Orthopaedic Rehabilitation
Spine / Sport / Post Surgery
3718 Grand Avenue - Suite 15
Oakland CA 94610
Phone: 510-893-8878
Fax: 510-893-8879
Monday-Friday 8:00am to 6:00pm

All of our therapists are highly educated in rehabilitation of spine, upper and lower extremity orthopedic diagnoses.

Caroline Taylor

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

  • 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

  • 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.

Renee Songer

  • BS: Psychobiology, University of California, Los Angeles
  • DPT: (Doctor of Physical Therapy) Emery University, with Honors
  • OCS: Orthopedic clinical Specialist, American Board of PT Specialties
  • FAAOMPT: Fellow, American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists

Renee is a graduate of the Kaiser Northern California Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy and is currently a part-time faculty member with the program. She spent the first 5 years of her career working in a large corporate health care setting in Los Angeles treating a broad patient population, from elderly patients with total joint replacements to professional athletes. After completing her Fellowship in 2007 Renee began a nine-year stint with a private practice clinic on the Peninsula, working as a treating clinician and a manger. In early 2017 she moved to Bhutan for 5 months for volunteer work in physical therapy, teaching and mentoring in the national hospital. Renee joined Taylor and Thornburg PT in the summer of 2017.

Renee is an avid recreational athlete in a variety of activities including cycling, hiking, swimming, yoga, and scuba diving. She has a strong background in rowing and running as well. In addition to clinical practice and teaching, she is interested in non-profit work to bring physical therapy and health education to female textile workers in developing countries.

Melanie Willson

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.

Administrative Staff

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

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.

Kasey Frazier
Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

Kasey was born in Fresno, CA and raised between Clovis and the East Bay Area. Kasey attended Diablo Valley College and has worked as an executive administrative assistant and in customer service and sales for settings for 18 years. She was thrilled to join the medical community, fulfilling a dream of hers. Taylor & Thornburg PT is the happiest place she has ever worked.

Outside of work, Kasey loves to hang out with friends and their children, exercise, read, lay in the sun, travel, and dance.