Paul received his Master's and Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California. He is board certified as an Orthopedic Certified Specialist, an Athletic Trainer, a Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapy. He has worked with Olympic programs in Norway and China as an instructor of rehabilitation. He played collegiate baseball and raced bicycles, completing the Leadville 100 twice and The Death Ride four times. He has been in private practice since 1980 and was one of the first sports therapists in the SF Bay area.
Ellen received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Samuel Merritt University. She is certified as a Complete Decongestive Lymphedema Therapist. Through advanced training in rehabilitation and oncology she has become a specialist in treating patients undergoing cancer treatment. She is certified through the American College of Sports Medicine as a fitness specialist and is a certified Pilates Instructor. She formerly operated a Pilates business for nine years in England prior to moving to California. Through her participation in competitive sports, including running and skiing, she understands the emotional aspect of recovery which allows her to tailor rehabilitation programs utilizing a variety of approaches which best produce optimal recovery.
Torey received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of the Pacific. He is a Certified Orthopedic Specialist. Torey has been a competitive athlete in several sports including swimming, baseball, basketball, and football. He has a perspective of personal recovery as he also has had numerous injuries from which he has had to work for extended periods of time to restore his health. He was also an assistant strength coach for the San Diego State University football team. Torey blends his experience in physical therapy with his personal background in competitive athletics, injuries and training to provide people with efficient and effective care to aid in their recovery from daily and sport related injuries.
Courtney received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Saint Augustine for Health Sciences in San Diego. She also earned her Manual Therapy Certification through the University of Saint Augustine. She is a certified Orthopedic Specialist. She has special interests in orthopedics, pediatrics, and helping people return to fully living their lives. Courtney was a nationally competitive club gymnast, then a nationally competitive cheerleader in college; she understands dedication in several forms.
Brad received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree at the University of Saint Augustine in San Diego. While earning his Doctorate, Brad performed a specialized clinical rotation treating patients with vestibular dysfunction, and studied the vestibular system and its role in balance, proprioception and dizziness. Since graduating, he has furthered his training with post-graduate work on Movement System Imbalance by Dr. Shirley Sahrmann, as well as beginning the study of neurodevelopment and how this controls human posture, movement, and gait through Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization concepts. His exposure to a variety of movement-based approaches to Physical Therapy have given him a deep respect for the human body and allowed him to create a holistic and comprehensive approach to patient care.
Adriana received her Bachelor's in Physical Therapy from Universidad Nacional de Colombia in 1997. She then studied Acupuncture, and successfully integrated it into her treatment with Physical Therapy patients. She received her California Physical Therapy license in 2009 and has been working for OPTM since. She has completed a year-long training on Maitland Manual Therapy. Adriana has been a frequent swimmer and tennis player since she was a high school student, which has enriched her experience working with athletes in these areas. She is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Payal received a Masters of Physical Therapy from Loma Linda University and a Doctorate of Physical therapy from A.T. Still University. Payal also completed a one year manual therapy program in the Australian approach to musculo-skeletal physical therapy. Payal specializes in the treatment of cervical, lumbar, knee, and shoulder disorders. She is fluent in English, Hindi and Gujarati.
Paymon received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Chapman University. When he was seventeen years old, he broke his left arm due to a football injury, requiring surgery and physical therapy. During physical therapy, he was able to regain function of his arm and return back to physical activity, which ultimately influenced his decision to pursue a degree in the field. His rehab provided insight into how important it is to develop a unique plan of care catered to each individual, as well as the importance of treating the patient as a whole person as opposed to only treating the injury. During his free time, he enjoys participating in a variety of sports and outdoor activities such as basketball, football, hiking, and biking, which serves as a motivator to him to help individuals with an injury return back to doing what they love.
Lauren received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of California, San Francisco. She grew up swimming and playing water polo and went on to compete as a Division 1 swimmer at Georgetown University. During her participation in athletics, Lauren experienced a shoulder injury, requiring physical therapy. Her positive experience with rehabilitation inspired her to pursue a career in this field and showed her first hand the importance of creating an individualized approach by understanding each person as a whole through effective communication.
Jones graduated with her doctoral degree in physical therapy from the University of California – San Francisco. Her clinical interest is movement analysis and manual therapy. She has been an active person throughout her life participating in martial arts and soccer, rowing crew, and playing rugby. Having suffered several injuries in the past, one of which required surgery and rehab, she is aware of a patient’s desire to return to the activities they enjoy; and she is determined to help them on this journey. She remains an avid runner and cyclist, hiker and backpacker. Prior to pursuing a career in physical therapy, Jones worked in ecological restoration and is passionate about environmental issues.
Mark received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from University of California San Francisco/San Francisco State. He is certified in Myofascial Decompression. While at school, he was a member of UCSF’s Myofascial Decompression research team which fortified his appreciation for evidenced based care. Mark played competitive sports growing up and currently coaches a youth basketball team, enhancing his understanding of the importance of optimizing his patients’ mobility to meet their goals.
Nicole received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Mount Saint Mary’s University and is a certified Pilates Instructor through Balance Body. Nicole grew up playing competitive soccer, field hockey, softball and track and field in the Bay Area. Nicole ultimately became a Division I athlete as a member of the track team at UC Santa Barbara where her own experience with injury led her to pursue the path towards becoming a Physical Therapist. Nicole’s background in competitive sports and vestibular rehab enable her to provide each patient with high quality, specialized treatment programs to achieve their individual goals. In her free time she loves running, soccer, pilates, hiking, and going to the beach whenever possible.
Jessica received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree from Chapman University. Her clinical interests are orthopedics and women’s health. She is passionate about living an active lifestyle which includes working out, playing sports, and hiking, and received her certification in Lagree Fitness as a group fitness instructor. She has played competitive volleyball throughout her life, and during college, she injured her knee and required physical therapy to return to play. Throughout her rehabilitation, she realized how beneficial physical therapy was in helping her regain the strength and function of her leg. From her own experiences, she understands a patient’s eagerness to return to the activities that they love and the importance of individualized treatment programs for each patient in order to optimize their recovery.
Shelton received his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Biology from the University of California, Davis, and went to Ohlone College to become a Physical Therapist Assistant. He has been with OPTM since 2007, and enjoys helping patients improve quality of life through proper body mechanics and movement patterns. He grew up a cross country and track and field runner, and continues to enjoy running, hiking, backpacking, and rock climbing.
Lora earned a Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University before receiving her Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Ohlone College. She is also a Certified Lymphedema Therapist. Lora became interested in physical therapy after undergoing knee surgery and rehabilitation following a skiing accident. The individualized care and attention she received during her physical therapy sessions inspired her to want to help others recover from their own physical ailments. In her free time, Lora still enjoys skiing as well as hiking, traveling and cheering on her daughters during water polo games.