Meet our team of
Capitola Physical Therapists
Charlene Norquist PT, MPT, OCS, CLT-UEView Profile
Charlene Norquist PT, MPT, OCS, CLT-UE
Charlene is a California native, living most of her life in the Bay Area. While at UC Irvine working towards her Bachelors of Arts in Dance, Charlene became involved in the athletic training room, working with athletes and dancers. She became certified in 2000 as an athletic trainer. In 2000, she graduated from Chapman University with a Masters in Physical Therapy. Since graduation, she has worked in a variety of outpatient settings. In 2004 she became Board Certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. Recently, Charlene has been working with oncology patients after surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy to help them return to their normal function and lifestyles. In March 2017 she became PORi certified Oncology Rehabilitation. Recently, Charlene became certified as an upper extremity lymphedema therapist. On a more personal note, Charlene lives with her husband and two beautiful daughters in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Charlene enjoys volunteering at her daughter’s school, reading and being outdoors as much as possible.
- Chapman University, Orange, California
- Masters in Physical Therapy, May 2000
- University of California at Irvine, Irvine, California
- Bachelors of Arts, Dance with a Teaching Emphasis, June 1996
Joya Jones PT AssistantView Profile
Joya Jones PT Assistant
- Joya is a graduate from Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts and a Santa Cruz local as well as a second-generation native.
- In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors, practicing archery, singing/playing music, and spending time with my family.
Jennifer Witkowski PT, DPT, LMTView Profile
Jennifer Witkowski, PT, DPT, LMT
Jennifer has over 10 years of experience in clinical outpatient orthopedic physical therapy. Her passion has also led her to complete extensive advanced manual therapy and clinical reasoning courses with the acclaimed North American Institute of Orthopedic (NAIOMT). In addition to treating a wide variety of orthopedic and neurological conditions, she is also experienced in the evaluation and treatment of temporomandibular joint dysfunctions (commonly referred to as TMJ). She is also skilled in numerous manual therapy treatment techniques and holds a certificate in Orthopedic Massage Technique through the Academy of Clinical Massage. She’s a native of New Jersey and fluent in Polish.
Jennifer’s goal is to provide a comprehensive, individually tailored rehabilitation program designed to maximally restore mobility & function, as well as to minimize pain. Along with clinical reasoning, manual therapy, and specific exercise/treatment interventions, she utilizes a biomechanically based treatment approach
Jennifer emphasizes patient education and wishes to equip each one with the knowledge and exercises necessary to continue beyond therapy. Having personally benefited from surgical and physical therapy interventions herself, she can empathize greatly with her patients and is experientially a strong believer in the effectiveness of physical therapy.
When she isn’t working, she enjoys going to the beach, hiking, traveling, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Rutgers University (formerly University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey):
Doctorate in Physical Therapy
Awarded: Recognition of outstanding community service
Montclair State University: Bachelors of Science in Biology
Awarded: Summa cum laude
Cortiva Institute: Certified Massage Therapist
Awarded: Certificate of Academic Excellence
Meet our team of
San Jose Physical Therapists
Dan Reddington PT, DPTView Profile
Dan is the Director of Physical Therapy for OrthoNorCal. Dan is a licensed physical therapist through the American Physical Therapy Association and certified in the use of Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) training via Owens Recovery Science, Functional Range Conditioning (FRC) via Functional Anatomy Seminars, and dry-needling through Kineticore (Level 1 & 2). Dan earned both his bachelor’s degree and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy with an emphasis on Sports Strength and Conditioning at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. During his clinical rotations at Northeastern, Dan gained invaluable experience while working at the prestigious Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Gulf Breeze, FL. While at the Andrews Institute, Dan implemented rehab interventions for college and NFL football players, as well as MLB baseball players. After graduating from Northeastern, Dan began his professional career in Rhode Island at an outpatient orthopedic clinic with emphasis on knee and shoulder conditions. Before joining OrthoNorCal, Dan spent the previous two years at Monterey Spine and Joint, helping to build their practice from the ground up. Dan is originally from Rhode Island, where he played football and basketball through high school. He is an avid sports fan and enjoys exercising and spending time outside with his dog!
Ken Banting PT, DPTView Profile
Ken Banting PT, DPT
Ken is a licensed physical therapist through the California Physical Therapy Association. He earned his bachelor’s in Exercise Physiology, and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. During his time at Marquette, Ken invested years working in an applied science physiology lab and a biomechanics lab. His research contributions studied the physiological effects of triathlon training for breast cancer survivors, the effects of dancing for people with Multiple Sclerosis, and studied three-dimensional motion capture systems. Ken had the opportunity to participate and lead numerous volunteer groups focused on service with adaptive athletes, underserved communities, and persons with disabilities. His experiences redefined his understanding of athleticism, comprehensive health and integrative wellness.
To experience a broad perspective of recovery, he pursued multiple clinical rotations in both acute care in-patient (General Medicine, Cardiac, Orthopedics, and ICU) at the Aurora West Allis Hospital in Wisconsin and the Mayo Clinic Headquarters In Minnesota; and out-patient orthopedic practices at OrthoCincy in Ohio, and Froedtert Hospital in Wisconsin. His professional career began with Quinn Orthopedic Physical Therapy where he treated primarily at the Apple Wellness Center serving the diverse community of Silicon Valley. Ken believes that the fastest way to recovery is through a (pro)active participation in one’s health. Driven to progress individualized rehabilitation program to their optimal conditions, Ken has a pragmatic evidence and research-based approach with his practice. He has professional interests with sports-related injuries, concussion rehab, chronic pain, overuse injuries and post-surgical cases. He was born and raised in the Philippines, yet a Midwesterner at heart, where he danced in high school and college. Ken enjoys backpacking, staying active, and cooking from scratch!
Brian Fischer PT, DPT, CMT, CSCSView Profile
Brian Fischer, PT, DPT, CMT, CSCS
Brian Fischer graduated from Baylor University in Waco with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) and did his undergraduate work at San Jose State University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Post-graduation. Prior to PT school, Brian has been a Certified Massage Therapist and spent two seasons working for the San Francisco 49ers. Additionally, Brian has been a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach working in a variety of fitness and rehabilitation settings.
Brian has a tremendous passion for working with athletes of all ages and all sports, as well as non-athletes whom wish to return to a higher quality of life.
In his free time, Brian is a rock and roll musician playing lead guitar in a band. Brian also was a collegiate baseball pitcher, which has carried over his enthusiasm for playing all sports. Golf and table tennis are two sports that he loves to play currently. When not in the clinic, Brian can be found working out, going on a hike, playing his guitar or rooting on his favorite sports teams.
Pooja Pal PT, DPTView Profile
Pooja Pal, PT, DPT
Pooja is a licensed Physical Therapist by the Physical Therapy Board of California. She earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of the Pacific (UOP) and Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology at San Jose State University. During her time at UOP, she was involved in a Community Outreach Program to educate children about healthy nutrition and activity lifestyle. She was also involved in advocacy for physical therapy for which she was recognized as the first recipient of the Carolyn Hultgren Scholarship at UOP. Pooja has pursued clinical rotations to gain invaluable experience in acute care and orthopedics. She has worked with active duty and veterans with traumatic brain injuries, strokes, and multiple fractures at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care Systems. She gained orthopedics physical therapy experience at Elite Sports Physical Therapy and South Valley Physical Therapy. She strongly believes in providing the utmost quality patient care individualized for each patient to maximize their function. Her belief is to empower patients with knowledge about their body so they have the tools to excel beyond their time in physical therapy. During her free time, she can be found being active outdoors for hiking to enjoy nature, lifting weights, and attempting to cook/bake new recipes for her family and friends.
How can we help?
Trying to return from a nagging injury or surgery that is keeping you from being your best self? Do you have aches and pain that are getting too much to handle on your own? Do you just need advice on how to take better care of your body? We can assist you to restore function, optimize yourself, and get back to your past activities even better than you were before. We’ll help you feel better, but also address the underlying causes of your injury to prevent it from occurring again.
OrthoNorCal Physical Therapy Center at 49ers Fit brings physical therapy and sports injury rehab to athletes and non-athletes seeking high quality care in Silicon Valley. The addition of OrthoNorCal and its experienced team of orthopedic specialists makes 49ers Fit the best-equipped physical therapy and rehab clinic in the Bay Area. In addition to the 40-yard indoor artificial turf area available for rehab drills and workouts, the clinic features a full assortment of free weights, kettlebells, TRX straps, resistance machines, and 5 Olympic-quality lifting racks/platforms.
Physical Therapy center at 49ers Fit is a full-service rehabilitation clinic, established in September of 2019 specializing in the care of patients with orthopedic and sports-related injuries. Our partnership with OrthoNorCal, ensures continuity of care for your individual case and is managed according to your specific needs. Our physical therapists not only provide interventions based on their careful judgements about diagnosis and prognosis, but also confer regularly with your referring physician to optimize and expedite your recovery.
Our Director of Physical Therapy, Dan Reddington, came to San Jose from New England via Monterey Spine and Joint to bring the vision of creating an integrated model of physical therapy in an environment that is suitable for all ages and activity levels in the South Bay. After years of assisting countless athletes return from injury, enhance their performance, and excel at their sports, he was determined to create a similar environment for the general public. In order to achieve this vision, we developed a relationship with the San Francisco 49ers in order to help us bring a professional level of care to the people in our community. We are the third medical group to partner with the 49ers in this fashion. We plan to utilize the medical knowledge of the 49ers medical staff and combine that with the diverse background of our team of physical therapists and physicians in order to develop comprehensive education and treatment programs for all types of injuries.
Be a part of our team
Do you possess the drive to be part of a team delivering professional athlete-level care?
Join OrthoNorCal and the San Francisco 49ers in providing cutting-edge medical services to athletes and the general public.
OrthoNorCal is a Physical Therapy Center operating within the new, state of the art 49ers Fit health and fitness center in San Jose, CA. This setting offers a unique opportunity for physical therapists to integrate strength and conditioning principles into their rehabilitation plans, bridging the gap between traditional rehab and return to athletics/activities. Therapists will work with a wide range of post-operative and non-operative diagnoses.
Additional benefits of this partnership include the potential for continuing education opportunities with the 49ers medical staff, as well as significant opportunity for professional growth as the Rehab and Performance Physical Therapy Center grows.
Our team practices evidence-based medicine (EBM) and incorporates strengthening and active functional rehabilitation with manual techniques. The team also works with the 49ers to use the latest best practices in the industry. OrthoNorCal is looking for PT providers who want opportunities for clinical and leadership growth. Our professional staff continually strives to create a positive working environment where providers and patients work as a team.