Physical Therapists

John R. Thomas, PT, DPT, OCS

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Orthopedic Certified Specialist

There isn’t a sport I haven’t played, watched, or wanted to participate in. It was my hobby and passion until I entered PT school. Now I have another hobby and passion, Physical Therapy.  This passion of 20 years has driven me to learn as much as I can to help the high level athlete as well as the desk jockey. I have taken multiple biomechanical courses and love to analyze movement, I am TPI certified in golf, and have been blessed enough to train under some of the biggest PT names in orthopedic, manual therapy,neurological and even vestibular courses to make sure I am treating my patients as a whole. I have also enjoyed teaching at the graduate level as well as giving back to the community through free monthly workshops. 

 I’m always looking for some friendly competition, so I have competed against many of my patients in their sport once they are healthy…softball, water polo, swimming, poker, soccer, track, golf, triathlons and pull ups to name a few. I look forward to working with you, getting you back to what you love to do, and maybe even beating you at your own game!

I have 2 daughters that keep me on my toes and a wife that puts up with my sports obsession. Being from the East Coast, I’m continually on the hunt for good pizza and Italian food so I look forward to any recommendations that you may have while we get you back to feeling and moving better.

Julie Thomas, PT, DPT, CSCS

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

I can still remember my 8th grade science class. I can see myself standing over a diagram of the Anatomy of a Fish and a dissected fish, with my mind blown at how amazingly made it was! All those “things” inside of it made it eat, breathe, swim and perform so many other functions that I didn’t even know existed. Fast forward about a decade, and there I am in my Doctorate of Physical Therapy Anatomy class with my own cadaver. It may seem crazy to others, but what an honor, privilege and a joy to be learning about this amazing body we have all been given.  I graduated with my DPT in 2005, got hitched to a cute smart guy in PT school and started working. Over the years I have worked in Outpatient Orthopedics, Home Health, was an Instructor at Saddleback Community College in the Adaptive Kinesiology program as well as rehabbed the athletes in the Athletic Training Room. My goal as a PT is to not only get the injured body part feeling better and moving like it should be, but to motivate, empower and support the human being attached to it.

As much as I love treating patients, I find joy in painting, helping my church, going on field trips with my little girls but mostly going to the beach with my family. Taking pictures of Jenavieve and Jaycee tandem surfing with my husband John and building birthday cakes in the sand is my happy place.

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Kendra Cornelius, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

A Northern California native, I headed south to attend Loyola Marymount University (LMU) where I earned my B.S. in Health and Human Sciences. While at LMU, I worked closely with the Wellness Manager & Ergonomics Specialist; although I had personal experience with physical therapy during high school athletics, it was my time at LMU where I first cultivated my interest in rehabilitation and preventative care.

I later earned my Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California (USC) and spent the majority of my clinical rotations in orthopedic settings that focused on holistic care. Additionally, I currently serve on the executive board for a California Non-Profit 501(c)(3), Movement Alliance, that focuses on preventive care and education for youth coaches and athletes.

I am excited to begin my time in Orange County joining the LOR team, whose values coincide with my beliefs of rehabilitation and body work: Movement is not only a powerful change agent, but a healer as well! You can often find me exploring hiking trails with my husband, preparing for more backpacking adventures such as our recent trips to the Trans-Catalina Trail and The Kepler Track in New Zealand. I also enjoy beach volleyball, practicing yoga, and spending time with my loving family.


Alex Goldenring, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

I was born and raised in Ventura, CA living an active lifestyle driven by my passion for movement. After becoming a national champion short-track speed skater in 2007, I went on to achieve my B.A. from UC Santa Cruz in Anthropology graduating cum laude.

I then pursued and earned my Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of Southern California (USC). I had clerkships working in acute care cardiac ICU, inpatient neurology, and a variety of sports medicine facilities. I have comprehensive training in movement analysis utilizing 2 and 3D motion capture technology—the former of which is a unique feature at LOR. I also have experience working with professional and collegiate athletes along with NFL Combine participants. While in my third year at USC I helped found Movement Alliance, A California Non-Profit Corporation 501(c)(3), which seeks to reduce injury rates in adolescent athletes by empowering coaches with physical therapy knowledge.

When not happily working at LOR or with Movement Alliance, you can find me enjoying yoga, meditation, the surf/snow/ice, or my loving friends and family.

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Chelsea Gutmann, PT, DPT, OCS

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Orthopedic Certified Specialist

I was born and raised in Orange County and lived in Boston, France and Montana before returning to earn my Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Chapman University.

My extensive experience treating foot/ankle, shoulder and knee diagnoses reinforces my whole body approach to treatment. As a Polestar Pilates trained PT I promote a balance between stability and mobility and teach patients how the “intention of movement” improves their everyday activities. I frequently incorporate Strain Counterstrain into treatments and recently completed Dr. Christopher Powers’ movement analysis course.

I’ve summited Kilimanjaro, completed an Iron Distance triathlon, competed in trail races and now train for nothing other than the joy of running on trails or roads with my dog, surfing small waves and strength training in the local parks.


Susan Benner, PT, MPT

Master of Physical Therapy

I have always known I need to be in a field where my efforts make a difference to someone other than myself. I feel lucky to have found that in Physical Therapy, a career that I love and feel rewarded by daily.

My graduate degree in Physical Therapy from Chapman University followed a degree in business and economics from UC Santa Barbara. My areas of expertise include general and geriatric orthopedics, spinal health, women’s health, and pelvic floor dysfunction. I have completed numerous specialty courses in knee and shoulder rehab, as well as a yearlong postgraduate course in Australian Manual Therapy with emphasis on the spine, and have developed training programs for youth athletic teams and skilled nursing facilities. I am a long-standing member of the American Physical Therapy Association.

 My upbringing in Washington, Oregon and Northern California gave me a deep appreciation for nature and travel. I enjoy vegetarian cooking, biking, hiking, skiing, and adventures with my husband, our two Spinoni Italiano dogs, and Felix the Cat.  


Marni Cota, PT

Physical Therapist

I am a Montana native and graduated from Montana State University with a BS in Microbiology.  At MSU I competed for the NCAA Bobcats cross country and track teams.  I completed a CLS internship at UCLA and worked in a trauma center as a CLS for 5 years before attending Physical Therapy school at California State University Long Beach where I graduated in 1997. 

I have worked in outpatient orthopedics using my personal experience as a competitive runner and physical therapy knowledge to specialize in treating running related injuries.  For the past 6 years I have has also been an assistant cross country coach at Dana Hills High School.  In 2005 I was inducted into the MSU hall of fame.  I reside in Dana Point with my husband and 2 sons. 


Rachel Stortvedt, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

I grew up in Phoenix, AZ mostly playing volleyball and running track and cross country. I earned my B.S. at the University of California, Irvine while competing in rowing as a Division 1 NCAA athlete. Later I pursued and earned my Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Chapman University. In 2013, I became a member of the U.S. National Rowing Team winning a silver medal at the World Championships in lightweight women’s quadruple scull in Chungju, South Korea.

I was trained in orthopedic manual physical therapy by a certified functional manual therapist who was an instructor for the Institute of Physical Art (IPA). Most of my continuing education has been with the IPA for manual therapy, and more recently with Dr. Christopher Powers, PhD, PT, FAPTA in his 6 month lower quarter biomechanics course.

I now have two young children and enjoy rowing recreationally while training for marathons. I’m thrilled to continue being a part of the LOR team for the 9th year!


Teri Tachibana, PT, MPT

Master of Physical Therapy

I was born and raised in Southern California.  I received my Physical Therapy degree from California State University, Long Beach.  I love helping patients improve their function and quality of life.  I strive to bring a positive and caring energy to my practice and feel blessed to be a part of each person’s road to recovery.   

My experience includes work with developmental disabilities at Fairview Hospital and outpatient rehab in Ogoto, Japan.  I utilize manual therapy, strengthening exercises, and movement retraining programs to meet each patients goals. My favorite activities include family time, running, making jewelry and crafts of all kinds.


Kris Vroom, PT, MPT, MS

Master of Physical Therapy, Master of Science

I was raised as an Air Force brat across the U.S. and Europe.  I graduated from USC PT Program and remained in California with my husband, Duane, raising two adult sons.  I enjoy an active lifestyle and volunteer in the community and church, with a passion for serving others. 

I offer over 30 years of experience.  I am highly skilled in manual therapy techniques and creative exercise programs.  I pride myself in developing a program that fit my patients’ lifestyle to effectively manage their recovery.  An early career in teaching hospitals, gave me valuable experience in acute medical/post-surgical care, and neurological rehabilitation.  As a result of my diverse clinical experience, I am able to manage complex medical conditions, sports injuries, and post-operative conditions with a high level of clinical skill. 

I love being a PT, and feel blessed to serve others in restoring their physical health and well-being!