Kathy Johnson, PT, MSPT, OCS
Kathy founded BEST Physical Therapy in 1995. She knew from the age of twelve, after receiving physical therapy treatment for an ankle injury, that her goal was to become a physical therapist. She completed her undergraduate work at UC Santa Barbara and received her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of the Pacific. She went on to obtain her Orthopedic Physical Therapy Clinical Specialist Certification (OCS). She is an avid tennis player and has coached club level youth soccer for years. Kathy competed in field hockey, softball and soccer for many years. She specifically enjoys helping athletes return to their sport. In her spare time, you will find her watching youth sports, playing tennis and skiing.
Specialties include: neck and lumbar spinal conditions, shoulders, hips, ankles, and TMJ
Karlo Castillo, PT
Karlo graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy from De La Salle University College of Physical Therapy. He has worked since graduation in outpatient orthopedics and sports rehabilitation clinics in the Silicon Valley. He joined the BEST Physical Therapy team in 2010, and he has been a great addition. He is very compassionate and very well liked by his patients and colleagues. He has a special knack of helping our aging population to overcome their injuries and resume all of their desired activities. He spends all of his free time with his family. He and his wife are devoted to their three children and are usually found watching their children participating in sports endeavors.
Specialties include: knee, shoulder, ankle orthopedic conditions, spine care and geriatric patients
Lisa Fourkas, PT, DPT
Lisa graduated from UCSF/SFSU in 2000 with a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy. She completed a nine month post-graduate clinical fellowship in physical therapy at UCSF then earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professionals in 2011. She also earned her BS in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting from Stonehill College in 1990. She has presented as a guest lecturer for the UCSF/SFSU Graduate PT Program in the advanced orthopedic class. Additionally, she has served on the Board of Cupertino Co-op Nursery School and is currently a member of the Cumberland Elementary School PTA Board as Treasurer. Lisa competed in basketball, field hockey, and softball while in high school and has participated in several sprint triathlons. She is married with two children and enjoys sports and spending time with her family.
Specialties include: sport related injuries and rehabilitation, hips, knees especially ACL injuries, youth athletes
Nancy Block, PT
Nancy Block, PT started her career as a teacher and the Head Women’s Athletic Trainer at De Anza College. She received her post-graduate degree in Physical Therapy and has worked for over 25 years (mostly at BEST) in Orthopedics and Spine Care. She returned to BEST after working as a home physical therapist. Her love of the geriatric population, experience in orthopedics and a desire to help prevent fall injuries has led her to specialize in balance therapy. She is devoted to treating patient populations with arthritis and rare conditions such as Ehlers-Danlos, requiring a gentler approach. She is a specialist in spine mechanics and treats all spinal conditions, as well as lyphodema. Nancy is a former varsity college basketball, field hockey and softball athlete. Married with two grown children, she enjoys crafting, gardening, traveling, and is an avid hiker.
Specialties include: balance, geriatric care, spine care and mechanics education, arthritis, gait and total joints
Chaula Vakil, PT, MPT
Received her Master of Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. She is passionate about her profession and very proactive about enhancing her skills by taking long term courses to add to her repertoire — as evidenced by her year long study of Australian Maitland Manual Therapy, joint mobilization and dynamic core stabilization. She enjoys educating and empowering her patients about their injury. She is an advocate of core exercises and incorporates the principles of proper body mechanics. Chaula enjoys running, swimming, and spending time with her two little girls and husband.
Specialties include: neck and spine rehabilitation, orthopedic injuries, post-surgical care, pregnancy and post-partum care
Swathi Ramani, MPT
Swathi graduated from McMaster University (Canada) in 2010 with a Master of Science in Physiotherapy. Since graduation, she has worked in the outpatient orthopedics and sports rehabilitation setting in Michigan and California. She is a member of COMPTSIG (California Orthopedic Manual Therapy – Special Interest Group of California Physical Therapy Association) and has taken on the position of Associate Director to provide support to the executive committee. She chose a career in physical therapy due to a lifelong interest and curiosity of the human anatomy and physiology, a belief in holistic treatment approaches, and a desire to help improve quality of life for people. She likes to stay current with research and strives to be an evidence based practitioner. She has taken part in various sports over the years including rugby, softball, badminton, and is now an avid paddler for a bay area dragon boating team. She enjoys taking self-help classes and experimenting with recipes. She has a passion for travelling and has globe trotted with her husband.
Specialties include: sports injuries, spine rehabilitation (McKenzie and Maitland based approach), knees, ankles, shoulders, hips and TMJ
Soraya Roudsari, MPT
Earned her B.S. in Kinesiology from San Jose State University in 2010. She went on to receive her Masters degree in Physical Therapy, from CSU Northridge, in 2014. Since graduating she has worked in outpatient orthopedics. She joined BEST in 2015. Soraya enjoys the diversity of patients, and believes in providing compassionate, individualized, and evidence-based care to achieve optimal function for her patients. She also believes in providing patient education for prevention of future injuries.
Outside of helping patients reach their goals at BEST, Soraya enjoys spending time with friends and family, cooking healthy foods, listening to music, and traveling.
Adan Ramirez, PTA
Received his BS in Kinesiology from San Jose State. To enhance his rehabilitation skills, he earned his Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Ohlone College. Adan’s interest in physical therapy started after personal injuries from years of playing high level competitive soccer. He gained firsthand experience working closely with athletes at the high school and collegiate level. Adan strives to help people of various patient populations get back to healthy and functional lives. In his free time Adan enjoys playing soccer and hockey, traveling, and playing the guitar.
Sophia Karapetian, PTA
Graduated from the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Ohlone College. A seed was planted when a Pioneer High School Athletic Trainer mentored me with hands-on training, showing me a whole world of possibilities in Kinesiology. This is where I found my stride and fell in love with problem solving to help patients get back to their everyday lives. I still strive to teach people safety and preventative measures that will keep them doing what they love, for as long as possible.
When I’m not at work, I am out volunteering in the community to better people’s lives spiritually and emotionally. With the rest of my “free time” I enjoy getting away from the bustling flow- either driving open roads, hiking new trails, or smelling the salt air of the ocean. The only way my job could get any better is if we moved it out-doors and added some horses in the background.
Jyotna Mohindra, PTA
Jyotna received her Associate in Science – Physical Therapist Assistant degree at Whatcome Community College Bellingham, WA. She has been working in orthopedics outpatient facilities since 2010. She loves helping people of all ages get back to healthy lives. In her free time, Jyotna likes hiking, reading and spending time with her family.
Stephen Sumler, III, ACE
Received his Certified Personal Trainer Certificate from the American Council on Exercise (ACE). When Stephen started working at BEST (2012), he weighed over 300 pounds. Over time, he lost over 40 pounds by learning and incorporating diet and exercise techniques. As a trainer, he focuses on understanding each clients individual goals and personalizes fitness programs for each to reach their set goals. Whether losing weight, building strength, improving balance, playing a sport or running a race/marathon, Stephen can enable each client to see the possibility through education, application and motivation. When Stephen’s not working, you will find him participating in flag football, bowling, or watching sports, and spending time with his family and dog, Humphrey.