Rodney R. Heschong:
Physical Therapist and Founder
Founder of MVPT in 1981, Rodney received his Physical Therapy degree from the University of Missouri. He started his Physical Therapy career in 1971, as an aide in a PT department, at St. Joseph Methodist Hospital. In addition to MVPT, he founded and was director of the Ross Valley Medical Clinic PT Department, and co-director of the North Bay Physical Therapy Clinic.
Rod is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the APTA California Chapter. He volunteers his professional services to several local high school sports teams. Rod specializes in orthopedics, sports injuries, spinal issues and manual therapy. Rod served as a volunteer, providing Physical Therapy services to the professional golfers and caddies at the 2012 U.S. OPEN Golf Championship, held at the S.F. Olympic Club. When away from MVPT, Rod enjoys spending time with his family, and continues to work on lowering his single digit handicap.
Michael K. Leary:
Physical Therapist and Co-Director
Founder and former owner of the Asher Clinic, Michael brings with him years of clinical orthopedic assessment, manual therapy and patient care. A graduate of the Mayo Clinic, he also served as an Olympic Games Trainer, previously owned Physical Focus, and was Clinical Operations Director of 14 outpatient facilities for NovaCare. Michael also is a Certified Clinical Instructor.
Michael founded Restore+ Rehabilitation in San Francisco and developed BackFirst, a comprehensive injury prevention and wellness program for the San Francisco MTA. Additionally, he has conducted ergonomic assessment and clinical screens for over 11 years with Chevron. Michael’s broad experience in orthopedics has enabled him to assess injuries efficiently and provide pertinent care and instruction. Michael is an avid skier and cyclist, long time baseball coach, and enjoys time with his wife and three boys in San Anselmo.
Susan Van Hise received her BA from UC Berkeley and her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from UCSF/SFSU. She has been practicing out-patient orthopedics since 2009, first in S.F. and currently in Marin. Susan’s diverse experience includes treatment of sports and work injuries, balance impairments, degenerative conditions, pre- and post-surgical joint repairs and replacements, postural irregularities and gait disorders. She is a native of Mill Valley and is raising her family here.
Susan thoroughly enjoys working in this community treating people of all ages, from our elementary school students to our centenarians
Shirin Gonili Aryanpour has been an active orthopedic physical therapist since 2000. She got her BA in psychology & Masters degree in Physical Therapy from Western University in Pomona. She initially worked with athletes at ACE physical therapy, in San Francisco, and treated a majority of tennis players. She was an active clinical instructor, and regularly taught seminars on shoulder & tennis elbow injuries.
Shirin has been a PT at MVPT since 2005, and treats a variety of orthopedic injuries. Her emphasis is on manual therapy & sports injury prevention. She lives in Mill Valley with her husband & two children. She enjoys out door activities, such as paddle boarding, sailing, kayaking, yoga & tennis. She is also an active board member of Marin Symphony, in an effort to keep music alive in our community.
Gretchen Hoffman: PT Aide/Personal Trainer
Gretchen is a native of Petaluma. She received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Applied Health Science at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. Her experience with athletic training as a collegiate student athlete sparked her interest in pursuing a doctoral program in Physical Therapy. Outside of the clinic, Gretchen teaches water aerobics and coaches basketball and swimming. She enjoys any opportunity to be outside and active. Gretchen is certified by the Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute.
Brian Tuel, CSCS
USAW L1 Coach, Strength Coach
As a youth athlete Brian suffered many injuries, which led to lengthy recovery periods parked on the bench. He made the decision some years later to dedicate his time to helping individuals learn about strength and conditioning, injury prevention, and athletic performance.
The year 2012 was a pivotal year in Brian’s professional development. While studying for the CSCS, he also enrolled for classes at College of Marin. Brian is currently taking science prerequisites in order to apply to Physical Therapy Doctoral programs. He is fascinated with the human body, and the role in which movement plays towards overall wellbeing.
Vanessa: PT Aide
Vanessa was born and raised in San Francisco. She attended Lowell High School and San Francisco State University where she received her B.S. in Kinesiology.
Vanessa is planning on pursuing a doctoral degree in Physical Therapy. When not working in the clinic, Vanessa coaches a girls Club Volleyball team in San Francisco. She also enjoys exploring the Bay Areas diverse restaurants.
Carl Braun: Personal Trainer
Carl is a Certified Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine. Since 2009, he has worked with clients of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to improve their strength, fitness, and confidence. Carl joined Mill Valley Physical Therapy in May of 2016 as a trainer and aide. In his free time, Carl volunteers as a research intern at the Romberg Tiburon Center, trains in the sport of power lifting, and is studying medical school.
Joelle has been with MVPT for over 20 years as Office Manager. She is particularly skilled in navigating the ever-changing world of insurance authorization and reimbursement. Joelle understands that insurances can be confusing, and that benefits are continually evolving. Her most important role at MVPT is determining what your insurance coverage is, so that your benefits are paid correctly.
Joelle wants to make sure that you feel comfortable while you’re here, so that you can gain the most benefit from your treatments. Aside from her office duties, Joelle’s passions also include spending time with her family, and any time on the golf course.
Vienna has been a resident of Marin County for over thirty-five years and offers excellent customer service, hospitality and good old fashioned warmth to all who enter the doors of Mill Valley Physical Therapy. As writer, photographer in her personal time, Vienna relies on her natural intuitive and creative abilities to cater to the needs of our patients, therapists and co-workers.
Along with spending time storytelling with her granddaughter Jane, Vienna claims to be a Francophile at heart and feels, as Gertrude Stein once said, even though “the U.S. is my country, Paris is my hometown.”
PT Aide/Personal Trainer/Massage Therapist
A native of SF, Maria attended St. Paul’s High School then worked in marketing for AT&T. Maria had the opportunity to follow her intuition and start a new career in health and fitness. She attended ‘Alive and Well’, and became a Certified Massage Therapist in 2002. Her specialty is
sports injury massage, as well as deep tissue and trigger point. To compliment her career, she also became a Certified Personal Trainer (NCSF) in 2010. Maria loves the ocean, enjoys running, cycling, paddle boarding and hiking.
Raised in Marin County, Kaitlin attends the College of Marin, with an emphasis on math studies, and aspires to teach high school math. When not as work or school, Kaitlin is an avid reader and relaxes with knitting.
Penny Thatcher: Accounting
A native of Alabama, Penny has been an intregal part the MVPT team for 27 years. She helps manage both the insurance and accounting aspects of the clinic. Penny currently lives in Petaluma with her husband, and is very active in the arena of competitive equestrian shows, and jumping events.