Meet the South Orange County Physical Therapy Specialists Staff
Kinnary Patel, M.A., P.T.
- Master's Degree, New York University
- 20+ years experience as a Physical Therapist
- Women/Men's Health Physical Therapy Specialist
- McKenzie Trained for Neck & Back Problems
- Maitland Trained for Spine & Peripheral Joint Mobilizations
- Orthopedic Management of Shoulder & Knee Injuries
- Certified Ergonomic Specialist: Treatment and Prevention of Repetitive Stress Injuries
- Certified Yoga Instructor
Kinnary Patel has always been a people person and always wanted to be in a profession that made her meet all kinds of people. Somewhere along her educational path she realized her affinity towards human science and hence pursued the profession she is in currently.
Kinnary Patel graduated with Bachelor's Degree in Physical Therapy in 1987, from India. After working in India for about two years, she decided to apply to universities in the U.S. for further studies. She got acceptance in New York University for a Master's Degree program in Physical Therapy. Kinnary gradu - ated from New York University in year 1993. Kinnary has a unique blend of expe - rience having worked in most privileged and underprivileged settings.
She has been trained in various techniques and areas of treatments, including but not limited to, the McKenzie approach for treatment of spine, joint mobiliza - tions techniques, Myofascial release, PNF (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilita - tion), ergonomics training to prevent repetitive stress injuries, balance and gait analysis and orthopedic and sports injuries. In addition to all these, she takes pride in being a Yoga teacher.
Kinnary's work experience is a spectrum of in-patient and out-patient physical therapy experiences. Her current specialty & focus is Pelvic Physical Therapy that has helped a vast number of Men & Women to have better quality of life & overcome a very personal battle with conditions that are related to bladder or pain in pelvic region. Her enigma in this field was triggered as a result of her own battle with pelvic disorders, lack of readily available information or help to overcome pelvic problems.
Through her 20 years of experience and having a taste of complimentary medi - cine, she states, "I strongly believe in introducing various treatment options to my patients. Not everyone responds to the same approach, as each person is unique in their own way."
On a personal note, she thoroughly enjoys time with her family (extended family also) and always looks forward to traveling to different parts of the world with her very supportive & wonderful husband and beautiful & delightful daughter whenever possible.
Maihri Thomson, P.T.
- B.Sc. Medical Science - Honors Degree
- Physiotherapy Degree - Leeds School of Physiotherapy, England
- McKenzie Trained - Neck & Back
- Maitland Spine and Peripheral Joint Mobilizations
- Strong Background in Bobath Neurological Approach
- Myofascial Release Technique
- Strain Counter Strain Treatments
- Knee ACL/PCL Rehabilitation
Maihri Thomson has always known that she would work in the medical field. After a 4-year Bachelor of Science Honors degree in Medical Science and becoming a Medical Laboratory Scientific Officer, she decided she needed a more "hands on approach." After turning to the field of Physiotherapy in a large teaching hospital and becoming a Senior Physiotherapist at Bradford Royal Infirmary in England, she decided to relocate to California in 1993 to further pursue her career.
Maihri's post-graduate specialization includes McConnell Approach for the Knee and Shoulder, Cyriax Therapy, Prosthetic Rehabilitation, Aquatic Rehabilitation, Closed Kinetic Chain and Neural Tension.
Maihri has worked for the last 23 years in many physical therapy settings, in both rural and urban areas in England, California and Colorado where she worked with patients from all walks of life.
Maihri states, "I strongly believe in a solid educational background and continuing education in order to provide the most up-to-date and effective hands-on treatments available to my patients."
On a personal note, Maihri greatly enjoys life in southern California with her husband, two children and a wonderful dog. Maihri states "Having good health and function is paramount to an active life of cycling, hiking and keeping up with my kids, I thankfully still have the ability to snowboard after 4 Knee surgeries so I know what it's like to be on the other side of rehabilitation.
Jennifer Carmen, P.T.
- Master of Science Degree in Physical Therapy - University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA
- Over 15 years experience as a Physical Therapist
- Extensive experience with Neurological and Orthopedic patients
- Special Interest: Scapular Dyskinesia, Sacroiliac Dysfunction, Balance, Posture
Jennifer Carman is a native Californian, born and raised in Santa Barbara. Jennifer graduated from University of California at Irvine with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biological Sciences. She then continued her education at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, where she received her Masters of Science degree in Physical Therapy. Jennifer was honored to receive a well-coveted academic scholarship from the Veterans Affairs Department. She had the pleasure of treating veterans at the Long Beach VA Medical Cent er. She began her rewarding career working with Neurological patien ts: stroke patients, burn patients, Parkinson's patients and neurologically impaired patients. She then rotated to the Outpatient Orthopedic department where she found her home.
Jennifer values education and continues to expand her knowledge, refine her manual skills as well as keep up with the breaking trends in Physical Therapy by attending multiple Continued Education classes annually. Classes include, but not limited to, Scapular Stability, Lumbosacral Dysfunction, Sacroiliac Instability, Muscle Energy Technique, Strain Counterstrain, Balance, Posture and Pelvic Floor.
Jennifer enjoys interacting with others, both personally and professionally. As a Physical Therapist she believes in incorporating hands-on manual therapy treatments, specific and personalized therapeutic exercises, modalities and patient education for every patient. Jennifer takes the time to listen to her patients in order for them to reach their functional and personal goals. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys challenging herself at the gym, eating out with family and friends, walking her dog and especially spending time with her two amazing daughters.
Rashmi Bandekar's entry into the physical therapy world began with her own injuries as a teenager involved in competitive athletics. With this experience as a patient, she developed her love for helping others return to activities that are most important to them. She acknowledges the effects of pain, immobility, and the inability to participate in our surroundings as these factors affects a person's quality of life.
Rashmi was born in Munich, Germany and traveled significantly when she was a child. Yet, she primarily grew up in south Orange County. She received her Bachelor's in Science degree in Human Biology from the University of California, San Diego in 2010 and recently graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Doctor in Physical Therapy degree.
Although a new physical therapist, Rashmi brings the drive to excel in her surroundings from her background of athletics as well as empathy for her patients due to her experience of being a patient herself. She has an interest in Women's and Men's Health as well as working with higher-level athletes. She plans to eventually specialize in orthopedic physical therapy to provide exceptional care to all of her patients.
Personally, Rashmi enjoys spending time with family and friends outdoors – with food from all over the world! She enjoys watching and playing sports, as well as practicing yoga.
Our staff also consists of:
- Certified Yoga Teacher
- Licensed Massage Therapist