Jennifer L. Vonarb M.P.T., C.L.T. (The Owner)
Jennifer L. Vonarb was raised in Southern California and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1985. At UCLA, during a friendly game of football she tore her ACL and underwent an ACL reconstruction. After months of therapy, her interest in helping others was sparked. In 1985, she went on to graduate school in Philadelphia to earn a Master’s of Physical Therapy from Hahnemann University.
After graduating in 1987, she worked at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthpeadic Clinic specializing in sports medicine and orthopedic patients. For 25 years, she has worked with outpatient orthopedic patients varying from postoperative shoulders and knees, to spinal patients.
During this time she has been doing fitting and fabrication for custom orthotics. In 2000 Jennifer's mom was diagnosed with breast cancer and even with years of physical therapy training she was not able to help her mom during her recovery. That is when she became inspired to become certified in Lymphedema therapy. She has had great success in treating Lymphedema and continues to enjoy being able to help her patients during their recovery.
Jennifer has completed numerous continuing education courses over the years with a special interest in Ola Grimsby's techniques and philosophy and is trained in Kinesiotaping.Jennifer enjoys spending time with her three kids, going to yoga, cycling, traveling, cooking and healthy living. One of her favorite quotes that she uses to enjoy life is:"Life is not about how many breaths you take, it is about the moments that take your breath away."
Tessa Waggoner, MS, PT, CLT
Tessa is a southern California native. She completed her undergraduate studies in Kinesiology at Cal State University, Northridge. She went on to receive a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from UC San Francisco in 1999 and has enjoyed working in outpatient orthopaedic settings ever since. In 2001, Tessa received a Certificate of Completion for the Intensive Year Long Manual Therapy Course which was based on the Australian Approach to the management of Neuro-Orthopaedic patients.
Since then, she has continued to build on the foundation of strong clinical reasoning and has incorporated an ecclectic approach to getting the best outcome possible for her patients.
Tessa also has a special interest in rehabilitating cancer patient and those with edema problems. In 2004, she completed a special certification course with The Academy of Lymphatic Studies to become a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT). She is currently enjoying helping patients with Lymphedema manage their swelling and improve their quality of life.
Tessa's favorite pastime is being with her young family. Spending time with her two daughters and keeping fit through running, yoga, pilates, and hiking helps to balance out her life.
"In daily life, we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but it is gratefulness that makes us happy."
Meet the Team at Conejo Valley Physical Therapy
Gavin Mathew Smith, DPT
Gavin received his doctorate degree in physical therapy from the University of Washington. He has completed extensive clinical affiliations throughout the Pacific Northwest and California including outpatient orthopedics, acute care, and neurological rehabilitation.
His undergraduate studies in neuroscience and psychology lend a strong undercurrent to his style of practice, and he places heavy emphasis on the importance of psychosocial well-being in the rehabilitation of both chronic and acute pain syndromes. His clinical interests include rehabilitation of lower extremity and spine dysfunctions, and he has pursued several advanced continuing education courses in lower extremity biomechanics and manual therapy techniques.
Outside of the clinic, Gavin is a strong advocate for outdoor recreation and sustainability. He enjoys rock climbing, trail running, mountain biking, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.
His favorite quote is, “Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.”
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