Outpatient Physical Rehabilitation Team
Physical Rehabilitation in El Dorado County
Meet the dedicated team of rehabilitation specialists at Marshall Medical
Center. During your recovery, you will work with a team of medical professionals
who will work collaboratively to create a customized treatment plan focused
on helping you achieve your personal goals. We have three convenient locations:
El Dorado Hills, Placerville and Cameron Park.
Bruce Akinaka, Physical Therapist, ATC, CI
Bruce Akinaka his BS degree in physical therapy from Cal State University
at Northridge Health Sciences. He also obtained his athletic training
and clinical instructor certifications.. He has worked as a physical therapist
in a variety of settings, including acute hospital care, home care, multiple
outpatient clinical departments, skilled in-patient nursing facilities,
and many sports injury treatment facilities.
His specialties include temporal mandibular joint pain, facial and cranial
pain, spinal pain related to scoliosis, and chronic knee pain, as well
as sports medicine, including high school athletes.
Gina Bucholz, Physical Therapist Assistant
Gina Buchholz received her Associate of Science degree from Visalia City
College. While in school, she worked as a PT aide for two years in the
skilled nursing home setting. She received her PTA training through Professional
Skills Institute, in Santa Barbara California. Gina has taken courses
in functional orthopedics, exercise for geriatrics, pain management, and
rehab for total joint replacement patients. Physical Therapy Assistants
work hand in hand with the evaluating Physical Therapist to carry out
the treatment plan and progress patients to their goals.
Duane E. Cintron, Occupational Therapist
Duane received his Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from
San Jose State. He completed his internships at Stanford University Hospital
and the Veterans Hospital in Palo Alto. Duane has worked in the specialty
area of traumatic brain injury rehabilitation since 1994. He has since
gone on to specialize in neurological rehabilitation, working in the acute,
acute rehabilitation, post-acute/transitional rehabilitation, home health,
and outpatient settings.
Duane’s specialty areas include upper extremity treatment, neuro
re-education, NDT, vision and visual perceptual deficits, cognitive deficits,
and pre-vocational skills training. He has lectured for the Occupational
Therapy Association of California (OTAC) as well as for many of Sacramento’s
hospitals on vision therapy and upper extremity neurological re-education.
Duane is also a Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist (CDRS)—one
of only 1,500 in the country, and the only practicing one in Sacramento.
Victoria Golmitz, MA, CCC, Speech Language Pathologist
Victoria graduated from San Jose State University with her Master’s
Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She has worked in the intensive care
unit, acute setting, acute rehabilitation, skilled nursing, and outpatient
settings. Victoria is one of the few speech pathologists that have been
trained in Vital Stim, “The only neuromuscular electrical stimulation
that is cleared by the FDA to treat dysphagia.” She has many years
of experience performing Modified Barium Swallow Studies, which Marshall
Medical begun utilizing in May of 2006. Victoria was also part of the
team that developed the stroke pathway for the hospital.
Teresa Montgomery, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Teresa received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Biology from the UC
Davis and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine.
Teresa has practiced physical therapy in a variety of settings including
the school system, outpatient clinic, and skilled nursing facility. She
specializes in treating children and adults with neurologic conditions.
Teresa utilizes manual therapy, neuromuscular re-education, and vestibular
integration techniques and other vestibular disorders including treatment
for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. She is passionate about helping
patients maintain their independence and return to their prior level of function.
A.J. Smith, Physical Therapist Assistant
A.J. received his AS degree from Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts in San
Mateo. Since receiving his license, A.J. has worked in a Skilled Nursing
Facility and an outpatient clinic in Sacramento.
AJ is currently working at both the outpatient clinic and in the hospital,
where he enjoys working with patients of all ages.
Stephanie Perez, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Stephanie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Spanish
from the College of Saint Benedict and her Doctor of Physical Therapy
degree from Nova Southeastern University. Stephanie has completed all
of the Manual Therapy Courses through the University of Saint Augustine,
and has continued her education in post-surgical, vestibular/balance disorders,
and IAMST training. Her areas of specialization include the spine and
In 2016, Stephanie obtained her certification to be a clinical instructor.
She has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
since 2007. Stephanie has developed Marshall's Pelvic Health Program,
a new service line to treat pelvic pain and urinary and rectal incontinence.
She treats bowel and bladder dysfunction and pelvic pain for patients
of all ages and genders. In addition, she has continued her medical training
with the goal of becoming a women’s health specialist.
John Wu, Physical Therapist
John Wu received his BS degree in physical therapy from Cumberland College
of Health Sciences University of Sydney, Australia. Prior to his employment
at Marshall, John worked in private clinics and hospital outpatient departments
in Texas and Australia. He specializes in treating spinal disorders using
a combination of manual therapy techniques and exercise programs. In Australia,
he was trained in Maitland joint mobilization and Butler neural mobilization.
More recently he has begun treating vestibular disorders, including benign
paroxysmal positional vertigo. John is located at our El Dorado Hills location.
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