Improving quality of life through clinical expertise
At Hayashida Physical Therapy, our staff seeks to educate the mind, facilitate the body, and inspire the soul to attain new levels and physical capabilities which in turn will yield new life experiences and offer new insight and perspective to a life fully lived!
To provide the highest level of clinical expertise to our patients, our entire staff of Doctor’s of Physical Therapy have attained, or are pursuing, Board Certification and/or Fellowship Training. Our clinical proficiency is further defined by utilization of Evidence-Based Practice, rigorous mentorship and extensive ongoing clinical education. The culture of life long learning of our physical therapists is what will ensure your optimal outcomes and success in treatment.
Dr. Hayashida graduated from Western University of Health Sciences with a Masters and Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He is a graduate of Westmont College where he graduated with a B.S. in Kinesiology. Dr. Hayashida holds dual board certification by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in both orthopedics (OCS) and sports (SCS) physical therapy. He is also a certified strength & conditioning specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength & Conditioning Association.
Dr. Hayashida founded Hayashida Physical Therapy in 2002 with the conviction that the optimal care for muscle, joint and nerve pain required the advanced knowledge and skill of a physical therapist specialized in movement diagnosis, manual therapy and exercise prescription. “To become highly skilled at anything, one must be in constant training with that skill. That is exactly what PT’s at HPT do; it is and always will be part of our culture here.”
USA Rugby Rehab Coordinator: Consults regionally and internationally with professional rugby teams
Research Institute of Human Movement founder (RIHM): a non-profit research organization
ArthroKinetic Institute (AKI) Movement Laboratory co-founder and partner: a movement research laboratory for athletes and product manufacturers/entrepreneurs
Westmont College Adjunct professor of Motor Behavior; Kinesiology Department
BizFit co-founder and partner: a corporate & residential wellness company
Segmental Motion and Regional Testing Profile developer (S.M.A.R.T™): a proprietary injury prediction assessment tool
Dr. Hayashida is also actively involved in the community and sits on several local Advisory Boards
Dr. John Kangas successfully completed a Fellowship in Manual Physical Therapy in January of 2016 making him one of only 2500 active PT’s in the United States to have gone through this rigorous training. Dr. Kangas received his Masters degree in physical therapy in 1997 from Western University of Health Sciences and his transitional doctorate from the EIM Institute of Health Sciences in February of 2013. He has been board certified in orthopedics since 2006 through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. He is the clinic director of the Santa Barbara clinic and currently serves as a mentor for all new Physical Therapy staff.
Dr. Kangas’s interest in physical therapy is to manage orthopedic and sports injuries through manual intervention and exercise prescription. His philosophy of treatment has developed through post-graduate education. Dr. Kangas believes that patients need to be actively involved in their care for their pain and/or movement dysfunction to be resolved. In addition, physical therapists need to apply evidence-based practice in today’s health care environment and actively pursue post graduate education.
Dr. Brook Phillips joined Hayashida Physical Therapy in December 2004 and is the clinical director of the Goleta office. Along with the rest of the management team, he works diligently to ensure that Hayashida Physical Therapy continues to provide the region’s highest level of clinical care and expertise.
Dr. Phillips completed his Masters in Physical Therapy at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, and completed his Clinical doctorate with emphasis in executive management from the EIM Institute of Health Services. He has been a board certified orthopedic clinical specialist (OCS) since 2007 through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.
American Physical Therapy Assn member since 2000
EcoPro Products LLC founder and president: a company that designs and markets eco-friendly products to the health and wellness industry
Prevail Conditioning Physical Therapist: Local Personal Training and Strength and Conditioning Facility
Dr. Sakoda joined Hayashida Physical Therapy in March 2014. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Westmont College in 2009 and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) from Chapman University in 2013. He also completed the Hayashida Physical Therapy Residency program in 2015 and obtained his Board Certification in Orthopedics in 2016. Dr. Sakoda’s clinical experiences focused heavily on orthopaedic treatment techniques utilizing a combination of manual therapy, and functional exercise.
Dr. Sakoda firmly believes that no two people are the same, and strives to structure physical therapy treatment plans and interventions that are specific to the individual. He is a strong proponent of active teamwork between the therapist and patient.
“I believe that in order to excel in a profession, one must constantly be learning. My goal as a Physical Therapist is to continually learn and challenge myself, to provide current, evidence-based practice, and to take a holistic approach to helping patient’s achieve their functional goals.”
Dr. Jason Hubbard joined Hayashida Physical Therapy in August of 2015. He graduated from Westmont College with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and from Western University of Health Sciences with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy, having achieved high honors at both institutions. He has also completed the Hayashida Physical Therapy Residency program and is an orthopedic clinical specialist (OCS) through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. In addition, he is the primary author of an ongoing research project examining the occurrence of injuries during mixed martial arts training.
Since every patient has a unique set of strengths and weaknesses, Dr. Hubbard believes that effective treatment should be tailored to these unique attributes in order to help patients move better with less pain. He works to incorporate functional movements and patient-centered goal setting in order to get the most out of every treatment session. Given his varied background as a personal trainer and a coach in multiple sports, in addition to his physical therapy training, he enjoys bringing new and interesting techniques and exercises into his practice in order to better serve his patients’ needs.
Black belt and competed on multiple levels in Taekwondo
Green Belt and competed on multiple levels in Judo
Move 2 Perform Physical Therapist: Innate Fitness Cross Fit gym
Also enjoys weightlifting Sanshou, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, kayaking, rock climbing, soccer, swimming, and hiking
Dr. Wolfe, moved to the Santa Barbara area from Texas, where she earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in May of 2015 from Texas Tech University Health Science Center. During physical therapy school she was selected by faculty to be a member of the Alpha Eta Honor Society for Allied Health Professionals whose motto is “Together we serve” and emphasizes leadership and scholarship. She received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Exercise and Sports Science with a minor in Psychology in 2011 from Texas Tech University. She is also board certified in orthopedics through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.
Dr. Wolfe has completed a year long manual therapy course and recently sat for her orthopedic boards. She believes that as a therapist you should never stop learning and challenging yourself. She truly believes in creating an environment that facilitates teamwork with her patients and the importance of individualizing each treatment session.
Dr. Wolfe is excited to be in Santa Barbara where there is opportunity for a wide variety of outdoor activities. She enjoys running and has completed several half marathons. She also enjoys hiking, yoga, volleyball, and horseback riding.
Dr. Pererson graduated from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy, and Westmont College with a B.S. in both Kinesiology and Studio Art. She is currently pursuing her specialty board certification to become an orthopedic clinical specialist (OCS), and certification as a strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS).
Dr. Peterson began at Hayashida PT as a physical therapist aide while still an undergraduate student in 2009. During that time, she worked closely with assisting Dr. Maury Hayashida, DPT with the formation of the ArthroKinetic Institute (AKI) and the Research Institute of Human Movement (RIHM: a non-profit research organization). While at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Peterson researched the use of the King Devick Instrument for detection of concussion in young athlete populations alongside Dr. David Krause, PT, DSc, OCS, and Dr. Desiree Lanzino, PT, PhD (currently in submission to multiple journals in the PT field).
Dr. Peterson makes it a priority to work with her patients in forming a unique, patient goal-centered plan of care. She prioritizes fostering an environment of trust and open communication, encouraging her patients to actively engage in their rehabilitative process. She strives to continuously improve her practice with recent research and evidence-based choices for interventions.
Outside of the clinic, you might find her with her husband Josh on the beach playing a pick-up volleyball game, hiking in the hills, cycling through town, or practicing yoga.
Alex joined Hayashida Physical Therapy in 2015. Prior to moving to Santa Barbara he attended the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona where he earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Physiology in 2011. From there he acquired his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. He is also board certified in orthopedics through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.
While at NAU, Dr. Benitez participated in a pro bono orthopedic rehabilitation clinic for underprivileged community members as well as a neurological clinic where he worked with Flagstaff residents with varying diagnosis from Parkinson’s disease to Cerebrovascular accidents. In his final year of school, Alex had the opportunity to work with a wide range of individuals through a full continuum of care from Major League Baseball players to young children.
At the Goleta clinic, Dr. Benitez takes into account each person’s goals to construct a game plan geared precisely towards that individual’s needs because he knows that no two people are identical. With his application of manual therapy techniques combined with functional exercise rehabilitation, he assists patients in returning to the activities that are important to them. Dr. Benitez believes that patient education and understanding are the keys to success with physical therapy rehabilitation.
In his free time he enjoys all forms of exercise, from backpacking to running and weightlifting, and is an avid soccer fan and motorcycle enthusiast.
Dr. Joshua Fong moved to the Santa Barbara area from Texas where he attended Texas Tech University Health Science Center, earning his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in May of 2014. During Physical Therapy school Joshua was elected President of the Student Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Association and was chairman of various charity events aimed toward raising funds for medical supplies for the underprivileged residents of Lubbock, TX. Joshua received his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Biology, graduating with honors in 2011 from the University of Texas at El Paso.
Dr. Fong has completed a year long manual therapy course and has sat for his board certified specialist in orthopedics. He believes that learning is a life-long process that is essential in providing the best quality care, and strives to provide an environment in which teamwork with his patients and fellow healthcare providers is priority. Dr. Fong prides himself on trust building communication and compassionate patient care that is tailored to each individual patient’s needs and goals.
Dr. Fong enjoys all forms of exercise and many sports and is excited to be in a community in which outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming, and beach volleyball are easily available.
Dr. Ryan King was born and raised in Santa Barbara and joined Hayashida Physical Therapy in the Spring of 2017. He returned to his hometown from Newport Beach with his lovely wife Bre, and baby daughter Sydney. He is a graduate of Westmont College where he received a B.A. in Religious Studies in 2004. Dr. King continued his education at Azusa Pacific University where he received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. To compliment his physical therapy background, Dr. King is a certified massage therapist, educated at Santa Barbara Bodyworks and is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Dr. King’s primary goal with every patient he meets is to deliver compassion, understanding, and quality care, while simultaneously encouraging a personal sense of hope and empowerment as each individual endeavors to improve their quality of life.
When not in the clinic, Ryan can be found playing and watching sports, especially basketball, barbecuing at the beach, or playing chess.
Dr. Annick Lamb joined Hayashida Physical Therapy in March of 2018. She graduated from the University of California, San Francisco/San Francisco State University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in June 2014. At UCSF, she received Dean’s recognition for a community outreach program for bringing wellness education to San Francisco schools. While at UCSF/SFSU, Dr. Lamb studied concussions with a focus on detecting and responding to concussions in the adolescent population. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz with honors in Biology.
Dr. Lamb played soccer for UC Santa Cruz and earned NCAA All America and ESPN Co-Sida All America awards. Her athletic career spawned a particular interest in the areas of sports and orthopedic physical therapy. In the coming years, her goals include becoming board-certified in orthopedic physical therapy. She enjoys developing individualized treatment plans for her patients to help them return to the activities that they love most. She is excited to work in her hometown of Santa Barbara and give back to the community that raised her. When not at work Dr. Lamb enjoys surfing, playing soccer and riding her bike.