Alyssa Speciale, M.D.

Alyssa Marie Speciale, M.D.

Specialties

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Sports Medicine

Title

  • Assistant Clinical Professor

Reviews

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Cannery Building

3301 C St, Suite 1600
Sacramento, CA 95816
Driving Directions

Primary Phone:
916-734-6805

UC Davis Medical Group - Elk Grove

8110 Laguna Blvd.
Elk Grove, CA 95758
Driving Directions

Primary Phone:
916-683-3955

Additional Phone Numbers

Clinic Phone: 916-734-6805
Clinic Phone: 916-683-3955
Clinic Fax: 916-734-6806
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 dance and 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, prolotherapy). Dr. Speciale is also skilled in coordinating care to allow patients to 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. 

Division

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Center/Program Affiliation

Sports Medicine Program
UC Davis Medical Group

Education

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

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

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

Residency

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

Fellowships

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

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

American College of Sports Medicine

American Medical Society for Sports Medicine

Association of Academic Physiatrists

Honors and Awards

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

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Presidential and Award of Excellence Scholarships, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

Select Recent Publications

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, Eneski K, Everts P, Wang JH, Onishi K. Role of Mechanical Loading for Platelet-Rich Plasma Treated Achilles Tendinopathy. Current Sports Medicine Reports. 2020 Jun;19(6):209-216. PMID:32516191.

Neph A, Onishi K, Wang JH. Myths and Facts of In Office Regenerative Medicine Procedures in Tendinopathy: Literature Review. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2019;98:500-511. PMID:30433886.