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.”
Chase Twedell, PT, DPT, OCS, Clinic Director - Huntington Beach
Dr. Chase Twedell received his undergraduate degree from Chapman University with a B.A in Communications as a Presidential Scholar. During his time there, he was a two sport NCAA athlete, serving as the team captain of the football team, and as an outfielder on the baseball team in which he was able to compete in three NCAA College Baseball World Series. In his playing career, he suffered multiple injuries which paved his career into Physical Therapy.
He attended the University of Southern California where he received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2013. Through his professional career, he has maintained his membership with the American Physical Therapy Association and California Physical Therapy Association, and has developed a passion for mentorship and development of students in the field, receiving his credential from the APTA as a Certified Clinical Instructor. Most recently in 2017, he passed the advanced credentialing process to receive his Orthopedic Clinical Specialist certification.
He enjoys applying his athletic background to providing patient care, and his focus is on providing patients a highly enjoyable experience while working towards achieving their goals. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and son, running and competing in marathons and half marathons.
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."
Andrea Gledhill, PT, DPT - Clinic Director, Newport Beach
Undergraduate: Biology BS, Coker College PT School: Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Chapman University Work History: Orthopedics, Sports Injury and Pediatrics
As a former collegiate tennis player, Andrea is passionate about staying active and keeping her patients healthy and active. When not at work she is often found outside running or enjoying the beach with her husband Taylor and daughter. She practices Pilates for her own body multiple times a week and loves incorporating Pilates training into patient's therapy.
"The reward is great when one invests in their health."
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
Meredith Vaughan, OT, CHT
Meredith Vaughan has over 20 years experience in hand therapy. She graduated from University of Southern California in 1984 with a Bachelors degree in Occupational Therapy. In 1991, she earned the distinction of being a Certified Hand Therapist. In 2002, she expanded her interests and became certified in Lymphedema Management. Her vast experience in outpatient hand therapy has allowed her to gain valuable knowledge and skills to excel in the field of hand rehabilitation. Outside of the clinic, she enjoys spending time with her husband and twin daughters. Her hobbies include rubber stamping, reflexology, and American Sign Language. Meredith is an active member of OTAC.
"As an Occupational Therapist and a Hand therapist, I enjoy giving people a helping hand."
Karen Kerwitz, BS, PTA, CMT
Karen Kerwitz is a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist, Licensed Physical Therapy Assistant and holds a BS degree in Community Health Education. Her knowledge and experience in working with the body spans over 30 years.
Though Karen specializes in working with principals of dance medicine with ballet dancers and assisting other athletes, she enjoys helping all clients dig deep into what is going on in their body with the goal of restoring function and pain free movement.
Karen considers herself to be a "body nerd" and continues to broaden her knowledge and skills with continuing education and training on a regular basis. She is considered expert in the highly effective John F. Barnes approach of Myofascial Release and incorporates Cranio/Sacral Therapy, positional release and muscle energy techniques to meet the body's needs. Her unique way of "listening to the body" and applying the appropriate interventions allow her clients to experience the profound changes they are seeking.
Positive benefits of treatment are further enhanced with client education in self treatment techniques such as the Melt Method and other fun facial fitness and core/breathing focused techniques.
Karen believes that educated self care can ameliorate ongoing common movement and connective tissue restrictions that are part of living an active life, repetitive body postures or aging processes that we experience on a daily basis.
Melt Method classes are offered regularly. Visit www.meltmethod.com for more information on this wonderful program. Please contact Karen at (714) 895-4128 for class information or to make an appointment for Manual Therapy.
"Touch was never meant to be a luxury. It is basic human need. It is an action that validates life and gives hope to both the receiver and the giver. The healing of touch is reciprocal." ~ Irene Smith
Claire McLean, PT, DPT, NCS
Bio coming soon...
Jimmy Wu, PT, DPT
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."
Brett Nishikawa, PT, DPT
Brett was a very active child who grew up playing on many different sports teams and was introduced to physical therapy early on when he had two knee surgeries. From that moment on, he was fascinated with the profession and wanted to help people recover from injury. He went on to graduate from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and then obtained his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Mount Saint Mary’s University. He believes in practicing an active and healthy lifestyle. In his free time, he enjoys working out, playing basketball, hiking, cooking, listening to music, relaxing at the beach, and traveling to Latin America.
"There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do." –Derek Jeter
Tiane Mendoza, PT, DPT
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
Lindsay Stadler, 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
Sherry Vong, DPT
Originally from Southern California, Sherry attended UCLA and obtained her Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Women's Studies. She worked as a behavior interventionist for children with developmental disabilities for several years before going to physical therapy school. Her love for the mountains and outdoor activities brought her to Colorado for PT school at Regis University and then to Bend, Oregon for her last few clinical rotations. She strives to provide the most current evidence based treatments to patients in the Orange County community. She believes good health is a lifelong journey and starts with what you can do for yourself today. Aside from work, Sherry enjoys running, mountain biking, snowboarding, hiking/backpacking and summitting 14'ers, learning, exploring, and spending time with family and friends.
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are, and do it while always keeping your face towards the sunshine." – adapted from quotes by Theodore Roosevelt and Walt Whitman
Jen Branson, PT
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
Brad Jones, PT
Brad first became interested in physical therapy while working as an architectural draftsman where the primary focus was on the design of healthcare facilities. His interest in becoming a physical therapist was instantly sparked when designing a prominent physical therapy clinic. The decision to pursue a career in physical therapy was a complete change from a nearly completed degree in business management. With dedication, hard work, and a bit of good fortune, Brad received his degree as a physical therapist from the highly acclaimed University of Utah College of Health in 1996 – Go UTES!!
Brad has over 22 years of experience working with clients from kids to senior adults. He has been an important part of helping patients over come challenges in various settings including out -patient clinics, pain clinics, skilled rehabilitation centers, client homes, and aquatics centers. He has a special interest in the treatment and care of hand clients. Brad is a creative, high energy, fun loving, and out-going person and therapist. He is grateful to be part of a profession where he can give to others and make a positive difference for change in their lives.
Outside of work, Brad enjoys art, golf, tennis, volleyball, and spending time with his children and grandson.
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift… that’s why they call it the present” ― Master Oogway
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
Jill Kerry studied dance for over 15 years. She toured nationally and internationally with an entertainment company and concurrently earned her Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts from California State University Long Beach.
In 1993, as a result of a dance injury, Jill was introduced to Pilates as a form of rehabilitation. In 1998 she completed a six-month, teacher training program in the Pilates method, through Body Arts and Science in Costa Mesa, California. Jill is a wife and a mother of three children.
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