Arcadia Office: (626) 396-8150 Pasadena Office: (626) 795-0800

Meet our Team

Director

Barry I. Shafer, PT, DPT, ATC

Physical Therapist | barry@elitemotion.com

PASADENA | ARCADIA

Dr. Barry I. Shafer is currently part-owner/Director and full-time clinician of Elite Motion Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine in Arcadia, California. In addition, he is also the team physical therapist for Azusa Pacific University and Citrus College, along with working and consulting with other local colleges and high schools. Barry obtained his Bachelor of Exercise Science and Masters’ of Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Western University. He has experience with elite athletes at the professional, college and high school levels. Barry was lead physical therapist and athletic trainer for the first Medical Symposium for youth soccer in El Salvador, bringing together Medical Doctors, Rehabilitation Professionals, Trainers and Coaches from around the country to teach and progress the health and welfare of their players. Barry continues to work numerous soccer clubs in the Southern California area, consulting on training regimens, injury prevention programs and rehabilitation from injury. He is the team physical therapist for Azusa Pacific University and Citrus College. In his practice, Barry continues to see all general orthopedic conditions and patients of all ages. He relies on using a variety of techniques and approaches, incorporating Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM), Blood Flow Restriction Training (BFR), Mulligan Mobilization, and manipulations in his daily practice for many diagnoses and intervention strategies. “Using this combination mobilization, manipulation, other manual therapy techniques and corrective exercises facilitates movement restoration to progress the client/athlete to the highest level of function.” Barry is also part of the Congress Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship for orthopedic surgeons and serves as a manuscript reviewer for the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy.

Michael Millanes, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist | mike@elitemotion.com

ARCADIA SUPERVISOR

Michael graduated summa cum laude from Northern Arizona University with a double major in Chemistry and Physics. He later received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Southern California; graduating first in his class. As a licensed physical therapist Michael has specialized in orthopedics and sports medicine for the past 15 years; combining manual therapy techniques with functional strengthening to restore clients' function. He has an extensive background and knowledge in treating shoulder and knee disorders, as well as enhancing athletic performance. He treats the spectrum of athletes from novices to professionals, plus the older adult. Michael continues to maintain his community involvement by treating and consulting with local club, high school, and college sports teams. Fight on!

Chi Tso, PT

Physical Therapist | chi@elitemotion.com

ARCADIA

Chi graduated with an honors degree in Physical Therapy from Queen’s University, Canada in 2001. Since graduation, she has taken various continued education courses with interest in Orthopedic Manual Therapy, Mckenzie technique, Mulligan concept, Sahrmann and acupuncture. She has worked for seven years in both orthopedics and neurological settings before moving to California in 2008. Chi is fluent in both English and Cantonese. When out of the clinic, Chi enjoys traveling, skiing, baking, and spending time with her family.

 

Heather Martinez, PT, DPT, OCS

Physical Therapist | 

ARCADIA

Heather Martinez graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology with a pre-medical concentration. At Columbia, she was a teaching assistant in the Department of Psychology and a five time member of Dean’s List. She was a four-time letterman for Columbia’s Varsity Track and Field Team, where she was an Academic All-Ivy nominee and still holds a spot on the All-Time Performance List. Heather then received her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from the University of Southern California. At USC, she was a two time recipient of the Departmental Award for Academic Excellence. She received her Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) designation from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 2008, and is also an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and an APTA Certified Clinical Instructor. She has taken numerous continuing education courses on topics such as advanced management of the spine and pelvic girdle, advanced management of the hip, post-operative shoulder and knee rehabilitation, advanced Kinesiotaping, instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization, prenatal/postpartum Pilates, and sports physical therapy. She resides in the San Gabriel Valley with her husband and three sons.

Norman Truong, PT

Physical Therapist | norman@elitemotion.com

ARCADIA

Norman Truong is a graduate of the University of St. Augustine, San Marcos where he received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy degree. He is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association as well as the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a Credentialed Clinical Instructor. He specializes in postsurgical rehabilitation and the treatment of orthopedic injuries and chronic pain. He works with patients ranging from the pediatric to geriatric population. Additionally, he has worked in various settings including outpatient orthopedics, neurologic, aquatic, and acute inpatient care. His method to physical rehabilitation integrates the four human needs for well-being: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. By seeing that his patient’s well-being is taken care of, Norman puts the personal touch (PT) back in physical therapy (PT) so that his patients are given the necessary tools to assist their body in the healing process. Norman utilizes various approaches to rehabilitate injuries such as the Mckenzie approach of cervical and lumbar pain, Maitland and Mulligan approach towards extremities, as well as the Paris eclectic approach using myofascial manipulation, yoga, and therapeutic exercise to help patients recover. He also incorporates his enthusiasm into his sessions to motivate his patients and promote self-empowerment, self-awareness, and self-reliance. On his free time, he enjoys bouldering, hiking, eating buffets, and watching Netflix.

Petros Chmbtyan, PTA, CMT

Physical Therapy Assistant

ARCADIA

Petros is a Certified Massage Therapist in 2007. He received his Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) degree in 2011 from Concord Career College. He rotated through many different settings, including skilled nursing and inpatient hospital programs. Since becoming a PTA, he has worked in the outpatient orthopedic setting.

 

 

 

Tim Centola, MPT

Physical Therapist | tim@elitemotion.com

ARCADIA

Tim received an associate degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant from De Anza College in 1987 and worked as an assistant for ten years. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Physical Therapy (MPT) from California State University, Fresno in 1997. He has experience in varying clinical settings, including acute hospital, skilled nursing, acute, and acute and outpatient rehabilitation for neurological and orthopedic disorders. Tim specializes in vestibular and balance disorders and is a member of the Vestibular Disorder Association. After 11 years at Methodist Hospital of Southern California, he joined Elite Motion and leads our Balance/Vestibular Program. Tim enjoys mountain biking in the San Gabriel Mountains and traveling around the world.

Ada Oshiro OTR,CHT

Occupational Therapist | 

PASADENA

Ada has been an Occupational Therapist since 1984 and a Certified Hand Therapist since 1992. She received her Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, '83. Ada started her career at Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center, an internationally recognized rehabilitation and clinical research facility. She was trained on the Arthritis and Spinal Cord injury units and credits this experience for her professional standard of care and practice. While at RLAMC, she developed an interest in hand therapy and went on to specialize in the field. She subsequently went on to Manage the therapy services of a high volume hand surgery trauma center over a 17 year period. She collaborated closely with hand surgeons in the treatment of complex traumatic hand injuries, garnering extensive experience in custom dynamic and static splinting. Ada became Certified in Pilates in 2003. She incorporates her years of OT/CHT experience and her Pilates background to help patients maximize their rehabilitation outcome .

Andre van Commenee, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist | andre@elitemotion.com

PASADENA

Andre van Commenee has a unique career as he has worked as a Physical Therapist at the Olympic Games, the World Cup Soccer Final, and the World Championships Track & Field. He has treated 18 Olympic and World Champions in 6 different sports. He also has treated many celebrities, and worked on several movies including “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” and “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”. Andre was a staff member at the UCLA Sports Rehabilitation Center and he has provided his expertise for companies including Sony Pictures, the British National Track & Field Team, Chivas USA, and the Nike Fitness Academy. As a young athlete he competed for the Dutch National Track & Field Team in Decathlon. He became a Physical Therapist in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and got his Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy in the States.

 

Kyle Luong, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist kyle@elitemotion.com

PASADENA

Kyle’s interest in fitness and experience recovering from an ACL injury and reconstruction surgery got him started in the field of physical therapy. He obtained his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from California State University, Long Beach. During his time at CSULB, Kyle researched the amount of calf muscle activation in various exercises used in rehabilitation settings using needle electromyography and motion analysis software. Shortly after graduating from Physical therapy school he elected to specialize in orthopedics and attended a 1-year residency program offered by a partnership between the University of Southern California and Intech rehabilitation group located in Beijing, China. While in Beijing he had the amazing opportunity to learn mandarin while treating a variety of people ranging from patients with chronic neck and back pain to Olympic level athletes. Kyle utilizes both a passive and active approach to physical therapy by combining manual techniques with exercises customized for the individual to guide his patient’s towards their personal goals.