Staff

Mayra Saborio Amirian, PT, DPT, CHT

Mayra Saborio, PT, DPT, CHT

Owner and Doctor of Physical Therapy Certified Hand Therapist

Hometown: Newbury Park, California

Education:
  • Doctorate in Physical Therapy from APTA/EIM
  • Certificate, Physical Therapy from University of California Northridge
  • MS in Physical Therapy from University of California Northridge
  • BS in Kinesiology from University of California Los Angeles
Licensure:
  • Physical Therapist, California, September 1991
  • Hand Therapy Certification, November 2012
Professional Organizations, Honors:
  • American Physical Therapy Association- member since 1990
  • Therapeutic Associates, Inc./Physical Therapy Scholarship
  • University Scholarship-UCLA
  • National Honors Society member
  • California Scholarship Federation - Lifetime Member

Quick Bio: After graduating from Cal State University Northridge, I completed my internship serving at UCLA in Acute Care, Oasis Physical Therapy, San Diego, Ca in Orthopedics treating professional athletes and Rancho Los Amigo Rehabilitation Medical Center, Downey, Ca in Physical Therapy treating neurological impaired pediatric patients. I received my Certificate in Physical Therapy from Cal State University Northridge in May 1991. I worked for various Physical Therapy organizations in Los Angeles and Ventura County in home health, acute, neuro rehab, and outpatient care since 1991 and purchased California Hand and Physical Therapy in September of 2008. I have many hours of continuing education in hand therapy and have been treating hands since 1995. I am also a manual therapist with extensive training in the Australian and Maitland approaches. I have treated pediatric patients, wound care, sports orthopedic, and neurological injuries. With the completion of my doctorate in physical therapy, I can focus my full attention of meeting all aspects of my patients needs through the direct access program which allows patients to come directly to me for diagnosis, physical therapy needs, and recommendation to physicians and specialists.

Outside Interest: Dancing, sports, travel, working out, doing yoga and playing the piano

Andrea Karr, PT

Andrea Karr, PT

Hometown: Newbury Park, California

Education:
  • BS in Kinesiology, UCLA 1985
  • B.S in Health Science, CSUN, Dec. 1988
  • Cert., Physical Therapy, CSUN, May 1988
Licensure:
  • Physical Therapy, California September 1989
Professional Organizations:
  • American Physical Therapy Association 1988-2004
  • American Council of Exercise since 2004

Quick Bio: With over 15 years in Physical Therapy, Andrea has treated patients of all ages, stages of injury and impairments. After graduation, Andrea began work in Acute Care at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena. Andrea relocated to Ventura County and continued to treat patients in Acute, Rehab and Out-patient care settings at Saint John's Regional Medical Center in Oxnard as a staff therapist, Acute care supervisor, Manager of PT/OT services and Clinical Specialist. Andrea joined Ca Hand and P.T. in 2012 and provides care at both of our sites. Andrea can provide clinical care for Hands, Neurological, Orthopedic, Geriatric, Pediatrics, Women's Health (Pelvic Floor, Pre and Post Natal) and Wellness and Prevention.

Outside Interests: Family, Volunteer work, Exercise, Reading

Canan K. Asher, PT, DPT

Canan K. Asher, PT, DPT

Education:
  • Doctorate in Physical Therapy, University of St Augustine San Diego, 2014
  • BA in Kinesiology, California State University Northridge, 2011

Quick Bio: Dr. Canan received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from University Saint Augustine in San Diego 2014. He studied Kinesiology Exercise Science where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree from California State University Northridge (CSUN) in 2011. Canan has vast education and extensive work experience in orthopedic sport injuries, balance/vestibular disorders, geriatrics, total hip and knee replacement, TMJ disorders, aquatic therapy, low back pain, hand therapy, and pediatrics. Canan's eclectic philosophy is to properly evaluate, educate, and rehabilitate musculoskeletal dysfunctions using nontraditional, integrative approaches to healing that focus on integration of the entire body, both above and below the joint of injury using functional therapeutic exercise in conjunction with manual therapy soft tissue manipulation. Canan found his love for Physical Therapy after a severe hand injury while on his high school wrestling team.

Outside Interests: He enjoys exploring the outdoors and is an adamant adventurist, fisherman, and surfer.

Daniel Lupo, OTR/L, CHT

Daniel Lupo, OTR/L, CHT

Hometown: Ventura, California

Education:
  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from Loma Linda University, 1984

Quick Bio: When we experience physical trauma and life seems so much more difficult to live, Occupational Therapy can intervene and show you how to move forward. An Occupational Therapy graduate of Loma Linda University in 1984, and Board Certified Hand Therapist since 1991, Daniel has made it my life work to help others put the pieces of their lives back together one day at a time. He understands that no one approach is effective for every individual so he customizes treatment and he works with his patients to provide the best possible outcome for them. As a published contributor, lecturer, and mentor in Occupational Therapy and Hand Therapy, Daniel's patients can be assured they are receiving the most up-to-date treatment and plan of care possible to get them back on track, providing them with meaningful, purposeful activities to meet their goals for recovery. Daniel has provided skilled therapy services for our injured armed service personnel at the U.S. Naval Hospital in San Diego, California, and currently in the Oxnard area, has worked in and with inner city communities in Los Angeles providing rehabilitation care, provided leadership in the private practice community as an administrator in rehabilitation and small business owner for several years. A resident of Ventura, California, Daniel currently serves his local community providing needed state-of-the-art Occupational Therapy and Hand Therapy services.

Outside Interests: Men's group facilitator for local community, riding my bicycle, total nerd for computer gaming, and a SiFi enthusiast "I love the tech."

Alex Kim OTD, OTR/L

Alex Kim OTD, OTR/L

Quick Bio: Alex received his Doctorate of Occupational Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, San Marcos in 2019. Although he briefly worked as an independent contractor for home health occupational therapy, Alex knew from the beginning of his professional journey that he wanted to ultimately become a Certified Hand Therapist. As a result, he maintains a passion for researching new evidence in hand therapy to help him develop a better clinical sense necessary to further develop his skills. Additionally, Alex has a background with Ergonomics, which he heavily utilized to conduct his capstone research that assessed the workplace wellness for the occupation of hairdressers. Alex greatly believes in the value of a person's hands and is eager and determined to become a CHT to help patients return to their previous functional skills as fully as possible.

Outside Interests: Alex enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, working out, and watching the Los Angeles Lakers win more championships.

Shereen Lau OTR/L

Shereen Lau, OTR/L

Education:
  • Master of Occupational Therapy, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, 2019

Quick Bio: Shereen graduated with her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2019. She has experience in outpatient and older adult settings, but it was during her internship at an orthopedic and sports therapy clinic where Shereen discovered a passion for hand therapy. There, she received mentorship in working with various upper extremity diagnoses, manual therapy techniques, and orthotic/splint fabrication. Shereen plans to become a Certified Hand Therapist and spend her career helping individuals maximize their function and return to doing the things they love. She is always researching new ways to incorporate meaningful, fun activities into each treatment session to engage patients in their own recovery journey.

Outside Interests: In her free time, Shereen enjoys hiking, photography, trying new restaurants, and watching baseball (Go Dodgers!)

Joalyn Manalo, Physical Therapy Assistant

Joalyn Manalo, PTA, CIMI

Hometown: Oxnard, California

Education:
  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy
Licensure:
  • Physical Therapy Assistant, 2007
Certification:
  • Infant Massage Instructor
  • Kinesio-Taping Technique
  • Neurodevelopmental Treatment for Infants
  • Treating the Child with Hypotonia
  • Baby Steps: Ambulation for the 0-3 Population
  • Gait Training: Cerebral Palsy

Quick Bio: Joalyn has more than 12 years of experience in physical therapy treating both adults and pediatrics. She has great skills in providing wide array of treatment techniques for patients with neurological, genetic disorder, orthopedic and sport related injuries. Joalyn is committed in providing care for her patients and passionate in helping children and their families achieve their child’s highest functional potential. She is also a Certified infant massage instructor providing in-home training for families and expectant parents. Joalyn dedicates her free time with her family and enjoying outdoor activities with her children.

Chanelle Weber, PTA

Chanelle Webber, PTA

Hometown: Simi Valley, California

Education:
  • Associates of Science Physical Therapy Assistant in 2018
Licensure:
  • Physical Therapist Assistant, California October 2018

Quick Bio: Chanelle grew up in Bullhead City, AZ and graduated from Mohave Community College with her associates in 2018. Upon graduation she was trained in the M1 Graston technique that can be used and applied to a variety of musculoskeletal disorders. She is also trained in Beyond Kegels, a pelvic floor rehab program. Chanelle has a passion for helping others reach their function goals and achieve their best potential.

Outside interests: In Chanelle's free time she enjoys going on hikes, going to church, swimming, and singing.

EJ Morgan

EJ Morgan, PTA

Qualifications:
  • Kinesiology Therapeutic Taping
  • IASTM Certified
  • Concussion Protocol Trained

Quick Bio: EJ Morgan received his Bachelor's in Exercise Science from BYU, and his Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Concorde Career College. EJ has several years experience working with a wide range of patients in multiple settings. He has worked mostly in an orthopedic/sport rehab facility, in addition to working with neurologic, geriatric, and pediatric patients. He spent a year working as an independent contractor doing home health physical therapy, prior to joining the Cal Hand and Physical Therapy team. EJ enjoys the one on one time with his patients, and seeing the progress they make.

Outside interests: EJ has a beautiful wife, Ashley, and 3 wonderful children.