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Barbara Graham-Garcia

Barbara has lived in Santa Cruz County since 1979 and graduated from San Jose State University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. Barbara 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 led to Barbara’s specialization in hand therapy and 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.

Barbara 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 Precision Physical Therapy & Fitness as their hand therapist and she looks forward to growing the hand therapy portion of the practice. 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.

Christy Watkins

Christy received her Bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine from University of the Pacific in 1992. She immediately began working in the field of physical therapy as an aide in an outpatient orthopedic clinic as well as both inpatient and outpatient hospital settings. She moved to Santa Cruz County in 1995 and has enjoyed working specifically in outpatient orthopedics since then. She passed her state board examination to become a licensed physical therapy assistant in 1996.  In 1999 she earned a personal trainer certification through the American Council on Exercise. She has volunteered both as a mentor and a running coach for Team in Training to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Christy currently lives in Aptos with her husband and two children.  She enjoys running, practicing yoga and spending time at the beach with her family.

Michelle Zelena

Dr. Zelena (maiden name Prowse) received her Bachelor of Science degree in Physiotherapy at Auckland University of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand in 2003. She moved to the United States in 2004 after receiving a track and field scholarship and completed her Masters in Exercise Science from Oklahoma State University (OSU) in 2005. During her time competing for OSU, Dr. Zelena was an academic All-American and was 10th at the Division 1 NCAAs in the 5K final.

Dr. Zelena moved to California in 2007 to obtain her Doctorate in Science in Physical Therapy at Loma Linda University and graduated in 2010.  She worked as a research coordinator at the Physical Fitness and Physiology research lab and during this time she was involved in 30 publications in areas including bone remodeling and exercise, diabetes and exercise, aging and balance, low back pain, musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging and blood flow with various heating modailities. Dr. Zelena was a co-lecturer for Pathophysiology for the DPT class in 2008 at Asuza Pacific University and was a guest lecturer for Exercise Prescription at the Life and Health Conference in Slovakia in 2008 and the World Health Conference in Switzerland in 2009.

She moved to Santa Cruz in 2010 to pursue more clinical experience and met her husband while hiking in Monterey, they now enjoy living in Capitola. Dr. Zelena runs for the Santa Cruz Track Club and assists in coaching for the Wharf to Wharf training group.

Kathy Schneider

Dr. Schneider earned her Bachelor of Science degree and Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Vermont in 2008 and 2010, respectively. 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 before 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. Dr. Schneider uses an evidence-based and functional movement approach movement approach to help her patients accomplish their individual goals.

Dr. Schneider and her husband moved to California in 2013 and have been actively enjoying the outdoors year round. She participates in triathlons, road races and is excited to have recently taken up surfing and mountain biking.

Taflyn Wilschinsky

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. Dr. Wilschinsky graduated from UCSC in 1997 with a B.A. in Women’s Studies. During her undergraduate years, Dr. Wilschinsky discovered a love for Iyengar Yoga and also took advantage of the opportunity to study abroad in France. After graduation, Dr. Wilschinsky returned to France for two years where she taught English and studied yoga intensively. Returning to Santa Cruz in 2003, she 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 and worked as a physical therapy aide.

Dr. Wilschinsky received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in May 2011. Over the course of her graduate study, Dr. Wilschinsky 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, Dr. Wilschinsky had the opportunity to work with a variety of patients, spanning age, condition and cultural background. During her graduate studies, Dr. Wilschinsky began to study the Movement System Impairment Method by Shirley Sahrmann, PhD, as a patient and a practitioner. She has also had extensive study in the Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization approach through the Prague School of Rehabilitation since being introduced to it at Precision. Dr. Wilschinsky currently runs Precision’s women’s health program with specialty training in pelvic rehabilitation to treat a variety of issues associated with pelvic floor pain and/or dysfunction. She enjoys working with women during and after pregnancy and is also able treat pelvic floor pain, incontinence, prolapse and associated conditions.

Jeff Moreno

Dr. Moreno received his bachelor of science degree in Kinesiology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 1999. After graduating, he went on to the University of Southern California where he received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree in 2003.

Following graduation, Dr. Moreno 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, as well as extensive training in assessment and rehabilitation of orthopedic injuries, in running athletes. In 2005, he became the team physical therapist for Nike Team Run Los Angeles, a post-collegiate professional running team sponsored by Nike. Dr. Moreno’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 many advanced training courses in orthopedic 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.

Chris Christensen

Dr. Christensen spent much of his high school time in a physical therapy clinic working as an aide for family friends and rehabilitating from athletic injuries. Basketball and baseball allowed him to continue his education at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) where he finished with Bachelor of Science degree in biology. After a short time playing basketball in New Zealand, Dr. Christensen returned to UCSD as head assistant coach for the men’s basketball program and strength and conditioning coach for the intercollegiate athletics program in 1997 and 1998.

Dr. Christensen attended graduate school at Western University of Health Sciences where he received a Masters in Physical Therapy, and later returned to receive his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2007. During the didactic years of graduate school, he was a National Dean’s List Award Recipient. His clinical orthopedic residencies included sports medicine hours with the Jacksonville Jaguars and spring training hours with the Giants organization.

Dr. Christensen was hired by Dominican Hospital to work in both orthopedic and neurological outpatient physical therapy. He soon became the Lead Physical Therapist and Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for the Sports Medicine Center at Dominican Hospital. There, he helped extend community-benefit sports medicine programs with a team of physicians that included sports performance programs for ACL patients and throwers. Dr. Christensen has presented seminars for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), local high schools and fitness clubs, colleges, the Seascape Sports Club and Dominican Hospital Focus on Health groups. Dr. Christensen became co-owner of Precision Physical Therapy & Fitness in 2008. He has a passion for movement evaluation and assessment that continues with ongoing education using Sahrmann and Vladimir Janda principles, and a Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) approach. He became a certified DNS exercise practitioner in 2014. Dr. Christensen currently lives in Soquel with his wife and 2 sons and hopes to educate and improve the health of the Santa Cruz community for years to come.  

James Vegher

Dr. Vegher grew up in Los Angeles and attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  After graduating in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy, he returned home to work in Neurological Rehabilitation. He worked almost exclusively with patients suffering from the after-effects of stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis. Dr. Vegher was recruited to a supervisory role at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills, California where he again worked with stroke and other neurological conditions. During his time at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Vegher received advanced training in Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) and the Maitland approach to orthopedic conditions. Dr. Vegher served as a guest lecturer on pathologic gait at Mount Saint Mary’s Physical Therapy Program as well as on reimbursement issues at state-wide conferences and served as a clinical instructor for students around the country.

It was in Los Angeles that Dr. Vegher became a Board Certified Specialist in Neurological Physical Therapy. Dr. Vegher switched jobs to become a supervisor in Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles’ physical therapy department. Here, he developed a post-stroke exercise class, a balance/fall prevention exercise class and participated in the development of a Southern California-wide vestibular rehabilitation protocol. Dr. Vegher started his education toward achieving his Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from Pacific University in 2003. He continued his clinical education by participating in the Movement Science Fellowship through Kaiser Permanente which included training in the concepts of Movement System Impairment by Shirley Sahrmann, PhD and Neuromuscular Imbalance by Vladimir Janda, MD, DSc and the Prague School of Rehabilitation.

Dr. Vegher moved to Santa Cruz in 2004 with his family where he opened Precision Physical Therapy & Fitness to establish a new standard in physical therapy care. He received a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree in 2007 after completing his capstone project of developing a clinical reasoning tool to assist novice physical therapists when working with patients with neurological conditions. He became one of only 65 certified Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization practitioners in the country in 2013 and continues his education and training through the Prague School of Rehabilitation and the Postural Restoration Institute.

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