Heather Ackley, PT, DPT, PRPC
Heather Ackley began her academic career by earning her Bachelor of Science
in Human Physiology with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Oregon.
As an undergraduate, she nurtured her passion for combing health and science
by working as a certified personal trainer and as a fitness instructor
for several years.
She continued her education at Chapman University in Orange, California
where she earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Currently, in addition
to her work at WOMANOLOGY + RESTORE HIM, she is an anatomy lab instructor
for the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Science at Chapman University.
Other teaching experiences include teaching the physical agents course
with Chapman’s DPT program in 2014. Heather has focused her practice
efforts on both orthopedic and pelvic health for men and women with emphasis
on spine, pelvis, and tailbone pain, and their role in urinary incontinence,
painful intercourse, urinary frequency/urgency, prostatitis, interstitial
cystitis, and pre and post-partum pathology.
Currently Heather is pursuing post-professional studies in manual therapy
with the Institute of Physical Art, and expanding her expertise in Women’s
Health by participating in the coursework offered by Herman & Wallace.
Heather has a strong passion and interest in both orthopedic and pelvic
health fields, and brings the two together in the treatment of her patients
for optimal outcomes. Heather is a current member of the American Physical
“What I love about working at WOMANOLOGY + RESTORE HIM is that the
clinic, staff, and patients make it feel like home.”
In her free time, Heather enjoys anything outdoors and involving music.
Tiffani Berra, PT, DPT
We are so excited to have Tiffani Berra, PT, DPT join our team! Starting
out as an NCAA Division 1 gymnast from Central Michigan University, Tiffani
furthered her passion for fitness and health in physical therapy school
at USC. Tiffani is simply beautiful inside and out and is adored by her
patients and all of our staff-we are truly blessed to have her!
“I am passionate about providing the highest quality of care and
this drives my desire to continuously learn and improve my practice, particularly
in the specialized areas of women’s and men’s health. I am
enthusiastic about practicing physical therapy and am focused on becoming
a highly skilled provider in the areas of pelvic health, lymphedema and
orthopedics, and truly believe in a comprehensive, patient-centered approach
in order to help my patients achieve optimal health. I am excited for
the opportunities to learn and work with such a great and experienced
team at Womanology + Restore Him and feel that this will provide an ideal
environment for me to thrive and grow immensely as a physical therapist.”
Kathryn Karkut, Physical Therapist
Kathryn enjoys treating men and women of all ages with orthopedic and pelvic
health conditions with special interest in pelvic pain, incontinence,
and post-partum restoration.
She received her B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Southern California
with a minor in Nutrition and Health promotion. While there, she competed
on the NCAA Division 1 track and field team in the hurdles. She went on
to receive her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from California State University,
Long Beach and completed a 12-week internship at WOMANOLOGY + RESTORE
HIM by Hoag.
In her free time, she enjoys golfing, volleyball, yoga, casual runs, and
riding her bike to the beach.
Kathryn loves the supportive and friendly community at WOMANOLOGY + RESTORE
HIM by Hoag and their commitment to providing patients with the best care.
She believes in the multidisciplinary approach provided here to meet all
the patient's needs in order for them to enjoy each day of their life.
Claire Merriman, PT, DPT, MTC
Claire Merriman received her bachelor of arts in Journalism from the George
Washington University in Washington, DC. Upon graduating, she moved to
Japan to teach English at a conversational language school in Tokyo. It
was while teaching that she discovered a passion for physical therapy
and returned to the United States to earn her Doctorate in Physical Therapy
from the University of St. Augustine, in St. Augustine Florida. During
her graduate studies, she received the 2012 USA Healthcare in Journalism
Award for contributions to an article on injury prevention for runners.
After graduation, Claire gained experience treating a wide range of orthopedic
impairments working at an outpatient orthopedic clinic in Boston, MA.
In December 2015, she received her Manual Therapy Certification from the
University of St. Augustine. Claire moved to California in January of
2016 and has spent the last year treating orthopedic and pelvic floor
disorders at an outpatient clinic. During that time she has been expanding
her proficiency in Women’s Health through various continuing education
courses. Claire has a shared passion for treating both orthopedic and
pelvic floor impairments.
In her free time, Claire enjoys running, hiking and exploring new places
with her husband, family and friends.
Colleen Elliott, PT, DPT - Physical Therapist
Colleen received her Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology from the University
of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1999. She graduated with her Doctorate
in Physical Therapy from Chapman University in 2005. Colleen has worked
in orthopedics and pelvic health since the beginning her career. “I
love helping patients to achieve their goals through problem solving and
improving their function. Looking at a problem through someone else’s
eyes allows you to be creative in individualizing treatments that are
meaningful.” She often incorporates yoga into her treatments. Colleen
is also a certified yoga instructor. Colleen feels that education is key
in helping patients to take control of their health. She enjoys speaking
at community functions on topics such as urinary incontinence, posture
and body mechanics.
Colleen is married and is the proud mom of two sons. She enjoys being a
baseball mom, golfing, hiking and drinking wine.