Linda, who was born and raised in Whittier, decided that she wanted to pursue a career in physical therapy in high school. She received her Associate of Science as a Physical Therapist Assistant from Cerritos College, a Bachelor of Science in Health Science from Cal State Long Beach and a Masters of Physical Therapy from Samuel Merritt College. If this wasn’t enough education, due to Linda’s unquenchable thirst for knowledge, she then completed a yearlong Orthopedic Manual Therapy Course and became board certified as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in 2001 and a completed a yearlong Hand Therapy Fellowship and became a Certified Hand Therapist in 2008.
Linda is actively involved in educational activities for physical and occupational therapists. She is a faculty member and clinical mentor in the Kaiser Hand Therapy Fellowship. She is also a faculty member and clinical instructor for the Cerritos College PTA program (her alma mater). Linda is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and American Society of Hand Therapists and has presented at national conferences for both organizations. She has been published in the book Rehabilitation of the Postsurgical Orthopedic Patient and is currently the Chairman of the APTA Hand Section Nominating Committee.
She lives in Whittier with her husband, who is also an educator, and their two children. In her free time she enjoys leading her daughter’s Girl Scout Troop, cheering for her daughter’s water polo and swim teams and her son’s basketball teams. She also enjoys cheering on the basketball and football teams that her husband coaches for Mesa Robles Middle School and spending time with family and friends.