Our Passion and Purpose for over 20 years

Mike Stein

President, Physical Therapist, Master of Orthopedic Manual Therapy

Mike Stein founded Manual Orthopedic Physical Therapy in 2002 with the goal of helping patients return to their highest functioning level. He received a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from California State University, Long Beach in 1987. He completed his master’s degree in orthopedic manual therapy from the Ola Grimsby Institute in 1995 and completed an additional two years of residency with OGI in 1997. Mike Stein is a founding board member of the Southwest Sports Wellness Foundation. He enjoys spending time with his family exploring the outdoors and mountain biking.

Joe Bailey

Vice President, Physical Therapist

Joe Bailey is a physical therapist and Vice President of MOPT. He received his bachelor’s degree from California State University, Long Beach in 1987. Joe Bailey has completed extensive post graduate education in orthopedics and manual physical therapy as well as certification in Work Place Ergonomics. He has worked as a physical therapist in California, Louisiana, and Italy. Joe Bailey has specialized in orthopedics and sports physical therapy over the last 27 years. He loves to surf and mountain bike ride as much as possible.

Curtis Hill

Vice President, Physical Therapist

Curtis Hill is a physical therapist, and Vice President of Manual Orthopedic Physical Therapy. He received his bachelor’s degree from California State University, Long Beach in 1999. He joined MOPT in 2002, and became a partner in 2006. His professional strengths include manual therapy and sports medicine. His experience includes patient treatment in various settings; from the geriatric patient to the professional athlete. Mr. Hill is an avid sports fan and enjoys participating in numerous sporting activities.

Physical Therapists

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Gemma Bajaro

Physical Therapist

Gemma Bajaro joined MOPT in 2008. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Physical therapy from Philippine Rehabilitation Institute in 2001. Gemma has had the opportunity to work mostly with total joint patients while working in Acute Care Rehab setting before transferring to Outpatient Orthopedic Rehab. She enjoys working with variety of orthopedic cases with special interest in shoulder, knee and ankle rehab. Gemma enjoys camping, hiking, mountain biking and spending time with family during her free time.

Megan Bonny

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Megan Bonny earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Kinesiology from Washington State University in 2013. After graduation, she was a professional athlete for the United States Women’s Sevens team for three years based in Chula Vista, CA. This experience allowed her to travel the world for elite competition as well as gain experience in rehabilitation from the patient and sport perspective. She completed a Doctorate in Physical Therapy with the University of Washington. Megan enjoys working in an outpatient setting with all ages. Megan loves dogs, trying new restaurants, getting outdoors for a hike or run, and watching football and rugby.

Michael Eaton

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Michael Eaton is a physical therapist who graduated from San Diego State University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Athletic Training. He then worked as an athletic trainer for one year before attaining his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in 2016. Michael is an empathetic therapist who has experience in managing chronic pain, enhancing movement quality, and improving posture; leading his patients to a more efficient and healthier life. Michael likes participating in football and baseball leagues, loves the Padres, and enjoys hiking and being outdoors.

Nicolas Franco

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Nicolas graduated from University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2018 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Prior to that, he received his Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Hawai’i at Hilo in 2015. His passion for helping injured people return to the things they love, drives him to wake up for work with a smile on his face. Nicolas enjoys being outdoors, traveling, and spending time with friends, family and his dog, Zoe.

Ferndando Navarro

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Fernando joined MOPT in 2021. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from SDSU and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. He developed his passion for rehabilitation science and sports performance while working with professional boxers and martial artists as a strength and conditioning coach. Fernando is dedicated to providing the best care to his patients and help them restore function by utilizing evidence based treatments. 

He enjoys spending time with his family and training Judo and jujitsu.

Mackenzie May

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Mackenzie is originally from Wisconsin and she received her doctorate in physical therapy from Rosalind Franklin University in North Chicago. Mackenzie has been a physical therapist since 2016, working in outpatient orthopedics. She has a special interest in knee and hip injuries as well as expanding her practice into concussion rehabilitation. Mackenzie’s goal is to provide patient-centered, quality care to help patients to achieve their maximum potential. She also strives to create a fun environment and overall positive experience for patients and their families while providing the highest quality of care. Mackenzie enjoys playing volleyball at the beach, hiking, biking and anything outdoors.

Annie Reybrock

Master of Physical Therapy, Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist

Annie Reybrock earned both her Bachelors (kinesiology, 2006) and Master of Physical Therapy degree (2008) from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with additional practical training through the Universidad del Rosario in Bogotá, Colombia. She enjoys working in the Orthopedic setting, treating patients ranging from kids to older adults, and speaking both English and Spanish. She started and currently runs the aquatic therapy program for MOPT located in the indoor pool of World Fitness Eastlake. Annie is passionate about the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers. She enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors, including running, hiking, camping, and water sports.

Colleen Sanders

Master of Physical Therapy

Colleen has over 20 years of experience working in both the orthopedic and home health physical therapy settings. She graduated with a Master’s of Physical Therapy Degree in 1997 from Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles. Prior to that, she completed her Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology at San Diego State in 1994 and her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology at the University of California, San Diego in 1991. She enjoys the manual therapy approach to treating movement dysfunction and loves the challenge of problem solving biomechanical issues to promote long lasting results. Colleen enjoys running, hiking, dancing, reading and spending time with her family.

Kendra Strouse

Master of Physical Therapy

Kendra is a physical therapist in our Eastlake location. She joined MOPT in 2017. Kendra received her bachelor’s degree from University of the Pacific in 1995 and her master’s degrees in Physical Therapy from Idaho State in 1997. She has 22 years of experience in outpatient orthopedic clinics. Originally from San Jose, CA, San Diego has been her home since 2001. Kendra resides in Chula Vista with her husband and her two daughters.

Occupational Therapists

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Gil Lopez

Master of Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapist Registered / Licensed

Gil joined MOPT in 2021. He received his Masters in Occupational Therapy from University of Saint Augustine San Marcos. Gil has gained experience working in the hospital setting in Acute Care and Acute Care Rehab, which allowed him to experience working with a variety of cases before working in Outpatient Rehab. He enjoys working specifically with hand, elbow, and shoulder patients.

Gil enjoys surfing, playing tennis, hiking, watching movies, and being with family and friends.

Megan Barnard

Manager of Occupational Services at MOPT, Occupational Therapist, Certified Hand Therapist, Certified Lymphedema Therapist

Megan Barnard has been an Occupational Therapist specializing in hand therapy since 2002. Originally from Wisconsin, Megan is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and continues to be a die hard Badger and Green Bay Packers fan. Most of her career has been focused on serving patients in the greater San Diego area, however, Megan had the opportunity to work as a hand therapist treating complex traumatic injuries at Cambridge University Hospital in the United Kingdom. She achieved the distinction as a Board Certified Hand Therapist in 2013. Megan also holds an advanced credential as a Certified Lymphedema Therapist. She enjoys being a part of this community and helping to keep its residents healthy and active.

Lynn A. Shih

Occupational Therapist, Certified Hand Therapist

Lynn has been an Occupational Therapist since 1995, and a Board Certified Hand Therapist since 2001. She obtained her Master’s Degree from Springfield College. She used to reside in New England, and practiced primarily in the outpatient setting, developing a successful hand therapy program for a group of orthopedic/hand surgeons. More recently, she was employed at the Naval Medical Center, San Diego, for over 10 years and previously served as the primary occupational therapist for their C5 program. She has extensive experience with prosthetic training, amputee care, polytrauma (e.g. gunshot, blast and shrapnel injuries) and mirror therapy. Lynn has held faculty appointment and guest-lectured at different universities and colleges. She now enjoys working part-time and spending time with her family.

Johana Neri

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapist Registered/Licensed,
Hand Therapy Certified Advanced Practice in Hand Therapy

Johana Neri has been a practicing Occupational Therapist with a focus in hand therapy since 2017. She received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from CSU Dominguez Hills in Los Angeles County. A proud native San Diegan, Johana always dreamed of returning to serve the very community she grew up in and now finds herself doing just that as part of the MOPT team. She achieved her Advanced Practice in Hand Therapy from the California Board of Occupational Therapy. In her spare time, Johana enjoys cooking, listening to live music, going on adventures with family and friends, and traveling.

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Eastlake Office

955 Lane Avenue, Suite 201
Chula Vista, CA 91914
(619) 421-9521
Fax: (619) 421-9568

Rancho Del Rey Office

885 Canarios Court, Suite 110
Chula Vista, CA 91910
(619) 656-5102
Fax: (619) 656-5103

Orthopedic physical therapy is both a science and an art that focuses on improving the function of the human body. Therapeutic techniques can target muscles, bones, joints, tendons, and ligaments, depending on the patient’s unique challenges. It nearly always includes manual, hands-on therapy from a licensed physical or occupational therapist, but a comprehensive approach, like the one offered at MOPT, also includes patient education and individualized therapeutic exercise programs that can be practiced at home. Treatment can also include therapies such as aquatic therapy, acupuncture, and AlterG therapy. When searching for “manual physical therapy near you,” your search starts and ends with MOPT! Allow our licensed physical and occupational therapists to help you improve function, restore flexibility, and enhance your mobility in a friendly and professional patient-centered atmosphere.