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Therapists at Perlman Medical Offices


Physical Therapy | Occupational Therapy

Physical Therapy

Kerry McCullough 

Kerry A. McCullough, PT, DPT
Assistant Director, Rehabilitation Services
Physical Therapist
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Kerry McCullough is the assistant director of Rehabilitation Services. She first joined UC San Diego Health in 2008 as a staff therapist working with orthopedic and burn patients and then served as the physical therapy supervisor at UC San Diego Medical Center. She later helped open the Perlman Physical Therapy and Hand Clinic in La Jolla, where she served as the outpatient supervisor.

Kerry began her physical therapy career in Boston, Massachusetts where she provided inpatient and outpatient care at the teaching hospital of Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She then moved on to private practice at Marathon Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, focusing on rehabilitation of endurance athletes.

Kerry has a passion for leadership and is always striving to improve the patient experience and offer excellent customer service. She received the California Physical Therapy Association’s Rising Star Award in 2010 and the Leadership Development Team’s People Developer Award in 2011. She was also nominated for the Exemplary Employee of the Year Award in 2011 and attended the University of California’s Leadership Assessment Program – a program only six UC San Diego Health employees are nominated for each year.

Educational Background
Doctoral degree in physical therapy – Simmons College, Boston

Jeff Mitchell 

Jeff Mitchell, PT, MS, OCS, CMP
Lead Therapist for Outpatient Services
Jeff is board-certified as an orthopedic clinical specialist and holds a specialty manual therapy certification as a Certified Mulligan Practitioner (CMP).

Prior to joining UC San Diego Health, Jeff practiced 9 years at the Lexington Clinic Sports Medicine Center where he treated professional and collegiate athletes.

Jeff has a passion to see patients function to their maximal potential and his Mulligan certification makes him an expert in performing manual techniques that cause immediate pain relief and increased mobility.

Jeff has instructed numerous physical therapists, physicians, and other health care professionals as a lab instructor at the Lexington Clinic Shoulder Symposium. Jeff is also an APTA credentialed clinical Instructor. His exceptional skill as a physical therapist focus on treating orthopedic and sports injuries and conditions. He specializes in pre/post-operative shoulder and knee rehabilitation; and manual therapy, and he takes a kinetic-chain approach to functional rehabilitation.

Jeff has traveled the world doing mission work. He has been to over 37 countries, and recently taught a group of physical therapists in Benghazi, Libya after the recent revolutionary war. He also enjoys playing sports, running, and working out. Jeff has a taste for adventure and has gone white water rafting and bungee jumping in the Nile, and has also skydived.

Educational Background
Master’s degree in physical therapy – University of Kentucky, Lexington

Lauren Hermas 

Lauren Hermas, MPT, OCS, COMT
Physical Therapist
A Southern California native, Lauren completed her postgraduate work at the Ola Grimsby Institute in San Diego, earning a certification in orthopedic manual therapy. She is a board-certified orthopaedic clinical specialist and is currently pursuing an additional manual therapy certification in the Maitland Australian approach. Lauren has been practicing physical therapy at UC San Diego Health since 1998 and has extensive clinical experience in orthopedics, utilizing evidence-based practices and manual therapy techniques. She works with patients who have a wide variety of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions, and is particularly skilled in treatment of the neck and back, foot and ankle and temporal mandibular joint dysfunction.

Lauren can’t imagine being anything other than a physical therapist. She loves helping patients realize their physical and functional goals through physical rehabilitation. When not in the clinic, she enjoys hiking, running, camping, rock climbing, home improvement projects and spending time with friends and with her son, Kai.

Educational Background
Master’s degree in physical therapy – Mount Saint Mary’s College, Los Angeles
Bachelor’s degree in kinesiology – California State University, Northridge

Noe Madrigal 

Noe Madrigal, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant
Noe is a licensed physical therapist assistant and is exceptionally skilled in manual therapy, kinesio taping, myofascial release and soft tissue mobilization. Noe loves working with orthopedic patients, particularly those recovering from surgery or rehabbing ACL or rotator cuff injuries. He has successfully helped rehabilitate many collegiate and professional athletes so they can return to their sport. Noe is loved by all of his patients and is a tremendous asset to UC San Diego’s rehabilitation team.

Noe grew up in Santa Cruz County and played basketball in college. He has a brother who is a pitcher in the minor leagues. Noe is bilingual, happily married and the father of three young sons. He enjoys teaching his boys how to play baseball and basketball.

Educational Background
Associate’s degree in kinesiology – Western Institute of Science and Health

Michelle Obispo, PT DPT 

Michelle Obispo, PT, DPT, OCS
Physical Therapist

Michelle Obispo is a physical therapist at the Perlman Physical Therapy and Hand Clinic and is also certified as an orthopedic clinical specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. She joined UC San Diego Health Rehabilitation Services in March 2012 and is passionate about orthopedics and empowering patients to regain function and return to the activities they enjoy.

Michelle is also a credentialed clinical instructor through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and teaches students in physical therapy graduate programs. As a clinical instructor, she emphasizes using evidence-based practices in developing effective techniques for patient recovery.

Michelle earned her doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Southern California (USC) and completed her clinical work at several outpatient orthopedic and sports medicine clinics in Los Angeles and San Diego, including USC Physical Therapy Associates and Sharp Rees-Stealy. Michelle also worked in a skilled nursing and rehab facility, assisting patients with dementia, cardiac pathologies, cancer, joint replacements and lower extremity amputations.

While earning her undergraduate degree at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), Michelle volunteered at the Preschool Early Motor and Development Clinic. She was also the project coordinator for the CSULB Kinesiology Movement Lab and published research in the International Journal of Athletic Therapy & Training.

Michelle has been an active member of the APTA since 2008. She is currently a district representative for the California Physical Therapy Association and has served as the Legislative/Political Advocacy Chair for the organization.

In her spare time, Michelle enjoys kayaking, ballroom dancing, playing the piano, traveling, cooking and trying new restaurants. She sings for One Voice Choir, a local performance choir that is involved in community outreach. Michelle also enjoys participating in and serving as a medical volunteer for charity walks, such as Relay for Life, Omega Wave Triathlon Series, Rock & Roll Marathon Series and the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk.

Educational Background
Doctoral degree in physical therapy – University of Southern California
Bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and certificate in gerontology – California State University, Long Beach

Occupational Therapy

Margaret Amaral 
Margaret Amaral, OTR/L, CHT
Occupational Therapist

Margaret is a licensed occupational therapist who also has specialized training as a certified hand therapist (CHT). She previously served as director of the Hand Therapy Program at Balboa Naval Medical Center, and has been with UC San Diego Health for over 15 years. Margaret earned her hand therapy certification in 1992. Prerequisites for this exam include five years’ experience as a registered therapist and 4,000 hours dedicated to examination and treatment of patients with upper extremity pathologies.

Margaret is licensed by the California Board of Occupational Therapy with specialty certifications in hand therapy and physical agent modalities. She is a member of the National Board of Occupational Therapy and the Hand Therapy Certification Commission. Margaret has previously held positions with the Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC) and the American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT). She also co-authored a chapter in Orthopaedic Rehabilitation by Dr. Botte and Dr. Nickel.

Margaret received the Marty Evert Service Award from the OTAC San Diego Chapter in 1991. She loves her job and the challenges that come with maintaining hand therapy certification. She also enjoys working with surgeons and patients in order to help patients achieve their highest level of recovery. Margaret feels the best part of her job is seeing her patients achieve their goals and return to their normal level of functioning.

Margaret’s favorite injuries and conditions to treat include tendon repairs, arthritis, fractures and complex reconstructive repairs of the hand, such as digital replantation, crush injures and nerve repairs. When she is not spending time with her family, she enjoys playing tennis, swimming and hiking.

Educational Background
Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy – University of Southern California, Los Angeles

Lisa Harris 
Lisa Harris, OTR/L, CHT
Occupational Therapist
Lisa is an occupational therapist and certified hand therapist (CHT). She started her career in Minneapolis, Minnesota as a general therapist and after a few years, left the cold of the Midwest for the desert in Scottsdale, Arizona. Lisa developed an interest in hand rehabilitation that lead her to work for several hand surgeons and establish her own practice, further developing her skills and expertise. Lisa was among the first group of therapists to become nationally certified in hand rehabilitation in 1990.

While working at Maricopa Medical Burn Center, Lisa was able to integrate her knowledge and skills of hand therapy into burn rehab, adding another dimension to the evolving field of burn therapy. After 27 years living in the desert, Lisa decided to escape the heat and experience life near the ocean in San Diego, bringing her expertise and knowledge to UC San Diego Health’s Hand Therapy team.

Lisa is the mother of three adult children and a Border Collie, and also has an identical twin sister. Her interests include swimming, playing the guitar and traveling.

Educational Background
Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy – University of Wisconsin, Madison

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