BEST Physical Therapy

Meet Our Experts — Over 100 Years Combined Expertise

Meet Our Experts — 100+ 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 - Clinic Director

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

Kim Hoang Truong, DPT

Specialties include: Orthopedics and Neurology Rehab

Kim Hoang Truong, DPT

Kim Hoang Truong (she/her) was raised in East and Central San Jose.  She earned her a B.S. in Biochemistry degree from San Jose State University and Doctor’s of Physical Therapy from West Coast University. She has a special interest in orthopedics and neurology rehabilitation. She discovered physical therapy while looking for alternative care for people who get injured at work. This sparked her journey of physical rehabilitation and health and fitness. She aims to deliver these services across all diverse populations. She is fluent in Vietnamese and is learning Spanish.

Her hobbies include ice skating, roller skating, hiking by the ocean, and amateur painting. She loves cats, music, art, crime and biographical documentaries, stand-up comedy, and psychological thriller movies. She is currently learning how to skateboard and cook at least one Vietnamese dish. Kim is looking forward to meeting you and helping you!

Priya Thakkar, PT, MPT

Specialties include: Neck, spine, knee, and ankle injuries

Priya Thakkar, PT, MPT

While competing on her school’s track team, Priya became interested in physical therapy after having a positive experience with her physical therapist. She began exploring careers that would allow her to help others heal from injuries and live a healthy lifestyle. Priya received her Bachelor and Master of Physical Therapy from Rajiv Gandhi University of health Sciences, India in 2013. During her Masters, Priya conducted research on Berg Balance scale as an outcome measure for special children. 

Priya received her manual therapy certification in 2011. She tries to leave no stone unturned in diagnosing her patients, and goes above and beyond in helping them recover and get back to their active lifestyle. In addition, she ensures that every patient leaves not only rehabilitated, but with a better understanding of their pathology and what they need to do to ensure long term functionality. Priya loves meeting and talking with people of different backgrounds and loves learning new languages. She is fluent in English, Hindi and Gujarati. 

In her spare time, Priya loves exploring wineries of Napa and Sonoma. She enjoys being outdoors, hiking, camping and biking with her husband and her friends.

Stacy Alvarez PT, DPT

Specialties include: Neck, low back, balance training.

Stacy Alvarez PT, DPT

Stacy received her Bachelor’s and Master’s in physical therapy from Manipal University, India in 2009. She worked in inpatient, outpatient, geriatrics, and women’s health. Recently she completed Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Arcadia University, Pennsylvania in 2021.

She focuses on combining manual therapy and the application of proper  body mechanics and movement patterns to promote a return to function. Her patients and amazing team encourage her to strive towards excellence.

She is fluent in English, Hindi, and Marathi.

Besides work, she spends time with family, friends, hanging out in nature, hiking, and exploring various cuisines.

Specialties include: Neck, low back, balance training.

Alexzander Rodriguez, DPT, ATC, CSCS, XPS

Specialties include: Performance training, sports-specific injuries, orthopedic injuries

Alexzander Rodriguez, DPT, ATC, CSCS, XPS

Alex is a San Jose native and has lived in Miami, FL for the past 6 years. He earned his B.S. in Athletic Training and Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Miami. Alex has always had a passion for helping people, and his previous experience in competitive sports helped him find an interest in sports medicine. He has previous clinical experience as an athletic trainer, and since graduating has worked with professional, collegiate, and high school athletes of various sports. Alex’s main interests are Sports and Orthopedic injuries. Alex is fluent in Spanish and occasionally will receive lunch deliveries from his grandmother.
 
His hobbies include: weightlifting, hiking, going to the beach, and hanging out with his family. Alex is a passionate learner and is always finding new ways to help his patients perform at a high level.

Specialties include: Spinal conditions, Performance Training, Sports-Specific Injuries, Orthopedic Injuries

alexr@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

Patricia Trupp, PT

Specialties include: Manual therapy

Patricia Trupp, PT

Graduated form the Catholic University in Chile with a BS in Physical Therapy. After graduation I came back to the United States, where I continued until today to expand my knowledge and skills, attending numerous advanced courses in the field of orthopedics. Manual therapy has always been my main focus.

In the clinic I enjoy exchanging ideas and knowledge with my coworkers and when it comes to my patients, I like to make them active participants of their rehabilitation process by learning about their condition, proper body mechanics and how to self-manage their symptoms in addition to the very important exercise program.

In my spare time I like to go for long walks in nature in good company. I also like to travel to learn about the different cultures, their people and through photography (my hobby) capture their natural and manmade beauty.

I’m also fluent in Spanish.

Meghana Sukhtankar, PT

Specialties include: Work rehab, ergonomic training

Meghana Sukhtankar, PT

Meghana received her Bachelors in Physical Therapy from Pravara Medical Trusts College of Physiotherapy in India. She has worked in various outpatient clinics in the Bay Area and earned extensive experience in this setting with a diverse population. Meghana’s passion towards helping her patients has led her to continuously learn and acquire new skills. She believes in empowering her patients with education about their injury and to provide compassionate care. She incorporates Manual Therapy, Therapeutic exercise, Taping and education about Body Mechanics in her treatments. She enjoys hiking, traveling, reading and spending time with her son and husband.

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

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…

A God Send!

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My Physical Therapist was Amazing

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I Love the BEST Approach

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The Fine Line

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Sally P.

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

Super Professional!

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Scott

Incredible Overall Experience!

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Tom

Two Locations

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

Bill C.

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 

Significant Progress

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Eric

Still Feeling Great

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Andrew H.

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Staff are Skilled, Knowledgeable and Friendly

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Anne

This Place is Amazing!

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