The PhysioFit Team

Each member of the PhysioFit team plays an integral role in who we are and what we do. From Physical Therapists to Pilates Instructors, our team is comprised of highly educated and skilled professionals offering comprehensive specialty physical therapy and wellness programs.  If you are facing mobility challenges or simply want to stay fit, active and healthy, the folks below have solutions. Get to know the PhysioFit Team.

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Kim Gladfelter, MPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Executive Director, Physical Therapist and Pilates Instructor

       "He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything."

Every week, for more than a decade, hundreds of people have consulted Kim Gladfelter looking for answers to their debilitating back pain and stiffness. Kim is now a trusted health advisor to doctors and other healthcare providers in the area educating them about how to reduce their back pain in their line of work as needed. Kim decided she wanted to be a physical therapist as a teen when one of her classmates was severely injured and recovered through the use of physical therapy. Nothing is more satisfying to her than knowing she is helping her patients keep doing the meaningful activities they love to do.

Credentials & Teaching Experience:

  • Graduated from UCLA in 1991 with a degree in Kinesiology.
  • Received her Master of Physical Therapy degree in 1994 from Mount Saint Mary’s College.
  • Completed a 1-1/2 year long residency program in Advanced Orthopedic Manual Therapy in 1998.
  • Certified in 2001 as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS).
  • Obtained Fellowship status in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT). Both certifications (OCS and FAAOMPT) represent recognition of advanced clinical proficiency in Orthopedic Physical Therapy practice.
  • Teaching assistant for a highly regarded year-long course for manual physical therapists from 1999-2001, in addition to taking numerous long and short-term courses on various topics in Orthopedic Physical Therapy.
  • Certified Practitioner in Pilates Rehabilitation, including mat and equipment, through Polestar Education. She also has special training in the area of pelvic floor therapy.
  • Graston Technique Provider.

TIP: Ask Kim about the time she shaved off half her eyebrow trying to imitate her Dad shaving or when she ran away from a fenced in dog and dislocated her kneecap.

5 Favorites

Vacation: Hawaii

Celebrity: Robin Williams

Book: Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

Team: my kids teams

Hobbies: jogging and dance

Kim Gladfelter, MPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Executive Director
Physical Therapist
Pilates Instructor

Janet Petarra Perrino, MPT

Physical Therapist

"Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live in."  

Janet has embraced a life long love of learning, as evidence by her 40+ continuing education classes in physical therapy, and has been thrilled to apply her knowledge over the last 20+ years to clients of all walks of life and backgrounds. She is especially interested in using manual therapy to address orthopedic and sports-related issues, as well as treating clients with vestibular, post-partum, neurological or lymphedema issues. Janet possesses a strong base of experience in orthopedic and sports injury treatment.

  • Undergraduate degrees in Biology and Psychology from Miami University in 1989.
  • Master of Physical Therapy degree from Temple University in 1995.
  • BA in Zoology (yes, we are animals) and Psychology.
  • Worked for seven years in Chicago with Loyola University Medical Center treating orthopedic, vestibular, lymphedema, burn, amputee, and neurological disorders.
  • Especially interested in using manual therapy to address orthopedic and sports-related issues.
  • Graston Technique® Provider

TIP: Ask her why her BA in Zoology made for a great beginning as a Physical Therapist.

5 Favorites:

Place: New Zealand (never been but it is at the top of my list for dream places to visit).

Food: I love my husband's home made pizza best but I miss ethnic foods such as Indian, Thai, Ethiopian, and Middle Eastern since I have picky children.

TV Show:  Downton Abbey, Call the Midwife, and Game of Thrones.

Singer/Group: Annie Lennox to enjoy the music, Alanis Morissette when I want to sing loudly, Katy Perry to hang out with my daughter.

Sports: Dance and Ice skating.

Janet Petarra Perrino, MPT

Physical Therapist

Keya Bhuptani, PT, CKTP

Physical Therapist

"Do a little more each day than you think you possibly can."

  • Degree in Physical Therapy in 2008 from Maharashtra University of Health Sciences in Mumbai, India.
  • Special interest in Orthopedic Manual therapy, treating a variety of dysfunctions of the musculoskeletal system and treating patients with neurological conditions.
  • Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner(CKTP), using the rehabilitative taping method to re-educate the neuromuscular system, reduce pain, enhance performance and prevent injury.
  • Experienced in Aqua-therapy and enjoys educating patients on proper ergonomics.
  • Continues to expand her expertise within these areas by attending numerous continuing education classes during the year.
  • Graston Technique provider.
  • Speaks fluent Hindi, Gujarati and a little bit of Marathi.

5 Favorites:

  • Indian Classical Dance
  • Traveling
  • Spending time with family
  • Dancing
  • Watching movies

Keya Bhuptani, PT, CKTP

Physical Therapist

Nidhi Modi, MPT

Physical Therapist 

A healthy attitude is contagious but don't wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.

Nidhi chose to become a physical therapist so that she could combine her passion for science, movement and a desire to help people. She derives immense pleasure and satisfaction in assisting patients achieve their goals. Nidhi specializes in musculoskeletal physical therapy and has a special interest in women’s health. She fulfills her quest for continuous learning by attending physical therapy education courses throughout the year.   

  • Bachelor's Degree in physical therapy in 2012 from Seth G.S. Medical College in Mumbai, India
  • Master’s Degree in physical therapy in 2014 from Dr D.Y. Patil University in Navi Mumbai, India
  • Graston Technique provider
  • Fluent in English, Hindi, Gujarati and Marathi

5 Favorites:

City: Queenstown, New Zealand

Activity: Bollywood Dancing, Crafting, playing board games   

Food: Dark Chocolate

TV shows: Person of interest, White collar, House, Grey's anatomy

Loves to: Explore new places; find creative solutions to problems (ask my husband about it!)

Nidhi Modi, MPT

Physical Therapist

Alison Fong, DPT

Physical Therapist/Pilates Instructor 

“Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming
the things you once thought you couldn’t”

- Rikki Rogers

Alison has a passion for providing a holistic, individualized approach to physical therapy. She enjoys integrating osteopathic manual therapy with traditional and Pilates-based exercises to optimize movement and quality of life. .

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from New York University in 2002
  • B.S. in Biological Sciences and Gerontology from Mount St. Mary’s College in 1999
  • Practitioner of Pilates for Rehabilitation (mat & equipment) through Polestar Education in 2007
  • Training in Myofascial Release
  • Training in Pelvic Floor physical therapy

5 Favorites:

Workouts: Spinning, Pilates, barre, yoga sculpt

Food:  Sushi, burgers, breakfast burritos

Hobbies: Discovering new places to eat, traveling/exploring

TV: Anything on Food Network & Travel Channel, FBI/CIA shows

Movie: Sleepless in Seattle

Alison Fong, DPT

Physical Therapist
Pilates Instructor

Lori Seymour

GYROTONIC®/Pilates Instructor-Teacher Trainer, Hanna Somatic Educator®

"Make the impossible possible, the possible easy, the easy elegant."
- Moshe Feldenkrais

After being told to stop dancing by several doctors, Lori came to Pilates as a young dancer and swimmer in 1988 to rehabilitate a chronic hip injury. Over the next 2 decades of her dance career, she used Pilates to rehabilitate her back and knee injuries.

  • Obtained first Pilates certification from the Physical Mind Institute in 1998.
  • Continuing education since includes scoliosis, osteoporosis, gait, vestibular issues, disk issues, various other joint conditions, and golf.
  • 2009 Apprenticeship with master trainer Kathy Corey.
  • 1999 she came across GYROTONIC® and fell in love. Certified in every aspect of GYROTONIC®, level 2 Pulley Tower, Golf, Scoliosis, Pelvis and is an approved pre-trainer of level 1 GYROTONIC®.
  • Certified Hanna Somatic Educator®. HSE retrains the nervous system to turn down chronic tension.

TIP: Lori is especially fond of the city of love, Paris!

5 Favorites:

City:  Paris

Movie:  Farewell My Concubine

Singer: Billie Holiday

Sport:  Hockey - San Jose Sharks

Animal:

Lori Seymour

GYROTONIC®/Pilates Instructor-Teacher Trainer, Hanna Somatic Educator®

V. Kimbell Shelton

Pilates Instructor

"In 10 sessions you will feel the difference, in 20 sessions you will see the difference, and in 30 you will have a new body. - Joseph Pilates

V loves to teach people how to move with more grace, strength, efficiency and ease. To do this she draws from her background and training in Pilates, yoga, Qi Gong, ballet, and Feldenkrais. V also trains and helps athletes to improve their stamina and overall performance, and prevent injuries.

At PhysioFit, she often collaborates with the excellent physical therapists to devise a plan so clients can more quickly rehabilitate from injuries and illness. So they can better understand the connection between the mind, body and spirit, V teaches her clients breathing techniques and practical (functional) exercises they can use everyday to achieve their goals and live a more balanced, vibrant and fulfilling life.

  • Degree in Psychology and Dance from Southern Methodist University.
  • Post-graduate studies in Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry (Yale University), and in the somatic arts with Moshe Feldenkrais.

TIP: Just mention chocolate and V is all smiles.

5 Favorites:

  • Running and hiking in the mountains
  • Training and riding horses
  • Traveling in Europe and taking road trips
  • British dramas and mysteries
  • All things PBS

V. Kimbell Shelton

Pilates Instructor

Tanya Baldwin

Pilates/GYROTONIC® Instructor

“Change happens through movement and movement heals.” - Joseph Pilates

As a Naturopathic Doctor, Tanya believes in the healing power of movement. Embracing a holistic approach to teaching, she draws on her training and experience in Pilates, GYROKINESIS®, GYROTONIC® and Yoga to create a joyful and rewarding experience for her students. She loves watching her students grow in grace, power and precision as they learn to integrate mind-body principles in her classes.

TIP: Born and raised in Canada, Tanya has a few interesting tales about the strange customs of her homeland. Ask her about gunnel bobbing (Hint: it involves a canoe).

5 Favorites:

Food: Dark chocolate

Pastime: Curling up with a good book (even better if paired with chocolate)

Author: Terry Pratchett

Mythical Creature: Dragons

California Getaway: Anywhere along the Mendonoma Coast

Tanya Baldwin

Pilates/GYROTONIC® Instructor

Tracy Champeny

Office Director

"It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you're not."

A native of the Bay Area, Tracy joined the team at PhysioFit as it gave her the opportunity directly contribute to her local community. Tracy cares about our patients and works hard with the team to get them back to doing what they love. She's been a part of PhysioFit for so many years that both the staff and patients feel like a second family. In her spare time, Tracy brings the same spirit and love for physical well being to the Special Olympics.

TIP: I love learning foreign languages. Know any great sayings or idioms?

5 Favorites:

Vacation: Somewhere on a beach, lake or river or where there are lots of museums.

Team: Motevideo Piranhas (my nephew's swim team) first and Niners, Warriors and Giants are a close second.

Movies: My Fair Lady, Love Actually, Grease (the original)

TV Show: Almost any medical/science series and American Ninja Warrior

Animals: Dogs and sea turtles

Tracy Champeny

Office Director

Christina Goro

Customer Care and Outreach Manager

“Youth hasn’t got anything to do with chronological age. It’s times of hope and happiness.”
- Wallace Stegner

Christina, a California native, enjoys hiking and exploring beautiful California. She sees physical fitness as a way to be strong and healthy enough to connect with the people and places we love.  She hopes that her work in support of PhysioFit’s therapy and wellness clients improves their overall health and wellness.

5 Favorites:

Hobbies: hiking and California native plant enthusiast

Movie: The Princess Bride

Food: Ceviche

Book: Wizard of Earthsea

Best Place to Watch the Sunset: Wherever you are - just pause and enjoy!

Christina Goro

Customer Care and
Outreach Manager

Divya Zucaro

Yoga Instructor

"Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are." 

Divya is an inspired yoga and meditation instructor of 20 years. She introduces creative discussion of yogic philosophy as it relates to our modern lives, and encourages each person to come to the poses in balance of effort and ease. She hopes for you to deeply feel good, to laugh, and to find peace in every breath, not just in class, but as a means to engage with life. Wellness, after all, includes more than just the body.No matter how you look or feel when you enter the room, Divya’s community will welcome you warmly. Whatever your experience, please, come to yoga. Divya’s educational achievements include:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Multi-subject Teaching Credential
  • Certified Yoga Instructor
  • Meditation/ Stress Reduction Specialist
  • Certified Hypnotherapist
  • Certification in Guided Empathetic Meridian Tapping

TIP: Here’s the wild card. Even yoga instructors can be avid ice hockey fans who sometimes yell at the TV. Divya’s favorite goalie of all time is her teenage son. She also loves baking (and she’s been known to share).

5 Favorites:

Quiet activity: Colored pencil drawing

Smell: Redwoods on a warm afternoon

Book: House on Mango Street

Sport: Ice hockey

Beverage: Soy chai latte (You know...in case you're offering.)

Divya Zuccaro

Yoga Instructor

Elena Ornelas

Customer Servie Rep, Physical Therapy Aide

"If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you."

  • Bachelor of Art in Exercise & Sport Science with an Emphasis in Rehabilitation
  • Collegiate Track and Field 3 years
  • Competitive Gymnastics 12 years

TIP: Talk to me about dogs! I just adopted my two pitbull mixes couple months ago.

5 Favorites:

Restaurant: currently Kenji Sushi! My favorite changes every so often.

TV Show: Grey's Anatomy

Movie: Life of Pi

Hobbies: Hiking, running, going to the beach with my dogs, anything active

Elena Ornelas

Customer Service Rep,
Physical Therapy Aide

Camila Marino

Customer Servie Rep, Physical Therapy Aide

"If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you."

Camila graduated from UC Davis with a bachelor’s degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior as well as a minor in Italian. She is planning on applying to Physician Assistant graduate school in hopes of beginning in 2019. She has 2 years of past experience working in the physical therapy practice, and finds it very rewarding to witness the progress of each patient.

In her free time, Camila likes to catch up with friends, have movie marathons, DIY projects on Pinterest, try new recipes to cook or bake, do yoga, barre, or pilates.

TIP: Ask about my time abroad in Florence, Italy. Or the time I got bit by an ostrich in Colombia.

5 Favorites: 

Food: Italian

Color: Coral or Teal

Coffee Shop: Philz coffee (especially their mint mojito iced coffee!)

Animal: Dogs or tigers

Season: Spring

Camila Marino

Customer Service Rep,
Physical Therapy Aide

Jonathan Green

Customer Servie Rep, Physical Therapy Aide

"The body achieves what the mind believes."

Jonathan has a passion for all athletics and currently trains Jiu Jitsu. He experienced physical therapy after breaking his leg and now aims to become a physical therapist. Jonathan graduated from UCSC and loves everything nature, especially the beach!

  • BA in Psychology and Business from UCSC in 2015
  • Officer Candidate in the Army National Guard, 2017

TIP: Ask Jonathan about the time he studied abroad in Thailand or lived in Japan.

5 Favorites: 

Food: Burritos, Steak, and Avocados

Hobby: Hiking through the wilderness

Color: Green (like his last name)

TV Show: Game of Thrones/Stranger Things

Dream: Visit all national parks

Jonathan Green

Customer Service Rep,
Physical Therapy Aide

Shalini Pachauri

Customer Service Rep.
Physical Therapy Aide

“You must also give mental and physical fitness priority.” - Jim Otto

Every day for Shalini is a new opportunity to nurture, care and help people.  She is mindful of how challenging life can be for people who are in physical pain and is inspired to continue pursuing her career in health care.  She looks forward to making a difference in people's lives by encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle.

  • Physical Therapy degree from Cuttack, India
  • Licensed Physical Therapist in New York
  • Currently working on her California Physical Therapy License
  • Volunteer at Stanford Healthcare
  • Proficient in English, Hindi, and Punjabi

TIP:  Ask her about her experience as Preschool and Elementary Teacher 🙂

5 Favorites:

  • Family and friends get together 
  • Classical music
  • Traveling
  • Family videos
  • Creating happy moments

Shalini Pachauri

Customer Service Rep.
Physical Therapy Aide

Alexis Iwasaki

Pilates Instructor
Customer Service Rep.

"When the body, mind and spirit are in harmony, happiness is the natural result."
-Deepak Chopra

Movement has been a lifelong passion of Alexis’. Her mission is to share that passion with her clients.

Alexis started taking dance lessons at the age of 3 and went on the train at San Francisco Ballet School, Joffrey Ballet School and American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive. In addition to ballet, Alexis has studied classical Japanese dance, contemporary, and hula, among others. She danced professionally with the Oakland Ballet and Sacramento Ballet Companies.

Credentials:

  • Bachelor of Science in Communications/Mass Media from New York University in 2002
  • Certified Pilates mat and equipment instructor from the Kane School of Core Integration in 2006 and 2007
  • Certified Buff Bones® Instructor in 2017
  • Certified GYROKINESIS® Instructor in 2017

TIP:  Alexis is a huge animal lover/advocate. Ask her about her amazing experience at an elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

5 Favorites:

Vacation: New Zealand  

Singers: Ingrid Michaelson and Pink!

Movies: Whale Rider, The Garden State, Hula Girls, Old Boy and Slumdog Millionaire

Animals: Elephants, whales and dolphins

Hobbies: Hiking, dancing and reading, doing anything with my 5 year old son

Alexis Iwasaki

Pilates/Gyrokenesis® Instructor
Customer Service Rep.

Shannon Wayne

Certified Personal Trainer

"WOW, I really regret that workout - said no one, EVER!"

Shannon has a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering with a biomedical engineering focus. She first learned about human movement patterns and muscle imbalances while working in a biodynamics research laboratory at Michigan State University. She began her career as a fitness professional after her first son was born and she decided not to return to high tech sales. She feels immense fulfillment from helping her clients get stronger, lose weight, build endurance, become more flexible and remove pain and tension. Her goal is to help each client look and feel her personal best and live her life to the fullest by staying healthy and active and surrounding herself with other health and fitness-focused women. Hearing women laughing and socializing while exercising together is a joyful sound!

Credentials and Teaching Experience:

  • Bachelor Of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering focus
  • Certified Personal Trainer, National Academy of Sports Medicine
  • Weight Loss Specialist, National Academy of Sports Medicine
  • Group Fitness Instructor, American Council on Exercise
  • Certified Instructor, Strong by Zumba
  • Certified Instructor, Zumba, Zumba Gold & Zumba Toning
  • Certified Instructor, Baby Boot Camp
  • Training Completion, Pilates Ballet

TIP: Ask Shannon about being the youngest of a big family in Michigan, how she met her husband or her journey from snow skiing to snowboarding and back again.

5 Favorites:

Place: Lake Tahoe

Thing to do: watch her sons play baseball.

Hobbies: hiking, playing piano, family bike rides, cooking

Vacations: Maui, Hong Kong

Restaurant: Cascal, Mountain View

Shannon Wayne

Certified Personal Trainer

Lauren Chertudi

Pilates Instructor
Customer Service Rep. 

"Nothing is more revealing than movement."  
- Martha Graham  

Lauren has been a professional modern dancer and teacher for over ten years. Before moving to the bay area, Lauren taught modern dance and pilates/conditioning classes at Cal Poly SLO. She is a life-long mover, starting dance at the age of 4, growing up playing soccer and softball, learning traditional folk dance as a teen, and diving into yoga and pilates as she transitioned into college. Lauren focuses on providing classes adaptable for all ages, abilities, and experience. Using anatomy, body awareness, and dance principals; to focus on finding challenge in a safe and fun environment.  

Credentials: 

  • Masters of Fine Arts, Dance Sarah Lawrence College in 2013
  • Bachelor’s of Science, International Business Cal Poly SLO in 2011
  • Pilates Mat Certified through Pilates Academy International with Anne Bishop in Petaluma in 2016
  • Pilates Reformer Certification through Pilates Academy International with Anne Bishop in Petaluma in progress

TIP:  Lauren is a passionate cook and baker and will spend hours researching new recipes and techniques. 

5 Favorites:

Food: Pizza or traditional Basque pintxos

Animal: Cats (Lauren has 2, she will gladly show you photos)

Movies:  Anything with Katherine Hepburn or John Wayne. Love the classics.

Sport: Formula 1 

Singer/Group: Tom Waits

Lauren Chertudi

Pilates Instructor
Customer Service Rep.

Sarah Graves

Pilates Instructor

"WOW, I really regret that workout - said no one, EVER!"

Sarah is never bored with life. She loves to create new experiences for her clients out of the multiple exercise modalities she herself personally experiences. As a Balanced Body University certified pilates instructor Sarah teaches mat, small apparatus, and reformer for individuals, small and large groups. She is also an AFAA certified Personal Trainer and can create individual fitness plans that center on pilates principles. She incorporates weight lifting and cardio techniques to maintain high quality and cutting edge pilates classes that are constantly evolving. If you are easily bored with workouts, Sarah's class may just be the remedy you need.

TIP:  Ask her how her first century bicycle ride led to a life changing decision.

5 Favorites:

  • Snowshoeing
  • Seeing the sunrise in the mountains near my cabin
  • Multi-day backpacking trips
  • Participating in very dynamic and challenging group exercise classes
  • Talking technical (she is trained in engineering and worked in the semiconductor industry for 20+ years)

Sarah Graves

Pilates Instructor