Staff

Liza Tan, DPT, CEO & Owner

Education:

Columbia University Teachers College
Master's Degree - Applied Physiology 1999 - 2001
MGH Institute of Health Professions
DPT, Physical Therapy 2007 - 2010

Languages Spoken:

English, Chinese and Tagalog

Kariz de los Santos, DPT, PT

Kariz earned her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Mariana Marcos State University in the Philippines. She is currently completing her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Utica College.

Kariz chose Physical Therapy as her profession because she wanted to challenge herself to be creative, innovative, and competent in providing quality care to patients. She always strives to be updated on recent practices and research – devoted to a lifetime of learning – to deliver a more efficient and effective health care service.

“I want to improve my ability to help my patients to get better and assist them to attain their highest functional goal. My principle in treatment is to provide treatment and care to my patients as if they are the member of my family. To my patients - Let us work together not to prevent illnesses but to improve quality of life.”

Bryan Rivera, DPT, PT

Bryan graduated from the University of Perpetual Help System in the Philippines earning his Bachelor degree in Physical Therapy. He now has over 16 years of out-patient experience, providing a personalized treatment and rehabilitation plan for each patient. Bryan is currently finishing up his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Montana.

Bryan always wanted to pursue a profession that would allow him to help people’s medical needs. Early on in his educational career he learned about Physical Therapy, and the unfolding opportunities this career choice had to help patient’s recovery. Bryan found his passion for Physical Therapy, treating Geriatric patients, neurological conditions such as stokes, spinal cord injuries, and Parkinson. Also, as an athlete Bryan has experience treating a wide range of sport injuries.

“I'm very passionate in taking care of other people. Therefore, I pursued this passion through Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation. As an experienced Physical Therapist, I help people regain their abilities and achieve their optimal function. I have extensive experience in neuromuscular cases and sports related injuries.”

During his spare time Bryan maintains an active lifestyle by running and hiking, and playing his all-time favorite sport, basketball.

Czarissa Casalme, DPT, PT

Czarissa, received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Velez College in the Philippines. She recently completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Arcadia, Philadelphia in 2022 to advance her expertise, ultimately to help more patients reach their goals.

Czarissa, has always been interested in Geriatrics. She had a very close relationship with her grandparents so she has a soft spot for the elderlies. This motivated her to become a PT in the hope to specialize in Geriatrics in the future. Czarissa fell in love with Physical Therapy as a profession because of the never-ending learning. Although physical therapy is a difficult job, she believes it is very rewarding because she sees the impact of changing people's lives. She gets to learn new things from patients, colleagues, and research conducted by other medical professionals and apply these learnings to help improve her patient's quality of living.

Czarissa values the importance of building a good relationships and having great communication with patients to improve the outcome of their physical therapy. "It's a very rewarding job. I get to meet new people every day and help improve their quality of living by sharing my knowledge and skills about Physical therapy". One of Czarissa's achievements is receiving a Cum Laude honorary at Velez College, in 2016. During her free time, Czarissa loves to read her favorite books and run.

Noreen Lagman, PT

Noreen received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Our Lady of Fatima University in the Philippines.

She has over 24 years of experience in Physical Therapy, treating a wide variety of conditions including musculoskeletal conditions for Geriatrics, Pediatrics, and Young adults. She also has experience helping patients with post-operative sports injuries. Noreen’s passion for Physical Therapy rooted from her love for science and human anatomy, now helping patients along their journey to recovery.

Nicole Ventura, PT, DPT

Nicole received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Velez College in the Philippines. She recently completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Touro University to advance her expertise. Nicole has 4 years experienced and worked in acute in-patient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation, and home care.

Nicole wanted to pursue another career path, but her mother was the one who decided she should take up Physical Therapy. Her mother knew Physical Therapists were very in-demand abroad and are well-compensated. Her mother had the degree and school was already set. Nicole followed her mother's advice and enrolled in a course she barely knew about, but eventually came to appreciate and love the profession. Nicole finds value in knowing that her patients are feeling and moving better. "Seeing the joyful and grateful faces of the patients gives me fulfillment and keeps the fire of service burning". It is amazing to know that in one simple way or another, you made an impact in their life. Nicole's principles in treatment always tell her patients to take it "one step at a time". Some expect to get better and back to regular programming after 2 or 3 sessions, but it almost does not work that way. She always reminds them that healing is a gradual process and would work with their cooperation (aka being compliant with home exercises).

Nicole's hobbies outside of work are a good book is always good company. In her spare time and days off, she enjoys reading romance classic books and theology books. Nicole receives her most outstanding internship in Velez College BS Physical Therapy Batch 2018, she was also Physical Therapist of the month at Chong-Hua Rehab Medics on October 2018. She also received her license as a Physical Therapist in the Philippines PRC in august 2018. Lastly, she became a Physical Therapist in New York on October 2019. Nicole's favorite quote is "some quit due to slow progress, never grasping the fact that slow progress….is a process" - Pinterest.

Colene, PT

Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Cebu Doctors’ University in Cebu City, Philippines
  • Currently Completing her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Montana

What made you want to be a PT?
Growing up, my father was part of the Cebu Football Association in the Philippines wherein I was able to witness teams being conditioned and trained by Physical therapists. I too was a football player and that mainly encouraged me to be able to take up a course that did something I liked related to sports and exercises while pleasing my family who wanted me to take up a medical course.

How long have you been a Physical Therapist?
I have been practicing since I graduated in 2017 back in the Philippines, where I focused on home health care and sports related injuries. Here in the United States, I worked on various out-patient clinics.

What do you like most about your job?
I’ve always had a certain compassion for taking care of people. I find it very rewarding and satisfying being able to be of service to those in most need. I find it very fulfilling to be able to improve a patient’s quality of life and being able to contribute in achieving their goals towards healing and improvement.

Principles in treatment? I treat all my patients as if I am treating my loved ones with respect, compassion and empathy.

Favorite Quote related to healing?
"Strength does not come from physical capacity; it comes from an indominable will." - Mahatma Gandii

Christine Espiritu, PT

Education
  • Cebu Doctors' University, Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy.
  • Ongoing Doctorate of Physical Therapy
What made you want to be a PT?

At first it was my aunt's decision to take up this major, but eventually when I started my internship I was able to foresee myself on helping people by making the best on their lives. Being a Physical Therapist is a fulfilling job, seeing patients improvement from the first day to the last day of their visit is a priceless feeling.

How long? Include outside the US if so.

I have been practicing for 4 years. I have worked in out-patient clinic, in-patient setting and home care.

What do you like most about the job?

There are three things that I liked about my job. First is being able to help people in reaching their goals. Second is learning a new treatment method that would be able to widen my knowledge about my profession. Lastly, is being able to meet and socialize to people.

Principles in treatment?

My principles of treatment are: Passion, empathy and excellence. I believe that treating patient should be about treating them as a person. Treating patients the way how you care for your loved ones and making their goal as your goal. That we are not here for the sake of business, but we are here for a purpose.

Favorite quote related to healing?

Doctors add years to life but we therapist add life to years.

Hobbies outside of work?

Singing and recording music.

Awards/Certificates?
  • Licensed Physical Therapist in the Philippines.
  • Licensed Physical Therapist in New York.

Cielo Francisco, PT

Cielo received his Bachelor's Degree from De la Salle Health Science Institute in 2018. He is currently completing his Doctor of Physical Therapy at the University of Montana. Cielo's decision to take up Physical Therapy was greatly influenced by his family members since the majority of his family are healthcare professionals. Growing up, he watched them work and listened to their stories about their patients, and from then on, he got inspired and wanted to pursue something related to helping people with their needs.

Cielo has been working as a Physical Therapist for 2 years, and in the past volunteered at a private hospital in the Philippines, wherein along with treating patients, he worked as a PT Intern training and giving feedback about the intern's performances, unfortunately, had to stop working due to the pandemic. What Cielo like the most in his profession is being able to take part in a person's journey toward reaching their optimal function. He loves the fact that he gets to help patients recover and get back to their hobbies and sport they enjoy.

Cielo's principles are "not to be too comfortable in my job, that no matter how many times I handled the same condition, how long I been doing this career, I'll be thorough with evaluation, care and intervention because, in the end, I am dealing with a human being". Cielo's hobbies outside work are reading books and watching anime. He is also a food lover so when his schedule permits, he like eating out. Cielo's received his dean's lister award at De La Salle Medical Health Science Institute. He has certification in the Telephone & Telemedicine in Clinical Medicine: An Instrument of Opportunity & Risk, (Harvard Medical School) Introductory Course to Dry Needling: A Hands-on Training in the Philippines.

Jed Lim, DPT, PT

Jed received his Bachelor's Degree from Liceo de Cagayan University. He completes his Doctor of Physical Therapy at Arcadia University. Jed's Father encourages him to pursue Physical Therapy and soon learns to love the course and all the challenges that come with it. Jed has 6 years of experience being a Physical Therapist.

What Jed likes about his career is the challenges and when he sees the progress of his patients from having difficulty to being able to easily become independent in ADLs. Lastly, the growth that brings him as a person and how transformative it became to his patients and friends.

Jed's principle in treatment is "I keep it simple and easy for everyone to do, like they say simple things make life happy, so there is no reason for me not to do it". Jed's favorite quote related to healing is "it takes time and effort so put your heart and mind to it and never give up". Jed's hobbies outside work are watching videos, exploring new places, and walking around the city.

Shaira Luna, PT

Shaira received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Southwestern University. Shaira wanted to be able to make a difference in someone's life. To help them return to doing the things they used to do. Shaira has 5 years of experience in her career as a Physical Therapist including her experience in the Philippines.

Shaira like interacting with patients, listening to whatever they have in mind, and being there with them. Lastly, telling her that she made a huge impact on their lives even in the littlest way. Shaira's Principle in treatment is "You should have compassion and empathy towards your patients. Be able to communicate well with them". Shaira's Favorite quote related to healing is "The little progress you have made today still matters". In her spare time, Shaira enjoys cooking a lot.

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