Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS),
American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties
ASTYM® System, Nike Golf, NG360 Performance Specialist
Fellow of Applied functional Science ® (FAFS), Functional Manual Reaction ® (FMR)
Master of Physical Therapy: Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA
Bachelor of Science: Life Science, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA
I have always been interested in the way the human body works and am grateful that I can work in a field that focuses on helping people return to the things they love to do.
I founded Focus Physical Therapy with the vision of treating patients and clients as individuals, each with their own goals, values and desires. Helping them return to the life and activities that makes them happy is what inspires me to continue to learn.
I believe in the value of touch and manual treatments. At Focus we facilitate healing through a combination of movement science (Applied Functional Science ®) and manual therapy techniques.
Very few of my patients could be considered textbook cases. I listen carefully to them, to better understand their needs and establish goals that are meaningful to them, and will do my best to answer all their questions.
Masters of Physical Therapy, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS
Bachelor of Science, Health Science, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS
I have always had a love for biology and anatomy, and I wanted to follow two of my sisters into healthcare. I played sports throughout my life and while playing volleyball in college, I suffered an injury. The therapist that treated me, inspired me to pursue my career in physical therapy. At Wichita State University I studied Health Science which gave me a solid foundation of nutrition, biological sciences, and public health.
I received my Masters of Physical Therapy from Wichita State University. It was there that I found my niche in outpatient orthopedics. Since that time, I have also pursued training in vestibular rehabilitation and treatment of patients with post-concussion syndrome.
I believe that each patient is an individual with a unique presentation. I enjoy solving each “patient puzzle” and returning people to their desired activity or lifestyle.
Doctor of Physical Therapy: Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA
Bachelor of Science: Health Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
My first encounter with Physical Therapy was when I was in High School. I had a knee injury playing basketball, but really never understood the science behind it until my grandfather had a stroke. The time, passion, along with anatomy and physiology all integrated to help my grandfather to be more functional was intriguing. Also, it all applied to what I like most, sports. With my fair share of injuries, I am able to relate to patients with regard to pain, have a better approach for sport injury prevention, and helping the patients to return to their functional state. I like the one on one approach to help cater to each patient’s individual needs, and to educate the importance of exercises, modification of life, body mechanics, and posture to return to a better quality of life. I also greatly enjoy volunteering as a Little League Umpire to help the community, and provide young athletes proper guidance and exemplary leadership.
What is your favorite form of exercise?
Sleeping does a body good.
I like to have a lot of diversity in my life. Diversity in how I spend my time, what my interests are, and having friends with all kinds of backgrounds and interests, as well. You get a chance to learn a lot that way. I like to spend my time traveling, whenever possible, cooking, reading and doing any active thing I can do outdoors, such as hiking.
I enjoy my job because it is very rewarding to be a part of the process that helps people get back to what they need and want to do most. Also, I find the human body and how it all works very interesting and I learn something new almost every day. I have a great time getting to know our patients, too.
I have always been passionate about helping people both physically and mentally. My dream as a child was to become a professional soccer player, and after my junior year of high school I was offered a scholarship to play at the collegiate level. I unfortunately injured my knee the following year and was unable to continues towards my soccer career. Due to my injury, I was exposed to physical therapy and I saw an opportunity to make my passion for helping people a career.
I received my degree from Stanbridge University and graduated in 2017. I have had the opportunity to work with a variety of patient populations over my short professional career, including professional athletes.
I am a board certified Physical Therapist Assistant. My goal as a therapist is to treat every patient with the same respect and attention, while designing a personalized treatment plan for each individual to return to their daily routines, careers, and hobbies.
I’m originally from Lisbon, Portugal and I moved to the States when I was 18 years old. I went to College in Boston at UMass-Boston and graduated with a Human Performance and Fitness degree and a Certification in Athletic Training. My love for sports and Body Movement along with the desire to help people has made this field of work ideal for me. It gives me a great sense of fulfillment knowing that I’m part of a team who’s dedicated to help people feel better, get better and function better. I also enjoy getting to know our patients.
Outside of work, I like to spend my free time with my family. I like traveling, reading and watching soccer matches on TV. I also enjoy kayaking and going on walks.
Just a small town girl from East Texas who loves the outdoors, dogs and good coffee. My husband is in the Marine Corps and is stationed at Camp Pendleton which brought us to beautiful southern California. Growing up and even now in my adulthood I have always loved playing sports and working out. Currently I am working at Focus to gain experience in the PT field and taking online classes to prepare for Physical Therapist Assistant school. My overall goal in life is to help people feel strong, and in control of their bodies!
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I have always loved science and knew I wanted to work in healthcare but was not sure exactly which field. Then I got in a car accident and had physical therapy which introduced me to the field and inspired me to work with patients and help them get better too.
I started my education at UCI where I earned a bachelors degrees in biology then I went to Washington University in Saint Louis and earned my doctorate in physical therapy with an emphasis on movement impairments. After graduating with my DPT I went aboard to Australia and worked in Sydney for 6 years and was able to learn additional manual techniques and broaden my scope of practice. I moved back to orange county and in 2016 took my boards to become a board certified orthopedic specialist. I love to analyze a movement and find ways to help patients move better to accomplish their specific goals. I appreciate that every person is different and I choose to treat the entire individual and work together to help them achieve their highest level of function.