Mackenzie Vandergeest

Former Team USA Softball Catcher
Former Catcher for Jennie Finch
Former Professional Softball Catcher

Firefighter LAFD

“Matt, Thank you for getting me back to my life!  It was a long process, but you talked me through it and physically got me back!  I appreciate all the work and the extra effort you put into my recovery! Thank you Matt!”



Aaron Thigpen
Owner Gamespseed Performance Center, Concord, CA
11 time USA National Track and Field member
2 Time Olympic Trials Qualifier in the 100m
2 Time World Masters Silver Medalist 100m (2007, 2011)
Current American Record Holder for the 60 meters in the 40-44 Age Division
“Matthew is a problem solver, that’s rare in this industry where most Therapists cut and paste workouts for athletes. He takes the time to get to know his clients and prescribe the best training regimen possible for them. Being result-oriented is what makes training with Matthew so valuable”

Aaron Brown

Pitcher for Philadelphia Phillies

“I can’t thank Matt and Performance Physical Therapy of Idaho enough for helping me stay healthy all throughout the offseason.  You have continued to provide the best available treatment options and I would recommend Performance Physical Therapy of Idaho to anyone looking to enhance their therapy or training.  You guys are seriously the best in the business.”


Wayne Gross
3B Oakland A’s ’76-83’, ‘86
3B Baltimore Orioles ’84-85’
1977 American League All-Star
“Matt has separated himself from the rest of the pack with his professional knowledge and passion for his patients. As a former MLB player, I trust Matt and his team’s expertise at Performance Physical Therapy of Idaho with any rehabilitation or performance enhancement needs. If you are looking for the best in the business, Matt and his team are as good as it gets.”

Liza Spengler

2013 ANB Asia Pacific Women’s Open Figure Tall 2nd Place
2013 ANB Asia Pacific Women’s Novice Figure Tall 2nd Place

“When preparing for an international figure competition I initially thought that my 10 years of experience being in the gym would be enough to get my shape where it needed to be. After working my butt off and not seeing much change, I asked Matt for his help. Matt’s knowledge is vast and sometimes just the smallest changes to technique meant significant gains where I needed them. I was amazed at how my body developed and that I came second in both the novice and open female figure category at my first competition. I would highly recommend Matt to help you reach your performance goals.”


Nick Candau
2010-2011 High School Waterpolo California-Hawaii All American
Hole-Set Pepperdine Waterpolo 2012-2014
Hole-Set CBU Waterpolo 2014-2016
“Throughout the course of my water polo career, Matthew has been the primary reason for my success. In high school, he provided personal training services that increased my weight and overall strength exponentially en route to being named a High School All-American my senior season. He has continued training me throughout my collegiate career both at Pepperdine University and California Baptist University. He recently headed the rehabilitation on my dislocated shoulder and got me back competing in the water in only six weeks time. Without Matthew, I would not have been able to compete at the level I did.”

Graham Johnson

6th Round Draft Pick (178th overall) Florida Marlins 2008
Spent 6 Season with the Marlins Organization

“Thanks for everything you did to get my arm stronger than ever after undergoing Tommy John surgery to repair my elbow. I’ll think about you every time I pick up a baseball for the rest of my life! Big thanks to Matt, You’re the best!”



Keaton Shiffman

Defensive Lineman

“Matt has coached me through a hard time in my life. The game I love most was almost
out of reach for me because of an injury, but Matt worked hard to help get me back on
the field. Not only did he get my shoulders back into working shape, but he helped me
stay in good football shape during my long road back. Not only was he a good physical

therapist and trainer, but he was a friend and a mentor during a time when I needed

as much support as I could get.”


Derek Bilte


“Matt Candau is the best PT I have ever worked with. Under his care I was able to get
back to doing all the things I love most in life. Thanks for getting me back to doing
what I love.”


William Oxx
Base Jumper
“The best advice I ever received was when my doctor told me to go see Matt after my
knee replacement surgery.  Not only was Matt fantastic, but I got to work with a bunch
of other really knowledgeable and experienced professionals.  It was hard work, but
they helped make my total recovery happen fast.  I’ve taken some serious licks in the
extreme sports arena and I’ve worked with a lot of different physical therapists.  I
found the best in Matt!”

Makayla Walia

Level 9 Gymnast

“Matt was and is, hands down, the best physical therapist that I have ever worked with.
My name is Makayla, and I am a competitive gymnast training level 9. Matt was my
the physical therapist from the time I was a level 5 gymnast until my level 8 season.
Throughout those three years, Matt helped me overcome numerous different injuries,
anywhere from small ankle sprains to a fractured back. Though each time the injury
was different, one thing remained the same: he always got me back to the sport that I
loved. No injury was too complex for Matt. He always knew the right exercises and
programs to put me through, and he also always made my program personalized to
me and my sport. Matt never let an injury keep me down. Although he was realistic,
Matt always was so encouraging and assured me I would be healed in no time. Even on
days where I had just had a rough day or hard practice, he always had a positive
attitude and the right words to say which left me feeling motivated and encouraged.
Although Matt’s title may be Physical Therapist he is so much more. He is smart,
personable, encouraging, optimistic, energetic, and the best. Anyone who has the
opportunity to work with Matt is extremely lucky!


Brandee Keddington
Miss Idaho United States 2016
Owner Eagle Fitness, Eagle Idaho
“I came to see Matt last summer after breaking my foot and tearing all the ligaments
in my ankle. As a gym owner, personal trainer and extremely active person this was
quite devastating to me. Not only did Matt help heal my foot, but he was patient and
kind throughout the process. I didn’t dread going to therapy and was always well
taken care of. I would highly recommend Matt Candau to anyone looking for a physical
therapist, you won’t be disappointed with the level of care you will receive”

Ryan De Jesus

Former Pitcher- Amarillo Thunderheads

“If you’re looking to get your body in peak performance, Matt is your guy. Not only
was my arm pain free, but my velocity was up to career highs. Thanks Matt.”