MEET OUR TEAM

BARRY I. SHAFER, PT, DPT, ATC
BARRY I. SHAFER, PT, DPT, ATCDirector, Physical Therapist

Dr. Barry I. Shafer is the Director and full-time clinician of Elite Motion Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine in Arcadia, California.  In addition, he also serves as 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.  He continues to work numerous soccer clubs in the Southern California area, consulting on training regimens, injury prevention programs and rehabilitation from injury.    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, in conjunction with focused exercises 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 continues to stay active participating in various societies and research activities.  He collaborate with the Ortho Biomechanics Laboratory, Congress Medical Foundation, collaborates and participating discipline of the Congress Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship for orthopedic surgeons, serves as an active member of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM),  the American Society for Shoulder and Elbow Therapists (ASSET)  and is on the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy.

As a full-time clinician, Barry looks forward to meeting you when you are in the clinic make sure you are getting back to full health.  Please reach out to me when you are with us, I’d like to opportunity to say “hi”!

PASADENA

ANDRE VAN COMMENEE, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist | 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. Previously he has treated as a one-time consultant or main therapist, 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.

VINCENT HO, DPT, CSCS 
Physical Therapist | Pasadena

Vincent obtained his bachelors in science in Pharmaceutical Science from the University of California, Irvine. His interests in the human body and biomechanics stemmed from his research in the exercise and physiology department researching if exercise can be reverse the effects of childhood asthma. Additionally, he was involved with stem cell research in potentially reversing the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease. Since then, Vincent has been involved with a variety of activities competitively in cross country, track and field, powerlifting and CrossFit. He is now a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has experience with personal training and programming athletes for all ages. He then got his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California and has a special interest in spine and chronic pain. He utilizes many techniques in his treatments which involve McKenzie, Mulligan, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM), myofascial release and cupping. He has a passion for educating patients about therapeutic neuroscience and explaining how pain is conceptualized in the body. He has had experience working in outpatient orthopedics as well as inpatient ICU and orthopedic settings right after their surgeries.

KYLE LUONG, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist | 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.

MAGID MIRGHANI, PTA 
Physical Therapy Assistant | Pasadena

Magid graduated from California State University Los Angeles with his Bachelor’s of Exercise Science in 2016 and earned his Physical Therapy Assistant degree from CBD College in 2018. He gained experience rotating in inpatient skilled nursing facilites and an outpatient center. Magid is fluent in English, Tagalog, and Ilocano, and he is currently working on his Spanish. He enjoys watching sports and traveling. Magid is enthusiastic about helping patients improve their mobility and manage their injuries to ensure that they receive the rehabilitation care that they need.

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.

PRISCILLA THAI, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist | Pasadena

Priscilla grew up in the San Gabriel Valley. She was first inspired to pursue a career in physical therapy when her grandma needed a total knee replacement. She remembers the kindness and patience her grandma was treated with, and she hopes to bring the same kind of healing energy to her own patients. Priscilla earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology at UC Riverside, then received her Doctor of Physical Therapy at University of St. Augustine in San Marcos, CA. She enjoys working with people from all walks of life. She has treated patients from ages 6 months to 106 years old, from inpatient to outpatient, from pediatrics to vestibular/neuro to outpatient orthopedics. She utilizes a holistic approach and combines multiple physical therapy methods in treatment. During her free time, Priscilla likes to eat, play, read, and explore new places. 

ARCADIA

TIM CENTOLA, MPT
Physical Therapist | 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.

ADRIAN CHAVEZ, PT, DPT 
Physical Therapist | Arcadia

Adrian Chavez graduated from California Lutheran University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Health Professions. From there he went on to attend the University of Southern California where he received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2019. In his time at USC, Adrian was able to work in clinical rotations ranging from the Acute Rehab Unit at Keck Medical Center to the USC faculty clinic on Marengo. Adrian has had the opportunity to work with professional baseball players; performing physicals for the Los Angeles Angels at Spring Training in Tempe, Arizona. He enjoys working alongside all athletes, ranging from young to old. Adrian enjoys combining manual therapy techniques and therapeutic exercise from all schools of thought to provide an individualized and tailored program for all his patients. In his free time, he enjoys running, mixed martial arts, and ultimate frisbee.

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.

CLINTON DOYLE, PTA 
Physical Therapy Assistant | Arcadia

Clinton Doyle has been a physical therapist assistant for 8 years with a variety of clinical experiences ranging from inpatient rehab to his current position in outpatient physical therapy at Elite Motion. Clinton received his education for being a physical therapy assistant from The Professional Skills Institute (PSI) in Toledo, Ohio. Prior to his career in therapy, Clinton completed the Ford ASSET program at Owens Community College and worked at mostly Ford dealerships as a service technician. Clinton is an avid ballroom dancer and also enjoys playing trombone.

EMILY GRULLÓN, OTD, OTR/L 
Occupational Therapist | Arcadia

Emily graduated with honors with her entry-level doctorate in occupational therapy from Nova Southeastern University. She is drawn to the rehabilitation of individuals with upper extremity conditions and uses her skills to help individuals become active participants in meaningful occupations with the use of their hands. Emily is currently pursuing an advanced certification in the practice of hand therapy. She also has an interest in academia and aspires to contribute towards the advancement of the occupational therapy profession through research and evidence-based practice. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor adventures, such as hiking and camping, as well as spending time with her dog Pippa, family, and friends.

MICHELLE KORNET, CHT 
Hand Therapist | Arcadia

Michelle graduate from The Sage Colleges in Troy, New Work with a Master’s of Science in occupational therapy. She began her career in 2015 working in hand therapy at a physician owned practice. It was there that Michelle was mentored and trained by both surgeons and therapists to become a Certified Hand Therapist in 2018. Michelle believes in a collaborative approach between physician and therapists creates the opportunity for excellent rehabilitation thus she is sure to maintain an open line of communication with the physicians that refer to her. 

Michelle loves hand therapy because it combines an intense knowledge of anatomy, kinesiology and disease process. She recognized the hands to be functional tools that humans use to manipulate and engage with their environments and she looks forward to bringing her patients back to a sense of normalcy via evidence based practice and meaningful activity. As a therapist, Michelle uses a hands-on manual approach supplemented by exercise and humor to keep her patients at ease. She is proficient in custom made orthotics and actively pursues continuing education.

In 2019, Michelle relocated to California and is excited to be a part of the Elite Motion team!

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.

MARI MENDIZABAL, PTA
Physical Therapy Assistant | Arcadia

Mari Mendizabal graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology in 2014. She then went on to obtain her Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Ohlone College in 2017.

While completing her undergraduate degree, Mari competed on San Francisco State’s soccer team. Her path as a PTA became clear as she witnessed her friends experience career ending injuries. During her PTA program Mari discovered that each patient was their own version of an elite athlete, whether it is a mother getting back to playing with her child or a teenager learning how to walk again after an accident.  Mari uses different techniques such as cupping, instrument assist soft tissue mobilization and blood flow restrictive training to increase mobility and strength.

Mari continues to play soccer and other outdoor activities, like quidditch, in her free time.

NORMAN TRUONG, PT
Physical Therapist | 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.

CHI TSO, PT
Physical Therapist | 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.