APT Bios 2017-03-30T17:12:02+00:00

Alton Ching, DPT, OMT, MS

Dr. Alton Ching established Advance Physical Therapy, Inc. in 2007 with the goal of building a community of specialized clinicians dedicated to providing the highest level of physical therapy care, education, and outreach to the community.

Dr. Ching has extensive experience in human biomechanics, anatomy, and exercise physiology after earning his Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise Science from UC Davis in 1995 and Masters in Physical Therapy degree from the University of the Pacific in 1998. He continued his advanced training and completed his doctoral residency and board certification in Orthopedic Manual Therapy (OMT) in 2002 from the Ola Grimsby Institute and received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (DPT) in 2003 from the Ola Grimsby Institute.

Dr. Ching served as a research consultant with the UC Davis Medical Center and the Orthopedic Surgery physicians on improving surgical techniques focused on “Pedicle Screw Salvage and Repair of Lumbar Vertebral Fractures.” He presented the clinical findings at local and regional Orthopedic Surgery consortiums and developed rehabilitation programs to treat patients following lumbar fracture surgery.

He has developed cardiac rehabilitation programs for post-operative care and maintenance programs for Phase I to Phase III patients at the UC Davis Adult Fitness Center and at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco.

Dr. Ching has served as the rehabilitation and ergonomics consultant for UCSF Millberry Fitness Center and for their staff of athletic trainers, personal trainers, and administrators.

He has been involved with establishing outpatient physical therapy practices specializing in orthopedic manual therapy in the Bay Area. He has established consultative relationships with biotechnology, sports medicine, nutrition and corporate companies. He continues to provide workshops for preventive injury care and screening for medical groups, physicians, Team in Training, corporations in Silicon Valley, sports teams, school institutions, and the local community.

Deanne Smith, MPT, COMT, MS

Deanne Smith offers a comprehensive approach to physical therapy practice that combines advanced manual therapy training and scientifically-prescribed therapeutic exercise.

Deanne received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Biological Sciences from Wellesley College in 1986 and her Master of Science degree in Physical Education/Exercise Physiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1991.

With her extensive science background in physiology, Deanne implemented research methodology at Stanford Center for Disease Prevention studying “The Effects of Exercise and Erythropoietin In Hemodialysis Patients,” and provided data for maximal exercise testing, muscle strength, muscle biopsies, and lactate analysis for participants. She served as the Clinical Exercise Physiologist in the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Departments for several hospitals including El Camino Hospital. She prescribed exercise programs, provided continuing education on chronic disease management for medical staff, and provided patient counseling on exercise and behavior modification.

Deanne received her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Samuel Merritt College in 2002.  She continued her advanced orthopedic specialty training in the Australian approach to physical therapy evaluation and treatment, completed the Australian Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy Year-Long program in 2005, served as an assistant instructor for this course in Redwood City, CA., and became certified as an Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT) in 2008. In 2012, she completed a clinical mentorship with the Kaiser Permanente Fellowship Program in Advanced Orthopedic Manual Therapy and received a manual therapy certification, Level III.

More recently, Deanne has been furthering her clinical specialty and interest in pain management. Her understanding of pain physiology and application of cutting-edge research has enabled her to provide patients with more effective treatment outcomes to resolve and minimize pain. She has been successful at identifying factors that cause the “vicious pain cycle” and at providing the necessary interventions to effectively break the pain cycle. By implementing a more scientific, evidence-based approach, she believes that physical therapists are the ideal health professionals to treat the complexities of chronic pain.

Deanne enjoys counseling and guiding her patients with fun exercise strategies to help them reach their specific health goals, whether it is weight reduction, cardiovascular disease risk factor reduction, pain-free living or achieving overall fitness.

Shannon Chen, DPT, BS

Dr. Shannon Chen attended Valley City State University where she was a student-athlete and a member of the women’s basketball team; she graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2009 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.

Dr. Chen has been involved in neuroscience research focused on patients with focal hand dystonia and volunteered at local medical clinics for the underserved inner city population. She has extensive experience treating patients in various physical therapy settings that include home health physical therapy, outpatient orthopedics and corporate fitness and wellness settings. At the Silicon Valley corporate wellness center, Dr. Chen has helped their employees recover from injury necessary to return to work and addressed ergonomic deficits in order to minimize re-injury.

Dr. Chen continues to integrate her knowledge of exercise, manual therapy and orthopedics into a holistic approach to care. Her special areas of interest include sports and running-related injuries and helping the active patient return to their activity of choice. She combines manual therapy with exercise instruction and patient education in order to help patients recover from injury and meet their goals .

Jason LaRosa, DPT

Candice Kwan

Candice is a San Jose State University graduate with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology.  During her time at SJSU, Candice was an active member and officer of the pre-physical therapy club.  Her passion for helping others has taken her on a journey through different experiences which has helped her develop skills necessary to facilitate rehabilitation treatments for traumatic brain injury patients and also exercise training for patients in the aquatic settings.

As a Physical Therapy Aide, Candice will help guide you through your prescribed therapeutic exercises in a fun yet effective manner. She is all smiles and will engage you in every aspect of your rehabilitation. She is also following her passion and is pursuing her doctorate in physical therapy.

Michelle Pascua

Michelle graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology and a Minor in Psychology from San Jose State University. One of Michelle’s passion is working with the youth and aging adults through various  health and wellness programs. She taught evidence-based Fall Prevention Programs in local bay area communities through the Silicon Valley Healthy Aging Partnership.

Her background in athletics helped her teach movement development to youth, primarily through coaching programs like Coaching Corp. and Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative. Michelle also has experience with acute rehabilitation programs in various hospitals, including Stanford Hospital’s Acute Neurological Rehabilitation department where she assisted patients suffering from traumatic brain injuries and disorders of the brain. In her free time, Michelle loves visiting art museums and coaching youth basketball. Michelle aims to pursue a doctorate degree in Physical Therapy with special interests in women’s health and neurological rehabilitation.

Rehabilitation is more than just about regaining mobility or function; it’s about maintaining a healthy life. She believes in helping individuals achieve a better quality of life and recapturing the enjoyment that comes from living a pain free and active lifestyle.

Cory Low

Anthony Ramirez

Yamato Furuta

Denisse Torres

Fatima Perez

Dr. Ching took the time to really understand what was causing my pain and accurately diagnosed the knee joint problem. He was very thorough and educated me about what was happening inside my knee – he knows his subjects extremely well. I went to him instead of an Orthopedic doctor because I was worried someone would recommend surgery which I wanted to avoid – I’m glad I went to Dr. Ching because I don’t need surgery to correct this.”
Johanna F.
“Deanne Smith has sold me on the value of physical therapy, but I feel what she has taught me in the process of my healing has already proven to be a great enhancement to my life and to my future. She has taught me to manage nerve damage and chronic pain that otherwise would make me want to give up and spend too much time thinking about my boo boos. What I like best about Deanne is that she knows how to treat the whole person–and she is good at it.”
Teresa C.
“Deanne Smith has sold me on the value of physical therapy, but I feel what she has taught me in the process of my healing has already proven to be a great enhancement to my life and to my future. She has taught me to manage nerve damage and chronic pain that otherwise would make me want to give up and spend too much time thinking about my boo boos. What I like best about Deanne is that she knows how to treat the whole person–and she is good at it.”
Teresa C.

Our Greatest Reward Is Knowing That What We Do Best Transforms Lives Towards A Renewed Zest For Living Pain Free.