Matt Stump, PT


Matt’s family moved to Camarillo in 1979 when he was just a young boy. Interestingly, he was born in Iceland while his father served our country in the United States Navy. He grew up attending local schools, and graduated from Adolfo Camarillo High School (ACHS) in 1993. It was during his time at ACHS he first became interested in a career in physical therapy (PT). Midway through his senior year he sustained a significant ankle injury which required PT. Matt realized his calling during that time. His rehabilitation was successful and his plan for a career was rooted in the medical field.

Matt continued his education at Abilene Christian University (ACU) where he graduated with honors with a BS in Biology (’97). Upon graduation he began working for George as an aide while completing additional pre-requisite course work in order to be accepted to PT school. His time as an aide served to cement his desire to become a physical therapist, but it also began a lifelong friendship with George Erb.

In 2001 Matt received his Masters in Physical Therapy from Hardin-Simmons University (HSU). That same year Matt was awarded the Rex Nutt Award which is given to the top physical therapy student in the state of Texas, and is named after a fellow ACU graduate. Three important events occurred during his time at Hardin-Simmons. The first was that he met his wife while on a rotation at The Methodist Hospital in Houston. The second was meeting another lifelong friend Kyle Kimbrell, who Matt drug out of Texas to become a fellow Camarillian. Third, George offered Matt a job at George Erb Physical Therapy, Inc.

Matt’s desire to learn his craft did not stop upon graduating from PT school. He continued his educational journey by enrolling in the Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy (ScD) program at Texas Tech Health Science Center. Matt was awarded his ScD in 2010. He followed this accomplishment by completing the IAOM-US Fellowship in Manual Therapy (FAAOMPT) in 2013. Additionally Matt is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

During football season you can find Matt, along with George and Kyle, on the sidelines for ACHS football as they serve with Luga Podesta, M.D. as the medical staff for the Scorpions. More important than any of his professional achievements is the time he spends with his family, having dinners with his parents who still live locally, coaching his three children in various sports, and raising them in the community he has been proud to call home for 34 years.



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