Dean Takiguchi, MPT, OCS – Clinic Director, Physical TherapistDean 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, MPT, OCS – Physical TherapistAlisa 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.
Stacey Savage, PT – Physical TherapistStacey has over 22 years of experience in the field of Orthopedic Physical Therapy. She received her Bachelor of Arts from UC Santa Barbara and Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from California State University, Long Beach. Stacey is a certified “Rock Doctor”(kinesiology taping techniques) and is also certified in Functional Movement Technique (FMT) Blades (FMT is an instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization modality). In addition, Stacey holds a certification in applied functional science, which she utilizes to analyze movement and function in order to effectively treat her patients pain and dysfunction, as well as help them prevent future injuries. Stacey was born and raised in Long Beach, CA and today resides in Huntington Beach, which she has called home for the past 18 years. As a youth, she participated in many sports and today continues to be very active in surfing and other outdoor and fitness activities.
Niguel Cher, B.S. – Physical Therapy AideNiguel graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. In the future, he plans on applying to Physical Therapy school with aspirations of becoming a physical therapist that works with all age groups. His interest in physical therapy came from his own experience of undergoing treatment for his knee, as he found the healing process to be worthwhile of pursuing a career in. In his free time, he enjoys running, weightlifting, watching basketball, and volunteering at an outpatient Physical Therapy Hospital.
Kavin Nguyen, B.S. – 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, B.S. – Physical Therapy AideRobyn 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.
Hailey Tripodo, B.S. – Physical Therapy Aide
Hailey completed her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology in the spring of 2020, where she had the pleasure of working with and learning about older adults. She has worked with younger and older adults in a variety of settings; from aquatic classes to an Adapted Kinesiology program, and completely fell in love with how amazing the people were. She is passionate about helping others accomplish their exercise goals and enjoys learning about the science of how the human body moves. She hopes to assist others in their journey to recovery and guide them to a healthy lifestyle through physical activity.
In her free time, she loves to read, swim and cook yummy food for others. Hailey hopes to go into a career in aquatic therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, or research in working with older adults.
Dorothy Dong – Physical Therapy Aide
Currently an undergraduate at University of California, Irvine, Dorothy is pursuing a Bachelors of Science in biological sciences with a minor in psychology. After graduating in 2022, she hopes to apply to a PT graduate school to attain a DPT. Dorothy was raised in Pleasanton, California near the Bay Area. In high school, she joined both her varsity swim team and dance team, and after volunteering at a physical therapy clinic, Dorothy grew in curiosity and passion for the human body and the study of movement. These experiences, sports, and her desire to help others fostered her zeal for physical therapy going into college. With a variety of job experiences, from a swim instructor to a camp counselor to a barista, she hopes to use all the cultivated skills of patience, compassion and energy to best serve patients in physical therapy!
In her free time, Dorothy enjoys cooking, serving at her church, dancing on her two UCI dance teams, and spending time with friends and family.