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OUR STAFF

Dr. Melinda Bryan, PT, DPT, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Certified Principal Master Pilates Teacher Trainer

CEO 

Dr. Melinda has practiced physical therapy for 37 years. She obtained her B.S. in Physical Therapy from Temple University, Philadelphia, in 1987, and Pilates certification from Joe Pilates protegé, Romana Kryzanowska, in 1993. 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 department 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 from the east coast 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. She has authored Pilates instructor training manuals, now available in 7 languages.

 

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 rehabilitation. 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.

Bridget Grey, PT, MCSP

Bridget joined our staff in 2021. Originally from London, she has practiced physical therapy for over 35 years in a variety of settings including inpatient and outpatient hospital, hospital administration, private practice, dance company, and home care. In addition, she has worked with professional athletes including the US Ski Team. Bridget is very passionate about the field of physical therapy, and guides her patients recovery with encouraging home exercise and self-care. She is also a certified manual therapist, and licensed to practice in CA, BC, Canada and the UK.

Dr. Colin Montrose, DPT

Dr. Colin is a USC Physical Therapy Doctoral Program graduate, and holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of New Mexico. He is also formally trained in authentic Pilates mat and reformer exercise. In addition, he is an accomplished violinist and singer. Colin is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and joined our staff in 2023. 

Jae "Jay" Yoon Im, OT

We welcome Jae to the PAPT team! Jae is a graduate of UCSD with a B.A. in Psychology. Upon graduation he pursued a master's degree in Occupational Therapy and graduated from the University of St. Augustine San Marcos. He works as a hand therapy specialist with both children and adults.

Samantha Arquieta, Lead PT Aide and Patient Care Concierge

Samantha joined the PAPT team in 2020. She is a 2021 CSUN graduate with a degree in Psychology. She is an experienced PT Aide and plans to attend graduate school for physical therapy in 2025.  

Zoe Hakonsson, Pilates Instructor

Zoe is a CSUN graduate with a degree in Kinesiology, and is a trained Pilates Instructor. She is furthering her studies in Kinesiology and attending graduate school at Cal State Fullerton.

Rene Recinos-Chavez, PT Aide

Rene joined our staff in 2023, he is an experienced physical therapy aide and is planning to further his career in the field of massage therapy over the next year. He plans to pursue his physical therapy degree in the future.

Kelly Ryan, PT Aide

Kelly joined our staff in 2024. She is a former professional dancer with a Pilates background and is a Certified Lagree Fitness Instructor. Kelly is exploring the field of PT, and plans to pursue a graduate degree in the future. We are happy to have her as part of our team!

Nikita Crofton, PT Aide

Nikita has recently joined the PAPT team. She is a graduate of Wellesley College with a B.A. in Neuroscience. Nikita also works as a personal trainer and is currently pursuing education for a future career as a physical therapist. She has a certification in Corrective Exercise from NASM. We welcome her to PAPT!

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