Meet The Team
Physical Therapy Aide
Rachel Duda graduated in May of 2018 from Vanguard University with her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in pre-health. She works alongside our physical therapists to provide individualized care to our patients. Rachel also supports our front desk to ensure our patients are being well-taken care of. Her goal is to attend Physical Therapy school in the next couple of years and become a Physical Therapist. Rachel also played basketball in high school and was exposed to Physical Therapy through an injury of her own. She loves working with our patients at PT San Pedro because each day is unique and she is grateful to be apart each of our patient’s journey.
Dr. Nicole Palermo
Dr. Nicole Palermo graduated from California State University, Long Beach where she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science in 2009. She graduated from the University of the Pacific receiving her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2014. Her mission as a Physical Therapist is to educate her clients to be empowered in their recovery & performance. Dr. Palermo is a specialist in SFMA, FRC, Pelvic Restoration & Women's Pelvic Health. She has an extensive background training in soccer, Crossfit and Olympic Weightlifting. When she is not treating patients she enjoys exercising, biking, learning & spending time with her husband and dog.
Dr. Ja'nae Brown
Dr. Ja’nae Brown graduated from the University of San Francisco with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise & Sports Science in 2002 and from Loma Linda University with a Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy in 2005. She played basketball in high school and developed a love for sports and the body. Her goal is to get her patients strong and teach them ways to manage injury. Dr. Brown is a specialist in Pilates, Concussion, ROCKTAPE, and a Certified Functional Strength Coach. She is married and has a 14-year old daughter who is also a student athlete. When she is not treating patients she enjoys exercising, taking courses, shopping and spending time with her husband and daughter.
Physical Therapy Aide
Savannah Christensen is a current student at Cal State University Dominguez Hills. She is studying towards her Bachelors degree in Science with an emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy. Savannah works alongside our therapists and provide front office support as well to help assist our patients with scheduling and administrative tasks. She is also a semi-professional soccer player for Invictus Feminae. When she is not at work, at school or on the pitch, she is probably sleeping. She is fascinated by the human body and everything we as humans are capable of.
Physical Therapy Aide
Erica Robles graduated from Trine University in May of 2018 with a Bachelors degrees in Science degree with an emphasis in pre-physical therapy. She is the newest member of our team and works alongside our physical therapists to provide patient support and front office assistance to our patients and staff. Erica also played 4 years of college softball and was an All-American her senior season. Softball gave her the opportunity to play overseas in Berlin and Prague back in 2012. When Erica is not working tirelessly to serve our patients she loves to spend time outdoors and traveling to places she has never been. Her top 3 favorite things to do include: going to the movie theaters alone with a blanket, finding a new spot to admire a sunset or the night sky and telling horrible dad jokes she seems to be the only one to find funny.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
I love Dr. Brown and her entire staff! They are super friendly and make PT fun while also keeping a comfortable, calm atmosphere!! Dr. Brown not only helped me heal from my injury quickly, but keeps me knowledgeable of how to do my best to prevent future injuries!
Dr.Brown is an amazing Physical Therapist. My daughter fractured her ankle which was very tough recovery because she is a competitive dancer and on her high school Song Team. Dr. Brown worked with her very patiently to get her slowly start to do turns, leaps and jumps. Dr. Brown is by far the best at what she does. I've been to a few therapists through the years and wish we would have known about Dr. Brown sooner. She communicates to parent very throughly so you know exactly how your kid is doing and how fast or slow their progression is coming along. She is very hands on which is very rare in busy physical therapy offices. I can't honestly say enough great things about Dr. Brown but if you have an injury and want the best Physical Therapist around, you have to see Dr. Brown.
As a high level athlete, I have been through many physical therapy and sports medicine facilities for my orthopedic care and physical therapy needs. Dr. Brown has been one of the most influential physical therapists I have come across. She is extremely positive and knowledgeable about the healing process and understands the frustrations that come along with injuries. She demonstrates the highest professionalism, patience, and has excellent communication skills. I always recommend family, friends, and my fellow teammates to visit Dr. Brown for all sports physical therapy needs.