Team

Adam
Adam Harner graduated with his doctorate of physical therapy. He has been a physical therapist since 2000 and at Rady Children’s since 2008. Adam specializes in orthopedic and pediatric rehabilitation, and he is currently the physical therapist for Down Syndrome Center at Rady Children’s. Adam serves as a mentor for new physical therapy graduates and as a clinical instructor for students currently enrolled in physical therapy programs.

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Allison Angeli has been a physical therapist since 2012 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 2013. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the pediatric and research sections. Allison’s goal is to provide outstanding patient care to her patients and families.

Anita
Anita Intorre has been a physical therapist since 2008 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 2015. Anita specializes in orthopedic, neurologic and cardiac rehabilitation. She is a certified personal trainer and a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Her goal is to improve the quality of life of her patients.

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Arnold Lazaga has been a licensed physical therapist since 2015 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 2017. He also works with our nation’s veterans as a physical therapist at Veterans Affairs San Diego. Arnold has a special interest in chronic musculoskeletal conditions. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. Arnold’s goal in working at Rady Children’s is to develop exercise programs to help children get back to their daily and recreational activities.

Bridget
Bridget Nolan has been a physical therapist since 2016 and has worked at Rady Children’s  since 2018. Brittany specializes in pediatrics and orthopedics. She is a current member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Section on Pediatrics. Her goal is to help patients and their families reach their specific goals while having fun.

 

 

Chandler
Chandler Brannam has been a physical therapist since 2016 and has worked at Rady Children’s Hospital since 2018. Chandler specializes in acute care, intensive care and post-operative care. She is an American Physical Therapy Association-certified clinical instructor. Her goal is to provide her patients with the highest quality care by demonstrating compassion, good communication and clinical excellence.

Chelsea
Chelsea Kane has been a physical therapist since 2017 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 2017. Chelsea specializes in developmental pediatrics, including treating children with developmental delay, torticollis/ plagiocephaly, neuromuscular conditions and genetic conditions. She is a current member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Section on Pediatrics. Chelsea’s goal is to help parents and guardians learn how to best help their children in order to optimize each child’s developmental potential.

Christina
Christina Estrem has been a physical therapist since 2015 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 2018. Christina specializes in orthopedics and vestibular rehabilitation. She also has a certification in applied functional science. Her goal is to minimize recovery time for each and every patient to enable a return to sports and activities.

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Danielle Lindsey has been a physical therapist at Rady Children’s since 2012. Danielle was captain of the school’s Division I Softball team at San Diego State University. She later went on to Italy to play professional softball for Caserta, where her team won the Italian Cup and their league championship in 2009. Danielle has a special interest in developmental pediatrics and sports orthopedic rehabilitation, and provides services through our KidSTART and Childrn’e Care Connection (C3) programs. She has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 2010. Her goal is to improve the quality of life for every patient she sees, big or small.

Doris
Doris Shen has been a physical therapist since 2008 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 2011. She has special training in the areas of pain management, core strengthening, vestibular rehabilitation and physical therapy interventions for hematology and oncology patients. Doris’ goal is to help children and families increase their quality of life through physical activity and help them achieve their sports and activity goals, whatever they may be.


Elizabeth
Elizabeth Hall has been a physical therapist since 2004 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 2010. Elizabeth specializes in hemophilia/thrombophilia, acute inpatient care, critical care, cardiac rehabilitation, early intervention and children with neurological or genetic conditions. Her goal is to provide family-centered care to improve the child’s quality of life and maximize their potential.

Ellen
Ellen Norton has been a physical therapist since 1976. She returned to Rady Children’s in 2005 after working here from 1984 to 1987. Ellen has a wide variety of pediatric experience, having worked in inpatient and outpatient settings, as well as in home care and early intervention programs. She published original research in developmental torticollis and authored chapters in “Physical Therapy for Children.”

Heather
Heather Waters has been a physical therapist since 2014 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 2015. She has a special interest in pediatric orthopedics, manual therapy and torticollis. She is a current member of the American Physical Therapy Association. Her goal is to provide patient-centered, quality care while helping children achieve their maximum potential in a fun and safe environment.

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Heather Welham has been a physical therapist at Rady Children’s Hospital since 2015. Heather has a special interest in orthopedics, sports medicine, return to sport training and running biomechanics, specifically in the adolescent pediatric population. Prior to becoming a physical therapist, she was a YMCA sports coach for a variety of sports. Her goal is to provide fun individualized treatments and help her patients reach their highest potential in sport and play.

Heidi
Heidi Atwood has been a physical therapist since 2011 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 2014. Heidi specializes in orthopedics, sports rehabilitation, chronic pain, developmental delay, acute care, oncology and cardiac rehabilitation. She is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and a certified clinical exercise specialist. She previously led an outpatient cardiac rehabilitation program for pediatric heart transplant recipients. When not working with kids, she enjoys running, participating in triathlons and being a mom. Heidi’s goal is to provide family-centered care to improve children’s quality of life and ability to participate in physical activity.

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Holly Elwell has been with Rady Children’s since 2004 as a member of the outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine team. Holly serves as a mentor for new physical therapy graduates and as a clinical instructor for students currently enrolled in physical therapy programs. Her mission is to facilitate each child’s return to sports, play and life activities and to educate young people about how to better care for their bodies.

Jay
Jay Blumberg has been a physical therapist at Rady Children’s since 2014. He has a special interest in sports rehabilitation and treating various orthopedic impairments. Jay has organized and provided injury prevention talks to players and coaches around San Diego as part of the 360 Sports Medicine program. As a native San Diegan, he grew up playing many sports and has been highly involved in the athletic community. Prior to becoming a physical therapist, Jay was a youth sports instructor at the YMCA and has performed athletic screenings for the Special Olympics. His goals are to provide individualized, quality care to San Diego youth and to facilitate a safe and rapid return to sports while having fun in the process.

Jennifer
Jennifer Blazer has been a physical therapist since 2004 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 2011. Jenn specializes in developmental pediatrics, torticollis, adolescent orthopedics and sports injuries. She is an American Physical Therapy Association-certified clinical instructor and has taken numerous continuing education courses in various areas,  including hypotonia, kinesiotaping, and athletic injuries and rehabilitation. Jenn has played sports most of her life and enjoys working with young athletes. She also has previous experience in early intervention and enjoys working with children under age 3. Jennifer’s goal is to help children and families achieve their goals as quickly as possible.

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Jennifer Harris has been a physical therapist since 2001 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 2002. Jennifer has specializes in developmental pediatrics, including treating children with neurological, congenital and orthopedic impairments, as well as in adolescent orthopedics, including children with sports injuries and post-surgical needs. She has taken many continuing education courses in pediatrics and orthopedic treatment.

Jessica
Jessica Garfin is a physical therapy department lead and has worked at Rady Children’s since 2008. Jessica has taken numerous continuing education classes to improve her orthopedic and sports training skills. These include classes on shoulder and knee sports injuries, a year-long class that focused on orthopedic manual physical therapy and many Pilate classes. Jessica also worked with semi-professional female soccer players, male ice-hockey players and professional female volleyball players to help them with rehabilitation. She loves working with young athletes, as they are very motivated to return to their sport.

Joan
Joan Connolly has been a physical therapist since 1985 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 2006. She has experience in treating children with cerebral palsy, spinal bifida, developmental delay, torticollis/plagiocephaly and Down Syndrome. She was a physical therapist for California Children’s Services for nine years. Joan’s goal is to help parents help their children.

Joy
Joy Pickering has been a physical therapist since 2000 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 2015. Joy specializes in orthopedics. She has taken many orthopedic continuing education classes, including a year-long manual therapy course to further  her skills as a clinician. Joy played soccer at UC Santa Barbara and still loves to play and watch her children play. Her goal is to provide excellent patient care and maximize each patient’s potential to return to sports or prior level of function.

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Julie Klus has been a physical therapist since 2003 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 2009. Julie specializes developmental delay, acute care, rehabilitation and orthopedic pediatric physical therapy. She also has experience in geriatric rehabilitation. She is currently pursuing holistic health studies to complement her physical therapy skills.

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Kanoe Hook has been a physical therapist since 2006 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 2013.  Kanoe specializes in aquatic therapy, yoga therapy, pediatrics and sports rehabilitation.  She is certified in aquatic therapy and completed a 200 hour yoga certification in 2008. Her goal is to assist children and their families in reaching their mobility goals through creative play.

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Karen McCord has been a physical therapist since 1985 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 1995. Karen specializes in spinal defects, arthrogryposis, neonatal intensive care, torticollis, durable medical equipment, splinting/orthotics, developmental delay, early intervention and rehabilitation. Karen is certified in childbirth education.

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Katherine Keller (KC) has been a physical therapist at Rady Children’s since 1999. KC specializes in pediatrics and orthopedics, and is currently the physical therapist at MDA Clinic at Rady Children’s. KC has played softball, volleyball and soccer in high school as well as volleyball at a Division II University, where she went to the NCAA Division II National Tournament. KC enjoys running and completing in half marathons. She enjoys working with children, helping them achieve their goals.

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Kelly Mitchell has been a physical therapist since 2012 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 2016. She has experience in a variety of pediatric settings, including inpatient rehabilitation and acute care, outpatient care and early intervention. She has expertise in aquatic therapy, serial casting and car seat safety. Her goal is to help get her patients to their maximum functional ability while creating fun and memorable therapy experiences. In her free time, Kelly enjoys exploring San Diego, running and biking.

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Kelly Randich is the manager of physical therapy at Rady Children’s, working closely with the 360 Sports Medicine multidisciplinary team to help young athletes make a safe and rapid return to sports and activities. Kelly has experience in the treatment of general orthopedic, sports medicine, pediatric, pre/postnatal and neurological patients.  She treats a variety of diagnoses, from neurologically involved to orthopedic patients. Kelly has taken a variety of continuing education courses and attended the American Physical Therapy Association conferences. Each of these have helped her to continue to grow as an evidence-based clinician who values the importance of keeping up with the newest research on therapy services.

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Larry Berman has been a physical therapist since 1987 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 1999, serving the needs of North County San Diego youth. Larry has specializes in orthopedic and sports medicine, exercise and manual therapy. His goal is to provide comprehensive and quality care to children and adolescents in our community.

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Linda Morgan-Lodin has been a physical therapist since 1976 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 1988. Prior to arriving in San Diego, Linda worked in Japan and Brazil establishing pediatric physical therapy departments. She has experience working with all ages and diagnoses, and specializes in treating children with neurological or genetic disorders. Linda is certified in infant massage.

Lindsey
Lindsey Dupont has been a physical therapist since 2013 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 2014. Lindsey has experience in a variety of pediatric settings, including outpatient, inpatient rehabilitation and acute care. She specializes in developmental delays, torticollis, oncology and neuromuscular and orthopedic conditions. Her goal is to provide high quality care for children and their families in order to maximize their functional abilities while making exercise fun and enjoyable.

Lisa
Lisa Schroeder has been a physical therapist at Rady Children’s since 2015 and has a special interest in developmental pediatrics, torticollis and orthopedics. Lisa’s goal is to encourage her patients to reach their full physical potential by creating specialized treatment programs based on their individual needs. She also strives to create an overall positive experience for patients and their families while providing the highest quality of care possible. In her free time, Lisa enjoys endurance running, hiking, and basically anything outdoors.

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Luci Schmeiser has been a physical therapist since 2010 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 2011. She is local to North County San Diego, growing up in Escondido. Luci competed at the national level in track and field while attending school at Cal State San Marcos. She specializes in working with children of all ages and was a preschool teacher and high school track coach before becoming a physical therapist. Luci’s goal is to serve the needs of North County San Diego youth.

Meeta
Meeta Jost has been a physical therapist since 1999 and has worked at Rady Children’s since October 2003. Meeta specializes in the areas of pediatrics and orthopedics and is currently the physical therapist for the Cardiac Prevention Clinic. She enjoys running races in her spare time, as well as snowboarding and hiking when she is not chasing her two little girls. Meeta’s goal is to return her patients to full function as quickly and safely as possible.

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Monica Sheppard has been a physical therapist since 2001 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 2004. Monica specializes in pediatrics, early intervention and torticollis. She has a background in school-based therapy, as well as outpatient clinical practice.

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Nancy Haney is a physical therapy department lead at Rady Children’s. She’s been a physical therapist since 1974 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 1998. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and a Pediatric Section member. She is certified by the APTA as a pediatric certified specialist. Nancy is certified in pediatric and baby neurodevelopmental treatment and is trained in TAMO (Tscharnuter Akademie of Movement Organization) treatment of movement disorders. She has a special interest in treatment of children with torticollis and developmental delays. Her goals are to support the highest-quality pediatric and sports medicine physical therapists and to provide state-of-the-art physical therapy treatment.

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Natalia Blackman has been a physical therapist since 2012 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 2014. As of July 1, 2017 she is an American Board of Physical Therapy-certified pediatric clinical specialist. She primarily treats children ages 0-3. Her areas of expertise include torticollis and health & wellness promotion and education. Natalia is the lead program developer of Meant to Move: An Infant and Toddler Health & Wellness Program and is a certified children’s yoga teacher. Her goal is to enhance the developmental potential of each child by optimizing participation in play through evidence-based interventions. Such interventions are specifically tailored to improve function and increase independence at home and in the community.

Sierra
Sierra Papp began working at Rady Children’s in 2013 and has worked with other medical professionals with underprivileged children in Costa Rica. Her therapy experience includes treating various populations ranging from orthopedics and geriatrics to inpatient care and pediatric therapy. Sierra’s goal is to motivate and facilitate her patients to meet their goals with compassion and a positive attitude.

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Stephanie Torres has been a physical therapist at Rady Children’s since 2006. She specializes in adolescent orthopedics, developmental pediatrics and torticollis. Stephanie also provides physical therapy services to the Down Syndrome Clinic and Chronic Pain Clinic at Rady Children’s. At Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, she competed on the Division I Cross Country and Track and Field teams. Stephanie earned her certified strength and conditioning specialist credentials. She has completed several marathons and continues to compete in half-marathons year round.

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Susan Murphy has been a physical therapist since 2012 and has worked at Rady Children’s Hospital since June 2013. She is a current member of the American Physical Therapy Association. Susan’s goal is to maximize the physical abilities of every child she encounters in a fun and safe environment. Susan has a special interest in sport specific training and has past  experience as a high level competitive gymnast as well as a coach to high level athletes.

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Suzi Collins has been a physical therapist since 1990 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 1994. Suzi specializes in chronic pain, sports rehabilitation, conditioning in obese patients and manual therapy. Her goal is to inspire and motivate all individuals in reaching their potential. With hard work, proper guidance and manual therapy, Suzi hopes to give each of her patients an experience that will be individualized and successful.

 

Tina
Tina Yanagimoto has been a physical therapist at Rady Children’s Hospital since 2016. Her special interests include treatment of infants with
developmental delay and torticollis, as well as working with children and adolescents with orthopedic and neurological conditions. She has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 2013. Tina’s goal is to motivate and provide individualized, quality care to help children achieve their highest potential.

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Veronica Crass has been a physical therapist since 2016 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 2017. Veronica specializes in developmental pediatrics and early intervention, with experience in treating children with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, global developmental delay, autism and various genetic conditions. She is a current member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association. Her goal is to provide quality and fun care to the children and families of San Diego county who have given her the opportunity to serve them.

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Wendy Ahearn is a physical therapist assistant who has worked at Rady Children’s since 2001. She specializes in the areas of acute care and inpatient rehabilitation and is also a certified aquatic specialist. Prior to working at Rady Children’s, she specialized in aquatic and land-based personal training. Her goals are to improve the quality of life for her patients and help them have as much fun as possible.