Meet Our Team
Lynn Kanda, PT, OCS, MA, Founder and Owner
Ms. Kanda oversees all aspects of the business, with emphasis on therapeutic systems. Lynn is a graduate of Stanford University with an MA in Physical Therapy and received a BS in Psychology from Santa Clara University. She is a licensed PT in the State of California and a Certified Pilates Instructor. She has been in private practice for 25 years and founded CTS in 1995. She has published numerous papers, given lectures on PT and was the Team Physical Therapist for the US National Rowing Team. She enjoys running, Pilates, photography and studies Ikebana.
"Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it." ~ Plato
David Gleeson, PE, MCP, MCE, BSC, Partner
Mr. Gleeson is in charge of facilities, business operations, and sports performance and wellness programs. David completed graduate degrees at Stanford University and University of Pennsylvania in Urban Design and City Planning and received a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Nottingham, UK. He was a member of the US Olympic Rowing Team in 1992, is a six-time US National Rowing Champion and also Coached on the US Olympic Team in 2000. He is a licensed civil engineer and Certified Pilates Instructor. He enjoys rowing, road cycling, and reading and volunteer coaching for the Newport Aquatic Center in Newport Beach.
Alicia Luna - Director of Operations
Alicia has over 27 years of accounting and management experience in the administration of medical office professionals. She joined California Therapy Solutions in 2009 and manages the daily operations for all of CTS's clinics, including hiring, technology and training, staffing schedules and compliance. She is extremely knowledgeable with NextGen, Raintree and PTOS scheduling and billing systems. In her time away from the clinic she enjoys gardening, hiking and walking her dog.
"Success is liking yourself, liking what you do and liking how you do it." ~ Maya Angelou
Carolyn Cook - Patient Accounts Manager
Carolyn Cook has specialized in physical therapy billing and collections for over 18 years. She is extremely knowledgeable about medical insurance benefits and keeps up with trends in the health insurance industry. Carolyn recently joined California Therapy Solutions when we brought the billing “in-house” and is responsible for all aspects of our medical billing. Outside of work she enjoys reading and walking her dog Scooter.
“My goal is to be as transparent as possible so patients are comfortable coming to CTS, knowing their account will be handled as expertly and efficiently as possible.”
Jen Branson, PT, DPT, Clinic Director - Huntington Beach
Dr. Jennifer Branson was born and raised in Orange County, California. She grew up playing a wide range of sports and found her love of physical therapy after a shoulder injury. She graduated magna cum laude from California State University, Long Beach in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science. She then graduated from the University of Southern California with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2016. Jennifer has been an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the California Physical Therapy Association since 2013. She enjoys working with a wide range of patients from the high school athlete to neurological injuries and vestibular disorders. In her free time she enjoys paddle boarding, snowboarding, hiking, and swimming.
“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” - John Wooden
Christine Weidemann, PT, DPT, OCS, Clinic Director - Irvine
Dr. Christine Weidemann graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Aquatic Biology and Minor in Exercise and Health Science. It was during that time that she found her calling and passion to help people through physical therapy. She then pursued her goal of working in the health care profession by graduating with a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy at the prestigious University of Southern California in May of 2010. In 2013, she tested and received her Orthopedic Certified Specialty (OCS). She is also currently taking classes to help with lymphedema management for patients recovering from treatments to fight cancer. She is also in the process of becoming Pilates certified through Body Arts and Science International (BASI) in 2015 to be able to better combine physical therapy with Pilates to help her patients regain optimal movement and postural strength to decrease strain on injuries. When she is not working, she enjoys the outdoors especially the beautiful beaches of southern California. She also enjoys traveling and experiencing the different cultures of the world. By continuing her learning, she has become even more aware that she can expand on her abilities to help her patients reach his/her functional goals. Languages spoken: German.
"Never, never, never give up" ~ Winston Churchill
Suzanne Becker, PT, DPT, SCS, PMA-CPT, Executive Clinic Director
Dr. Suzanne Becker has been practicing orthopedic & sports physical therapy since receiving her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Emory University in 2011. Prior to attending Emory, she received a B.S. Ed in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sports Medicine from the University of Virginia in 2008. She is a Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist and a PMA Certified Pilates Teacher. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Pilates Method Alliance, and serves as a clinical instructor to doctoral candidates in physical therapy.
As a former NCAA Division I collegiate track athlete, Suzanne has personally experienced the highs and lows of injury rehabilitation. Through her education & career, Suzanne has had the privilege of working with a wide spectrum of patients including pediatrics, professional & collegiate athletes, weekend warriors, and the senior population. Suzanne provides compassionate, individualized Pilates-based treatments to help her patients decrease pain and improve both strength and confidence, so that they can live life to their fullest potential.
Outside of the clinic, Suzanne enjoys running, traveling, and spending time at the beach with her husband and daughter.
"Without health, there is no happiness. An attention to health, then, should take the place of every other object.” " ~ Thomas Jefferson
Bill Gabriel, PT, DPT, Clinic Director - Costa Mesa
The path toward physical therapy began in high school with heavy participation in athletics, and an admiration for helping professions such as medicine, psychology, and teaching. These themes carried into the university setting with pursuit of Intercollegiate athletics and completion of a BA in Psychology from Davidson College. They also led to exploration of Asian Religious Studies and Olympic Weightlifting. Asian studies went from a Minor to brief enrollment in a Masters degree program. While Weightlifting developed into national competition and coaching at the United States Olympic Training Center. All these experiences produced a keen interest in the human body, in helping others, and in life-long learning.
In 2004, I received a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from USC, and I have worked in orthopedic physical therapy ever since. In 2006, I passed additional board certification as an Orthopedic Specialist. Other noteworthy certifications include BASI Pilates Instructor Training, TPI Golf Performance, and Active Release Techniques. The latter involved multiple years of study and mentorship leading to Full-Body Certification. Active Release Techniques, or ART, is the soft-tissue treatment method used at all IronMan events including the World Championships in Kona. Despite its application in elite athletics, ART was developed through trial and error with the general population. I have found it safe and effective for patients of all walks of life.
I look forward to bringing ART and my other skills to bear at California Therapy Solutions. I am also excited to pursue current interests in Rowing Injury Prevention and Performance, as well as Spinal Manipulation and Peripheral Neural Dynamics.
- Davidson College Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, 1995
- Davidson College Intercollegiate Football
- 4-time medalist, Collegiate and National Weightlifting Championships ’91-‘96
- Intern with USC Football Strength and Conditioning
- Assistant Resident Weightlifting Coach at US Olympic Training Center in Colorado leading up to Tara Nott’s Gold Medal performance in the 2000 Olympics
- USC Doctorate in Physical Therapy 2004
- Passed APTA Orthopedic Certified Specialist Exam 2006
- Strength and Conditioning Consultant for Newport Harbor High school Golf, Baseball, Basketball
- Strength Coach to 2017 Rowing World Team Trialist, Stesha Carle
"A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves."
Tiane Mendoza, PT, DPT, Clinic Director - Newport Beach
Born and raised in Hawaii, Tiane is a free-spirited, active lifestyle advocate. After tending to elderly relatives back home on the islands, she was convinced of her penchant for improving lifestyles and helping others back to peak performance. This heartfelt satisfaction manifested into a path towards physical therapy where, ultimately, she earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Mount Saint Mary’s University in sunny Southern California. Naturally, Tiane doesn’t believe in the impossible, and will go the extra mile, with a smile with her patients. When she’s not in the office, you can find Tiane surfing San Onofre, hiking a National Park, or at home, tending her baby cacti named “Zena.”
“Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.” - Plato
Jimmy Wu, PT, DPT, Clinic Director - Fountain Valley
Jimmy graduated from University of California San Diego with a Bachelor degree in Pharmacological Chemistry. He was born in China and grew up playing soccer, basketball and track and field. After personally experiencing sports injuries and seeing his friends and family members suffering from orthopedic injuries, he went on to pursued his Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California. During his education at USC, he worked as a lab assistant for the ACL reconstruction research. He also served as a running coach for the local elementary school.
On his own time, Jimmy enjoys many other outdoor activities including paddle boarding, kayak, hiking and golf.
"Let your Smile change the World. Never let the world Change your Smile."
Nicole Blanco, PT, DPT
Nikki Blanco graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a B.A. degree in Psychology. As an undergraduate, Nikki discovered her passion for rehabilitation while working with Division I athletes as a student athletic trainer in the UCI Sports Medicine Program. In pursuit of her desire to help others, she continued her education and received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Western University of Health Sciences. During her free time Nikki enjoys baking, playing basketball, practicing yoga, biking and surfing with her husband, and playing with her dog.
"You're off to great places! Today is your day! You're mountain is waiting, so get on your way!" ~ Dr. Seuss
Lindsay Stadler, PT, DPT
Lindsay Stadler is a Pasadena, CA native and a former collegiate soccer player of Wake Forest University. After several knee injuries forced her into early retirement her sophomore year at Wake, she pursued a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Exercise Science with a minor in Psychology. With a passion for injury prevention, she then went on and received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree at University of Southern California in 2016. She strives to promote health and wellness through meaningful physical therapy intervention to get each and every patient back to what they love doing most. During her free time, Lindsay enjoys paddle boarding with her husband, playing with her puppy and spending time with family and friends.
“What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.” –Ralph Marston
Dennis Nguyen, PT, DPT
Dennis Nguyen received his Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from University of California Irvine. From a young age, Dennis discovered his love for sports, including football and wrestling. After witnessing a miraculous recovery of a paralyzed college football player, Dennis was inspired by the role that the PT had in assisting this athlete with regaining his mobility again. It was during this time that he found his passion to not only help others rehabilitate from injuries, but to also lead a high quality of life. Dennis went on to pursue his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Chapman University. Outside of the clinic, Dennis can be found on the basketball court, spending time with his dog, and gives back to the community by volunteering as a youth leader in his church.
Thomas Duong, PT, DPT
My name is Thomas Duong, I have a Doctorate in Physical therapy and Bachelor's in Kinesiology. I enjoy outpatient orthopedics with a special interest in sports. I have always been very active growing up playing basketball and tennis, so I understand the importance of being active. I hope to share my knowledge with others so that they may adapt healthier habits and maintain a active lifestyle.
"When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind."
Arti Patel, PT, DPT, CSCS
Arti graduated from University of California, Riverside with a B.S. in Biology. While receiving her undergraduate degree, she discovered a passion towards physical therapy while working at an outpatient orthopedic clinic. While she was working at the clinic for 2 years, Arti discovered her passion to provide quality care to patients and help others achieve a healthy, active lifestyle. Arti went onto receive her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Azusa Pacific University. During her free time Arti enjoys going to beach, working out, cooking, and trying new restaurants and food.
Megan Verrier, PT
Bio coming soon...
Katia Correa, PT, DPT
Katia Correa grew up in South Orange County where she played a variety of team sports including basketball and softball. She sustained an injury in high school that led her to physical therapy. There, she fell in love with the career and was determined to become a physical therapist. Katia received her B.S. in Kinesiology from San Diego State University where she also played intramural basketball. After undergrad, she worked as a physical therapy aide and reaffirmed her passion of providing quality care to help others achieve their goals, big or small. Katia earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California where she worked in various settings including inpatient and outpatient orthopedic clinics. During her free time Katia enjoys playing in her co-ed softball league, going to country concerts and staying active with her 5 month old golden retriever, friends and family. She is an avid sports fan and loves to cheer on the Lakers, Angels and Chargers.
“Even on the worst days, there's a possibility for joy" - Kate Beckett
Danika Henkel, PT, DPT
Danika Henkel received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Colorado. Fitness and exercise have always been an integral part of Danika’s lifestyle. While working towards and completing her undergraduate degree in Business Administration at Colorado State University, she was a member of the Colorado State University ladies golf team. Danika was a Pilates instructor for more than ten years, prior to receiving her physical therapy degree. Danika’s desire and passion to further her knowledge of the human body and to obtain the skills necessary to help her students led her to pursue her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. As a physical therapist and a Pilates instructor, she has personally witnessed how increased movement based on knowledge, compassion, and trust can optimize health, function, and quality of life. Her joy is her family, including her Australian Shepherd. She enjoys camping, hiking, snowboarding, fly fishing, golfing, riding bikes, and traveling.
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen." ~ Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
Maria Ines Ipinza
Maria began her study of Pilates in 1998 as a direct student of Rael Isacowitz, founder of Body Arts and Science International (BASI). Seeing promise as an excellent teacher, Rael persuaded Maria to join his Certification program in 1999 and become part of his exclusive team. She was one of first teachers employed to work side by side with Rael when he decided to develop an internationally recognized program. Since then, she has mentored hundreds of Pilates teachers worldwide, students from Japan, Italy, Germany, China and South America to name a few.
Prior to living in the US, Maria cultivated a 25 year career as a Registered Nurse in her native country of Chile. She owned and operated her own business in home health care which also provided services to nursing homes. It was there that she became passionate about the human body, how it works, moves, and caring for each individual's specific health needs. She began exploring dance, meditation, yoga and Tai Chi as practices to enhance the body's well-being.
Maria continues her work as one of the premier Pilates teachers at Pilates Solutions, a division of California Therapy Solutions. Her studio is located atop the Newport Office Tower with spectacular views of the mountain and coastline. There she can be found helping clients discover how to use Pilates as a tool to maintain a healthy lifestyle by developing a strong mind-body connection. She is loved and revered as a "teacher's teacher," and is well sought out by clients with specific body issues and limitations.
Contact information for Private, Duets, Trios and Group classes (by appointment only):
Phone: (714) 501-8238
Maura has a personable and professional teaching style. Teamed with Maura, you will achieve your goals and enjoy the process.
Maura has a dance degree from the University of California, Irvine. She is a graduate of the Body Arts and Science International (BASI) Pilates Teacher Training Program. Her background includes yoga and weight training as well as Pilates, classical ballet, and international style ballroom dance. Her current passions and studies include Pilates, Argentine tango, meditation, tai chi, and nutrition.
Maura earned her Pilates teacher certification with Body Arts and Science International in 2004. She was immediately invited to teach at the BASI headquarters in Costa Mesa, California. Maura enjoyed the honor of assisting Rael Isacowitz during several BASI Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training Courses. Additionally, she was a physical therapy aide and Pilates instructor with California Therapy Solutions in their Laguna Beach, Newport Beach and Costa Mesa locations.
Maura is known for her positive attitude and patience in helping clients to achieve their goals.
Private, semi-private and small groups by appointment:
Phone: (949) 689-5704
I'm a Registered Nurse who after working for many years, both in clinical and corporate health care, decided to seek more professionally fulfilling opportunities. I began to study Pilates and immediately connected with the client education, injury prevention and injury management components. So in 1999, I obtained my Pilates certification from world renowned Pilates Master, Rael Isacowitz (now BASI), and subsequently was asked by him to work at his studio. This wonderful springboard allowed many opportunities to follow which include: owning a studio, designing wellness programs for companies, teaching various mat classes, giving wellness classes on a variety of topics ranging from Pelvic Floor Strengthening, to Foot Mobility and engaging with amazing clients every step of the way.
In 2005, I became one of 250 people who was Gold Certified by the Pilates Method Alliance. And since issues such as Osteopenia and Osteoporosis continue to be prevalent I obtained a bone density certification through Buff Bones. My background has supported my specialization in physical alignment, functional movement and wellness for primarily those 50 and above (although I've taught all ages). In addition, my love for teaching has enabled me to help people get informed about their bodies so that they understand what changes can occur and how much control they really have.
Phone: (949) 422-9834