All of our therapists are highly educated in rehabilitation of spine, upper and lower extremity orthopedic diagnoses.
Caroline Taylor MS, PT, OCS, FAAOMPT
- BS: Physical Therapy, University of Vermont (Summa Cum Laude)
- MS: Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, Boston MA
- DPT: (Doctor of Physical Therapy): Evidence in Motion, Louisville, KYCertificate: Executive Private Practice Management, Evidence in Motion, Louisville,KYOCS: Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist, American Board of PT Specialties
- FAAOMPT: Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists
Caroline has extensive experience in providing clinical care, and teaching continuing education seminars on orthopaedic manual therapy. She has completed the Kaiser Vallejo Program in Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, and the Kaiser Hayward Physical Therapy Residency Program in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy. She served as a faculty member in the Kaiser Hayward program and Redwood PT Seminars for several years. She has authored four chapters in physical therapy textbooks related to rehabilitation of the spine and peripheral nerve injuries.
Caroline has a special interest in spine, sports, and shoulder rehabilitation, and women’s health issues. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, skiing, reading and travel. As her daughters have become more independent, she has pursued more training in Pain Management and other aspects of physical therapy. She volunteers with Running for a Better Oakland as they prepare young runners for the Oakland Running Festival (5k and half marathon) and the Run 510 5k.
Kathryn Thornburg PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
- BS: Physiotherapy, University of Cape Town, South Africa (with Distinction)
- BS: Med. Honors. Exercise Science, University of Cape Town, South Africa
- DPT: (Doctor of Physical Therapy), Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon
- OCS: Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist, American Board of PT Specialties
- FAAOMPT: Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists
Kathryn is a graduate of the Kaiser Hayward Physical Therapy Residency Program in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy. She loves to teach: she is a former faculty member and current consultant to this program. She has published in peer-reviewed journals on cervicogenic headache, knee pathology, and residency education. She has previous experience working with dizziness and balance disorders.
Kathryn enjoys all orthopaedic rehabilitation, particularly the spine. She previously competed for South Africa in springboard and platform diving. She enjoys most outdoor sports especially mountain biking and swimming, and participates intermittently in triathlons. She likes to knit, garden, and spend time with her two young sons.
Jane Hodges MPT
- BA: Communications, UC Berkeley
- MPT: (Master of Physical Therapy), Samuel Merritt College, Oakland
Jane is originally from Oakland. She worked in advertising before switching careers to physical therapy. She has completed the Redwood Physical Therapy Seminars Yearlong Manual Therapy Course. She has been studying dance for the past 20 years, and is also the physical therapist for Savage Jazz Dance Company (savagedance.org). She has taught injury prevention, stretching and strengthening in the company’s summer intensive dance course for several years. She is a consulting physical therapist to the dance program at the Oakland School for the Arts. She has also worked as a pediatric physical therapist in the school system.
Jane has a special interest in sports injury and prevention, soft tissue injury and rehabilitation, and foot and ankle injuries. Other than dance, Jane enjoys gardening, hiking, scuba diving, traveling, and having fun with her son.
Deanna Brodke Savant MPT, cert MDT, CPI
- BA: Sociology/Public Policy Analysis, Pomona College
- MPT: Master of Physical Therapy, University of Southern California
- Cert. MDT: Mechanical Diagnostic Therapy (McKenzie Institute)
- CPI: (Certified Pilates Instructor)
Deedee's rehabilitation background includes several different manual therapy and functional exercise approaches. She has advanced training in Osteopathic Manual Therapy and Cranial Sacral Therapy, and in the McKenzie method. She has completed the Kaiser Vallejo program in Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation. Deedee has extensive experience in Pilates-based rehabilitation, and has created and taught a Pilates Instructor Certification Program. She is a former clinical instructor for the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Department of Physical Therapy, and a former lecturer for the Kaiser Hayward Manual Therapy program.
While Deedee enjoys all orthopedic physical therapy, she has a special interest in working with spine rehabilitation, chronic pain management, and balance disorders. Deedee is also a regular contributor to the medical information website www.savantmd.com where you can see her videos on various physical therapy related topics from ergonomics to injury prevention. Outside of work, Deedee enjoys hiking, skiing, traveling, reading, cooking, practicing yoga, and, most importantly, spending time with her active family.
Heather Ginn Davis PT, COMT
- MSPT: (Masters of Science in Physical Therapy) University of California, San Francisco
- COMT (Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist)
Heather loves working with people of all activity levels, from an ironman triathlete to someone who just wants to play with their grandkids. She has completed the Maitland Yearlong Training Course and is a certified orthopedic manual therapist. She believes in incorporating an integrative approach into her treatment, utilizing manual therapy treatments, emphasizing biomechanics and educating patients so they understand how to care for their bodies.
Outside the clinic, Heather enjoys being active with running, swimming, pilates and cheering on her favorite sports teams. She also enjoys spending time with her family and 2 young sons.
Rose McCarthy DPT
BS: Exercise Science, Simmons College, Boston, MA
DPT: (Doctor of Physical Therapy) , Simmons College
Rose has pursued interests in fitness, movement, and athletics from a young age. As an avid dancer, runner, yoga enthusiast and former gymnast, she apprecieates having the opportunity to integrate these experiences in her clinical practice to help optimize function and mobility in her patients. She has experience treating a wide variety of patient populations and diagnoses. She believes in educating and empowering her patients, using the latest medical evidence, so that they have the necessary skills to effectively manage their condition independently. Rose is currently a Fellow in Training with the Evidence in Motion Manual Therapy Fellowship.
In her free time, she enjoys staying active with hiking and hip-hop classes, and spending quality time with her friends, her husband and her dog.
Jisel Paniagua DPT
- BA: Kinesiology and Spanish, Emphasis in Cultural Studies, Occidental College. Los Angeles, CA
- DPT:(Doctor of Physical Therapy), Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA
Jisel is a a former athlete whose interest in physical therapy began with her own sports-related injuries. She enjoys integrating movement science into her treatments by working with patients on improving how they move to prevent recurrence of injury. She is training in vestibular rehabilitation and has experience working with a wide variety of populations and diagnoses, including children. She is interested in pursuing advanced clinical certification in the future.
Jisel is a Bay Area native who grew up playing basketball and volleyball all over, including Switzerland and France. Her guilty pleasures are reality TV and chocolate chip cookies. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, baking, watching the Raiders and Warriors, and spending time with family and friends.
Oliver Mok MSPT, DPT
- BS: Exercise Science, SUNY Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
- MS: Physical Therapy, Beaver College, Glenside, PA
- DPT: (Doctor of Physical Therapy), Glenside, PA
Over the past several years, Oliver has worked at private outpatient orthopedic physical therapy practices in San Francisco, Berkeley and Emeryville. His continuing education courses have included a year-long training course in manual therapy, and other courses in soft tissue/joint mobilization, back education, spine stabilization and neuro-muscular re-education. He is an avid guitarist and enjoys working with other musicians as they recover from injuries.
Angela Palmeri PT, DPT, ATC
- BS:Athletic Training, California State University, Long Beach
- DPT: (Doctor of Physical Therapy) Howard University
- Current Fellow: Manual Therapy Institute Program
Angela is a Bay Area native with a passion for the movement system and integrating proper movement into daily living activities with the goal of improving the quality of life for all ages and activity levels.
Angela enjoys traveling and the outdoors, watching a good Bay Area sports game, and will never turn down chocolate or a good movie.
Melanie Willson MS, OTR/L, CMP
Myofascial Release Practitioner
Melanie's experience as an Occupational Therapist provides her with a unique and functional perspective in her practice of massage therapy. She uses a gentle manual therapy approach to address fascial restrictions throughout the body, restoring freedom of movement and function and relieving pain.
Melanie has been an occupational therapist for 25 years in a variety of settings, currently working in the Rehabilitation Department of St. Mary's Medical Center in San Francisco. An ankle injury ended her dancing carreer early so she understands how injuries can impact lives. In her free time, she still enjoys ball room dancing and spending time with her husband, 3 children and her dog.
Lynn Sexton Practice Manager
Lynn was born in Belgium. She lived in three countries, on three continents, and in seventeen houses by the time she was seventeen. She worked in an orthopedic surgeon's office for eight years prior to taking on her current position. She was very happy to land at Taylor & Thornburg when the surgeon retired. She is half owner of Sexton Drywall, Inc. and previously managed a large home consignment store.
In her limited spare time, Lynn enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters, their husbands, and two grandchildren. She loves to travel, scuba dive and read.
Michele Angelo Receptionist
Michele was born and raised in Oakland, California. She joined the United States Army in January 1990 and served 20 years in the Logistics field. Michele received a Bachelor of Science in Business Management in 2014 from University of Phoenix. Michele has been working in orthopedic settings since 2014, and she joined Taylor & Thornburg Physical Therapy in 2017.
Outside of work, Michele enjoys spending time with her children, family, and friends, having time to herself, reading, and going to concerts.
Charisse Ann Perez Administrative Assistant
Charisse was born in the Philippines. She moved to the United States with her mother and younger sister when she was eight years old. Prior to taking on her current position, she worked for a linen company as an administrative clerk for five years and had the opportunity to work for Tesla's production team for three years. She had always dreamt of working in the medical field and was thrilled to be given the opportunity to be a part of Taylor & Thornburg staff in 2015.
Outside the clinic, Charisse enjoys going out for boba drinks with friends, trying new dishes, hiking, reading, and most importantly, spending time with her family and young son.
Mhauli Jackson Certified Medical and Administrative Assistant/ Receptionist
Mhauli was born and raised in Oakland, CA. She attended Oakland Technical High School where she maintained an above average GPA which allowed her to be selected for the Health Academy. After graduation in 2005 she immediately attended Western Career College and Chabot College, graduating in 2006. She worked in Primary Care/Family Practice, Sports Medicine, and the Center for Breast Health at the Cancer Center prior to joining the staff at Taylor & Thornburg Physical Therapy.
Outside of work, Mhauli enjoys taking care of her son, attending football, basketball, and baseball games, traveling, and going to concerts. She is active at her church and she loves spending time with her family and friends. She genuinely enjoys helping people in all aspects of life.