Alyssa Marie Speciale, M.D. for UC Davis Health

Alyssa Marie Speciale, M.D.

Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor

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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Sports Medicine

Locations and Contact

Cannery Building

Sports Medicine
3301 C St
Sacramento, CA 95816

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Clinic Phone: 916-734-6805

Clinic Fax: 916-734-6806

UC Davis Medical Group - Folsom

UC Davis Medical Group - Folsom
251 Turn Pike Dr.
Folsom, CA 95630

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Physician Referrals

800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

Dr. Speciale believes that exercise is an integral part of physical and mental health for all individuals. She wants to empower patients and provide the tools necessary to allow them to return to sport, recreation, or daily activities with fewer limitations. She enjoys educating patients on all aspects of their diagnoses and treatment plan to provide the highest level of care and create a trusting relationship.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Speciale is a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation trained Sports Medicine physician offering nonsurgical care for recreational and competitive athletes of all ages and skill levels with acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries. She serves as Co-Head Team Physician for American River College. As a former competitive figure skater, Dr. Speciale has special clinical interest and expertise in performing arts medicine and female athletes. She has expertise in diagnostic ultrasound, joint and tendon injections, ultrasound guided injections, and regenerative medicine (platelet rich plasma, dextrose prolotherapy). Dr. Speciale is also skilled in coordinating care to help patients return to activity via targeted physical therapy, exercise protocols, bracing needs, other modalities, and non surgical procedures.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Speciale's academic and research interests focus on improving the understanding of treatment for tendon disorders, regenerative medicine procedures, and post procedure rehabilitation protocols. She is also interested in continuing education of medical students and residents within Sports Medicine including diagnostic and interventional ultrasound and physical examination skills.


Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Center/Program Affiliation

Sports Medicine Program

Undergraduate School

B.S., Biomedical Science, Grand Valley State University, Allendale MI 2011

Medical School

M.D., Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit MI 2015


Transitional Year, Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners, Grand Rapids MI 2015-2016


Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh PA 2016-2019


Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation - Sports Medicine, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2019-2020

Interventional Orthopedics Foundation (IOF) Stipend Award Recipient, 2020

Award of Excellence in Musculoskeletal/Sports Medicine (UPMC), 2018

Raymond Mercier Endowed Scholarship, 2014, 2015

Prentis Foundation Medical Scholarship, 2012, 2013

Board of Governor's Medical Dean Scholarship, 2011, 2012, 2013

Currey J, Sheng D, Neph Speciale A, Cinquini C, Cuza J, Waite BL. Performing Arts Medicine. Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2020 Nov;31(4):609-632. doi:10.1016/j.pmr.2020.08.001. Epub 2020 Sep 8. PMID:32981582.

Neph A, Burnham K, Davis B. Calf Pain-Brazilian Jujitsu Fighter. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 2020 Jul;52(7S):860. 

Neph A, Schroeder A, Enseki KR, Everts PA, Wang JH, Onishi K. Role of Mechanical Loading for Platelet-Rich Plasma-Treated Achilles Tendinopathy. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2020 Jun;19(6):209-216. doi:10.1249/JSR.0000000000000719. PMID:32516191.

Neph A, Onishi K, Wang JH. Myths and Facts of In-Office Regenerative Procedures for Tendinopathy. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2019 Jun;98(6):500-511. doi:10.1097/PHM.0000000000001097. PMID:30433886.

DiCuccio Heckert K, Ankam N, Neph Speciale A, Miller A, Davis B. The 3-Minute Musculoskeletal & Peripheral Nerve Exam, 2nd Ed, Springer Publishing Company. 2022 Aug; IBSN 978-0826177421.

Neph Speciale A, Davis B. High Volume Ultrasound Guided Capsular Distention for Adhesive Capsulitis. Williams C, Sussman W, Pitts J (eds). Atlas of Interventional Orthopedics Procedures, Elsevier. 2022 Jun: 496-501. IBSN 9780323755146.

Neph A, O'Connell M, Shin J, Helm E, Lin A. Biceps Tendon. Onishi K, Fredericson M, Dragoo J (eds). Tendinopathy: From Basic Science To Clinical Management, Springer International Publishing. 2021:39-54. IBSN 978-3-030-65335-4.