Meet Our team

Committed & Passionate

About us

Welcome- we’re Salinas Physical therapy / Sports Medicine, a private practice serving the city of Yorba Linda, Anaheim Hills, Placentia and surrounding communities. We specialize in the evaluation and treatment of sports injuries, comprehensive spine care, and post-surgical rehabilitation. We are passionate about restoring function in individuals who have been injured, helping people live without pain, and improving the quality of people’s lives.

We Love to educate you about your condition, so you understand the rationale behind your plan.

We Love to provide you with all the tools necessary to continue acheiving your goals independantly. 

We Love the challenge of solving difficult problems and turning your worry into courage.

We Love building relationships and work hard to make the experience valuable to you.

Our Story

When Ruben first opened his clinic in 2004, the idea was simple:  provide a more focused, customized and unique approach to the care of individuals.  Being injured as an athlete himself, he realized that traditional therapy alone would not be enough to return to playing competitive tennis at a high level. He developed a systematic approach combining the science of strength and conditioning and the latest evidence in rehabilitation. This system enabled him and over the years has helped countless clients to achieve their goals.

Today the clinic resides in a beautiful 4,200 square foot state of the art facility. The facility features private treatment rooms, a spacious fully equipped gym and an artificial turf area to build functional strength and enhance performance. Our highly trained staff continues to find solutions for difficult injuries and successfully rehabilitate individuals using our refined systems.

As we’ve grown our mission is the same, provide individualized world- class service, and improve the quality of people’s lives using the latest scientific evidence with our unique approaches.  No matter your age, abilities or goals, we are committed to helping you obtain the healthy lifestyle you’ve always wanted.

We would love to hear your story!

Ruben Salinas, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, CSCS

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, USC 2001
  • Master of Science, Biokinesiology, USC 2001
  • Bachelor of Science, Physical Therapy, CSULB 1987
  • Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist(OCS); NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).

Ruben is the founder and director of Salinas Physical Therapy / Sports Medicine. He specializes in the treatment of the spine, knee rehabilitation following ACL reconstruction and managing shoulder injuries of overhead athletes. His diverse background ranges from successfully rehabilitating Olympic, professional and high school athletes to restoring the function of seniors and children.

Ruben was born in Los Angeles who after serving in the Medical Corp of the U. S. Army earned his Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from California State University Long Beach in 1987. He continued his education earning both his Masters in Biokinesiology and Doctor of Physical Therapy Degrees from the University of Southern California in 2001. He has presented or co-authored several studies and or courses related to lower extremity biomechanics and rehabilitation.

Ruben’s professional background includes certifications from the American Physical Therapy Association as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) and the National Strength & Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).

Ruben has a passion for sports and is a competitive tennis player. He also enjoys listening to music, traveling, and spending quality time with his family.

Karina M. Smith, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, CSCS

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, APU 2010
  • Bachelor of Kinesiology, Emphasis in Clinical Exercise Science CSUF 2001
  • Board Certified Sports Specialist

Karina graduated from Azusa Pacific Univeristy in 2010 then completed an Orthopedic residency and Sports fellowship at Kaiser Permanente. She continues to work as an adjunct professor and mentors for the Orthopedic residency and Sports fellowship. Her clinical background includes outpatient rehabilitation for the orthopedic and athletic population of all ages with specialization in shoulder and overhead athletes. She has also helped with the development of programs for the management of knee osteoarthritis for the active individual.

Karina was born and raise in Southern California and enjoys travelling, playing soccer, and spending time with her family and children.

Jeremiah Casino, PT, DPT 

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, USC 2019
  • Bachelor of Science, Cellular and Developmental Biology, CSUF 2014

Jeremiah graduated in 2019 with his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Southern California. He completed 52 weeks of clinical internship in a variety of physical therapy settings, including orthopedic/sports, neurology, and inpatient rehabilitation.

Jeremiah grew up locally here in Placentia, having attended Cal State Fullerton earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Cellular and Development Biology. He grew up playing basketball. Currently, he has taken up an interest in practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Muay Thai.

During his free time, Jeremiah loves to remain active, playing basketball, practicing martial arts, snowboarding, biking, and surfing. He also enjoys playing the guitar and drums.

William Sheehan PT, DPT, PPSC 

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, Western University of Health Sciences 2020
  • Bachelor of Science, Allied Health Sciences, University of Connecticut 2015
  • Certified Pain-Free Performance Specialist (PPSC)

William graduated in 2020 with his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Western University
of Health Sciences. He completed several clinical internships in a variety of settings with an
emphasis in orthopedics/sports. He is passionate about optimizing pain-free movement and
enjoys treating conditions of the spine, strengthening and conditioning, and returning athletes
to sport.

William grew up in New Fairfield, Connecticut, having attended the University of Connecticut

earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Allied Health Sciences. He grew up playing several
sports including soccer, basketball, and baseball and played competitive tournament paintball
at both regional and national levels.

During his free time, William enjoys staying active with hiking, weight-lifting, calisthenics,

surfing and snowboarding. He also enjoys cooking and traveling.

Michael Ngo PT, DPT

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, Regis University 2019
  • Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology, California State University of California 2011

Michael graduated in 2019 with his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Regis University. He and his wife began their careers as traveling physical therapists working in California’s central coast. His assignments ranged from outpatient orthopedic and sports rehab in Monterey to hospital inpatient care in Santa Cruz. Michael is excited to be back in his hometown of Orange County to serve the community with his expertise in health, fitness, and rehabilitation.

Michael grew up locally here in Fullerton, having attended Cal State Fullerton earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. He grew up playing soccer, baseball, and cross-country. Michael served his community for 8 years as a personal trainer before becoming a physical therapist.

During his free time, you will find Michael playing with his newborn daughter, exercising, gardening, woodworking, enjoying outdoor activities, or traveling. Michael has a passion for lifelong learning, fitness, health, and wellness that he cultivates in those around him.

 

Ruben Salinas Jr, Office Manager

  • Pursuing Bachelor of Arts: Business, California State University of Fullerton

As you can tell by the name, Ruben is Dr. Salinas’s oldest son. He has been helping with the family business for over 5 years. He is currently pursuing his business degree from California State University, Fullerton. Ruben Jr. grew up playing competitive basketball and loves officiating high school basketball in his free time.  His hobbies include exercising, trips to the beach, and watching sports such as basketball, baseball, and boxing.

Ricardo Salinas, Physical Therapy Aide

  • Pursuing Bachelor of Arts: Business, California State University of Fullerton

Ricardo was raised in Whittier, California where he grew up playing basketball and baseball. During high school, he decided to focus on baseball and moved on to play for Santa Ana Community College. He is currently a student at California State University, Fullerton where he is pursing his Bachelor of Science in Business. His hobbies include watching movies, eating, and watching sports such as: baseball, basketball, and UFC fighting.

Arianna Norris, Physical Therapy Aide

  • Bachelor of Science: Public Health, California State University of Fullerton 2021

Arianna was born and raised in the Northern California, Bay Area. She recently earned her Bachelors of Science in Public Health with an emphasis on Nutrition and Health Promotion from California State University of Fullerton. Arianna grew up playing sports and went on to compete at the collegiate level in Track and Field for CSUF.

Arianna is passionate about promoting health throughout the community and looks forward to pursuing her education by earning a second degree in Cardiovascular Sonography. During her free time she enjoys working out at the gym, growing her expertise as a fitness trainer, and spending time with friends and family.

 

Jordan Hanson, Patient Care Coordinator

  • Bachelor of Science: Kinesiology, UMass Amherst 2019

Jordan was born and raised on the East Coast in Methuen, Massachusetts. She received her B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2019. She moved to California in August to start her Physical Therapist Assistant program at Cerritos College. During her free time, Jordan enjoys running, rock climbing, hiking, travel, going to the beach and being with family and friends. 

 

 Zara, Patient Care Coordinator

  • Pursuing Bachelors of Science: Biology, California State University Riverside

Zara was raised in Anaheim Hills, California. She is currently pursuing her Bachelors of Science in Biology with an emphasis in Genetics at the University of California, Riverside. In the future, Zara would like to further her education by earning a Masters in Genetic Counseling. In her free time, Zara enjoys traveling, photography, spending time with friends and family and going to the beach. 

 

Christine Burton, Patient Care Coordinator

  • Pursuing Bachelors of Science: Biology, California State University Riverside

Christine was born and raised in Whittier California and graduated from Pioneer High School. She worked as a Legal Secretary in corporate, and entertainment law for over 25 years. Chris is also licensed home care giver for the State of California. During her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and two grand daughters. 

 

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23655 Via Del Rio, Suite C
Yorba Linda, CA 92887

 Office Hours

Monday-Friday: 7:30am -7:00pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

 Phone: (714) 695-1566
 Email: info@salinaspt.com
 Fax: (714) 695-1553

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