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Physical Therapy

Comprehensive physical therapy is offered in both Dublin and Livermore locations.

Physical therapists are movement experts who can identify, diagnose, and treat a wide range of movement issues. At your first appointment, your physical therapist will perform an initial evaluation to better understand your condition, activities, and overall health. Our physical therapists will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan for your that includes improving your strength, endurance, flexibility, coordination, balance and mobility.

We partner with physicians across the Bay Area to create customized treatment plans for varying neurologic, orthopedic, and sports related injuries including:

  • Children's early intervention
  • Concussion
  • Foot and ankle injuries
  • Headache and TMJ
  • Hip conditions
  • Joint replacement
  • Lymphedema
  • Knee conditions
  • Neurologic conditions
  • Pelvic health
  • Post-operative cancer care
  • Shoulder conditions
  • Spine conditions
  • Sports injuries & sports performance
  • Vestibular conditions

Our Services

Aquatic Therapy

Our Livermore clinic in LifeStyleRx offers a heated indoor warm-water therapy pool. Aquatic therapy uses the natural buoyancy of water to facilitate exercise and movement without decreased forces associated with land-based physical therapy program.

Benefits of aquatic therapy:

  • The water's viscosity provides resistance without the need of weights.
  • The water's buoyancy decreases stress and pressure on your muscles and joints.
  • The warm temperature of the water improves circulation while relaxing muscles.
  • The hydrostatic pressure of water decreases swelling and improves joint position awareness.

Aquatic Therapy Group Class

Aquatic Therapy Group Class is led by a licensed physical therapist and includes upper and lower body stretching and strengthening, core strengthening, and balance exercises, which are designed to improve or maintain: function, flexibility, muscle strength and endurance, balance and coordination, gait and locomotion, aerobic capacity and endurance conditioning.

Who is appropriate for this class?

Anyone! Specifically, individuals who have difficulty participating in a land-based exercise program.
TIME: Mondays and Thursdays
LOCATION: LifeStyleRx Therapy Pool, 1119 E. Stanley Blvd., Livermore
FEE: $80 for 8 sessions

New sessions begin each month. Call today to reserve your space. For more information or to sign up, please call Physical Medicine at 925.373.4019.

Better Balance-Free of Falls Group Class

Better Balance-Free of Falls is a four-week class designed to improve balance and decrease your
risk of falls. Taught by a physical therapist to address key areas of strength, flexibility, balance,
reflexes and reaction time.

  • Appropriate for adults who have fallen or have a fear of falling, are experiencing imbalance or dizziness with movement, and are able to walk at least 40 feet with or without an assistive device.
  • Balance will be tested at the first and last session to measure progress.

Time: Tuesdays and Fridays 12:35–1:30pm
LOCATION: 1119 E. Stanley Blvd., Livermore
FEE: $80 for 8 sessions

New sessions begin each month. Call today to reserve your space. For more information or to sign up, please call Physical Medicine at 925.373.4019.

Cancer Rehabilitation

Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare has trained physical and occupational therapists as part of the Integrative Cancer Program that are able to help patients recovering or going through cancer treatments improve their quality of life.

For more information on the Integrative Cancer Program please visit the Cancer Rehabilitation page.

Children's Early Intervention

This program for infants, toddlers and young children with developmental disabilities includes a comprehensive evaluation by a physical therapist, occupational therapist or speech therapist, followed by an appropriate plan for continued therapy to help the child meet developmental milestones, help the family with care at home and help plan for the future in school. Our therapists work with children with a variety of diagnoses.

Concussion Treatment

Using the latest equipment, tests, and treatment for balance, vision, vestibular and neck problems, our certified physical therapists create a customized treatment plan to address symptoms of concussion that may include:

  • Headache or neck pain
  • Difficulty reading, focusing on or tracking objects
  • Decreased balance and coordination
  • Dizziness or a sense of fogginess
  • Symptoms that worsen with exercise

With targeted training aimed at individual areas of difficulty, concussion rehab can help you return to life sooner and get safely back in the game.

Concussion Baseline Testing Program

What is concussion baseline testing?

Baseline tests are assessments performed prior to a concussion, usually performed annually before a sports season begins. These results then serve as a comparison in the event of an injury, to expedite a safe and appropriate return to sport. These tests can detect lingering signs of concussion, more effectively than imaging such as MRI or CT scan.

Stanford Health Care - ValleyCare offers a comprehensive baseline testing package, using tests
developed by the top concussion centers in the country. The tests included are:

  1. COBALT™: a software program utilizing force plates to measure balance and inner-ear function, commonly compromised by concussion.
  2. Vision assessment: testing reflexes of the eyes that allow us to read, track objects, and focus while our bodies are moving.
  3. Neck Strength Assessment
  4. Near point of Convergence

Why should we get a baseline test?

Understanding of concussion has grown greatly over the last few years. Many signs and symptoms of concussion can be treated. Having a baseline test allows us to quickly see if there are any problems after an injury, and in which specific area. This allows for a more rapid and safe plan for return to normal function. With research supported baseline data, we can effectively treat post-concussive symptoms, getting you back to school, sports and life.

What happens with the baseline information?

All of the data collected is protected as Protected Health Information (PHI) under HIPAA laws. This means it is kept secure and is only shared with members of the health care team in the event of an injury. We do not give results of the baseline tests; it is simply used for comparison if an injury occurs.
Cost: $25

For more information please contact Physical and Sports Medicine 925.373.4019

Chronic Pain Education Program

ValleyCare's Chronic Pain Program consists of education, support and movement activities
designed to help those experiencing daily chronic pain lead a full and satisfying life at work,
home and in the community. This program series is made up of four, 90-minute sessions and is taught by a team of health professionals led by a physical therapist and a certifi ed therapeutic yoga instructor. To obtain the maximum benefits from this program, attendance is recommended once a week.

Program Goals:

  • Improving patients' quality of life despite the presence of pain
  • Educating patients on how the nervous system and the brain process information.
  • Reframing how patients view pain and injury through education, discussion and movement activity.

Cost: $85
New sessions begin each month. Call today to reserve your space.
For more information or to sign up, please call Physical Medicine at 925.373.4019.

Kinesiotape

ValleyCare proudly offers KinesioTaping services. KinesioTape is a rehabilitative tool that can assist the body's natural healing process and muscle function. It allows full range of motion while providing support and stability to the muscles and joints. Widely used in the Olympics and professional athletics, KinesioTaping is ideal for athletes suffering from acute or chronic injuries but is also helpful for minor aches and pains. This technique can be beneficial for all body regions — foot/ankle, knee, hip, shoulder, elbow, neck, back and wrist/hand. Kinesiotape helps with weakness, pain, and instability. This can speed a healthy return sports or exercise programs. The initial evaluation will consist of a brief functional assessment and trial of various taping options to determine the ideal technique for each client.

FEE

$30 for initial evaluation, $20 per session
$100 for evaluation + 4 sessions
Initial evaluation 30 minutes; follow up sessions 15 minutes

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call Physical Medicine at 925.373.4019

Lymphedema

Lymphedema is an accumulation of protein-rich fluid called lymph in the spaces between the cells of the body caused by a blockage of the lymphatic system. Swelling usually occurs in the arms or legs but can also appear in other areas of the body. During cancer treatments such as surgery or radiation, the lymphatic system can become damaged leading to increased risk of developing Secondary Lymphedema immediately after treatment or possibly years later. Swelling can also be caused by Primary Lymphedema, which is an inherited condition caused by problems with the development of lymph vessels in your body. People with primary lymphedema can develop swelling at birth or later in life.

Physical and Sports Medicine offers Complete Decongestive Therapy which leads to a reduction in the size of the affected body part. Treatment includes manual lymphatic massage or drainage, compression garments and bandaging, skin and nail care, patient specific exercises, and long term management instructions. The Lymphedema Therapy staff can help you manage your lymphedema and improve your quality of life.

Learn more about lymphedema therapy at ValleyCare.

LSVT Big Therapy

Rehabilitative Therapy for People with Parkinson's Disease

Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) BIG therapy is a researched-based, standardized exercise program that has been proven effective for people with Parkinson's disease—improving major motor skills, promoting increased strength and encouraging changes in brain function. The BIG therapy is adapted from the principles behind the successful Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT), which has a proven track record of helping Parkinson's patients speak confidently with more clarity.

The prescribed dosage is 16 one-hour individual sessions, four consecutive days a week for four weeks, delivered by a certified LSVT BIG physical or occupational therapist.

LSVT BIG therapy is offered on the Livermore campus as an outpatient service. Learn more about LSVT BIG therapy.

Neurologic Physical Therapy

We have therapists skilled in treating patients with neurological diagnoses such as Parkinson's disease, cerebrovascular accidents, gait disorders and balance/vestibular disorders. In addition to treating in the clinic, we also provide adaptive equipment recommendations and usage training and guidance to family members and caregivers.

Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Our therapists are experts in treating musculoskeletal disorders for both adults and children. Your personalized program of physical therapy, rehabilitation, injury prevention and pain management will maximize your body's ability to work for you and get you back to your active lifestyle.

Physical Therapy for Pelvic Health

Pelvic floor dysfunction can occur at any age, affecting both males and females. Pelvic floor dysfunction encompasses many disorders of the pelvic floor muscles, including prolapse, incontinence, constipation, and pelvic pain. Our experienced physical therapists will establish a personalized treatment plan to address your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Treatment includes relaxation techniques, pelvic floor exercises, bladder re-training, biofeedback training, and home programs, among other interventions. Physician referral is required.

Additional pelvic health programs offered:

  • New Mom Self-Care Class
  • New Mom Wellness Program, including free access to the health care facility (Free 30-minute PT assessment, Livermore ONLY)
  • Postpartum Return to Running Assessment
  • Pelvic Health Wellness Assessment for all women across the lifespan (CASH PAY RATE ONLY, no physician referral required)

Sports Physical Therapy

Stanford Health Care - ValleyCare offers sports-specific physical therapy by licensed therapists with experience in the prevention and treatment of sports-related injuries.

Injury Prevention and Return to Sport

We are proud to offer a program specifically designed to reduce the risk of sports injury or reinjury for middle school, high school and collegiate athletes.

Located within the state-of-the-art LifeStyleRx facility, sports-specific physical therapy by licensed therapists with extensive experience in the prevention and treatment of sports-related injuries is available. Athletes recovering from injury are guided by a physical therapist toward a safe and speedy return to sport. This program helps athletes to minimize the chance of reinjury or symptoms upon return to competition through a dynamic warm-up routine, upper/lower extremity strength and flexibility programs, dynamic balance and agility drills and core strengthening techniques that are designed to improve performance and prevent further injury when returning to any level of competition.

This program can also assist healthy athletes in preventing injury from trauma or overuse. Each athlete is individually evaluated and supervised by a physical therapist during this program. This program is designed to be sport-specific for each individual athlete. An individual program will be designed for each athlete that most likely will include instruction in a home or gym program for strength and flexibility, as well as education about the injury and the biomechanics of movement in order to help avoid future injury.

Fee: $20 per session, or 12 sessions for $200 if purchased in bulk.
When: Monday–Friday, 4 to 5 p.m., at LifeStyleRx
For more information or to sign up, please call Physical Medicine at 925.373.4019.

Motion Analysis

Many non-traumatic pain/injuries are often directly related to poor movement patterns with dynamic activities or sports. Improper mechanics are preventable with appropriate instruction.

ValleyCare Physical and Sports Medicine provides a motion analysis screening to help prevent injury and pain. Biomechanical analysis, in combination with a brief musculoskeletal assessment, can be used to prevent and address many pain and performance issues.

All evaluations will be conducted by a licensed physical therapist. Whatever sport, movement, or activity that is causing you pain can be improved immediately with better mechanics.

60 minute session includes:

  • Video motion analysis
  • Biomechanical assessment
  • Musculoskeletal screening—strength, flexibility, balance
  • Postural/alignment assessment
  • Home program exercise instruction & prescription to decrease pain

Fee: $150 with an optional 30 minute follow-up visit for an additional cost of $75.
When: Monday—Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by appointment.
For more information or to sign up, please call Physical Medicine at 925.373.4019.

Running Analysis

Running injuries are often directly related to poor mechanics, which are preventable with appropriate instruction.

ValleyCare Physical and Sports Medicine provides a running evaluation to help prevent injury and pain for runners of all skill levels. Biomechanical analysis, in combination with a brief musculoskeletal assessment, can be used to prevent and address many injury and performance issues.

All evaluations will be conducted by a licensed physical therapist. Whether you are an experienced runner or just beginning, please contact us today to start running pain free.

60 minute session includes:

  • Biomechanical assessment
  • Frame-by-frame video running analysis
  • Individualized running instruction
  • Footwear assessment and recommendations
  • Musculoskeletal screening—strength, flexibility, balance
  • Postural/alignment assessment
  • Training volume recommendations

Fee: $150 with an optional 30 minute follow-up visit for an additional cost of $75.
When: Monday—Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by appointment.
For more information or to sign up, please call Physical Medicine at 925.373.4019.

Team Injury Prevention Screening

With increased time and money being spent on youth sports today, keeping young athletes injury free and in the game is as important as ever. Pediatric sports injuries are on the rise, especially from overuse caused by year-round participation in sports. Many of these injuries are preventable. Dedicating time in the off-season or pre-season can prevent injury and can also save playing time lost during the season if an injury occurs.

Concerned parents, coaches, and athletes need to be proactive and get ahead of these avoidable injuries. ValleyCare Physical and Sports Medicine offers a team injury prevention program to decrease the likelihood of injury and optimize performance throughout the year.

Each team will receive an in depth evaluation by physical therapists specializing in injury prevention techniques. After this screening, an individualized program will be provided for each athlete, along with instruction. Team/sport specific training programs and techniques with recommendations for team injury prevention will also be provided for coaches.

Fee: Varies with each team, please call for details.
When: All year. By appointment.
For more information or to sign up, please call Physical Medicine at 925.373.4019.

Throwing Analysis

Pain and injuries in the elbow, shoulder and neck are often the result of poor throwing mechanics. With the growing demand for year round baseball/softball, the number of throwing injuries is on the rise. To stay in the game, athletes must have a sound throwing motion.

ValleyCare Physical and Sports Medicine offers Throwing Analysis for athletes of all ages and positions. Using video equipment that offers a frame-by-frame breakdown, a physical therapist will help you analyze your throwing motion. This makes it easy to identify poor mechanics that could lead to injury. After reviewing your throwing motion and performing a musculoskeletal examination, your physical therapist will provide exercises, stretches and advice to improve your throwing and minimize your risk for injury.

All 60 minute evaluations include:

  • Biomechanical assessment.
  • Frame-by-frame video throwing analysis. Baseball or softball pitching.
  • Individualized throwing instruction.
  • Musculoskeletal screening.
  • Home exercise program—throwing drills and exercises for strengthening, stability, flexibility and motor control.

Fee: $200 (includes 60 minute evaluation and one 30 minute follow up session).
When: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by appointment
For more information or to sign up, please call Physical Medicine at 925.373.4019.

Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy

Physical therapists assess and treat disorders associated with vertigo, dizziness and imbalance. We will create a comprehensive treatment program designed to address functional activities affecting quality of life, symptoms and fall risk. Many problems associated with decreased function of the vestibular system due to inner ear infections, vestibular neuritis, acoustic neuroma, stroke, positional vertigo and decreased balance without known cause can be effectively treated with specialized exercises and retraining techniques.

Vestibular Disorders

Some of these disorders may cause dizziness or imbalance:

  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
  • Acoustic neuroma resection
  • Vestibular neuritis
  • Labrynthitis
  • Head injury
  • Weakness/disuse
  • Inner ear infection (labrynthitis or vestibular neuritis)
  • Certain types of migraines

Work Conditioning Program

In order to help return an injured employee back to work as quickly and safely as possible, a comprehensive evaluation is performed to assess the employee's ability to perform specific work-related duties. An individualized program is designed to address any deficits identified and help facilitate a healthy and productive return to work.

Your Care Team

Livermore

Physical Therapists

Patrick Aguiar, PT, DPT

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS)
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist - NSCA (CSCS)

Biography

Patrick received his doctorate in physical therapy (DPT) from Samuel Merritt University in 2010, graduating #1 in his class. He worked as a full-time staff therapist at SHC – ValleyCare from 2010 through 2013, before transitioning to a leadership role to support all the therapists in the department. He has also worked as an adjunct faculty member in the physical therapy department at Samuel Merritt University, since 2010. Injury prevention and post-operative return to sport are his primary areas of interest. Patrick is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) since 2006, and a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS) since 2017. While away from the clinics, he enjoys camping, distance running, soccer, golf, and time with his family.

Areas of Expertise
  • Pediatric sports medicine
  • Injury prevention & return to sport testing/training
  • Olympic weight lifting
  • Running biomechanics
  • Kinesiotape

Shelby McGinnis, PT, MPT

Biography

Shelby earned her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from UC Davis and received her Master of Physical Therapy at Samuel Merritt University (MPT) in 2003. She has practiced in a variety of settings since, including acute care and community wellness, but primarily in the outpatient setting. She has been with Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare since 2005. Her passion and a great need in the community led her to specialize in vestibular and concussion rehabilitation, developing these specialty programs for the organization. The team of highly trained therapists she leads now treats a wide range of diagnoses and sees patients from throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Shelby also runs the Concussion Base Line testing program and the Balance and Fall Prevention exercise class, and is active in the community, presenting balance, vestibular, and concussion education in a variety of settings. In addition, Shelby acts as supervisor for the outpatient therapy clinics, and is proud of the excellent care provided across clinics and disciplines. Outside of the clinic she enjoys time with her family, barre class, and a good book.

Areas of Expertise
  • Vestibular rehabilitation
  • Concussion rehabilitation
  • Balance and fall prevention
  • Concussion baseline testing

Cheryl Billeci, PT, DPT

Biography

Cheryl received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science at the University of Rhode Island, where she played on their division I women's softball team. She went on to obtain her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Samuel Merritt University, graduating in 2010. Since graduation, Cheryl has worked in the outpatient orthopedic setting treating a variety of orthopedic injuries, dysfunctions, and post-operative diagnoses. She enjoys treating young athletes and weekend warriors! She is involved in several of Stanford Health Care - ValleyCare's sports programs, including the Return to Sport and Injury Prevention Class, injury prevention screenings for young athletes, running analyses, and kinesiotape analyses. In 2015, Cheryl formally implemented Stanford Health Care - ValleCare's first Throwing Analysis program. In her free time she enjoys cross training, watching sports and spending time with her family.

Areas of Expertise
  • Orthopedics
  • Kinesiotape
  • Throwing/pitching biomechanics
  • Pediatric athletic injuries
  • Myofascial decompression cupping

Kaitlin Bindert, PT, DPT

Biography

Kaitlin earned a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences from Northeastern University then went on to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. She has been a part of Stanford Health Care - ValleyCare's team since 2019. She enjoys treating patients with neurological conditions as well as pediatric sports injuries and acts as one of the instructors for the clinic's injury prevention and return to sports class. Outside of the clinic she enjoys spending time outdoors and with her family.

Areas of Expertise
  • Neurological rehabilitation
  • Orthopedics
  • Injury prevention

Benjamin Boyd, PT, DPTSc

Biography

Ben graduated from the joint program at the University of California, San Francisco and San Francisco State University (UCSF/SFSU) with a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy in 2002, returning in 2008 to earn his Doctor of Physical Therapy Science degree. He received certification as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association in 2008. Ben teaches in the entry-level Physical Therapy program at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, California and teaches continuing education courses internationally for rehabilitation professionals through the Neuro Orthopaedic Institute (NOI). He has been researching and teaching about nerve and musculoskeletal injuries since 2004 with a particular interest in understanding and treating pain. His clinical focus is on helping people who are suffering with ongoing, persistent pain. Ben is an advocate of a holistic, biopsychosocial approach for helping those suffering from ongoing pain. He is also interested in how we as individuals construct our own understandings about pain and how that influences our own experiences. Ben grew up in the East Bay and continues to enjoy the rich diversity of cultures, foods, events, and outdoor recreational activities that the Bay Area has to offer.

Areas of Expertise
  • Orthopedics
  • Chronic / ongoing, persistent pain
  • Nerve injuries / sensitivities

Shane Chaney, PT, MSPT

Biography

Shane was born and raised in the Bay Area. He attended California State University Long Beach and earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2005. He then went on to attain his Master of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of California San Francisco. He has been a physical therapist since 2010. He is the clinical educator for the outpatient therapy clinic, and he manages the injury prevention and return to sports class.

Areas of Expertise
  • Orthopedics
  • Selective functional movement assessment
  • Athletic injury prevention
  • Myofascial decompression
  • Oncology rehabilitation
  • Lymphedema
  • Kinesiotape

Katie Mockler Fish, PT, DPT

Biography

Katie was born and raised in the Bay Area. After receiving a bachelor's degree in biology from Sonoma State University in 2007, she then decided to pursue a career in Physical Therapy. In 2010 she earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of the Pacific. After graduating, Katie traveled throughout Southeast Asia before taking her board exams in 2011. Once she became a licensed physical therapist she took a job at ValleyCare and has been working for Stanford Health Care - ValleyCare ever since. Katie helped to expand the vestibular and concussion programs at Stanford ValleyCare. When Katie is not working she enjoys doing yoga, traveling, and spending time with her family and children.

Areas of Expertise
  • Vestibular and balance dysfunction
  • Post-concussion syndrome
  • Parkinson's
  • Orthopedics and sports medicine

Michelle Ganiban, PT, DPT

Biography

Michelle received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Biology from UC Davis then went on to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Samuel Merritt University. She has been at ValleyCare since her final internship in 2012. Her interest in physical therapy grew through personal athletic experiences and injuries as a soccer player, which is why she enjoys working with athletes and weekend warriors. She is involved with several of Stanford Health Care - ValleyCare's sports programs including the Return to Sport and Injury Prevention Class, running analyses and kinesiotape analyses. Outside of work you can find Michelle on the soccer field, running on the Iron Horse trail or rooting on the Giants at AT&T Park.

Areas of Expertise
  • Kinesiotape
  • Running biomechanics

Allison Kemsley, PT, DPT

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS)

Biography

Allison received her bachelor's degree in Health Sciences from Chapman University in 2013 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Mount St. Mary's University in 2017. She then went on to complete an Orthopedic Residency program at Healthcare Partners Physical Therapy in 2018. Since beginning her clinical career, Allison has focused on continued training in orthopedics with a focus on movement science and applying developmental kinesiology principles to her practice. In 2019, Allison became a Board-Certified Clinic Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. In addition, Allison is a certified mat and reformer Pilates instructor and incorporates Pilates concepts into her practice. Allison grew up in Pleasanton as a high-level competitive gymnast going to physical therapy at ValleyCare LifestyleRx. Outside of the clinic, you can find Allison with her husband and two dogs hiking, camping or spending time with extended family.

Areas of Expertise
  • Orthopedics
  • Sports medicine
  • Injury prevention

Teresa Li, PT, DPT

Biography

Teresa was born at ValleyCare and raised in the Bay Area. She received her bachelor's degree in Integrative Biology from UC Berkeley in 2010, where she played Division I lacrosse. She earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of the Pacific in 2016. She has been a part of Stanford Health Care - ValleyCare's team since 2016 and treats a wide variety of orthopedic conditions. She is involved with several of Stanford ValleyCare's programs and operates the Aquatic Therapy Group Class and performs running analyses and throwing analyses. Outside of work, Teresa can be found hiking with her fiancé, as well as running, biking, or swimming.

Areas of Expertise
  • Aquatic therapy
  • Orthopedics and Sports medicine
  • Running and throwing biomechanics

Jennifer Parker, PT, DPT, OTR

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS)

Biography

Jenn completed her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at San Diego State University. She obtained her Doctorate in Physical Therapy and her Master's in Occupational Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in 2015. Since beginning her clinical career, Jenn has focused her continued training in orthopedics and pelvic health and in 2019 became a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS). Her main passion is pelvic floor rehabilitation and she has undergone extensive training through the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute. She attained a 200-hour yoga teacher training and uses many of the yogic concepts in her treatments. Jenn was born and raised in Livermore and enjoys treating the people in her community. Outside of the clinic, you can find Jenn in the sun running, biking or swimming.

Areas of Expertise
  • Pelvic Health
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Chronic Pain Management
  • Yoga/Mindfulness

Eileen Shaw, PT, DPT

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS)

Biography

Eileen received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she graduated with University Honors. She then went on to earn her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2015. Eileen treats a wide variety of orthopedic conditions and has been a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS) since 2019. In addition, she has taken extensive continuing education coursework in physical therapy management of vestibular disorders and post concussion symptoms. Outside of work, Eileen enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Areas of Expertise
  • Orthopedics
  • Vestibular rehabilitation
  • Post-concussion syndrome

Physical Therapist Assistants

Mike Freeman, PTA

Biography

Mike is a graduate of the University of San Francisco and De Anza college. He has been a licensed physical therapist assistant (PTA) since 1997. Mike grew up in the Tri-Valley and has served the community as part of the rehabilitation team at ValleyCare for over 20 years.

Areas of Expertise
  • General orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation

Dominique McFarlin, PTA

Biography

Dominique "Nikki" McFarlin has over 25 years of experience in physical therapy. She became a licensed Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA), graduating with highest honors from Ohlone College in Fremont. Prior to her PTA licensure, Nikki had previous experience as a certified massage therapist. Nikki was born at Valley Memorial Hospital and is a Livermore native x 4 generations. She enjoys spending her time with her husband, son, family, and friends. In her spare time, she volunteers at her son's school, assists with Boy Scouts, and is an active mother.

Areas of Expertise
  • Orthopedics
  • Balance and fall prevention
  • Aquatics

Diane McKenna, PTA

Biography

Diane received her AA in Physical Therapy Assisting from De Anza College and her Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Exercise Physiology from San Francisco State University. She has over 25 years of clinical experience. Currently she is working in the outpatient setting at Lifestyles RX. Diane is LSVT Certified (an exercise program for People with Parkinsons). She also is STAR Oncology Certified and works with our cancer rehab patients. Diane also assists in treating our patients with pelvic health disorders. She enjoys her family, loves to travel and trying to golf.

Areas of Expertise
  • Vestibular rehab
  • Balance and fall prevention

Dublin

Physical Therapists

Virtu Arora, PT, DPT

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Oncology Physical Therapy

Biography

Virtu graduated with a Doctor of Physical Therapy from AT Still University/ Arizona School of Health Sciences. She has been a physical therapist since 1996. She is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist since 2006 and is a Lymphology Board of North America (LANA) certified therapist. She has completed the STAR certification in Oncology and Wound Treatment Associate (WTA) training from Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN®). Virtu has presented research posters on Lymphedema at many conferences including International Lymphedema Framework, National lymphedema Network, California PT association (CPTA), World Conference of Lymphology, International Kinesiotaping Research Symposium. She is current Faculty and Medical Advisor of Academy of Lymphatic Studies. She is a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT) from Maitland-Australian Physiotherapy Seminars since 2006, and a Certified Kinesiotaping Instructor (CKTI). She is a member of the APTA, CPTA, ILF, oncology section of APTA and has served as a CPTA research council member. She is a credentialed clinical instructor (CCI) and a Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) and Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) instructor. She loves the field of physical therapy – a healing profession. She is fluent in English, Hindi & Punjabi.

Areas of Expertise
  • Lymphedema
  • Oncology rehab
  • Orthopedics
  • Manual Therapy
  • Aquatic therapy
  • Kinesiotaping

Parveen Bangar, PT, DPT

Biography

Parveen was born and raised in the Bay Area. She attended the University of the Pacific where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences. Parveen then went on to attend graduate school at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences and earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Parveen's clinical interests are orthopedic injuries, pediatrics, and performing running evaluations through video motion analysis. Parveen enjoys spending her spare time with her family and dog.

Areas of Expertise
  • Orthopedics
  • Pediatrics

Judy Cai, PT, DPT

Biography

Judy received her Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy (DPT) from University of Southern California in 2015 after earning her Bachelor's Degree in Biology (BS) from California State University, Northridge in 2011. She is certified in LSVT BIG, Lymphedema Management (Leduc Method I), and has also taken continuing education courses in Kinesiology Taping and Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization. She has worked with different age groups in the orthopedic and neurologic settings, both in outpatient (primary) and inpatient. In addition, she has helped mentor PT students and has been a Credentialed Clinical Instructor since 2019. Outside of the clinic, she enjoys spending time with her family, going on bike rides, hiking, and traveling. She is also passionate and adventurous with food and enjoys trying out new recipes with her friends.

Areas of Expertise
  • General Orthopedics
  • LSVT BIG Certified Clinician
  • Lymphedema Management Certified Clinician (Leduc Method I)
  • Kinesiology Taping Practitioner (RockTape)
  • Instrument Assisted STM Certified Clinician (HawkGrips)

Lauren Jaeger, PT, DPT

Biography

Lauren received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of Southern California after completing her undergraduate degree at the University of California - Santa Barbara. Lauren knew from the early age of thirteen that she wanted to pursue a career in physical therapy. She sustained a knee injury while playing competitive soccer and became a patient of physical therapy herself. She believes that excellent care incorporates individualized treatment with an emphasis on patient education and open communication. Lauren strives to provide comprehensive care to each patient in order to achieve positive functional outcomes. Outside of the clinic, she enjoys being in the sun exercising, reading, and spending time with her husband and son.

Areas of Expertise
  • Orthopedics
  • Running Analysis
  • Myofascial Decompression

Julie Espinosa, PT, DPT

Biography

Julie is a Bay Area native. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Texas at Austin, where she also played Division I soccer. During her time at Texas she became interested in physical therapy and went on to receive her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland at Baltimore in 2012. She has been a physical therapist at Stanford Health Care - ValleyCare since 2015. Julie has experience in orthopedics and neurological conditions, but her main passion and focus is in oncology and lymphedema. She is a Certified Lymphedema Specialist of the Upper Extremity and is currently completing her full Lymphedema Certification, which will be completed in 2020. She has received her STAR Oncology Certification and also has training in Medical Therapeutic Yoga. She enjoys providing a healing hand to patients recovering or going through cancer treatments. In her free time, Julie love spending time with her family, doing yoga, and exploring outdoor activities in the Bay Area.

Areas of Expertise
  • Lymphedema
  • Oncology

Jessica Huang, PT, DPT

Biography

Jessica was born and raised in the Bay Area. She attended UC Davis and earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Biology in 2007. She went on to attain her Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy at Samuel Merritt University, graduating with honors. She has been a physical therapist at Stanford Health Care - ValleyCare since 2011. She is certified in ergonomics and oncology rehabilitation and specializes in pelvic health for women and men. Outside of work, she loves spending time with her family which includes two young children and two dogs.

Areas of Expertise
  • Pelvic health
  • Pregnancy and postpartum care
  • Oncology rehabilitation
  • Ergonomics
  • Kinesiotape

Andre Jarrahzadeh PT, DPT

Biography

Andre obtained his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine. Since beginning his clinical career, he has focused on outpatient orthopedics with an emphasis on sports related injuries. He utilizes his knowledge of manual therapy along with therapeutic exercise in order to help return patients to goal specific tasks. He has worked with all levels from high school to professional athletes with an emphasis on return to sport for basketball and throwing related injuries. Outside of the clinic, Andre enjoys cycling, basketball, tennis, and participating in triathlons.

Areas of Expertise
  • Orthopedics
  • Sports medicine
  • Athletic injury prevention
  • Cycling fits
  • Kinesiotape

Stacey L. Kegg, PT, DPT

Biography

Stacey wass born and raised in the Bay Area. She attended Cal State East Bay where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in public relations and organizational communication in 2008. She then went on to earn her Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy at Midwestern University in 2016. Stacey has experience working with all age groups and a background in pain management. She enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Areas of Expertise
  • Orthopedics

Carie Kramer, PT, MSPT

Biography

Carie received her Master's of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of the Pacific in 1999. She has been with the Physical and Sports Medicine Department at Stanford Healthcare - ValleyCare for 20 years. Carie enjoys working with a variety of patients including orthopedic and vestibular/concussion conditions. Her goal is to provide individual treatment plans for her patients and focus on function. She is certified in Pilates mat and reformer, and is also STAR certified. Carie grew up in Pleasanton, played softball and is a board member for the Pleasanton Girl's Softball League and Athletic Booster's for the high school. She enjoys working in the community she grew up in and spending time with her husband and children.

Areas of Expertise
  • Vestibular rehabilitation
  • Concussion rehabilitation
  • Orthopedics
  • Pediatrics
  • Pilates

Elena Meehan, PT, MPT

Biography

Elena received her master's degree in Physical Therapy from the University of the Pacific. She specializes in treating the pediatric population; working with preemies to adolescents with various neurologic and orthopedic diagnoses. Whether treating an adult or child, Elena tailors her programs to meet the needs of her patients and their families to optimize function beyond the clinic walls.

Areas of Expertise
  • Pediatrics

Emily Moore, PT, DPT

Biography

Emily received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) from University of the Pacific in 2010. Her clinical interests include treatment of postural dysfunction, returning people of all ages to their active lifestyle, cervical/lumbar radiculopathy and shoulder stiffness/pain. Emily prides herself in considering an individual's lifestyle and physical interests (cooking/walking/sports) when developing a plan of care.

Emily has taken continuing education classes in the treatment of sciatica, cervical and shoulder movement dysfunction, mobilization with movement and functional movement screening. Outside of the clinic, some of her favorite activities include hiking with her husband, two young sons, and two energetic dogs as well as strength training, reading and practicing overall fitness.

Areas of Expertise
  • Orthopedics
  • Sports Medicine
  • Post-surgical rehab
  • Myofascial decompression cupping

Ruta Patel PT, DPT

Biography

Ruta received her bachelor's degree in Integrative Biology from UC Berkeley in 2012 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) from Columbia University in 2015. She has been a part of the Stanford Health Care - ValleyCare team since 2017. Ruta has also completed the Manual Therapy Yearlong course offered by Roland Lucas PT in 2019. She finds joy in improving function and quality of life of her patients. Outside of the clinic, she enjoys all things related to wellness and nutrition, yoga, hiking, and most of all, spending time with her family.

Areas of Expertise
  • General Orthopedics

Michael Tai, PT, MPT

Biography

Mike was born and raised in San Francisco. He completed his undergraduate work at UCLA and his Master of Physical Therapy Degree from Mount Saint Mary's College in 1995. He has over 25 years of experience as a physical therapist in the outpatient and skilled nursing settings and has been with ValleyCare since 2003. He is a certified clinical instructor, has taught over 15 students, and has taken over 25 continuing education courses over the course of his career. Among his colleagues, he is known as "The Professor" due to his vast knowledge in the field and ability to mentor peers. He uses his knowledge to consider the entire body as a whole to determine the best treatment approach. In his spare time Mike enjoys spending time with his wife who is also a physical therapist at ValleyCare, their two sons, his extended family including seven siblings, and doing his part to save the environment.

Areas of Expertise
  • Selective functional movement assessment
  • Myofascial decompression

Physical Therapist Assistants

Sandra Tom, PTA

Biography

Sandra has worked as a PTA since graduating from Ohlone College in 2004. She also has a Bachelor of Science in Health Science from Cal State University, Hayward. She is currently studying to obtain her certification in lower extremity lymphedema. Sandra enjoys seeing patients of all ages and different diagnoses. When away from work Sandra enjoys spending time with her family and trying out new recipes.

Areas of Expertise
  • Upper extremity lymphedema certified
  • General orthopedics

Adrian Villaneuva, PTA

Biography

Adrian received his Physical Therapist Associate degree from Ohlone College in 2010. His experience includes different manual therapy techniques and progressing therapeutic exercises. He believes patient education is a critical aspect of one's recovery and positively encourages everyone's potential. Adrian enjoys outrigger canoeing and cycling in his spare time. He grew up locally in San Ramon and continues to live in the Tri-Valley area with his wife, two kids and his Labrador pup, Truckee.

Areas of Expertise
  • Orthopedics
  • Maitland techniques
  • Myofascial release and instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization