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
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
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.
Daniel Chen, DPT
Daniel graduated from Duke University with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He has also received his certification in Strength and Conditioning. He enjoys working with patients of all ages treating orthopedic and sports injuries and helping them prevent future injuries. His interest in physical therapy grew after seeing his mom go through PT for adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder). He peruses blogs and websites of rehab experts and strives to stay up to date with the latest research in evidence-based practice. Daniel enjoys playing tennis and basketball, avidly follows college basketball and the NBA, and since moving to the Bay Area, enjoys the variety of good food. Having lived in Taiwan during high school, he is fluent in Mandarin.
Specialties include: sports-related injuries and rehabilitation, spine rehabilitation, knees, shoulders
Kathryn Garcia, PTA
Kathryn received her B.S in Health Science from Fresno State and an A.S in Physical Therapy Assisting from Ohlone College. She has worked as a personal trainer working with various age groups and activity levels. Her journey into Physical Therapy began with her desire to gain knowledge into the proper functional movement patterns of the human body and incorporating that into functional rehabilitation. Kathryn participated in cross country, basketball, and softball throughout high school and focused on competitive year-round traveling softball. She continues to lead an active lifestyle that includes yoga, working out, and running half and full marathons. One of her greatest accomplishments includes finishing the Boston Marathon in 3 hours and 50 min. She enjoys working with patients to enhance their rehabilitation through education on injury prevention and developing proper functional body and movement mechanics specific to their lifestyle.