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From the moment you step into our comfortable, women-only environment, Hoag for Her Center for Wellness' experienced, helpful team is here to support you on your personal journey to optimal health and wellness.

Our nationally recognized Women’s Health Specialists are credentialed to provide you with the highest level of personalized care. Each of our caring practitioners works together in partnership with you and your physician to help you achieve your unique health and wellness goals.

Massage Therapists

Karen Curran, CMT

Certified Massage Therapist

After over twenty years of working in the corporate world, Karen decided to pursue her lifelong interest and passion for being a holistic provider. She graduated from the Holistic Healthcare Provider Program at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health with exceptional achievements as a massage therapist. She is licensed by the State of California as a Certified Massage Therapist. Karen’s caring personality and her exceptional manual therapeutic skills make her a valued member of the Hoag for Her Center for Wellness team. In her spare time, Karen loves family time, hiking, most sports, and is trying to get better at golf.

Shari Dill, CMT

Certified Massage Therapist

Shari believes in taking care of every aspect of the body, inside and out, and this is reflected in her work. Shari's massage modalities include sports, deep tissue, prenatal and postpartum, oncology, geriatrics, acupressure, sports injuries and lymphatic drainage, aroma therapy and herbal studies. In addition to massage, Shari has a degree in Nutrition and Fitness and received her personal training certification through National Association of Sports Medicine. She does not believe in extreme or quick fixes to diet or health, but instead emphasizes moderation, consistency and balance in behavior and treatment.

Elaine Wong, BCTMB, CMLDT

Certified Massage Therapist

Elaine Wong is a Board Certified Massage Therapist with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Science/Hospital Administration. Elaine is a Preferred Provider for the Society For Oncology Massage. She is certified in Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Prenatal Massage. Her other specialties include neuromuscular/sports injury and oncology massage.

As a proud member of the Hoag for Her Center for Wellness team since 2011, Elaine works with a variety of patients to alleviate chronic or acute pain, muscle spasms, and stress reduction. She combines clinical and therapeutic massage for an effective and relaxing therapy session. She would like everyone to know that massage does not have to be painful to be effective.

Elaine believes that the mind-body-spirit connection is an essential part of everyone's health and well-being. She also believes that massage therapy should be utilized by all, and is most effective as a preventive/maintenance program.

In her spare time, Elaine enjoys volunteering and providing oncology massage for patients while they are receiving chemotherapy treatments in the inpatient and outpatient settings.

“I am honored to be working with such a specialized, dedicated and extremely passionate group of women."


Ema Borboa, MS, L.Ac, CBP, KST

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, Certified Body Talk Practitioner, Koren Specific Technique, Always Ready to Dance

I have always had a passion for herbs and holistic healing, as both my grandmother and great-grandmother were avid holistic healers. As a result, I frequently “treated” family members with remedies from my local herb store and found I had a natural talent for finding the right herbs to heal specific conditions.

In 1985, I became ill with chronic migraine headaches, which led to my first acupuncture treatment. I was amazed at my quick recovery and decided I wanted to do for others what my acupuncturist had done for me. Instead of returning to school for my MBA, I changed my career path, and as they say, the rest is history. I’ve never looked back!

My particular focus is on Acupuncture and Herbology. However, I also know and practice a variety of other healing therapies, as needed.

More recently, my ongoing study of Eastern Medicine and Philosophies has opened the door for further broadening my world. I have learned that to facilitate health in others, a practitioner must follow her own advice and take her own medicine. Therefore, two of my favorite practices are Qigong and Zen Meditation.

I joined the staff of Womanology and Restore Him in spring of 2007 and have been blessed to practice in the company of such dedicated colleagues. The combination of our knowledge and modalities is a complimentary fit for addressing a vast number of acute and chronic physical conditions. Most
importantly, our shared philosophy in facilitating and nurturing the healing of our patients mutually enhances their continued success.


  • Bachelor of Arts in Marketing/International Business from California State University, Los Angeles, 1984
  • Masters in Chinese Medicine & Herbology from South Baylo University,1999
  • Certification in Jaffe Mallor Technique (JMT) for Allergy Elimination/Auto Immuno Dysfunction, 2000
  • Dr. Tan’s Balance Method for Chronic Pain Treatment, 2002
  • Neurological/Emotional Technique (NET), 2003
  • Certified BodyTalk System Practitioner, 2004
  • Reconnective Healing, 2006
  • Matrix Energetics, 2008
  • Certified Koren Specific Technique Practitioner (KST), 2009
  • Presently studying the Classics of Chinese Medicine; going back to the beginning to create a foundation for the next step in healing

Dr. Jody Danese, D.C., Lac. Acupuncturist

Dr. Jody is a holistic and alternative medicine practitioner. She takes wellness to a whole new level by combining the practice of ancient acupuncture with chiropractic for the physical healing and incorporates yoga, meditation and emotional energy clearing work for the mind-body and spirit healing. With her breadth of knowledge in Kundalini yoga (a neuro-endocrine effective healing form of yoga) and Neuro-Emotional Clearing, she takes every client to a higher level of mental awareness. Dr. Jody is skilled at persuading her patients brains “to listen to their body” to effectively be in touch with their skin. She received training at Deepak Chopra Center and Sharp Institute Ayurvedic Medicine and is a licensed Acupuncturist since 2001. Dr. Jody holds a doctorate degree from Los Angeles College of Chiropractic.

After having an acupuncture treatment, as a practicing chiropractor, she experienced firsthand the rapid pain relief and healing ability of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine and decided to go back to school to get her acupuncture license. She also learned that by using a combination of chiropractic and acupuncture to treat her patients, she was able to provide more complete, deeper and lasting healing effects. She specializes in Traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncture, Korean Hand Acupuncture, Auricular acupuncture and esoteric acupuncture.

She started her professional journey in addiction treatment at Hoag Hospital teaching yoga in the chemical dependency unit. The last five years she has taken it to a new level as a Holistic Addiction Practitioner incorporating chiropractic, acupuncture, yoga and meditation, amino acid therapy and sophisticated breathing techniques called pranayama.


  • Doctor of Chiropractic: California, 1987
    Los Angeles College of Chiropractic - Whittier, CA, USA
  • Chiropractic Board Certified & licensed Chiropractic -California
    CA License # 19085DC
  • Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc): California, 2001
    South Baylo University School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine - Anaheim, CA, USA
  • Acupuncture Board Certified & Licensed Acupuncturist - California
    CA License # 7706Lac

Pilates & Fitness Instructors

Lisa Dietzel, Certified Pilates Instructor

After leaving the high stressed corporate world of Advertising, Lisa was first attracted to Pilates for its tremendous ability to heal bodies. She first discovered Pilates while searching for exercises to alleviate her back pain after an injury. She later was certified at Body Arts & Science International (BASI), specializing in pelvic floor dysfunctions, osteoporosis, cancer rehabilitation, and pre/post natal. With her extensive background in Art/Graphic Design, Pilates provides the perfect combination of art and science to rehabilitate people before and after pregnancy and through the life span. Lisa enjoys working in the fun and supportive environment at Womanology + RestoreHim by HOAG helping those who are recovering from injury, surgery, or pelvic floor dysfunctions. Her passion lies in the Pilates room guiding safe and healthy movement, connecting people creatively and organically to improve health and rehabilitation.

"Feeling good is infectious, motivating and empowering. I believe in the importance of safe movement to maintain good health which ultimately reduces pain and stress. I like to provide real exercise for real people"

Nicole Ervin, Certified Personal Trainer and Nutritionist, Fitness Coach

While studying nutrition in college, Nicole worked at a local women's gym which inspired her to learn more about fitness. After all, she believes combining fitness and nutrition is the best way to achieve optimal health!

After graduating Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a BS in Nutrition, she became a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). She started her career at a major chain gym where she became successful as one of the club's top trainers. From there, she launched Benefitness.

Nicole's mission is to help her clients accomplish their fitness goals and assist them in making practical lifestyle changes suited to their life. Customized fitness and nutrition programs are designed specifically for the individual, whether they're in junior high or enjoying retirement. Nicole prides herself on offering a safe place to achieve lasting health and fitness habits.

Sammy Bello - Certified Pilates Instructor

Sammy is the Wellness Program Coordinator and a Pilates Instructor at Hoag for Her Center for Wellness. She previously worked for the Health Information Exchange department at Hoag for a year and half as a liaison for physicians in order to improve the transition of care for patients from provider to provider. Sammy organizes the wellness classes and services at Hoag for Her Center for Wellness. She guides patients through their journey toward cultivating better wellness.

Sammy earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from the University of San Diego. She worked in television production as well as marketing promotions. She worked for the American Heart Association and coordinated the Orange County Heart Walk at Angel Stadium which fundraises over $1.5 million for research, education, and healthcare. She earned her Master’s degree in Public Health with a concentration in Health Promotion from National University. As an athlete her whole life, Sammy has a passion for fitness. She is a trained Pure Barre Instructor, certified Pilates Instructor, and has completed multiple marathons as well.

She is proud to continue her career with Hoag at the Center for Wellness. She is excited to guide the community toward empowering themselves to improve their own health. “Health care does not just pertain to improving one’s body, but also improving the health of their mind and soul.”

Yoga Instructors

Dolly Lai, Certified Yoga Therapist

Dolly Lai is a certified Yoga Therapist with professional degrees and practical experience in Physiotherapy and Special Education. Her holistic approach guides participants through an integrated practice of asana, pranayama and Yoga Nidra meditation. To enhance student understanding, she also provides an explanation of the anatomical and physiological benefits of each pose to ensure her classes deliver a bio-mechanically sound practice.

For the last 20+ years, Dolly has shared her knowledge of traditional Indian yoga in Florida, Illinois and California to promote overall health and well-being. Her early career focused on infants and young children with special needs. In addition to hands-on clinical work, she was also responsible for setting up programs to bring PT techniques to villages in rural India, coordinating a national awareness campaign to highlight the needs of people with disabilities, and developing a plan to attract the Special Olympics to Calcutta.

In Orange County, Dolly began designing programs for both pre-natal yoga and Mommy-and-me yoga over ten years ago and has implemented them at a large medical wellness facility and local yoga studios. Besides her regular yoga classes, she specializes in working with participants with limited mobility and medical conditions. She has successfully run her own yoga studio for the last 15 years and teaches 12-14 classes per week.

Over the years, her practice has evolved to incorporate spirituality, weaving deep philosophy, storytelling and humor into her teaching.

Milka Gronlund, PhD, PsyD, Certified Yoga Instructor

Dr. Milka Gronlund, PhD, PsyD specializes in wellness and has been practicing internationally for over 20 years.

She empowers patients to discover their inner strength and care for oneself and be healthy in all areas - mentally, physically and spiritually. She teaches people to take better care of themselves; resulting in a happier and healthier life. She is a beloved instructor at Hoag who modifies her classes to fit all needs and levels and offers variety in her classes, which include gentle yoga, relaxation, mindfulness and meditation. Her classes are ideal for those who want to de-stress and find a peaceful connection between the body and mind.

She is certified in personal training, group fitness, yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi and Reiki in addition to other wellness certifications.

Registered Dietitian

Yasi Ansari, CSSD, MS, RD

Yasi currently works as a Clinical Dietitian at Hoag Hospital, where she provides Medical Nutrition Therapy to patients with a variety of health conditions. Yasi’s work in the field of nutrition began with a position at USC Norris Cancer Hospital where she worked in inpatient and outpatient oncology and helped educate both patients and families on healthy eating for cancer prevention and while undergoing treatment. Yasi also worked with her alma-mater UCLA; fueling athletes as a Clinical Nutrition Coordinator with UCLA Athletics. There she provided Bruin-athletes with education about pre and post fueling for optimal performance and recovery, conducted grocery store tours and also met one-on-one with students for individualized nutrition therapy to meet health goals.

In her spare time, Yasi enjoys dancing and writing as a freelance nutrition writer for physicians and dietitians in the Southern California community. Yasi’s undergraduate degree was completed in Mass Communication Studies from UCLA and graduate degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with an emphasis in Nutrition and Dietetics from CSUN. Yasi is a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) which designates specific knowledge, skills, and expertise for competency in sports dietetics practice. As a CSSD, Yasi is able to provide safe, effective, evidence-based nutrition services for health, fitness, and athletic performance.

Her areas of clinical/research interest include nutrition for recovery from injury, fueling for optimal performance, general wellness, optimal bone health and clinical health issues such as IBD, IBS, food allergies, disordered eating, interstitial cystitis, kidney stones, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Sexual Health Therapist

Stephanie Buehler, MPW, PsyD, CST-S

Dr. Stephanie Buehler is a licensed psychologist and AASECT-Certified Sex Therapist with a long interest both in treating women and men with pelvic floor diagnoses and in integrated medicine. Dr. Buehler helps people to cope with these frustrating conditions; to have more comfortable sexual experiences; and to better understand their sexuality. Dr. Buehler also specializes in helping cancer survivors, couples with infertility, and couples in the post-partum period recover sexual function and pleasure.

Dr. Buehler is a native Californian and has lived in Orange County for almost 25 years. She is a graduate of UCLA, USC, Pepperdine University, and Alliant/CSPP. She is active in several organizations, including the American Psychological Association; American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists; International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health; and the International Pelvic Pain Society.

Dr. Buehler is the author of two books, including What Every Mental Health Professional Needs to Know about Sex, and multiple articles about sexual health. She has been quoted in the media, including Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, WebMD, and more. She is the founder of The Buehler Institute, which offers continuing education opportunities for psychotherapists and nurses seeking specialized training in sex therapy and counseling.

When not working, Dr. Buehler enjoys photographing landscapes, visiting art museums, traveling around the Southwest, hanging out in good restaurants with her husband Mark, family and friends, and scratching her parrot’s neck.


Sirena Weil (J. Weil M.D.),Reiki Master,Reiki Practitioner

Sirena Weil was a medical doctor who now practices holistic energy healing modalities. She had a mystical awakening experience at age 29 which led to the discovery of her multi-sensory gifts. As these abilities unexpectedly appeared during patient appointments, simple questions asked by patients would elicit deeper spiritual answers. As energy flowed through her hands, she discreetly directed it for healing.

Her insatiable hunger to understand true healing started a new phase in her career to study beyond western medicine offerings. The medical system can have a way of slowly eroding a healer's soul, so after 18 years of private practice, she left. She moved to California to find inspiration again and instead, was diagnosed with breast cancer. She spent the last two years healing herself, using both modern medicine, reiki, and directly addressing the root emotional/spiritual causes. Thus, the breast cancer became the actual inspiration that restored her desire to be a healer once again. She is excited about this full circle moment where she can give to others the healing Hoag has given to her.

Guided Imagery

Rhona Jordan, C.Glt, C.Cht-Guided Imagery Therapist

Rhona Jordan is passionate about her offerings with our patients for their well being. Rhona offers workshop, classes, public speaking engagements at conventions, and medical meetings. Well known Hypnosis Instructor and teacher to the teachers. She is a certified Primordial Sound Meditation Instructor. Her clients base is international as far as Peru, thanks to Skype and Facetime technology.

Rhona's hobbies are growing and wiring Bonsai trees. Her home and yard reflects international travels and special love of the Hawaii islands.

Wellness Coach

Anusha Wijeyakumar, MA, Dip Mentoring, CPC, RYT, Wellness Coach

Anusha Wijeyakumar (MA, Dip Mentoring, CPC, RYT) is a Wellness Coach providing service at Hoag for Her Center for Wellness. Anusha teaches Vinyasa, Yin, Hatha and Pre-­Natal yoga for all levels and because of her knowledge base has been invited to teach as part of Yoga Alliance certified Teacher Training Programs across Southern California. Anusha runs yoga workshops internationally, yoga retreats in Southern California and is a published spiritual writer and motivational speaker.

Anusha is also knowledgeable in the areas of Meditation, Mantra, Pranayama/Breath work and the Philosophy and Mythology associated with Yoga. Anusha has over 15 years of senior management experience working for Fortune 50 global corporations, not-­for-­profit charitable organizations & private companies in three continents. She holds a BA, MA, Diploma in Mentoring, Certified Professional Coach qualification, is a Registered Yoga Teacher/RYT with Yoga Alliance and a Meditation Practitioner.

Anusha teaches yoga, meditation and mindfulness practices in a way that honors her students and her teaching style. Anusha specializes in teaching yoga to beginners and those with additional needs due to injuries who require more individual attention and modifications. Her teaching methodology is focused on alignment, breath and beginning the process of quieting the mind, and going within to discover lasting inner peace.

Physical Therapists

Heather LaPaglia, PT, DPT, PRPC

Heather LaPaglia 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 Hoag Pelvic Health Program, 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 Therapy Association.

“What I love about working at Hoag Pelvic Health Program is that the clinic, staff, and patients make it feel like home.”

In her free time, Heather enjoys anything outdoors and involving music.

Mona Espanola - PT, DPT, WCS, PRPC

Mona Espanola is a physical therapist specializing in pelvic health for both men and women. Mona earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Touro University Nevada in 2013, and received her Bachelor's degree in Clinical Exercise Science from California State University Fullerton. She is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) - Section on Women's Health, International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS), Southern California Pelvic Floor Sexual Medicine Collaborative Group (PFSM). Mona has advanced designation in pelvic physical therapy as a certified Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner (PRPC) and is Board Certified in Women’s Health through the APTA as a Women’s Health Clinical Specialist (WCS).

Mona has a special interest in chronic pelvic pain conditions such as pudendal neuralgia, interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome, vulvodynia, prostatitis, post-surgical pain, and post-partum pain. She also wants to create an awareness, while providing personalized care and treatment for the underserved male population experiencing pelvic pain. Mona focuses on patient-centered care while utilizing the most current evidence-based manual therapy techniques through specialized education and training received from Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, Pelvic Education Alliance, and a post-graduate fellowship focusing on chronic pelvic pain and pelvic floor dysfunction.

While working on her Doctorate, Mona volunteered at the Children’s Heart Center, Sunrise Hospital in Nevada and other non-profit organizations to promote health, wellness, and fitness to the youth in the Las Vegas area. During her free time, Mona likes to stay active with yoga, paddle boarding, hiking, and running. She plans to work on her yoga teacher training and incorporate this into patient care. She likes to attend sporting events, concerts, spend time with family and friends, and play with her French Bulldogs Bruce and Gus.

Kathryn Karkut, PT, DPT, PRPC

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 Hoag Pelvic Health Program.

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 Hoag Pelvic Health Program 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, PRPC

Claire Merriman earned 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.

Claire began her career in outpatient orthopedics, gaining 2.5 years of experience treating a wide range of orthopedic impairments in outpatient clinics in Boston MA, Cincinnati OH, and Irvine CA. Claire earned her Manual Therapy Certification through the University of St. Augustine in December 2015.

Claire joined the Hoag Pelvic Health program in Jan 2015 with a desire to expand her expertise in treating pelvic impairments. She received her Pelvic Rehab Practitioner Certification through Herman and Wallace in November 2017. Claire has a shared passion for treating both orthopedic and pelvic floor impairments, with a particular interest in care of the pregnant and post-partum population.

In her free time, Claire enjoys running, hiking and exploring new places with her husband, family and friends.

Staphany Lao, PT, DPT

Staphany was interested in a career as a physical therapist starting in her undergraduate years. She graduated from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and an emphasis in pre-physical therapy studies. She later went on to pursue her Doctorate degree and graduated from California State University Northridge (CSUN). Staphany completed an internship at the Hoag Pelvic Health Program where she not only gained skills and training, but nutured her interest in the specialty of pelvic physical therapy. She enjoys working with both men and women, and has a special interest in patients who are pregnant and postpartum or suffering from pelvic pain, incontinence, and orthopedic related diagnoses. She has a passion for bringing awareness to pelvic floor diagnoses, while providing patients with the knowledge and resources they need to feel empowered to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Born and raised in Southern California, Staphany enjoys being at the beach, baking, and finding new restaurants in the neighborhood to try. She likes to live an active lifestyle and enjoys paddle boarding, hiking, yoga, or just having a good sweat session at the gym.

What she loves most about working at Hoag’s Pelvic Health Program is the warm, inspiring, welcoming environment they have created, and their dedication to helping patients achieve optimal health through their multi-disciplinary approach.

Alicia Meyer, PT, DPT

Alicia began her academic career by receiving a B.S. in Kinesiology at California State University of Fullerton. While there, she competed on the NCAA division 1 gymnastics team. Her love of sports, science, and the human body led her to continue her education at Chapman University, where she earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. During her studies she took an elective pelvic health course, and then completed an eight-week clinical rotation at Hoag Pelvic Health Program.

She enjoys working with the friendly team at the Hoag Pelvic Health Program. She believes in a multidisciplinary patient centered approach to achieve the best possible outcomes. Alicia is a lifelong learner and plans to receive her Pelvic Rehab Practitioner Certification in the future.

In her free time Alicia enjoys spending time with her friends and family, going to the beach, hiking, and traveling the world.


Salpi Salibian MS PA-C

Salpi joined Hoag Hospital in 2015 as Director of Clinical Operations and Program Development for women’s outpatient health and wellness, including Hoag Pelvic Health Program, a specialized pelvic rehabilitation program, and Hoag for Her Center for Wellness.

She holds a Master of Science degree from Northeastern University, Physician Assistant Program Boston MA and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts, cum laude, from Harvard University, Division of Continuing Education Cambridge, MA.

Salpi’s career in healthcare started in Corporate Training and then as a Physician Assistant (PA) more than 10 years ago. In 2007, Salpi moved to California with her family and worked as a PA in a Hoag affiliated private practice specializing in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS) in Newport Beach, CA subsequently joining Keck Medicine of USC, Institute of Urology Beverly Hills, CA.

She has extensive experience in Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Interstitial Cystitis/Bladder Pain Syndrome, Overactive Bladder, Sexual Dysfunction, Chronic Pelvic Pain and Urodynamics. She also has a strong interest in teaching and research.

Salpi is thrilled to bring her experience and passion for Pelvic Medicine to Hoag and to be part of its vision to expand services that promote and improve the health and well-being of patients. Salpi is fluent in Armenian, Arabic and Turkish.

Clinical Supervisors

Christine L. King, PT, DPT, PRPC

Christine is the Physical Therapist Lead at the Newport location, specializing in women's health with a strong background in orthopedics that she incorporates into her practice. She enjoys treating patients with sacroiliac or hip pain, coccyx pain, painful intercourse, post-partum complications, interstitial cystitis, pelvic pain and incontinence.

She graduated from Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR with a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science with a pre-therapy and allied health option. She then went on to Chapman University in Orange, CA where she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.

Originally from Oregon, Christine loves to enjoy the sandy beaches and warm sunshine that California offers. She likes to stay active with Crossfit, soccer, hiking, spinning, and Yoga. She loves to travel and spend time with friends and family including her French bulldog, Remy.

Christine loves the supportive environment that Hoag Pelvic Health Program provides for everyone who walks through our doors. She feels that the holistic care our team offers contributes to the overall well-being of an individual, and not just their current diagnosis.

Kathleen Lombardo, PT, DPT, WCS

Kathleen is the Physical Therapist Lead at the Irvine location.

Kathleen is the Physical Therapist Lead at the Irvine location, she received her Bachelors degree in Physiological Science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2005. She graduated with her Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Chapman University in 2008. She also has advanced board certification from the APTA as a Women's Clinical Specialist (WCS) in physical therapy. She has extensive training in various manual therapy techniques and exercise for pelvic pain, voiding dysfunction, pregnancy and postpartum conditions. She finds women's health physical therapy as a specialty where she can integrate her knowledge and passion for multi-system physiology and biomechanics for treatment of musculoskeletal dysfunction. She believes in a multidisciplinary approach to care and in empowering patients with knowledge about the body to foster healing. She is committed to continuing education and learning to provide highly skilled care for her patients.

She has been involved in various speaking engagements for community education including participation as a panel member alongside physicians and other healthcare providers in topics of continence and sexual health. She has also been a featured columnist in the Orange County Register to improve community awareness on pelvic floor dysfunction and physical therapy. She served as lead pelvic floor therapist at Hoag Rehabilitation Services since 2011.

Her free time is spent mostly with her family. She is a proud mom and dog mom of two boys.

"I am happy and proud to be part of a team of genuinely caring and warmhearted women providing specialized therapies here at Hoag ."

Patient Services Team

Sammy Bello - Wellness Program Coordinator

Sammy is the Wellness Program Coordinator and a Pilates Instructor at Hoag for Her Center for Wellness. She previously worked for the Health Information Exchange department at Hoag for a year and half as a liaison for physicians in order to improve the transition of care for patients from provider to provider. Sammy organizes the wellness classes and services at Hoag for Her Center for Wellness. She guides patients through their journey toward cultivating better wellness.

Sammy earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from the University of San Diego. She worked in television production as well as marketing promotions. She worked for the American Heart Association and coordinated the Orange County Heart Walk at Angel Stadium which fundraises over $1.5 million for research, education, and healthcare. She earned her Master’s degree in Public Health with a concentration in Health Promotion from National University. As an athlete her whole life, Sammy has a passion for fitness. She is a trained Pure Barre Instructor, certified Pilates Instructor, and has completed multiple marathons as well.

She is proud to continue her career with Hoag at the Center for Wellness. She is excited to guide the community toward empowering themselves to improve their own health. “Health care does not just pertain to improving one’s body, but also improving the health of their mind and soul.”

Chelsea Cho, Patient Care Coordinator

Chelsea was born and raised in Southern California. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a B.A. in Public Health Policy and a minor in Educational Sciences, and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa International Honor Society.

She has previous experience volunteering in private medical offices as a medical assistant shadow as well as interning at the Orange County AIDS Services Foundation, a nonprofit organization aimed to provide services to afflicted clients. During her undergraduate career, she has also had leadership roles in on-campus clubs planning fundraisers to collectively raise funds to send collegians on short-term mission trips.

She is passionate about the health and educational field, and has a large affinity towards converging these two passions. She loves to work with children in her free time through empowerment and the instilling of knowledge. Currently, she is in the pursuit of a graduate degree in Public Health and Health Administration.

Elizabeth Torres, Patient Care Coordinator

Elizabeth earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Music from Chapman University in Orange, CA. As an undergraduate, she cultivated her passion for serving youth by interning for Orange Lutheran High School and New Alternatives Incorporation. She also had the opportunity to study abroad in Madrid, Spain, where she became bilingual in Spanish.

Elizabeth loves working closely with youth in foster care, and has at least five years of work and volunteer experience in child welfare. Prior to Hoag, she worked for Olive Crest as a case manager where she served children placed with their relatives (grandparents, aunts/uncles, etc.). She has been a volunteer for Royal Family Kids since 2014 as both the music leader and a mentor. In September 2017, she became a practitioner of the Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) through Texas Christian University. As a practitioner, she is able to teach and integrate the principles of TBRI® (Empowering, Connecting, and Correcting) anywhere that reaches children that have been abused and neglected.

In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, running, yoga, discovering trendy coffee shops, leading worship at church, and spending time with friends and family. She can also frequently be found at the mission in San Juan Capistrano!

She is thrilled to be a part of Hoag, and is excited to grow and develop within this organization.

Amy Nguyen, Patient Care Coordinator

Amy is thrilled to serve the patients of the Hoag Pelvic Health Program while working alongside a passionate and caring team. With prospects of applying to a Doctor of Physical Therapy program in the future, she hopes to learn from a talented team that specializes in treating pelvic floor dysfunction and promotes overall wellness.

Since high school, Amy has avidly pursued a future in physical therapy. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine from Pepperdine University in 2016 with a particular interest in advocating health and fitness for all individuals. As a teaching and research assistant, Amy helped design a neurological exercise program for older adults. She also worked at a women’s wellness center, interned at a physical therapy clinic, and taught a weekly HIIT exercise class for students and faculty on campus. Upon graduating, Amy worked as a physical therapy aide for an outpatient private practice and volunteered in the orthopedic rehab unit of a hospital.

Whether it is flag football or hiking, Amy loves being outside and sharing life with others in her free time. She is an active member of her church and seeks to reach out to both the local and global community.

Lauren Rosen, Patient Care Coordinator

Lauren is honored here to be at Hoag! Born and raised in Texas, she spent her childhood and young adulthood performing throughout the lone star state and majored in Theatre Arts at The University of North Texas. She moved to California in 2011.

While Lauren’s background is primarily in theatrical performance, her interest in physical therapy began when she became a patient herself after requiring treatment for a dance injury. During her course of treatment, she realized the positive impact physical therapy had on her healing and well-being. Soon after, she began searching for a position within the field eager to be a part of the healing process for others. Prior to Hoag, she managed a busy orthopedic clinic in Irvine. Her experience there further cultivated her knowledge of the field and developed her passion for a holistic approach to healing. She is excited to be a part of such a caring and passionate team with Hoag Pelvic Health Program!

In her free time, Lauren can most likely be found at Disneyland or a Comic-Convention with her husband.