About Us

Staff

The team at Precision Physical Therapy & Fitness has one goal in mind - your total satisfaction. We want you to be as happy with the front and back offices as you are with your therapy results. We will work with you to exceed your expectations whether it's treatment outcomes, billing or scheduling.

 

If you have questions or concerns, we want to know.  We want to address it so nothing stands between you and your goals.  Click on a name below to learn more about them.

 

Dr. Jeff Moreno   Dr. Taflyn Wilschinsky   Dr. Brad Sullivan 

Barbara Graham-Garcia, OTR/L, CHT    Dr. Kelsey Kallioinen    Dr. Katherine Schneider

Dr. Sara Tanza

 

Jeff Moreno, DPT, OCS

     Dr. Moreno received his bachelor of science degree in Kinesiology from Cal Poly, SLO in 1999.  From there, he went on to the University of Southern California where he received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2003.  

     Following graduation, Jeff has worked primarily in outpatient orthopedic settings, rehabilitating and training individuals from all walks of life to achieve peak performance.  He has a passion for working with athletes and has treated amateur, collegiate and professional athletes recovering from injuries and helped them return to their respective sports.  This has led him to develop a true professional and personal interest in the running athlete.  He has extensive training in assessment and rehabilitation of orthopedic injuries specializing in the running athlete.  In 2005, he became the team physical therapist for Nike Team Run Los Angeles, a post-collegiate professional running team sponsored by Nike.  Jeff's running clientele has included Olympians, US Champions and Olympic Trials qualifiers in events from the 800 meters to the Marathon.

     Dr. Moreno has completed amny advanced training courses in othopedic physical therapy and became a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in 2005.  He is formally trained in and is heavily influenced by movement-based approaches popularized by Dr. Shirley Sahrmann, Gray Cook, PT, Dr. Vladimir Janda and Pavel Kolar.

 

Taflyn Wilschinsky, DPT

         Dr. Wilschinsky has been passionate about holistic health and the human body since a young age.  She studied the sciences extensively in high school and balanced her curricular pursuits with a passion for dance.  Taflyn graduated from UCSC in 1997 with a B.A. in Women’s Studies.  During her undergraduate years, Taflyn discovered a love for Santa Cruz and Iyengar Yoga and studied abroad in France.  After graduation, Taflyn returned to France for two years where she taught English and studied yoga intensively.  Returning to Santa Cruz in 2003, Taflyn continued her post-baccalaureate study of health sciences at Cabrillo College where she worked as a tutor and teaching assistant in chemistry and anatomy.  She also began to explore the world of physical therapy, working as a physical therapy aide in Santa Cruz.  

            Taflyn received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in May, 2011.  Over the course of her graduate study, Taflyn completed three clinical rotations in outpatient orthopedics: at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverley Hills, Dominican Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation, and Precision Physical Therapy & Fitness in Santa Cruz.  During these clinical rotations, Taflyn had the opportunity to work with a variety of patients, spanning age, condition and cultural background. During her graduate studies, Taflyn was introduced to the Movement System Impairment Method by Shirley Sahrmann, PhD, as a patient and a practitioner.  Dr. Wilschinsky currently runs our women's health program with specialty training in pain during and after pregnancy, incontinence issues and pelvic pain.  

 

Brad Sullivan, DPT

Dr. Sullivan earned his Bachelor of Science degree from San Diego State University in 2009, then completed his Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree at the University of St. Augustine, San Diego in 2013.  While earning his doctorate, he performed clinical rotation is several settings including a specialized vestibular intership at Geisinger Hospital in Danville, Pennsylvania.  There and in post-graduate training he studied the vestibular system and its role in balance, proprioception and dizziness.  Dr. Sullivan's shooling offered him the unique opportunity of advanced manual therapy courses based on current evidence-driven techniques.  

     Since graduating, Dr. Sullivan has furthered his training learining about Movement Systems Imbalance by Dr. Shirley Sahrmann.  His exposure to various parts of physical therapy have him a deep respect for the huma body and allowed him to create a holositc and comprehensive approach to patient care.  Dr. Sullivan has a passion for training and teaching individuals about their conditions in order to recitify faulty movement patterns which are at the heart of tissue dysfunction. Dr. Sullivan currently lives with his fiance in Cambell and hopes to return to Santa Cruz to continue his love of outrigger canoe paddling.

 
Barbara Graham-Garcia, OTR/L, CHT

     Barbara Graham-Garcia has lived in Santa Cruz County since 1979. She attended San Jose State University and graduated in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy and spent the following 5 years working in all areas of occupational therapy including hospital settings, outpatient orthopedic clinics, home health, and industrial rehabilitation.

     In 1992, Barbara began developing ergonomic training programs for local employers and performing ergonomic evaluations throughout the Bay Area. This lead to Barbara’s specialization in hand therapy.  In 1998 she became a Certified Hand Therapist. 

     During the mid to late 1990’s, Barbara spent time in Mexico volunteering in hand therapy clinics and living with local families while attending Spanish language schools and traveling.  She was co-owner of Redwood Therapy Solutions, a local occupational and physical therapy practice in Watsonville from 2000-2009. During that time she worked in several hand therapy clinics and at Watsonville Community hospital. 

     In June 2013, Barbara joined the staff at Precison Therapy as their hand therapist. She is looking forward to growing the hand therapy portion of the practice at Precision Therapy. Barbara works closely with many hand surgeons in the Bay Area and continues her education and training with the American Society of Hand Therapy.

     Barbara resides in Aptos with her husband and their two dogs. She enjoys traveling, running, yoga, hiking, gardening, and reading.

 

Kelsey Kallioinen, DPT

     Kelsey completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Biology from the University of California, Davis in 2009 and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Pacific University in Portland in 2013. She has practiced in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and outpatient orthopedic clinics in Oregon, Washington, California, Hawai’i and Alaska including right here at Precision. Further, she has volunteered her expertise to patients in México and Nicaragua to obtain a greater perspective of the role of PT in other healthcare systems.

     Dr. Kallioinen uses a movement-based approach in her care and brings her variety of experiences to Precision.  She has the goal of meeting patients where they are and giving them tools to take the next step to improve their health, fitness and well-being. She highly values empowering clients to heal themselves and prevent recurrence of injury.

     As a Santa Cruz local, she is thankful to return to her upbringing and share what she has learned with her community.

 
Kathy Schneider, DPT
 

     Dr. Schneider earned her Bachelor of Science Degree and Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the Univeristy of Vermont in 2008 and 2010.  She performed clinical rotations in hospitals, pediatric inpatient settings and outpatient orthopedic settings in Oregon, New York, Vermont and New Hampshire.  Dr. Schneider worked at Spaulding Cambridge Outpatient Center in Boston for three years befor joining the team at Precision.  While there, she had the opportunity to work with and learn from Dr. Irene Davis at the Spaulding National Running Center.

     Dr. Schneider has taken a variety of continuing education courses since graduating; the most recent being the Movement Links Series offered at UC Berkeley.  She enjoys working with patients of all ages, athletic backgrounds and abilities.  She uses an evidence-based and functional movement approach movement approach to help her patients accomplish their individual goals.

     She and her fiance moved to California two years agoa and have been actively enjoying the outdoors year round.  She participates in triathlons, road races and has most recently taken up surfing and mountain biking.

 

Sara Tanza, DPT

Dr. Tanza was born and raised in Santa Cruz.  She receivedher Bachelor of Science in Bio-Psychology from UC Santa Barbara and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from UC San Francisco. After completing a year-long residency in Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) at Kaiser Vallejo, she specialized in the care of patients with spinal cord injury, stroke, brain injury and other neurologic conditions on their acute neurologic rehabilitation unit.  She also served as assistant instructor in Kaiser Vallejo's residency program.  

     Dr. Tanza is a Certified Functional Manual Therapist and utilizes this approach, PNF and other approaches during her treatments.  She firmly agrees with PNF founder Maggie Knott when she says "every human being has unlimited, untapped potential."

     She is happy to be home again and when she is not working with clients, Dr. Tanza can be found running, practicing yoga, cooking, cheering for the Giants, in the ocean or with her family and friends.  Additionally, Dr. Tanza as the assistant race director of She.Is.Beautiful 5k and 10k.  She lives with her husband in Aptos where they enjoy being within miles of both the beach and the redwoods.  

James Vegher, DPT, NCS

 

Chris Christensen, DPT, NCS