning in church. Jeff shared stories of the work he did while he was there but there was one story that really hit home. It was the story of a young teacher by the name of Jacob who is now paralyzed by a gunshot wound. Jeff worked with Jacob and even helped him stand for the first time since he had been injured. She felt God’s spirit tell her, “What are you waiting for? You need to get involved with this new ministry.” Teri knows first hand the difference physical therapy can make in a person’s life and is very excited to be involved with an organization who’s main focus is to bring physical therapy to places off the grid.

In her free time, Teri enjoys sailing with her husband, Louis. Her main passion is finding humor in just about every situation and laughing as much as possible. She is trying to seize as many moments as she can and string them together to make a meaningful life.

Jan Higa

Jan Higa

Jan’s love for third world missions was born as early as she can remember. She was blessed to grow up in Ecuador as the child of missionary parents. From infancy to adolescence Jan witnessed first-hand the life-changing impact of the Gospel in the lives of the people she and her family were privileged to share their lives with.

After graduating college, Jan spent a year in Mexico City as a short-term missionary where her focus was primarily discipleship. These many years later she still treasures her Mexican friends and we continues to stay in contact with them.

God has blessed Jan with four children, two born to her and two given to her through marriage. Two are pastors; all are actively involved in ministry. And now Jan is delighting in two adorable granddaughters, the loves of her life!

Jan has worked for close to 40 years in general administration. It has been a wonderful fit for her as it ties directly to her strongest spiritual gift which is, not surprisingly, administration! As she serves with Compassion Physical Therapy, Jan looks forward to continuing to use her gifts to honor the Lord to bring hope and healing to those who need it most.

Gina Bekendam

Gina Bekendam

Gina graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a degree in Organizational Leadership.

Most of Gina’s adult life has included serving in her local church. For the last 16 years, Gina has served as the Worship Arts Pastor at Hillside Community Church.

In 2001 Jeff and Gina opened Team Physical Therapy, where she has served in various roles within the practice. She remains involved with the operations of the practice, but focuses primarily on the financial components of running the business.

Gina was involved with National Charity League, Inc. for 7 years. She served 5 years on the Board of Directors, 2 as the Foothill Chapter President. Serving the local community along side her daughter Alexandra was a meaningful and memorable time in her life.

Gina enjoys golfing with friends and her husband Jeff. She loves travel, cooking and entertaining – she is happiest with friends and family around the table enjoying a good meal and making memories. She is the proud mother of 2 adult children Beau and Alexandra and in 2011 added a daughter in law – Ariona to the family.

Jeffrey T. Bekendam, PT

Jeffrey T. Bekendam, PT

God has blessed Jeff with the opportunity to practice as a physical therapist for 25 years. He attended Westmont College in beautiful Santa Barbara and then completed his graduate studies at California State University, Long Beach in 1987. He is the owner and director of Team Physical Therapy in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Jeff opened Team PT in October 2001 and he and his staff have had the opportunity to treat over 30,000 people in the last 12 years.

Jeff has been very involved in his local church for over 20 years where he enjoyed serving on the worship team, teaching and coaching in the kid’s ministry area.

In November 2011, Jeff learned of the incredible need for physical therapy at The Living Room, a hospice ministry in Kipkiren, Kenya. The decision was made to make a trip there in spring of 2012. The experience of providing therapy to Living Room patients and community children changed Jeff’s life. With his colleague, Natalie Forsberg, PT, the decision was made to create a foundation for the purpose of providing physical therapy to underserved parts of the world. It is their hope to identify a need and then raise money to make this happen.

When Jeff is relaxing, he enjoys golf with his wife, Gina. He is a huge sports enthusiast and loves friendly competition. Jeff and Gina have two grown children, Beau and Alexandra.

Christopher M. Carlson

Christopher M. Carlson

As an operations consultant and managing partner for Global Productivity Solutions (GPS), Chris’ diverse functional background in aerospace engineering, healthcare, organizational leadership, Lean Six Sigma implementation, and leading start-ups, enables him to efficiently improve client’s performance and long-term profitability.

Chris takes great joy in using his consulting skills to assist non-profits that are making a difference in the world. Helping them to operate more efficiently and at higher performance levels makes better use of funds and enables these organizations to serve the under-resourced more effectively. He recently led a project at Children’s Hospital of Orange County to reduce the amount of time it took for the pharmacy to deliver oncology drugs – reducing the time that sick kids and their families had to spend at the hospital. In 2013 he also joined a team that spent time in war-torn northern Uganda to start a business that has brought economic hope to people who really need it. Closer to home, for nearly 3 decades Chris has served at Hillside Community Church in roles ranging from Sunday school teacher to serving on the board of directors. Most recently, Chris was honored to join Compassion PT in their mission to assist the underprivileged better meet their goals in life by reducing physical ailments that challenge them.

Bachelor of Science, Aerospace Engineering – California Polytechnic University
Systems Engineering Certificate – University of California, Riverside

Chris and Teri live in Alta Loma where they enjoy biking, golf, and snow skiing. They have two grown children – Benjamin and Stephanie.