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About Us

Physical Therapy Board of CaliforniaGolden Gate Physical Therapy is an outpatient physical therapy clinic providing a diverse professional and eclectic approach to rehabilitation. Our clinic nurtures relationships with some of the best providers of medical and therapeutic services, and our highly qualified physical therapists are all licensed by the Physical Therapy Board of California.

Adrian Carvalho

Adrian received his BS in Kinesiology from UC Davis and his MA in Physical Therapy from Mt. St. Mary’s College in Santa Monica. He is CSCS certified and McKenzie certified (Cert. McKenzie Method®). He also holds a Certification in Spinal Manipulative Therapy (HVLAT) from the Spinal Manipulation Institute and CrossFit. Adrian has had extensive training in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® , Myofascial Decompression Techniques, Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), Functional Movement Screen (FMS), and TRX system.  He has taken over 25 continuing education courses ranging from current concepts in ACL rehab to manual therapy of the spine and sports-specific exercises for throwing athletes.

A college football player himself, Adrian has treated a number of professional athletes, such as Mark Grieb, John McEnroe, and Michael Chang. He has also been a host-site physical therapist for the PGA Pebble Beach Pro-Am. In addition, Adrian has been a guest lecturer at St. Ignatius, Lowell, and University high schools and San Francisco State University.

Adrian grew up in both Hawaii and California and loves the beach, surfing, and visiting his family on the islands every year with his wife, Kristen, and two children, Kate and Joey.

UC San Francisco McKenzie Institute Certified

Tim Drobnick

Tim received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of California San Francisco. Tim enjoys tailoring his patients’ exercise program to supplement the one-on-one manual therapy treatments in the clinic. He developed an extensive knowledge of exercise therapy from 10 years of training patients and athletes. Tim has had extensive training in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® , Myofascial Decompression Techniques, Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), Functional Movement Screen (FMS), and TRX system. Most of all, he is dedicated to learning from his patients.

In his free time, Tim surfs at Ocean Beach, runs in the headlands, practices yoga, and enjoys family time with his wife, Joy, and two children, Mason and Nora.


McKenzie Institute Certified

David Atwood

David first became interested in physical therapy during recovery from multiple ankle and elbow injuries during high school baseball and wrestling. He began his education by earning a Bachelors of Science in Biology at Young Harris College, GA and received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, LA. During his studies, David wanted to further his knowledge and skill in strength training and obtained a certification as a strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS). In 2019, he completed training and earned a certification in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® through the Mckenzie Institute International (MDT). David has also taken continuing education coursework in spinal manipulation, selective functional movement assessment (SFMA), as well as earning a certification with the Rock Blades tools manual therapy technique.

David’s continued pursuit of education, along with his experience as a collegiate baseball player, has provided him with the knowledge to treat a variety of musculoskeletal injuries, provide strength training and conditioning advice, and help all clients achieve their personal goals.

In his free time, David enjoys spending time exploring the outdoors with his wife, Heather, and his adopted mutt, Gio, as well as continuing his own personal fitness.

Jona Lee

Jona received her B.S. in Exercise Physiology and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. As a therapist, Jona looks forward to utilizing a mix of manual techniques and exercise to help restore function and achieve patient centered goals. She believes that therapy is a collaborative effort between the therapist and patient to create a personalized plan of care.

Jona has taken continuing education courses in spinal manipulation and running evaluation. She also has experience in myofascial decompression and release. She is looking forward to taking courses in The McKenzie Method and SFMA.

Jona is originally from the Chicago area and has enjoyed spending her free time exploring the Bay Area. She likes to hike and try new restaurants with friends in her free time.


Patrice (Patty) Kusnierczyk

Patrice is a native San Franciscan who was drawn to physical therapy through her love of sports at a young age. Her education started with a B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Nevada, Reno. She then received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA. Patty enjoys collaborating with patients for efficient, individualized and effective treatment plans. She incorporates manual techniques and specific exercises to get patients back to doing what they love! She strives to use evidence-based practices and has completed courses in Fall Prevention and Athlete Movement Systems Analysis. Patty is eager to become certified with the McKenzie method and with Functional Movement Screening.

In her free time, Patty enjoys being active. She can be found outside running in the Presidio, hiking throughout the Bay Area, cooking, and exploring new (and old) restaurants.


Victoriya McElmury


Viktoriya has been a part of our friendly front desk staff since 2009. She is very knowledgeable about the workings of the office and now handles our billing and administrative functions. In her spare time she loves to craft, bake, nuzzle up and get into adventures with her little baby girl Charlie. Viktoriya has two cats, and practices photography with her husband, Danny.

Rhonda Hoang


Rhonda joined us in 2011 and has been a great addition to our team. She handles insurance inquires and workers’ compensation requests. Alongside Viktoriya, she addresses billing and administrative inquiries. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out in the city with her husband, Allen and rescue pup, Harley.