Our Team

Ida Hirst, Physical Therapist and Owner Ida has a special knack for discovering the source of painful conditions. She has had extensive training in the treatment of head, jaw and neck pain. She is also a certified Lymphedema specialist. Ida has great manual therapy skills... most of her patients think she has magic hands. She enjoys working with the team of highly skilled therapists that have joined her practice, allowing more people to benefit from physical therapy across many age groups and diagnoses.

Ida Hirst, PT

Dina Stepanek, PT Dina is a 1988 graduate of Georgia State University, with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. Having over 28 years of experience as a PT has allowed her to practice in several areas including acute care, home health, neurology, pediatrics, aquatics, and for nearly the last 10 years outpatient/orthopedics. Dina has always enjoyed helping people learn to move without pain and with good quality to accomplish their individual mobility goals, with a particular interest in the running population. She thrives on helping people see their full potential with a whole new level of body awareness and fitness that she pulls largely from her experience/education as a Rehab trained Stott Pilates instructor. She believes that education is key to success and tries to ensure that each patient understands his/her condition and what they can do to make positive changes. When she's not working as a PT or teaching Pilates, you may well find her lap swimming at a local pool, or hiking, biking or running on a nearby trail.

Stephen George, PT Stephen has a unique ability to sense his patients' needs and pain tolerance. He has well developed manual therapy skills and his patients love him. He has consistently produced great results for his patients since joining our organization in 2005.

Caitlin Cooper, MPT Caitlin's compassion, gentle demeanor and creative approach combined with skillful and precise treatment techniques, brings about great results. Caitlin has a special interest in the use of Pilates in rehabilitation and combines this with hands-on techniques. She also vested in ensuring that her patients learn sometimes simple techniques that can be life changing. Her philosophy is that her patients shouldn't be at the mercy of their pain or diagnosis. People can be empowered to be a cause point over their condition.

Jennifer Freitas, MPT Jennifer graduated from Samuel Merritt University in Oakland. She has worked in a variety of settings including rehabilitation hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and cardiac rehab. She is currently focusing on aquatic therapy here at Physical Therapy Specialties. Jennifer believes that when patients have pain, it can affect every aspect of their lives. Her goal is to treat the whole patient to decrease pain, to strengthen the body, improve quality of life and to educate on self-management to prevent recurrence. Jennifer is an advocate for wellness and healthy lifestyles. She volunteers at her kid's elementary school, hosting a bimonthly run club, to encourage kids to get active and develop healthy habits from a young age. Jennifer enjoys running, reading, and hanging out with her husband and 3 kids.

Michael Petrak, PT Michael is passionate about helping people to become free of pain, so they can enjoy their daily activities, hobbies and sports. Michael received his Master's Degree in Physical Therapy from California State University, Fresno.

He has extensive experience and knowledge in orthopedics and sport injuries and is a skilled manual therapist. Patients of all ages and with a wide range of conditions seek his advice and expertise to find resolution to their problems.

Shabeeba Shafi, PT Shabeeba's biggest strength is that she effectively collaborates with her patients to develop a plan of care that will meet the individual's goals. She is naturally warm, patient and encouraging. Shabeeba finds it not only rewarding, but also motivating to see patients become free of pain and to witness their improved quality of function, fitness, and overall wellness.

Shahrin Ahmad, PT Shahrin has strong orthopedic and neurological skills and she is effective working with patients of all ages and wide variety of conditions. She has a strong desire to help people not only feel better but also teaching skills that will help her patients become more able and independent. Shahrin is fluent in Hindi and Urdu language.

Ankita Shah, PT Ankita is a compassionate, positive and realistic physical therapist who achieved her Masters Degree in Musculoskeletal Sciences in 2013. Proficient in the use of manual therapy she has recently done her M1 basic training in Graston technique. She has her expertise in high precision over diagnosis and believes in goal oriented and tailor made approach towards patient care. Her goal is to help the patient become functionally independent and finds it rewarding to see them achieve that through her clinical experience backed up by strong evidence based practice.

Catherine Noel, PTA Catherine is a physical therapist assistant having graduated with an AS from the University of Indianapolis, in addition to having a BA in exercise science from California State University Northridge. Her clinical experiences in 23 years of practice include acute neuro rehabilitation, home health care, pain management, aquatic therapy, outpatient sports medicine and rehabilitation. She holds a passion for helping patients being empowered through education to form a collaborative process in which to realize their full rehab potential.

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