Meet Our Team

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Julianne Courtenay

PT, DPT
Clinic Director | Physical Therapist

Julianne has been the managing director of PT and OT at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center since 2010. Prior to this, she was the Assistant Director of the Physical & Occupational Department at Valley Presbyterian Hospital. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education from California State University, Northridge and went on to receive her Physical Therapy Degree from CSUN as well. In 2011, she returned to school and completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from EIM Institute of Health Professions. Julianne is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, a section member of both Oncology and Private Practice.

Julianne prides herself on overseeing an engaged group of professionals throughout the continuum of care including acute care, in-patient rehab, OP, oncology rehab at the Disney Family Cancer Center and Home Care. Put simply, she states “I take care of the people who take care of our patients”. Her focus is on creating an environment which empowers her team and helps them be the best they can be.

Julianne is a native Californian. She is the mother to 3 almost grown children, 2 cats and a rambunctious Australian Shepherd. When not at work, Julianne and her husband, Doug, enjoy exploring California by car, entertaining friends and family, and relaxing with a good book.

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Cathy Kerman

MPT, SCS, PRPC
Physical Therapist | Pelvic Floor Certified Specialist

Cathy was raised in Paso Robles, California and attended Occidental College (Los Angeles) where she earned her bachelor’s degree (psychobiology with a minor in exercise science) in 1991. She also excelled in intercollegiate volleyball and track and field, specializing in the heptathlon. Following graduation, Cathy elected to pursue a career in physical therapy and enrolled at Mount St. Mary’s College, which sponsored a graduate program emphasizing the relationship between patient and therapist. During her final year of study, Cathy interned at TAI and found the work environment, job description and co-workers to her liking. She joined TAI in 1996 at Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center. Cathy split her time between the Inpatient Department, Acute Rehab and the Continence Restoration Center. In 2003 she moved to the Outpatient Department where she works on a full-time basis. Subsequently, Cathy has developed her orthopedic skills while earning certification as a Sports Physical Therapy Specialist (2007). She became a Certified Pelvic Floor Practitioner through the Herman & Wallace Institute for Pelvic Rehabilitation in 2014.

Cathy has been recognized for her excellent service to the company and the hospital over the years. She is a recipient of the annual James B. McKillip Award and the Mission Spirit Award from PSJMC. In 2011, she was voted “Best Physical Therapist” by the Burbank Leader.

Away from work, Cathy enjoys spending time with her husband James and daughters, Patty and Lizzy. Most weekends she is watching her daughters play club volleyball and she is also active in their High School Booster club.

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Vanja Strojnik

PT
Physical Therapist

Vanja Strojnik, a graduate of the PT Program from the Ljubljana University,  Slovenia,  began her career working with neurologic patients. Her initial clinical expertise was the use of  Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) in the rehabilitation of cerebral palsy children, stroke victims, and subjects with TBI.  In this period of her career Vanja authored or coauthored several professional papers.

In the US, Vanja started her tenure at PSJMC in 1989 and has advanced her knowledge and expertise with course work in orthopedic and manual therapy, balance and neuro therapies, covering adult and geriatric patients.  Together  with the advancement of her clinical skills, she has also invested effort in perfecting her skills in management of the physical therapy environment. She is now the Senior PT, in charge of the PSJMC outpatient PT Unit. She supports the department with programs on Outcome Measurements and Patient Satisfaction.

Her current clinical practice consists of a broad scope of orthopedic, neuro, geriatric and vestibular  patients. Having completed advanced coursework in orthopedic rehabilitation through NAIOMT, neurologic rehabilitation and geriatric rehabilitation Vanja successfully combines her extensive knowledge and experience treating her patients.

Vanja has passionately specialized in vestibular rehabilitation. She has received credits for a considerable number of  courses  in this field presented by leaders in vestibular and balance rehabilitation. She also  received extensive training in fall interventions in the elderly. Vanja is most often sought out for her extensive experience regarding diagnosing and management of “dizzy” patients.  She is working closely with the neurologists in the area. She has set up a consistent referral base with local physicians due to successful outcomes she obtains with her “dizzy” patients.

Vanja is a recipient of numerous awards  for her contributions to TAI and PSJMC: the James B. McKillip Award, the Mission Spirit Award, the Core Value Award of Excellence, and was nominated for the Core Value Award of Compassion.

Vanja contributes to the work of the clinic by mentoring and instructing students from high school to PT interns, providing community based lectures and participating at health fairs.

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Valerie Hunter

PT, CHT, CLT
Physical Therapist | Certified Hand Therapist & Lymphedema Specialist

Valerie grew up in the San Fernando Valley and attended California State University Northridge, graduating with a Bachelor’s in Physical Therapy in December, 1978. She started work with Therapeutic Associates at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in February 1979 and has specialized in multiple areas of physical therapy treatment over her 38 years of service. She received her Hand Therapy Certification, ASHT in January 2005 and has been an active caregiver in hand rehabilitation for 20 years. She holds additional Certifications in Maitland Manual Therapy, Functional Capacity Evaluation, Ergonomic Assessment, Le Duc Certification in Lymphedema Management, and Graston Tools for Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization. She is currently the senior therapist for the Hand Rehabilitation Clinic at Providence, and also treats patients with lower extremity lymphedema.

Valerie has been married for 33 years to her husband Patrick, a Professor of English at LAVC, They have a daughter, Ariel, who graduated UCSC in marine biology and works as a naturalist educator in Santa Cruz, Ca. Valerie loves crafts, sewing, dancing and is an active member of her church participating in Membership, Welcoming and Staff/Pastor Relations committees.

Valerie is often involved in Providence’s programs for the Community, volunteering for senior community lectures, support for area schools and homeless shelters and fund raisers for cancer and arthritis research.

Her recognitions include the Therapeutic Associates McKillip award for excellence, the Providence Mission Spirit Award, and the Providence Core Value Award for Justice.

Bill Burroughs

MSPT
Physical Therapist

Bill was raised in Sunland, California and attended California State University, Northridge earning his bachelors of science in computer science. After working in the industry for several years, Bill realized it was not the right fit and returned to CSUN to earn his Masters of Physical Therapy in 2011. During a 6 week clinical internship, Bill had the opportunity to study and learn from Vanja in the Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center outpatient department. When he graduated, there was an opportunity to work at PSJMC inpatient department where he enjoys working with patients with neurological and cardiopulmonary impairments in the ICU and telemetry units.

Always searching for a challenge, Bill was able to take advantage of yet another opportunity to work in the outpatient department with the same therapist who trained him years earlier. Bill enjoys the variety of patients he is able to work with and is constantly improving his skill set to better his patient’s outcomes. Bill continues to work in both the inpatient and outpatient departments at PSJMC.

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Ruby Cho

MA, OTR/L, CLT
Occupational Therapist

Ruby was born and raised in Orange County, CA. She attended UC San Diego as an undergraduate, receiving a B.A. in Psychology in 2004. After graduation, she worked in insurance but wanted to change to a more fulfilling career. She learned about Occupational Therapy from a family friend, and after doing some research, felt that it was the right path for her. She volunteered with the O.T. department at UCI Medical Center in Orange before applying to programs throughout the country. She was accepted into USC’s O.T. program in 2008. Ruby had rotations at the Newport Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, working with an elderly population in a skilled nursing setting, and at Kaiser Permanente’s hand therapy department in Orange, where she was able to gain experience working with patients with upper extremity injuries.

Following graduation, she worked in a private practice outpatient clinic focusing on hand therapy before joining TAI at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, CA. At PSJMC, she initially split her time between the hospital (Acute Rehab and inpatient) and the outpatient clinic. Since joining the TAI team, she has received her LeDuc certification in Lymphedema management and certification in IASTM with Graston Instruments. She now splits her time between the outpatient hand and O.T. clinic, as well as the Disney Family Cancer Center oncology rehabilitation department.

When not working, Ruby enjoys reading, solving crossword puzzles, hiking, watching movies, and going to different restaurants and trying new foods.

Elyce Mckenna-Briones

PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant

Elyce has been a Physical Therapist Assistant for almost 2 years, but has been a part of the TAI family for 7 years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology/Exercise Science from Colorado Mesa University where she also played softball at a collegiate level. She earned her PTA degree from Cerritos College where she graduated with Honors and received Academic and Clinical Excellence awards upon graduation. Shortly after graduating, starting as a new PTA, Elyce received the 2014 Core Value Award for Excellence from Therapeutic Associates which stays on her desk to remind her of her achievements and to always continue to do her best each day.

Elyce was born at Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank and has lived in California most of her life to stay close to family and friends. She loves to be outside and stay busy. Elyce spends the majority of her time with her husband, Mike, new puppy Rookie, and her loving family members. She enjoys staying active and healthy, as well as exercising with co-workers. Elyce considers TAI to be her second family and feels very blessed to have grown and pursued a career with them. She looks forward to her future and advancing in her skills with further education.