Dr.Melinda Bryan, PT, DPT, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Director
Owner and Certified Master Pilates Teacher Trainer
Dr. Melinda is a practicing physical therapist for 34 years. She obtained her B.S. in Physical Therapy from Temple University in 1987, and Pilates certification from Romana Kryzanowska in 1992. In 2017, she was awarded her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Evidence in Motion.
As a former dance major in college, Dr. Melinda went on to study sports medicine and worked as a scholarship athlete in the Temple U. athletic training dept. prior to pursuing a physical therapy degree. Her physical therapy training included a specialized dance medicine residency with the world-renown New York City Ballet, and manual therapy coursework in cranial sacral therapy and myofascial release. After graduating and relocating to Southern California in 1987, Dr. Melinda worked in a variety of settings including hospital, skilled nursing, and private practice. In 1991, she toured with the Broadway show Jerome Robbins Broadway as resident physical therapist for one year.
Her other credits include work with the LA resident Broadway productions of Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Sunset Boulevard, and Broadway touring companies The Producers, Phantom of the Opera, Aida, Drowsy Chaperone, Curtains, The Color Purple, Dirty Dancing, Ragtime, and Sweeney Todd, among others; TV appearances including The Today Show and Leeza; Pilates Physical Therapist to many celebrity performers and musicians. She continues to work with performing artists backstage and in the clinic to rehabilitate injuries and prevent future injuries. Her patients range in age from 7-97. Melinda is also Director of Pilates Certification for PilatesCertificationOnline.com and educates Pilates instructors all over the world.
Dr. Melinda's mission to integrate her dance and movement background was realized when Performing Arts Physical Therapy (PAPT) was opened in 1992, blending dance, sports and Pilates rehab. PAPT was the first therapy practice in Southern California to specialize in performing arts medicine and Pilates. Today, Dr. Melinda continues her practice treating patients, mentoring students and providing Pilates Certification to those studying to be Pilates Instructors. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science. Dr. Melinda is a wife, and mother of three lovely children.
Chelsea Carroll, DPT, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Certified Aerial Dance and Yoga Instructor
Dr. Chelsea received her B.F.A. in Dance, with an emphasis in Ballet Performance, from Point Park University in 2011. While dancing in Disney’s Festival of the Lion King and teaching dance in South Korea, she discovered a passion for physical therapy and the important role it plays in performing arts. Dr. Chelsea received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from California State University Northridge and completed clinical rotations in a variety of settings including performing arts, orthopedic, sports medicine, and acute intensive care units (neurological, stroke, and cardiac). At CSUN she conducted research while volunteering at a pro bono clinic in Rishikesh, India. Dr. Chelsea received Pilates training with an emphasis on rehabilitation, and is a certified Aerial Dance and Yoga Instructor through Up Flying Yoga. She is currently in special training to rehabilitate circus performers. Chelsea also enjoys performing with companies including Rock Circus LA, The Lovely Hearts, Elevation Aerial Dance, and Figure 8 Theatre.
Mandana "Mandy" Hodjati, MPT, DPT, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Dr. Mandy is a graduate of Howard University, achieving both her Master's and Doctorate degrees in physical therapy. In addition, she has a B.A. in Nutrition and a M.S. in Executive Health Systems Management. Dr. Mandy has worked for over 10 years in both orthopedic and pediatric PT clinics, and is thrilled to be a part of the PAPT team!
Tania Funes, PT Aide
Tania received her bachelor’s degree in Ethnic Studies with a dance minor from UC Berkeley, and is currently completing her Post-Baccalaureate to apply to physical therapy school. Tania not only enjoys dancing but she also enjoys sharing her passion for dance by teaching others. She has previously taught salsa classes and worked as an afterschool dance teacher for kids in Los Angeles. She is Zumba certified and plans to start teaching classes this upcoming year. As an aspiring USC Doctor of Physical Therapy candidate, and Pilates Instructor, Tania plans to incorporate movement and Pilates into her future PT practice.
Samantha Arquieta, PT Aide
Samantha is a 2021 CSUN graduate with a degree in psychology. She plans to attend graduate school for physical therapy.
Zoe Hakonsson, PT Aide, Pilates Instructor
Zoe is a current student at CSUN, and trained Pilates Instructor. She is completing her degree in kinesiology and plans to attend graduate school for a career in the medical profession.
Tiffany Hines, PT Aide
Tiffany has joined our staff in 2021. She has worked a career in performing arts and is now pursuing her kinesiology degree at California Baptist University with plans to attend graduate school for physical therapy in the near future.