Dr. Desi PT, DPT
Cert. LSVT BIG
Specializes in: Parkinson's Disease, Manual Therapy, Spine Care/Rehab, Post-Operative Rehab for joint replacement, Posture Training
Education: Doctor of Physical Therapy, Hampton University
Certifications: LSVT BIG, CPR Certified, First Aid Certified, Certified Yoga Instructor, Reiki I Practitioner
Years in Practice: 5 years
Personal Interests: Traveling, Hiking, Strength & Conditioning, Exploring
Languages: English, Medical Spanish
Dr. Desiree ‘Desi’ Williams graduated as a Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2015, after completing her undergraduate and graduate coursework at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. Dr. Desi has always made health and wellness—for both herself and others—a priority in her life. In addition to being a registered Physical Therapist, Dr. Desi also became a certified Yoga Instructor in 2009 and a certified Reiki I practitioner in 2011. Throughout her career as a PT, Dr. Desi has worked in the outpatient setting, home health, and has served as an educator.
Before relocating to Los Angeles in 2017, Dr. Desi worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Hampton University where she taught coursework in Kinesiology, Basic Skills, Neuro Rehab, and Leadership Studies. She also worked as a staff physical therapist in an orthopedic outpatient clinic. After making the ambitious decision to relocate to Los Angeles in 2017, Dr. Desi worked as an Outpatient Physical Therapist for Kaiser Permanente prior to transitioning to the home health setting.
Dr. Desi has since worked for various Home Health Agencies, an opportunity that allows Desi to ensure she is able to provide customized, hands-on, and highly specific treatment interventions to meet her patients’ needs. Dr. Desi has found that the one-on-one treatment allows her to gain a deeper understanding of her patients’ goals and provide a targeted treatment plan customized to their needs. She has also found that she is often able to restore hope to patients who have previously been told they would not progress. This passion motivated Dr. Desi to start her own full-time home health business.
Dr. Desi considers herself a lifelong learner, and has taken additional coursework to include Yoga and Pilates for the Older Adult, Kinesiology Taping Techniques, Vestibular Rehabilitation, Evidence-Based Fall Prevention Techniques, and Manual Therapy Techniques for Pain Control and Movement Optimization. Dr. Desi also speaks conversational Spanish.
Even outside of work, Desi is no stranger to pushing her own body to its greatest potential. She served as Miss Virginia 2013, competing in the 2014 Miss America Pageant and was Miss Virginia USA 2016, finishing Top 10 in the 2016 Miss USA Competition. She was also a contestant on CBS’s SURVIVOR Season 35: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers. When she’s not working, both she and her friend/business partner, Dr. Karen, love to workout. Desi, much like Dr. Karen, can frequently be found hiking, enjoying the outdoors, and traveling.
Dr. Karen PT, DPT
Cert. LSVT BIG
Specializes in: Parkinson's Disease, Vestibular Rehab, Movement Base Approach, Manual Therapy, Spine Care/Rehab, Post-Operative Rehab for joint replacement, Posture Training
Education: Doctor of Physical Therapy, Temple University
Certifications: LSVT BIG, CPR Certified, First Aid Certified
Years in Practice: 4 years
Personal Interests: Hiking, Reading, Beach, Pilates
Languages: English, Russian, Hebrew, Medical Spanish
Dr. Karen Fradkin graduated as a Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2016, after completing her undergraduate and graduate coursework at Temple University, located in Philadelphia, PA. Her entire life Dr. Karen has been passionate about helping others and she has always strived to work in the medical profession. She spent her career specializing in outpatient and home physical therapy, as well as acute care/hospital work.
During the past few years she has worked for Kaiser Permanente in multiple locations across Los Angeles, where she focused her time treating patients in the outpatient physical therapy department and inpatient/hospital rotations. In addition to working for Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Karen has worked for several home health agencies whereby she offered personalized treatment options for patients in their homes. The experience of providing physical therapy to homebound patients was very rewarding because this enabled Dr. Karen to treat patients who have limited treatment options. As a result of this experience, Dr. Karen decided to start her own full-time home health business. She loves the special connections and improvements she has made with her patients, and she looks forward to making a difference in all of her patients’ lives.
In her free time, Dr. Karen enjoys taking professional courses and studying new treatment methods. More specifically, she has taken many Vestibular Rehabilitations courses to treat vertigo and dizziness, chronic pain courses, back and neck pain courses, as well as the Movement Links course which addresses the entire body with a movement-based approach.
Moving across the country from Philadelphia to Los Angeles in 2017 was a big change for Dr. Karen, but not her first big move. Dr. Karen was originally born in Jerusalem, Israel to a Russian immigrant family and later immigrated to the United States in 2002. Having a culturally diverse background makes it easier for Dr. Karen to communicate with her patients. She is fluent in Hebrew, Russian, English, and conversational in Spanish. Outside of work she loves to workout, hike, ride bicycles, and enjoy the beautiful California weather.
Catherine Noonan, OTR/L earned her Master’s in Occupational Therapy from University of Southern California. In addition to her degree, Catherine is certified in Skills 2 Care, a research-based intervention that benefits people with dementia and their caregivers. During her career, Catherine has specialized in home health.
Catherine’s interest in occupational therapy began when a family member received occupational therapy and Catherine saw the impact it made – both on the patient and the family. Catherine’s therapy motto is “Everyone deserves to participate, to the best of their ability, in life and meaningful activities from which they derive satisfaction.”
When Catherine is not helping her clients, she joins her running group for Saturday morning runs and enjoys the company of friends and family.
Michael McCormick, PTA received his Associate’s degree as a Physical Therapy Assistant from Concorde Career College in North Hollywood, CA. In addition to his degree Michael has completed additional training in fall prevention and recovery, corrective exercise, managing orthopedic injuries/surgery, athletic taping, stroke rehabilitation, Parkinson’s rehabilitation, and geriatric rehabilitation.
During his career, Michael has worked at Glendale Memorial Hospital in both their inpatient and outpatient settings, additional outpatient settings in West Los Angeles, and currently Home Health serving the metro Los Angeles area. Michael’s interest in physical therapy began in 2015 following his mother’s hip replacement surgery and his grandmother’s stroke. Michael was able to see both his mother and grandmother go through physical therapy and both make remarkable progress through hard work and excellent guidance from their therapists. It was at this point that Michael knew that he wanted to help others in the same way his mother and grandmother had been helped by their therapists.
Throughout all of his schooling and also with his current employment, Michael has allowed these two motto’s to push himself and his patients to meet their goal: 1. “Good, better, best, never let it rest until your good gets better and your better gets best” – taught to him by his mother when he was 5 years old; 2. “You can’t be mad at the progress you don’t make by the work that you don’t put in.” When Michael is not helping clients move and feel better, Michael enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 (soon to be 4) kids, exercising, playing basketball, and practicing Jiu-Jitsu.
Brian Fifer, PTA received his A.S. in Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Stanbridge University.
During his career, Brian has worked in acute inpatient, outpatient, and home health.
Brian's interest in physical therapy began in 2017, and his/her therapy motto is "keep moving!".
Garet Lamb, PTA received his Bachelor of Physical Therapy degree from PIMA Medical Institute. In addition to his degree, Garet has completed additional training in LSVT Big Therapy and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Saint Augustine for Medical Sciences.
During his career, Garet has worked in Outpatient rehab and Home Health rehab and will one day open a gym based on Calisthenic movements and conditioning.
Garet’s interest in physical therapy began 8 years ago, and his therapy motto is flexibility is a stream into the fountain of youth.
When Garet is not helping his clients move and feel better, he enjoys playing sports of all kinds, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.