Kinetx Rehab Staff
Kinetx Rehab Staff
We operate with a high therapist ratio, so patients are assured that they will be treated by a registered therapist and not an aide. Between the front office and the clinical group, we have years of experience working with clients to obtain results which meet their needs and expectations, not ours. We are energetic and upbeat and love our patients. Our staff has worked in all areas of physical therapy, from acute rehab to home care. Our most recent venture was an orthopedic clinic located on base at United Airlines in San Mateo, treating employees at their Maintenance Operations center.
We feel that a great portion of the healing process involves feeling at ease, cared about and involved. One member of our staff started his career as a patient in physical therapy and can empathize with what a patient goes through! The most important member of our staff is Jessie, the English Springer Spaniel. She is available daily to greet you, be petted and help you relax. If you are not feeling your best, she is the ultimate in the soothing spirit and loving soul!
Karen is a Columbia University graduate with a multi-skill background. She has worked in private practice, acute rehabilitation, industrial medicine, home care, and as an independent consultant in Occupational Health. She developed the physical therapy component of the rehabilitation unit of St. Mary’s Hospital, specializing in spinal cord injury and was the head of Mills Peninsula Hospital’s Physical Therapy department. In that capacity, she created their Injured Worker Services program and established the first CARF certified Work Hardening Program in Northern California. She has worked for Stanford Hospital as a consultant on a project to develop a comprehensive Occupational Health program and managed multiple rehab departments for a national company before starting Kinetx Rehab with Portland.Karen is an avid Masters swimmer and finished third in her division in the annual Alcatraz swim. She shares her love for the water as a coach for the San Francisco Special Olympics swim team. In her spare time, she loves to travel, hike and fish for just about anything. When not at work, she can be found at the ballpark watching her Oakland A’s. (Don’t root for the Giants in her presence!!).
Sterling holds an AA degree in Athletic Training and a BA in Physical Education from CSU Chico. He has worked in the field of Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine as a PTA for 25 years. He began his career as a Certified Athletic Trainer working with high school, college, and professional athletic teams traveling across the United States as well as working international venues. His knowledge inMyoFascial Release, CranioSacral, Muscle Energy, Trigger Points, Mulligan Technique, and Medical Massage Therapy, as well as expertise in treatment of the hand, elbow, shoulder and spine, all give him a strong background in Manual Therapy. He worked in an on site Physical therapy clinic at the United Air Lines Maintenance Facility for 9 years as a treating therapist and clinical coordinator treating workers compensation patients in order to facilitate their return to work.From 2004 to 2007 he left his career in physical therapy to become a stay at home father for his two children, Lena and Sterling IV, help support his wife in her Optical business and remodel their home. He lived with a group of 13 guys who rode a tandem bicycle from Washington D.C. to Palo Alto, CA.he spent two months in Mexico on a service project building a school. He enjoys golf, playing his guitar, spending time with his family and friends, and “talk story”. He is full of worthless information – Party knowledge. He believes that you don’t have to be a teacher to teach, just teach what you are. Did he mention that he is a Yankees Fan? (Better not let Karen know this!)
Shayna is a San Mateo native who loves being from the Bay Area. She graduated from Saint Mary’s College of California in 2014 with a Kinesiology degree. Along with working in the physical therapy realm, she has worked a year in corporate health and currently holds a personal training certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She plans to apply to physical therapy programs in the near future. She is a lover of all sports, but basketball, particularly the Golden State Warriors, are her passion. She loves watching movies, going on walks, and doing amateur photography.
Justin grew up in Pacifica, where he attended Terra Nova High School and worked for the city’s Park, Beaches, and Recreation Department. He received his BS in Biology from UC Riverside. While a student, Justin interned at Kaiser Permanente where he assisted hospital staff in various departments and volunteered at a Muscular Dystrophy Association summer camp as a counselor. He has since moved back home and plans on applying to Physical Therapy School for the Fall of 2019 with hopes of specializing in Pediatrics. In his free time, he likes watching the Giants, Warriors, and Niners. He also enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing badminton, and shooting pool. Fun fact: he’s a professional Netflix binge watcher.
Fenway is the silent member of our staff, but although he has no degree or job description he may be our most influential employee. He is a three year old English Springer Spaniel and has been with us since he was 8 weeks old. Kinetx is his workplace and second home, and he is always available for pets, tug of war, or “hunting games”. If you are having a bad day, his gentle soul and constantly wagging tail is just the remedy for you.Yes, he derives his name from the famous Boston ballpark. The springer is a hunting dog and their territory is any area between land and water, commonly referred to as the fen. His name combines our love of baseball and the iconic park, with the natural habitat of his breed.He is a pretty accomplished guy for his age, participating in both Agility and Nosework, dog sports that are right up a springers alley! He is currently competing in Nosework trials and getting fairly proficient in agility. He would be happy to demonstrate his talents to anyone interested. Mostly he just enjoys being with people and sharing his warmth and love with anyone who needs it.