BEST Physical Therapy

Meet Our Experts — 80+ Years Combined Expertise

Meet Our Experts — 80+ Years Combined Expertise

Kathy Johnson, PT, MSPT, OCS, Board Certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Founder, BEST PT

Kathy Johnson, PT, MSPT, OCS, Board Certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Kathy founded BEST PT in 1995. She knew from the age of twelve, after receiving physical therapy treatment for an ankle injury, that her goal was to become a physical therapist. She completed her undergraduate work at UC Santa Barbara and received her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of the Pacific. She went on to obtain her Orthopedic Physical Therapy Clinical Specialist Certification (OCS). Kathy has coached club level youth soccer for years, she is an avid tennis player, and has competed in field hockey, softball, and soccer. and has coached club level youth soccer for years. Kathy competed in field hockey, softball, and soccer. She specifically enjoys helping athletes return to their sport. In her spare time, you will find her watching youth sports, playing tennis and skiing.

Specialties include: neck and lumbar spinal conditions, shoulders, hips, ankles, and TMJ

kathyjohnson@bestphysicaltherapy.com

Chaula Vakil, PT, MPT

Specialties include: Neck and back injuries

Chaula Vakil, PT, MPT

Chaula received her Master’s of Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. She is passionate about her profession and very proactive about enhancing her skills by taking long-term courses to add to her repertoire — as evidenced by her year-long study of Australian Maitland Manual Therapy, joint mobilization, and dynamic core stabilization. She enjoys educating and empowering her patients about their injury. She is an advocate of  core exercises and incorporates the principles of proper body mechanics. Chaula enjoys running, swimming, and spending time with her two little girls and her husband.

Specialties include: Neck and back injuries

chaulavakil@bestphysicaltherapy.com

Jon Brennan PT, DPT

Specialties include: Manual therapy, balance, and proper breathing techniques

Jon Brennan PT, DPT

Jon became fascinated with the biomechanics of the human body while earning his black belt in martial arts and learning about eastern philosophies of healing. After courses in massage, Jon eventually discovered the career of Physical Therapy, graduating with a Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from Samuel Merritt College. Since graduating Jon has worked solely in outpatient orthopedics and loves being a PT because h can work with the diverse population that makes up the Bay Area. He enjoys focusing on manual therapy, balance, and proper breathing techniques. In the past, Jon enjoyed trips to Europe and Hawaii but now devotes his time to his wife and two young children.

Specialties include: Manual therapy, balance, and proper breathing technique

jonbrennan@bestphysicaltherapy.com

Adan Ramirez, PTA

Specialties include: Knees, ankles, soccer, high level agility and wellness training

Adan Ramirez, PTA

Adan received his B.S. in Kinesiology from San Jose State. To enhance his rehabilitation skills, he earned his Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Ohlone College. Adan’s interest in physical therapy started after personal injuries from years of playing high level competitive soccer. He gained firsthand experience working closely with athletes at the high school and collegiate levels. Adan strives to help people of various patient populations get back to healthy and functional lives.  In his free time, Adan enjoys playing soccer and hockey, traveling, and playing the guitar.

Specialties include: Knees, ankles, soccer, high level agility and wellness training

adanramirez@bestphysicaltherapy.com

Kathryn Garcia, PTA

Specialties include: Body mechanics and specific exercise training

Kathryn Garcia, PTA

Kathryn received her B.S in Health Science from Fresno State and an A.S in Physical Therapy Assisting from Ohlone College. A desire to gain knowledge of the proper functional movement patterns of the human body led her to physical therapy and functional rehabilitation. Kathryn leads an active lifestyle that includes yoga, working out, and running half and full marathons. One of her greatest accomplishments includes finishing the Boston Marathon in 3 hours and 50 min. She enjoys working with patients to develop proper functional body and movement mechanics specific to their lifestyle.

Specialties include: Body mechanics and specific exercise training

kathryngarcia@bestphysicaltherapy.com

Niloo Mehdipour, PTA

Specialties include: Balance and gait deficits

Niloo Mehdipour, PTA

Niloo attended West Valley College where she earned an Associate degree in Science and Liberal Arts. Shortly after, she received her Physical Therapy Assistant  degree from Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts.  

Niloo has a passion for improving the quality of life for her patients through education, manual therapy, and exercise instruction.  She specifically enjoys helping the senior population to improve their balance, achieve their goals and maintain long-term wellness. She strives to provide an energetic therapeutic experience and believes a positive environment is a pivotal component to recovery. She is a welcome addition to the BEST PT team. 

Outside of work, her favorite pastimes are reading, painting, hiking, relaxing at the beach, and going to the gym.

Specialties include: Balance and gait deficits

niloomehdipour@bestphysicaltherapy.com

Vinita Ghate, PT

Specialties include: Knees, athletes, and racquet sports

Vinita Ghate, PT

Vinita graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Sancheti Institute College of Physical Therapy. Since graduation, she has worked in an inpatient hospital setting, skilled nursing facility, and outpatient facilities overseas, and in Indiana prior to moving to the Silicon Valley.

She joined the BEST PT team in January 2019, and has been a wonderful asset to the team. She shows great compassion towards her patients, and being an athlete herself, enjoys helping her patients and other athletes achieve their desired goals. She shows a keen inclination over a wide spectrum from orthopedics and sports injuries to having a knack fort helping and working with the geriatric population.

In her spare time, she continues to pursue her passion for badminton, hiking, camping, and other outdoor activities.

Specialties include: Knees, athletes, racquet sports

vinitaghate@bestphysicaltherapy.com

Kinjal Solani, PT

Specialties include: Spine and shoulders

Kinjal Solani, PT

Kinjal graduated with her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Loma Linda University. Since high school, she wanted to be a physical therapist to help people in the community to heal and get back to activity.  She is a certified clinical instructor and has deepened her knowledge through various continuing education courses including advanced sports rehabilitation and the McKenzie technique. She loves to learn new languages and is fluent in Gujarati and Hindi. In her free time, she loves to go hiking with her husband, read books, listen to music and explore new places with her toddler.

Specialties include: Spine and shoulders

kinjalsolani@bestphysicaltherapy.com

Meet Our Experts — 80+ Years Combined Expertise

Kathy Johnson, PT, MSPT, OCS, Board Certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Kathy founded BEST PT in 1995. She knew from the age of twelve, after receiving physical therapy treatment for an ankle injury, that her goal was to become a physical therapist. She completed her undergraduate work at UC Santa Barbara and received her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of the Pacific. She went on to obtain her Orthopedic Physical Therapy Clinical Specialist Certification (OCS). Kathy has coached club level youth soccer for years, she is an avid tennis player, and has competed in field hockey, softball, and soccer. and has coached club level youth soccer for years. Kathy competed in field hockey, softball, and soccer. She specifically enjoys helping athletes return to their sport. In her spare time, you will find her watching youth sports, playing tennis and skiing.

Specialties include: neck and lumbar spinal conditions, shoulders, hips, ankles, and TMJ

kathyjohnson@bestphysicaltherapy.com

Karlo Castillo, PT

Karlo graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy from De La Salle University College of Physical Therapy. He has worked since graduation in outpatient orthopedics and sports rehabilitation clinics in the Silicon Valley. He joined the BEST PT team in 2010, and he has been a great addition. He is very compassionate and very well liked by his patients and colleagues. He has a special knack of helping our aging population to overcome their injuries and resume all of their desired activities. He spends all of his free time with his family. He and his wife are devoted to their three children and are usually found watching their children participating in sports endeavors.

Specialties include: knee, shoulder, ankle orthopedic conditions, spine care and geriatric patients

karlocastillo@bestphysicaltherapy.com

Chaula Vakil, PT, MPT

Chaula received her Master’s of Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. She is passionate about her profession and very proactive about enhancing her skills by taking long-term courses to add to her repertoire — as evidenced by her year-long study of Australian Maitland Manual Therapy, joint mobilization, and dynamic core stabilization. She enjoys educating and empowering her patients about their injury. She is an advocate of  core exercises and incorporates the principles of proper body mechanics. Chaula enjoys running, swimming, and spending time with her two little girls and her husband.

Specialties include: Neck and back injuries

chaulavakil@bestphysicaltherapy.com

Adan Ramirez, PTA

Adan received his B.S. in Kinesiology from San Jose State. To enhance his rehabilitation skills, he earned his Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Ohlone College. Adan’s interest in physical therapy started after personal injuries from years of playing high level competitive soccer. He gained firsthand experience working closely with athletes at the high school and collegiate levels. Adan strives to help people of various patient populations get back to healthy and functional lives.  In his free time, Adan enjoys playing soccer and hockey, traveling, and playing the guitar.

Specialties include: Knees, ankles, soccer, high level agility and wellness training

adanramirez@bestphysicaltherapy.com

Kathryn Garcia, PTA

Kathryn received her B.S in Health Science from Fresno State and an A.S in Physical Therapy Assisting from Ohlone College. A desire to gain knowledge of the proper functional movement patterns of the human body led her to physical therapy and functional rehabilitation. Kathryn leads an active lifestyle that includes yoga, working out, and running half and full marathons. One of her greatest accomplishments includes finishing the Boston Marathon in 3 hours and 50 min. She enjoys working with patients to develop proper functional body and movement mechanics specific to their lifestyle.

Specialties include: Body mechanics and specific exercise training

kathyrngarcia@bestphysicaltherapy.com

Niloo Mehdipour, PTA

Niloo attended West Valley College where she earned an Associate degree in Science and Liberal Arts. Shortly after, she received her Physical Therapy Assistant  degree from Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts.

Niloo has a passion for improving the quality of life for her patients through education, manual therapy, and exercise instruction.  She specifically enjoys helping the senior population to improve their balance, achieve their goals and maintain long-term wellness. She strives to provide an energetic therapeutic experience and believes a positive environment is a pivotal component to recovery. She is a welcome addition to the BEST PT team.

Outside of work, her favorite pastimes are reading, painting, hiking, relaxing at the beach, and going to the gym.

Specialties include: Balance and gait deficits

niloomehdipour@bestphysicaltherapy.com

Vinita Ghate, PT

Vinita graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Sancheti Institute College of Physical Therapy. Since graduation, she has worked in an inpatient hospital setting, skilled nursing facility, and outpatient facilities overseas, and in Indiana prior to moving to the Silicon Valley.

She joined the BEST PT‘s team in January 2019, and has been a wonderful asset to the team. She shows great compassion towards her patients, and being an athlete herself, enjoys helping her patients and other athletes achieve their desired goals. She shows a keen inclination over a wide spectrum from orthopedics and sports injuries to having a knack fort helping and working with the geriatric population.

Specialties include: Knees, athletes, racquet sports

In her spare time, she continues to pursue her passion for badminton, hiking, camping, and other outdoor activities.

vinitaghate@bestphysicaltherapy.com

Kinjal Solani, PT

Kinjal graduated with her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Loma Linda University. Since high school, she wanted to be a physical therapist to help people in the community to heal and get back to activity.  She is a certified clinical instructor and has deepened her knowledge through various continuing education courses including advanced sports rehabilitation and the McKenzie technique. She loves to learn new languages and is fluent in Gujarati and Hindi. In her free time, she loves to go hiking with her husband, read books, listen to music and explore new places with her toddler.

Specialties include: Spine and shoulders

kinjalsolani@bestphysicaltherapy.com

Reshma Dakwala, PTA

Reshma Dakwala is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) who was originally trained in India as a homeopathy doctor.  She offered Homeopathic treatment to patients with allergic conditions related to skin and respiratory system, migraine, hair loss, and muscular dysfunction.

She has been a PTA since 2000 working to help patients understand the importance of appropriate exercise selection and form to safely increase their strength, endurance, coordination, and range of motion. Her goal has always been to use a holistic approach to help the patient recover from injury and avoid further injury. She has ergonomic and MouseKeyDo training to help people understand the most ideal position and set up of their work stations to prevent overuse injuries. She uses her background in balance training and Tai Chi to help elderly patients feel safe in the community, build confidence about their stability and to prevent falls.

Reshma enjoys spending time in the outdoors around her home in Almaden Valley with her husband and two daughters.

Specialties include: Balance and spine

reshmadakwala@bestphysicaltherapy.com

Jon Brennan PT, DPT

Jon became fascinated with the biomechanics of the human body while earning his black belt in martial arts and learning about eastern philosophies of healing. After courses in massage, Jon eventually discovered the career of Physical Therapy, graduating with a Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from Samuel Merritt College. Since graduating Jon has worked solely in outpatient orthopedics and loves being a PT because h can work with the diverse population that makes up the Bay Area. He enjoys focusing on manual therapy, balance, and proper breathing techniques. In the past, Jon enjoyed trips to Europe and Hawaii but now devotes his time to his wife and two young children.

Specialties include: Manual therapy, balance, and proper breathing technique

jonbrennan@bestphysicaltherapy.com

About Physical Therapists (PTs) and Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs)

 

Physical therapists are movement experts who improve quality of life through hands-on care, patient education, and prescribed movement.

After making a diagnosis, physical therapists create personalized treatment plans that help their patients improve mobility, manage pain and other chronic conditions, recover from injury, and prevent future injury and chronic disease.

You do not need a physician’s referral to make an appointment with a PT for an evaluation.

Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) are educated and licensed clinicians who provide care under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist.

Care provided by a PTA may include teaching people exercise for mobility, strength and coordination, training for activities such as walking with crutches, canes, or walkers, massage, and the use of physical agents and electrotherapy such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation. PTAs may also measure changes in the patient’s performance as a result of the physical therapy provided.

PTs and PTAs care for people of all ages and abilities.

PTs and PTAs empower people to actively participate in their own treatment. They work collaboratively with each other, and with other health professionals, to ensure patients receive the best care.

You can see a PT and PTA almost anywhere, including outpatient clinics, hospitals, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and nursing homes.

What our Patients are Saying…

My Physical Therapist was Amazing

My Physical Therapist was Amazing. She got right to the root of the problem and addressed each muscle individually. She Read more “My Physical Therapist was Amazing”

Lauren

AWESOME!

I love my physical therapist.  She makes me feel so good after I’ve just beat myself up at the gym.  Read more “AWESOME!”

Cheryl

The Fine Line

Excel at Finding the Fine Line. Both Kathy and Kathryn excel at finding the fine line between discomfort and pain Read more “The Fine Line”

Sally P.

I Love the BEST Approach

This is my 3rd experience with physical therapy. I never completed my treatment with the first two because I was Read more “I Love the BEST Approach”

Benjamin

Staff are Skilled, Knowledgeable and Friendly

Every single staff person is on point. From day one when I called to schedule my first appointment and throughout Read more “Staff are Skilled, Knowledgeable and Friendly”

Anne

I Always Look Forward to My Sessions

Although getting released from physical therapy is a great thing, it can be bittersweet. I always looked forward to my Read more “I Always Look Forward to My Sessions”

Martha 

I Have Made Tremendous Improvement

Kinjal is an excellent physical therapist. I made tremendous improvement under her care and guidance. Always educating her patient, smiling Read more “I Have Made Tremendous Improvement”

Carolee

Two Locations

I like that BEST has two locations and has always been able to accommodate my schedule.

Bill C.

Help Your Quality of Life

Help Your Quality of Life. BEST makes sure you are cared for explaining and teaching you what you need to Read more “Help Your Quality of Life”

Tom

This Place is Amazing!

This Place is Amazing! This place is amazing. The staff is very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The environment is very Read more “This Place is Amazing!”

Alex Y.

The Folks at BEST Physical Therapy Can Help!

Don’t Live with Physical Ailments! Don’t resort to steroid injections, pain pills, or simply living with physical ailments! The folks Read more “The Folks at BEST Physical Therapy Can Help!”

Bobby M.

A God Send!

A God Send! Best Physical Therapy, Cupertino, has been a God send for our son! They have given him the Read more “A God Send!”

Brigid G.

Phenomenal!

Phenomenal! About a year ago I had a work related injury and was referred to Best Physical Therapy by my Read more “Phenomenal!”

Worked With BEST

Worked With BEST to Properly Recover. I then worked with BEST to properly recover, exercise and eliminate this from happening Read more “Worked With BEST”

Brian L.

Super Professional!

Super Professional! I enjoyed how much they got to know me, what I will be doing, and what I am Read more “Super Professional!”

Scott

Incredible Overall Experience!

Incredible Overall Experience! I have been to at least seven other physical therapists in my life, but I’ve never had Read more “Incredible Overall Experience!”

Stacie B.

The Premier Physical Therapy Center

The Premier Physical Therapy Center. BEST Physical Therapy is the premier physical therapy treatment center in the South Bay. I Read more “The Premier Physical Therapy Center”

Gail B.

Significant Progress

I’ve noticed significant progress in my rehabilitation. I would without a doubt recommend BEST PT to family, friends and a Read more “Significant Progress”

Eric

I Have Recommended BEST Physical Therapy

I first started PT at BEST Physical Therapy in 2008. Over the years I have been back after other surgeries Read more “I Have Recommended BEST Physical Therapy”

Cindy 

Still Feeling Great

So a year later I’m feeling great and still doing all the exercises I was taught to stay in shape! Read more “Still Feeling Great”

Andrew H.