Heather Ritchie, PT – Clinic Director
Hailing from Canada, Heather graduated from the University of Manitoba and moved to Honolulu, Hawaii and began her Physical Therapy career in orthopedic rehabilitation in 2004. She moved to sunny Southern California in 2007 and has been exclusively involved in the private practice setting ever since.
Heather enjoys getting to know each client so she can provide quality, comprehensive one-on-one therapy for each patient. Her approach is to treat the patient, not just the diagnosis. She feels this allows her to provide the most thorough rehabilitation. Heather believes that correct posture and alignment, along with strong core muscle strength, is important for all patients to help return them to their sports, their hobbies or even to their basic daily activities. She also believes that education is fundamental in having each patient understand their body and how they can help limit or prevent re-injury.
Heather is a strong yoga practitioner and enjoys bringing what she’s learned in her yoga studio to her patients. She is also a Registered Yoga Teacher. She teachs an introductory yoga class at Corona del Mar Physical Therapy which is open to everyone. This class is an invigorating full-body flow to explore the yoga postures and fundamental principles of Vonyasa yoga. This class is a foundation-building yoga class that will stretch and strengthen every muscles through movement and breath.
Heather lives in Costa Mesa with her husband. In her free time, Heather spends her time cooking, baking, traveling and exploring all that Southern California has to offer with her husband and the wonderful friends they have made here.
Vicky Adams, OTR, CHT
Vicky Adams graduated from the University of Southern California with a BS in Occupational Therapy in 1982. She became a Certified Hand Therapist after passing the first CHT in 1991.
Vicky has been an instructor teaching on "Arthritis and Joint Reconstruction" at the American Society of Hand Therapists annual Comprehensive Review Course from 2015 to 2020 and has presented at local and community conferences. She has been a Board Member for the OT Association of California and remains active in state and national professional societies.
Vicky has served as either a Co-Chair or Board Member on the OTAC Reimbursement and Ethics Committee. She has presented at an ASHT Review Course on splinting and has presented locally on various hand therapy topics. She also participates in local study groups.
Vicky's excellent reputation has followed her as she continues to treat a full caseload at Corona del Mar Physical Therapy.
In her spare time, Vicky enjoys cycling, skiing and walks on the beach.
Joanne Mimm, CHT, PT
Joanne Mimm graduated from California State University, Northridge School of Physical Therapy in 1982 and went on to complete her Advanced Masters in Physical Therapy at Loma Linda University (LLU) in 1996. She became a board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in 1994, and also achieved her Certification in Hand Therapy in 1996 to become a CHT. She has taught at Loma Linda University, School of Physical Therapy as a clinical faculty member and has been a guest lecturer at Chapman and USC, School of Physical Therapy. Over the past 20 years she has specialized in hands, founded the South Orange County Hand Therapy Study Group, and continues to have a passion for learning and helping others return to the activities they love. In her free time she enjoys golf and hiking.
Brian Fracalosy, BA – Business Manager
Brian grew up in Corona del Mar and graduated from CdM high school. He attended OCC for two years where he played basketball before transferring to California State University, Fullerton. There, he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations in 2003. Brian has worked in the company full-time since January 2002, beginning as an office manager. Prior to managing Laguna Beach Physical Therapy, Brian managed Anaheim Physical Therapy and Aquatic Rehab for 5 years, gaining experience in the overall operations of the outpatient physical therapy clinic. He is now involved in the billing department and administration and is the future CFO of the family-owned business, SoCal Physical Therapy.
Brian enjoys spending time with his wife, Jenny and their three children, Braeden, Reese and Ryder. He continues to play basketball and surf, along with coaching his kids’ sports.
Josh Mora, BA – Co-Office Manager
Joshua was born in Bellflower and was raised in Montclair, CA. He attended Montclair High School where he played soccer all four years and was captain of the MHS soccer team for the 2014-2015 season. Soccer and sports in general have always been a huge part of his life, and in his sophomore year he had the opportunity to travel to Brazil for a week-long professional try out. This experience reinforced his desire to pursue a career that revolves around sports. Josh graduated from UCI in May 2019 with a BA in Psychology and Social Behavior. Shortly after his second year at UCI, Josh began volunteering at the Corona Del Mar office and was hired a few months after that. He hopes to pursue a career in Physical Therapy in the future.
Josh enjoys watching and playing soccer and basketball, going to amusement parks, and spending time with friends and family.
Clarisa Bloemhof, B.S. PT Aide
Clarisa is a SoCal native and is interested in pursuing a career in medicine. She is a recent graduate from UC Irvine (Go Anteaters!) with a BS in Public Health Sciences and a BA in Economics. She enjoys working with patients at CDM Physical Therapy and educating them on proper exercise form. In her spare time, you can find her volunteering at a local homeless shelter, cooking new recipes, or having fun at Disneyland.
Osvaldo (Oz) Cruz B.S.-Physical/Occupational Therapy Aide
Oz began his PT journey with a knee injury he sustained from basketball. He found himself in a clinic going through therapy. Oz was so astounded by his recovery at the 3 month mark that he changed his major from geology to kinesiology. Shortly after the big jump, he began interning at a physical therapy clinic and graduated from CSUF. Today, he continues to gain experience in therapy, hoping to soon become a licensed physical therapist.
Oz loves spending time with his girlfriend, Regan, watching new movies, trying new food, and planning events together. He also enjoys learning new things and meeting new people. Oz gets his daily dose of the internet, ranging from funny animal and home videos to learning about physics and zoology. Oz also likes to go with his friends to the gym to lift weights and play basketball.
Tina Peng, BS, Occupational Therapy Aide
Tina grew up in the bay area, and relocated when she attended University of California, Irvine- where she graduated with her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Social Behavior. Her passion for the medical field began at a young age when she watched her mother practice as an Acupuncturist. During high school and college, she worked as a student athletic trainer, behavior technician, research assistance, and volunteered at a children's Occupational Therapy clinic. She plans on achieving her CSCS training certificate in the near future and attending Graduate school for Occupational Therapy.
During Tina's spare time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, weightlifting, camping and dirt biking.
Julie Huang, BS, Occupational Therapy Aide
Julie is an Occupational Therapy Aide and has worked for us since November 2019. She grew up in the Bay Area and moved to Orange County for college. She graduated from UC Irvine in June 2019 and received a BS in Biological Sciences. Julie plans to pursue a career as a Physician's Assistant.