Meet the Team

Our highly specialized team of advanced physical therapists

Dr. Pete Rumford

Pete Rumford

His Story


Pete Rumford graduated from Westmont College with his B.S. in Kinesiology in 2006 and earned the degree of Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of California San Francisco in 2011. He began practicing in Palo Alto, California as a resident in an American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) credentialed Residency program in Functional Manual Therapy. This residency program prepared him to test for his Certification in Functional Manual Therapy (CFMT), which he passed with Distinction (>94% cumulative score) in August 2012. Following certification Pete spent one year with the Institute of Physical Art (IPA) Residency Program, VARDAN, in Mumbai, India and New Delhi, India. During this time he served as clinic director and mentor to the Physiotherapists studying Functional Manual Therapy in India. After moving back Stateside, Pete joined the team at IPA Manhattan in New York, NY, where he practiced for three years and earned his Fellowship in Functional Manual Therapy (APTA/American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) credentialed Fellowship). In June 2017 Pete received the designation of Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) through the APTA. In September 2017 Pete partnered with Ryan Johnson to open IPA Physio Orange County in Irvine, CA.

Pete has been a faculty member with the IPA since 2012, teaching multiple courses for the Institute. He is a primary instructor for ‘CoreFirst Strategies’, ‘Functional Mobilization Lower Extremity’ and ‘Dynamic Foot and Ankle’, and is an associate faculty for ‘Functional Mobilization 1’.

In addition to being an active member of APTA and AAOMPT, Pete is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). His passion for holistic health and well-being extends to the realms of Strength and Conditioning/Fitness, Nutrition, Psychology, and Spirituality.

 Education and Specializations


Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT)

University of California San Francisco / San Francisco State University

Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT)

IPA Manhattan – New York City

Fellow of Functional Manual Therapy (FFMT)

IPA Manhattan – New York City

Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS)

American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties

Myofascial Decompression Certified Provider (MFDc)

Cup Therapy – Myofascial Decompression

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)

National Strength and Conditioning Association

TPI Certified Level 1

Titleist Performance Institute

Interests and Hobbies


Running
Golf
Beach Volleyball
Basketball
Yoga
The Ocean
The Hills

Dr. Spencer Lee

Spencer Lee

His Story


Spencer Lee studied Kinesiology with an emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy at Biola University and then earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from California State University, Fresno. He started his career by working in an outpatient orthopedic clinic in Fresno, before transitioning to Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center in October 2017. At Kaiser Vallejo, Spencer completed an intensive PNF residency while working with patients recovering from stroke, traumatic brain injury, and spinal cord injury. He then relocated across the country to New York City to join an orthopedic/sports-focused clinic as part of the IPA / Functional Manual Therapy skills enhancing residency program. In August 2021, Spencer passed his Certification in Functional Manual Therapy (CFMT) through the Institute of Physical Art (IPA), and is currently training in the Functional Manual Therapy Fellowship Program offered through IPA Physio Orange County. His practice is centered around injury/disease prevention, optimizing lifestyle factors, and promoting a mindset of thriving throughout one’s lifespan.

Education and Specializations


Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT)

California State University, Fresno

Certified Functional Manual Therapist (CFMT)

Institute of Physical Art

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)

National Strength and Conditioning Association

TPI Certified Level 1

Titleist Performance Institute

Certification in Plant-Based Nutrition

T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies through eCornell

Interests and Hobbies


Cycling
Golf
Basketball
Extreme Day Hikes
Weightlifting
Broomball
The Mountains

Dr. Kat Wong

Kat Wong

Her Story


Kat Wong graduated from Westmont College with her B.S. in Kinesiology and then earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Campbell University.  She started her career working at an outpatient orthopedic clinic in Fairfax, Virginia where she developed her manual therapy skills while also specializing in women’s health and pelvic floor physical therapy. Kat has trained in pelvic floor rehabilitation through Herman & Wallace and will be sitting for the Certification in Functional Manual Therapy in August 2022, after which she will enter the Functional Manual Therapy Fellowship Program offered through IPA Physio Orange County.

She enjoys working with all orthopedic conditions, and is particularly passionate about women’s health and helping individuals who struggle with bowel and bladder dysfunction, pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction, and pregnancy and postpartum problems.

Education and Specializations


Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT)

Campbell University

Pelvic Floor Level 1, 2A, and 2B

Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute

Interests and Hobbies


Hiking
Yoga
Playing Music
Plants
Cooking
Knitting

Dr. Jessica Workman

Jessica Workman

Her Story


Jessica Workman received her B.S in Physiology and Neuroscience at the University of California, San Diego in 2009. She then went on to earn her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, San Marcos in 2012. She started her career in an outpatient orthopedic clinical residency program in Thousand Oaks. In March 2014, she moved to a mixed outpatient ortho/neuro practice specializing in vestibular disorders. Jessica has been treating patients with complex neurological and vestibular diagnoses as well as chronic orthopedic conditions while studying and practicing Functional Manual Therapy techniques and philosophies.

In August 2021, she passed her Certification in Functional Manual Therapy (CFMT) through the Institute of Physical Art (IPA) with Honors (>90% cumulative average), and is currently training in the Functional Manual Therapy Fellowship Program offered through IPA Physio Orange County. Her philosophy is centered around evaluation of the whole person; working as a team with her patients to ensure they return to the activities which bring them joy.

Education and Specializations


Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT)

University of St. Augustine for Health Science, San Marcos

Certified Functional Manual Therapist (CFMT)

Institute of Physical Art

Soft Tissue Manual Tool Level 1 Certification (STMT-1)

Medical Minds in Motion

Beginning and intermediate Kinesiology Taping

Kinesiology Taping Institute Orthopedic Rehabilitation Specialists

Interests and Hobbies


Running
Football
Soccer
Philosophy
Music
The Beach
Good Food

Hannah Pink – Office Administrator

Hannah Pink

Her Story


Hannah Pink was born and raised in Orange County, CA. From a young age, she took to dancing and always had the dream of dancing professionally. In high school, she was given many opportunities to travel, work for a dance company, and assist numerous high profile choreographers. Graduating one year early from high school, she moved to Los Angeles, CA to pursue her dream. One of Hannah’s favorite projects was dancing for Grammy-winning artist, Finneas, in his music video “Shelter”.

When she isn’t dancing, she is working with her Pilates clients and strengthening her craft.

Her passion for health, wellness, and the patient experience within physical therapy make her a great fit for IPA Physio OC!

Education and Specializations


Pilates Certification – Long Beach Dance Conditioning

Interests and Hobbies


Working out
Singing
Nature
Running with her dog
Staying creative

Kara Willingham – Office Administrator

Kara Willingham

Her Story


Kara Willingham is an Orange County native who has recently moved home after living in San Diego for the past decade!

From a young age, Kara has always loved to move. Energetic, some call it, her zest for life has always and continues to push her towards growth and following her dreams. Kara is a certified 200-Hour yoga teacher and her practice has shown her how to find stillness, connection, better physical movement, and more profound meaning in life. Kara is excited to join the IPA Physio OC team and is filled with gratitude for the opportunity to work with like-minded individuals every day.

In her free time, Kara finds joy in spending time with her young son & family, reading, enjoying nature and anything musical!

Education and Specializations


200-Hour Yoga Certification from Pilgrimage of the Heart Yoga in San Diego
Prenatal Yoga Certified
Specializes in Gentle and Restorative Yoga

Interests and Hobbies


Yoga
Hiking
Enjoying Nature
Singing
Reading
Writing

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