Dean Takiguchi, MPT, OCS – Physical Therapist, Clinic DirectorDean has over 27 years of experience in the field of Orthopedic Physical Therapy. He completed his National Board Certification as an Orthopedic Specialist (OCS) in 2007. Dean received his Master of Physical Therapy from University of California, San Francisco in 1993 and his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from California State University Fullerton in 1989. Dean has advanced skills in Orthopedics, Sports Rehabilitation and Manual Therapy as well as Exercise Training and Full Body Reconditioning. Dean loves what he does and has completed extensive continuing education programs furthering his knowledge in a wide variety of diagnoses and treatment techniques. Dean enjoys spending quality time with his family and friends and serving at Crossroads Community Church in Mission Viejo. He also enjoys working out at the gym, barbecuing and napping which usually falls in that order.
Alisa Sanchez, MPTAlisa graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy in 2006. She has been working in the orthopedic setting for 13 years and continues to further her education in orthopedic physical therapy. In 2017, she became an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. With this certification, she has extensive knowledge of the diagnosis and treatment of various musculoskeletal conditions. Her goals are to obtain a DPT degree and to further improve her practice in the aquatic physical therapy setting. Alisa is a native of Southern California and enjoys our beautiful beaches, mountains, and deserts to the fullest. She loves to travel and learn about cultures from all over the world.
Vasti Emperatriz, Physical Therapy Assistant, MAq (Physical Therapist Assistant, Musculoskeletal Aquaticist)Vasti has her Liberal Arts Degree from L.A. Trade Technical College and her Associate in Arts, Physical Therapist Assistant from Cerritos College. She has over 15 years of experience working with Pediatrics, specializing in neuro developmental therapy, Adults and Geriatrics in both in-patient and out-patient settings, Aquatic Therapy and Neuro Rehab as well as Skilled Nursing Facilities and Home Health. She has extensive training in manual, land and aquatic therapy. She is grateful to have found a career in which she can help people heal. Vasti recently received her Musculoskeletal Aquaticist Credential from Aquatic University, MN. This intensive course included techniques in Watsu (aquatic massage, manual stretching), Bad Ragaz Ring Method (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation) and Halliwick (balance and core strengthening). She is pursuing certification in Bad Ragaz Ring Method and Clinical Ai Chi in the near future. Vasti enjoys weight lifting, running, dancing and reading and spending time with family and friends. Her wanderlust has taken her to many locations in the US and around the world.
Kavin Nguyen, BS – Physical Therapy AideKavin Nguyen is an undergraduate at Long Beach State where he received his Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Psychology. In pursuit of achieving his goal in physician’s assistant (PA) as his career, he spends his time volunteering at hospitals and shadowing PAs to gain a greater insight and experience firsthand. Prior to working at MPT, he was a PT aide at a previous clinic and gained a great amount of expertise from multiple physical therapists. Kavin has also served the community as a youth group leader at San Gabriel Mission before moving to Orange County. In his free time, he enjoys being active such as playing basketball, snowboarding, or exercising at the gym. You may find him working out at our clinic as well. Kavin is happy to be a part of the MPT family and help the patients meet their personal goals on their journey to recovery.
Robyn Almario, BS, Physical Therapy AideRobyn Anne Almario graduated California State University, Fullerton in 2018 with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology, Concentration in Clinical Movement Science. She hopes to become a DPT and work in a pediatric setting, as she loves working with kids. In her free time, she enjoys training for Tahitian dance competitions and productions, meal prepping healthy recipes from Pinterest, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Mackenzie Klemme, M.S. – Aquatic Instructor & Media ManagerMackenzie is originally from Iowa, where she obtained her Bachelor’s in kinesiology. She recently obtained her master’s degree in gerokinesiolgy at California State University Fullerton and is a certified Balance and Mobility Specialist. Mackenzie has three years of experience instructing both shallow and deep water aquatic fitness classes. Mackenzie’s hobbies include gardening, reading any and all books, and baking delicious (and sometimes healthy) desserts. In her free time, you’ll find her surfing at Bolsa Chica or Huntington Beach.
Deborah Drumond, Aquatics InstructorI’ve always been passionate about wellness, body awareness and movement and throughout the years I’ve pursued different venues to express these passions. Amongst many certifications, including a BA in Architecture & Urbanism, an MBA in Strategic Marketing, and a Classical Pilates Education. In addition, I have studied and am certified in different energy work modalities, counseling and bodywork. This has expanded my own perception of what “holistic care” means. My horizons broadened and I began to have a deeper understanding about the body, the mind and the spirit and how everything is interconnected. Currently I teach Pilates and TRX at Bloom Pilates, Aquatics Fitness Classes and also work as a Holistic Practitioner. During my free time, I’m usually at the beach, visiting bookstores discovering new books, or just relaxing at home, enjoying a good movie. I love traveling and I have been able to visit many different places and experience new cultures around the globe. I absolutely love animals – dogs are my favorite. And I love the beach! Being around water and moving my body is good for my soul, so I feel really happy to be teaching the Aquatics Fitness Classes at Magnolia Physical and Aquatic Therapy of Huntington Beach.