Doctor of Physical Therapy Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Certified Functional Capacity Evaluator, Certified Life Care Planner, Water Therapy, occupational rehabilitation, Ergonomic Training and Evaluations, Post Offer Employment Testing, Home Attendant Assessments, Job Analyses, Skilled Nursing Facility physical therapy, Therapy Services for neurological, orthopedic and pulmonary clients, home health physical therapy for neurological, orthopedic, cardiac and pulmonary care, On call physical therapy services in acute hospitals & private practices, Physical Therapy

Expert Witness No. 234
California

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

  • 2012-2013
    Life Care Planner Certification Program Capital University Law School, Columbus, OH
  • 2003-2005
    Doctorate in Physical Therapy Boston University, Boston, MA
  • 1985-1987
    Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles, CA
  • 1983-1985
    Graduate Studies in Occupational Therapy San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
  • 1980-1983
    Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Physical Education California State Hayward, Hayward, CA

PROFESSIONAL LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Licensed Physical Therapist
  • Certified Life Care Planner
  • Certified Functional Capacity Evaluation Specialist
  • Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist
  • Medical Billing Universal Class
  • Active CPR Certification 2019

EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE

Functional Capacity Evaluator, Life Care Planner, Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Consultant, and Owner Center for Career Evaluations, Walnut Creek, CA (2012 to present)
Expert’s duties include the provision of Functional Capacity Evaluations, Life Care Plans, Job Analyses, home care assessments, loss of household services, standards of care in physical rehabilitation, and expert witness services in personal injury, medical malpractice, long-term disability, maritime, and Workers’ Compensation matters. Expert designs a comprehensive battery of objective performance-based tests that are standardized, as well as job specific, customized tests in order to determine an individual’s work-related abilities and limitations. Expert also develops written rebuttal reports or written documents for cross examination for Functional Capacity Evaluations of opposing experts. Expert utilizes her rehabilitation background, experience and knowledge of healthcare to identify and address medical and rehabilitation related services and associated costs for individuals with catastrophic injuries, as well as damages for all levels of injuries. Expert also evaluates the Life Care Plans of opposing experts and develops alternative opinions related to medical treatment and cost assessment. She can also prepare questions for deposition or trial examination, provide litigation consultation specific to settlement offers, and assist with case resolution.

Functional Capacity Evaluation Consultant and Owner
Industrial Care Consultants, Oakland, CA (2011-2012)
Provided outpatient physical therapy services, Functional Capacity Evaluations, ergonomic work-site evaluations and training, as well as home care assessments, and expert witness services for Workers’ Compensation cases.

Physical Therapist
Washington Care Rehabilitation Skilled Nursing Facility, San Leandro, CA (2010-2012)
Provided physical therapy services to neurologic and orthopedic individuals in a skilled nursing facility. Collaborated with physicians, rehabilitations specialists, and medical social workers.

In•Home Physical Therapist
Professional Health Care at Home, Pleasant Hill, CA (2007-2010)
Duties included home-based physical therapy services for individuals with neurological, orthopedic, and pulmonary diagnoses. Participated in team meetings and collaborated with physicians, nurses, occupational therapists, and medical social workers, as well as case managers and home care attendants.

Physical Therapist and Owner
Momentum Physical Therapy, Oakland and Richmond offices, CA (1999 2007)
Duties included outpatient physical therapy services to individuals with orthopedic and neurologic conditions, as well as hand therapy, aquatic therapy, work conditioning and work hardening, and Functional Capacity Evaluations.

Physical Therapist
Home Health Plus, East Bay, CA (1990-2000)
Provided home-based services for individuals with neurologic, orthopedic, cardiac, and pulmonary diagnoses.

Director and Physical Therapist
Parkview Convalescent Hospital, Rehabilitation Department, Hayward, CA (1989-1990)
Supervised a staff of physical, occupational, and speech therapists, provided in-service training, coordinated program development, and provided physical therapy services in a skilled nursing facility.

Physical Therapist
Physical Therapy Registries, San Diego and Beverly Hills, CA (1987-1990)
Duties included physical therapy services in both acute hospital and outpatient orthopedic settings.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Curriculum Developer and Instructor
Career Smart Learning, Brea, CA (2012-2013)
Developed curriculum and presentations for three training modules: Measuring the Fifth /itaI Sign: Pain-FCE Module:ISYS Continuing Education Program. The course information was used to train nurse case managers, claim adjusters, and vocational rehabilitation counselors in the use of Functional Capacity Evaluations and the assessment and measurement of acute and chronic pain.

PUBLICATIONS

Available on Full CV

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
  • International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP), Life Care Planning Section

 

 

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