Our Management Team

Blasenko Simunovic, PT - Owner

Q1) Where are you from?
Ans) I was born in Santiago, Chile. I migrated to the United States in 1984 to work as a physical therapist. I still visit my hometown every year.

Q2) Tell me a fact that most people don’t know about you”
Ans) I was a Rugby player for an all-boys private school in Chile. I played Flanker and was named first team Outstanding player for my league. I loved the physicality of the sport when I was younger.

Q3) What activities do you participate in over the weekend?
Ans) I enjoy spending time with my family especially my grandchildren. I have 7 children and 7 grandchildren that Iove very much. I like picking up my grandkids from school when I have the time.

Pedro Santana- Chief Operations Officer

Q1) What activities do you participate in over the weekend?
Ans) I enjoy spending time with my two daughters Aubrey and Sophia. When its not school related activities, we like bike riding at Woodward Park, eating Me n Eds pizza and playing Nintendo Mario Cart.

Q2) Do you have any hidden talents?
Ans) I’ve been cutting my own hair for the past 30 years. Since I was a sophomore in High School, I first learned how to use clippers to cut hair for the entire football team. I try to keep up with the latest trends.

Q3) List Three items on your bucket list
⦿ Visit New York Yankee Stadium
⦿ Visit Dallas Cowboys Stadium
⦿ Visit Europe/Spain

Denise Ferree - Administrative Director

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Gary Smith - Provider Relations

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Taylor Wilkey, South Regional Director - Corcoran Clinical Director

Q1) Where are you from?
Ans) I am from sweet home Alabama! I spent all of my life there in small towns until I moved here in August 2021 after graduating PT school. I had always wanted to live on the West Coast, and my fiancé got stationed at NAS Lemoore, which made that dream come true. I spend most weekend exploring new towns and destinations in California, and love all suggestions of new spots to check out!

Q2) What led you to work in this field?
Ans) I spent several years as a patient in physical therapy due to a rare knee injury when I was a teenager but never considered is as a career. A few years into college, I became very interested in exercise science and human anatomy. I fell in love with physical therapy because it allows me to help people return to their daily activities/hobbies in a holistic manner. I also tore a ligament in my knee in college and had surgery, so Ive experienced how painful and hard a rehabilitation can be!

Q3) List three items on your bucket list?
Obtain my private pilot license
⦿ Ride a camel while visiting The Pyramids in Egypt
⦿ Hike a volcano in Hawaii

Q4) Tell me a fact that most people don't know about you
Ans) I can be a bit of an adrenaline junkie. Ive been parasailing, zip lining, hang gliding, and sky diving, and hope to add bungee jumping to the list soon!

Q5) Do you have any pets? What are they like?
Ans) I have two dogs that are like my babies. One is a 6-year-old Golden Retriever named Scout who is the happiest, hungriest dog I know. The other is a 3-year-old rescue pup named Zoey! She’s very funny and loves to cuddle. I had to do a DNA test on her to figure out what kind of dog she is- turns out, she’s different breeds! A true mutt with the biggest personality.

Daniel Garcia Aguilar - Physical Therapy Assistant

Q1) Name a role model who has inspired you in your career.
Ans) In high school, I was in the professional services academy, and I had the opportunity of job shadowing Derrick Gruen at Adventist Health in 2001. I developed the passion for physical therapy watching the patient and clinician interaction in addition to seeing the final outcome of each patient over the course of their treatment. Derrick also allowed me to volunteer hundreds of hours in the clinic which made me more and more passionate about the field of physical therapy.

Q2) Tell me a fact that most people don't know about you
Ans) I was afforded an opportunity in March 2019 to work as a physical therapist for Paramount Pictures for a couple of weeks while they were filming Top Gun Maverick at NAS Lemoore which was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I will forever be grateful for. 

Q3) Share three words that your close friends would use to describe you.
Ans) Funny, Dependable, and Passionate.

Q4) What are you currently reading.
Ans) Extreme Ownership, How US Navy Seals Lead and Win

Q5) List three items on your bucket list:
Ans) Fly in a fighter jet, Go to Italy and see all the history, Get my children's book published.

David Taylor, North Regional Director - North Fresno Clinical Director

Q1) Do you prefer staying up late or waking up early in the morning?
Ans) I prefer to get up early. I enjoy how quiet and calm early mornings can be. I can catch up on tasks I still need to finish without distraction or get out and start my day before the day really gets going. 

Q2) Where are you from?
Ans) I was born and raised in Fresno/Clovis. I attended Clovis schools and got my undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from Fresno State. I ventured out of town to obtain my Doctorate in Physical Therapy from West Coast University, and then moved back home to help serve my community. 

Q3) What activities do you participate in over the weekend?
Ans) During weekends and free time I like to stay active by spending time in the mountains, working out, or traveling out of town to visit friends and family. During the winter months I especially like to go skiing.

Q4) What led you to work in this field?
Ans) I always knew I wanted to be a part of the medical field. I ended up pursuing physical therapy after attending therapy myself as an injured athlete and I was able to experience how impactful a good therapist can be in someone’s recovery.

Travis Webb, DPT - Downtown Fresno Clinical Director

Q1) What led you to work in this field?
Ans)  I actually did not even know physical therapy was a thing until I needed one at the age of 24! I had sustained a pretty bad finger injury from climbing, and I liked my PT and the way he interacted with his patients so much that I shadowed him afterward and ultimately ended up choosing to become a PT.

Q2) Do you prefer staying up late or waking up early in the morning?
Ans)  Late all the way! So it’s been a bit tough getting used to a 7 a.m. start time, haha. I’ve always found that I get a “second wind” after 9 p.m. or so, and my wife usually goes to bed around that time, so it always worked out best for me to study or get work done later at night.

Q3) If you were to write a memoir about your life, what would you title it?
Ans)  - “Wandering but not Lost: A Tale by Travis Webb”
- My journey thus far has been pretty cattywampus, but my varied interests and experiences tie into each other better than they might seem at first glance. Also, when I travel to new places, I often like to just wander and enjoy the new sights, but people tend to think I look lost. Nope, just enjoying a good spat of wandering!


Brandy Bibb - PTA

Q1) Where are you from?
Ans) I am born and raised in Fresno, CA.

Q2) Tell me about the craziest thing you have ever done:
Ans) I went kayaking through caves along the central Pacific coastline, riding the wave through the tunnels and coming out of the other end. It was very fun, until I fell out multiple times and was taught how to get back on the kayak while waves were still coming at us.

Q3) What is your Meyers-Briggs personality type?
Ans) INFJ, also known as the “advocate” or “idealist,” these characteristics include being compassionate, a helper, an advocate, idealist, organized, logical and empathetic. These personality types are sensitive to the needs of others, artistic and creative, and value friendships.

Q4) Three words your closest friends would describe you as:
Ans) Kind, Caring, Ambitious

Daryl Lester- PTA

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April Ruiz - Physical Therapy Assistant

Q1) What led you to work in this field?
Ans) I played a lot of sports growing up (Basketball,Baseball,Football) and suffered concussions along with multiple shoulder dislocations. I always went to my Physical Therapist after these injuries. The first time I dislocated my right shoulder, my PT advised me to not play in my next tournament. I did not listen and had an even worse dislocation. I was set on Physical Therapy after that. Now my goal is to provide great patient care and be a reliable source for prevention/progression of injuries.

Q2) If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Ans) I would pick the ability to teleport so I could be wherever I want, whenever I want.

Q3) Share the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you
Ans) My Grandpa always says, “If there is a will, there is a way”. I always think of this when I am achieving new goals. There will always be obstacles, but I know I can make it through by putting the time and work in.

Q4) What activities do you participate in over the weekend?
Ans) KI like to play Basketball any chance I get. I also like to lift weights and go on runs. I like to watch any football/basketball games, and listen to music. I also spend the majority of my weekend spending time with my friends and family. I like to stay busy and I wish there was more time in a day.

Q5) If you could quickly and easily learn any new skill, what would it be?
Ans) It would be learning how to sing or how to play an instrument. I am always listening to music and singing out loud, but I just want to sound like a pro . If I were to pick an instrument it would be the piano.

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