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Physical Therapy Staff

Jeff Chen

Jeff Chen, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Physical Therapist

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Jeff Chen joined UHS in 2014 as a Physical Therapist. He received his BA in Mathematics from NYU and his DPT from Columbia University. A native New Yorker, Jeff gained experience treating brain injury and spinal cord patients at Bellevue Hospital before moving to California in 2012. Prior to joining the UHS, he worked in an outpatient orthopedic clinic in Marin County. Jeff has a special clinical interest in sports medicine and injury prevention. 

Ellen De Neef

Ellen de Neef, PT, OCS

Physical Therapist

Ellen de Neef joined UHS in 1995 as a Physical Therapist. She received her PT degree from the physical therapy school SUPA located in Utrecht, The Netherlands. She worked in pediatric and orthopedic clinics for several years before joining UHS. Ellen has completed post-graduate training in orthopedic and manual therapy and hand rehabilitation. She has a special clinical interest in manual therapy, sports medicine, ergonomics, and hand rehabilitation.

Ellen is board certified as a clinical orthopedic specialist.

Matt Garet


Physical Therapist

Matthew Garret received his BA in Excercise Science from George Washington University (2000) and his DPT from Duke University (2004). Before joining UHS, Matthew worked in an outpatient orthopedic and sports therapy clinic in the Washington, DC area. He has a special clinical interest in manual therapy, sports medicine, and general orthopedics. 

Liz Nguyen

Liz Nguyen, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Liz Nguyen received both her undergraduate degree and DPT  from Mount St. Mary's University. She completed a one-year residency in Orthopedics and a one-year fellowship in Sports Medicine at Kaiser in Los Angeles. She's an avid runner.

Emily Noe

Emily Noe, DPT, OMT

Physical Therapist

Emily Noe joined UHS in 2018 as a Physical Therapist. She received her BFA in Dance from Montclair State University, her DPT from Florida International University, and completed her Residency and Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Therapy through the Ola Grimsby Institute. Prior to joining UHS, Emily worked in an outpatient orthopedic clinic in Seattle. She was awarded best Physical Therapist in the 425 area code in 2016. Emily has a special clinical interest in orthopedics, dance injury, and prevention.  
Mary Popylisen

Mary Popylisen, PT, MSPT, ATC

Physical Therapist

Physical Therapy Manager

Mary Popylisen joined UHS in 2000 as the Physical Therapy Manager. She received her BS in Biological Sciences from UC Davis and her MSPT from the University of the Pacific. Prior to joining UHS, Mary worked at the Children’s Hospital in Oakland and completed a post-graduate year-long orthopedic manual therapy course. She has a special clinical interest in manual therapy and sports medicine and she's also a Certified Athletic Trainer.
Susan Sonoda

Susan Sonoda, PT, DPT, OCS

Physical Therapist

Susan Sonoda joined UHS in 2005 as a Physical Therapist. She received her BS in Biology from UC Berkeley and her PT degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining UHS, Susan completed a post-graduate orthopedic manual therapy program and owned a private PT practice. She has a special clinical interest in manual therapy and ergonomics.

Susan is board certified as a clinical orthopedic specialist.

Physical Therapy Clinic Assistants

Kymberly Garcia Torres  Marielle Laude You'll see Kymberly Torres Garcia and Marielle Laude at the Physical Therapist reception area where they'll help with your appointments and modality set-ups.

Physical Therapy Interns

Throughout the year, we are preceptors for Physical Therapy Interns completing their final affiliations before graduating with their Doctoral Degrees in Physical Therapy. Our professional staff directly supervises the Physical Therapy Interns.