Meet Our Therapists
Linda Rice, OTR/L
Fountains Rehab Manager, & Occupational Therapist
Linda received her Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy at University
of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, and has been at the Fountains since
May 2003. Her areas of expertise include departmental development, mentoring
new therapists, and wheelchair positioning. Linda’s recent continuing
education seminars include LiteGait training, leadership training, and
caseload building for therapists in the long term care setting. The most
rewarding parts of her job are equipping therapists to provide excellent
care and being able to see patients achieve their goals and return home.
Linda enjoys reading, taking long walks in nature, and spending time with
her family. Her goal is to be an effective manager, thereby developing
the Fountains Rehab into a state of the art department. Linda also strives
to enhance the therapists’ skills with the ultimate goal of providing
excellent patient care and satisfaction.
Floris Van de Ven, PT, DPT, MHA
Floris studied entry-level Physical Therapy from SAFA Professional School
in Amsterdam, received his Master’s in Health Administration from
Chapman University in Orange, CA and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy
from Pacific University in Oregon. He enjoys general practice physical
therapy, acute care/internal medicine, and geriatrics. Floris has been
at the Fountains since 2014, and says the most rewarding part of his job
is being able to guide patients back to their independence. He attended
the State Conference 2015 in Pasadena, CA, the National Conference 2015
in Indianapolis, IN, and the National Conference 2016 in Anaheim, CA.
When Floris is not working at the Fountains, he enjoys volunteering for
the Federation of Physical Therapy and teaching physical therapy at Sacramento
State University and Pacific University in Oregon. His goal is to be a
fully rounded general practice physical therapist and clinical instructor
Cherry Alegre, PT
Cherry received her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from Emilio
Aguinaldo Do College in Manila, Philippines as well as her ongoing transitional
Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Montana. Geriatrics
is her special area of interest, and she has been at the Fountains since
July 2015. Cherry is a Certified Kinesiotaping Practitioner as well as
certified in Vestibular Rehab. The most rewarding part of her job is witnessing
how patients recover and being able to be part of that recovery process.
Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, singing, and cooking with her son.
She strives to finish her doctorate program and pursue a Geriatric Specialization Program.
Maricar Ramos, PT, C/NDT
Maricar received her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from University
of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines. Her areas of expertise and interest
are in Neuro Rehab (stroke, traumatic brain injury) and spinal cord injuries.
She began her career at the Fountains in February 2015 as a traveling
therapist, and became a permanent therapist in December 2015. She has
been certified in Neurodevelopmental Techniques (NDT) since 2012. The
most rewarding parts of Maricar’s job are seeing her patients go
home to their family and community and seeing her students excel in the
profession, where they grow to be excellent and compassionate physical
therapists. Outside of work, Maricar enjoys hiking, traveling, watching
the travel channel, and yoga. She strives to grow further in her profession
as a physical therapist and to also become Certified Clinical Instructor
of physical therapy students.
Jenny Grining, PT
Jenny has a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and received her Master’s
degree in Physical Therapy from Concordia University in Wisconsin. She
loves working in the skilled nursing setting with the geriatric population,
and has been at the Fountains since 2000. Jenny has recently completed
a Neuro Developmental Treatment course, E-Stimulation/Diathermy course,
and LiteGait course. The most rewarding part of Jenny’s job is being
able to help families figure out the best discharge plan for the patient.
When she is not working, Jenny enjoys playing classical and bluegrass
music on her violin and camping with her family. Regarding her profession,
Jenny’s goals are to perfect her wheelchair assessment skills and
to encourage kids to choose a healthcare career, especially in rehabilitation.
Brad Nelson, PTA
Physical Therapy Assistant
Brad received his Associate’s degree from Sacramento City College
and has been working for the Fountains since October 2010. His special
areas of interest include Cerebral Vascular Accident and knee replacements.
He has recently attended a continuing education course on knee and hip
arthritis and a LiteGait training course. The most rewarding aspect of
Brad’s job is watching his patients walk out the door to go home,
knowing that only a few weeks prior they could barely sit up in bed. When
Brad is not working, he enjoys spending time with his daughter, working
on his house, bowling, and playing disc golf. His goal regarding his profession
is to attend Physical Therapy school in the future.
Yer Vue, PTA
Physical Therapy Assistant
Yer received her Associate’s degree from College of the Sequoia.
Her special area of interest is in Orthopedics and has been at the Fountains
since August 2013. Yer recently attended the continuing education courses
“Getting to the Core: Stroke Rehab” and “Geriatric Fractures
and Joint Replacements”. The most rewarding part of Yer’s
job is seeing her patients improve and return home. When she is not working,
she enjoys outdoor activities such as biking and hiking, and also likes
to read and work on furniture. Her goal regarding her profession is to
increase her PTA skills through experience and continuing education.
Mandy Mann, PTA
Physical Therapy Assistant
Mandy received her Associate’s degree from Sacramento City College
and has been employed at the Fountains since June 2015. Her areas of expertise
include geriatrics and orthopedics. The most rewarding part of Mandy’s
job is helping patients meet their goals, gain strength, confidence, and
return home to continue on with their lives. When she is not working,
Mandy enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her family and her friends.
Her goals regarding her profession include exploring other fields such
as inpatient, outpatient, pediatrics, and to attend Physical Therapy school.
Cindy Lee, PTA
Physical Therapy Assistant
Cindy received her Associate’s degree as a Physical Therapy Assistant
from Loma Linda University, and her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology
with a minor in German from Cal State University Sacramento. Her areas
of special interest and expertise include soft tissue mobilization, joint
mobilization, and making people laugh. Two continuing education courses
that Cindy recently attended are “Soft Tissue Massage for Total
Knee Replacement” and “Soft Tissue Massage for the Neck”.
The most rewarding part of her job is seeing her patients smile. When
Cindy is not working, she enjoys photography, hiking, traveling, fishing,
kayaking, and spending time with her family. Her goal for her profession
is to help her patients reach their full potential of rehabilitation while
at the Fountains.
Cha Yang, PTA
Physical Therapy Assistant
Cha received his Associate’s degree from Sacramento City College.
His area of interest in his discipline is working with his hands, performing
manual therapy as in joint mobilization and soft tissue mobilization.
Cha began his career at the Fountains in October of 2016. As a student
at his outpatient assignment, he received a compliment that he should
pursue further education as a Physical Therapist due to his recognized
work. Cha finds patients’ smiles and happy faces to be the most
rewarding part of his job. He truly enjoys building a rapport with each
patient. Outside of work, Cha enjoys being in the sun, and having a barbeque
or a picnic with his wife and two-year old daughter. In his profession,
Cha hopes to specialize in neuromuscular training and do some training
in the acute setting to broaden his experience.
Aimee Palma, OTR/L
Aimee attended the University of the Philippines, Manila and received her
Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy. She began her career
in pediatrics, early intervention and school-age kids, and has enjoyed
working with patients on writing, social, and community skills. In the
skilled nursing setting, she enjoys doing functional tasks with the patients
such as cooking and showering. She has been working at the Fountains since
December 2014. Aimee loves to see her patients return to their lives in
the community. Recently, Aimee has attended continuing education courses
including “Functional Cognitive Activities for Adults with Stroke
or Brain Injury”, “Kinesiology Taping using Myofascial Strategies”,
and “Fall Prevention”. She has a toddler who keeps her busy
after work, and she enjoys taking trips, walking, biking, and gardening
with her family. Regarding her profession, her goal is to continue to
improve her skills in activities of daily living re-training with the
geriatric population. Aimee would also like to get certified as a Hand
Therapist someday, which is a newly-discovered area of interest.
David Chung, M.S., OTR/L
David received his Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in
Occupational Therapy from San Jose State University. His area of expertise
is in the geriatric population. He began his career specializing in rehabilitation
in Skilled Nursing Facilities and Home Health in various locations in
California. David started at the Fountains as a traveling therapist in
May 2015, and decided to work here permanently in February 2016. David
has attended continuing education courses including “Stroke Help:
Preventing Shoulder Pain” and “Stroke Help: Bed Positioning
and Mobility”. The most rewarding part of his job is seeing his
patients improve during their stay at the Fountains, so they can continue
enjoying their lives with family and friends with improved quality of
life, safety and functioning. When David is not at work, he enjoys being
in nature, hiking, paddle boarding, outdoor range shooting, off-roading,
and photography. His goal is to continue to work at the Fountains and
develop additional clinical and therapeutic skills through ongoing training
and acquisition of knowledge to assist his patients in giving them the
best rehabilitation experience possible.
Jennifer Kim, OTR/L
Jennifer received her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from McMaster
University, as well as her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy
from Queen’s University in Canada. She has a special interest in
stroke rehab and amputee care, and has been working at the Fountains since
November 2012. She has recently taken continuing education courses in
cognitive therapy, stroke rehab, and elbow, wrist, and hand injuries.
The most rewarding aspect of Jennifer’s job is being an intimate
part of the patients’ recovery. She loves to see people successfully
return to their meaningful activities, and she also enjoys helping her
patients achieve their goals. When Jennifer is not working, she enjoys
outdoor activities including hiking, kayaking, and boating. She also enjoys
going to the gym and cooking. In the future, Jennifer hopes to specialize
in neuro rehab and possibly in teaching.
Gloria Ammermann, OT/L
Gloria attended University of San Francisco where she received her Bachelor’s
in Organizational Behavior, and Samuel Merritt University where she received
her Master’s in Occupational Therapy. She started at the Fountains
as a traveling therapist in 2012 and became a permanent employee in 2014.
She has attended continuing education courses including “Understanding
Diabetes for Health Practitioners”, “Understanding Dementia”,
and courses in “Stroke Rehab”. The most rewarding part of
Gloria’s job is helping patients understand that recovery and regaining
independence is a real possibility. She also finds patients who keep a
positive outlook on life very inspiring and a good energy to be around.
When she is not working, Gloria enjoys visiting her family, spending time
with her grandson, and enjoying her quiet relaxation time. Her professional
goal is to continue to pursue her love of occupational therapy for as
long as she can.
Fe G. Abonal, OTR/L
Fe received her Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the
University of the Philippines. She has been at the Fountains since July
2013. Her special areas of interest include school settings, stroke rehab,
and geriatrics. She has recently completed the continuing education courses
“Stroke Recovery by Accelerated Care (ACP)” and “Kinesiology
Taping for Elbow, Wrist, Hand”, by Summit Professional Education.
The most rewarding part of her job is enabling people to be more independent
and safe in their daily tasks. When Fe is not working, she enjoys playing
her guitar. Her professional goal is to continue to impact the lives of
the people she meets.
Gwen Hamblen, COTA
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Gwen received her Associate’s degree from Sacramento City College.
She has been at the Fountains since January 1990. She enjoys working with
stroke patients who have limitations and figuring out ways to help them
gain back their independence. She also enjoys teaching her patients how
to be safe when working in the kitchen. The most rewarding part of Gwen’s
job is seeing patients improve and find joy in their lives and their limitations.
She also enjoys seeing her patients regain independence in the “little
things”. Outside of work, Gwen loves to bake and give her baked
goods to those having hard times. Her professional goal is to help as
many people as she can become independent and be able to return home.
Sheila Low, COTA
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Sheila grew up in Brazil where she attended Law School, achieved a Bachelor’s
degree in History and an Associate’s degree in Tourism and Recreation.
After coming to the United States, Sheila earned an Associate’s
degree in Occupational Therapy from Sacramento City College. She has been
at the Fountains since May 2016. Sheila enjoys working in the skilled
nursing setting and expresses interests in both long term care and in
mental health. Recent continuing education that Sheila has participated
in includes OTA peer coaching for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
through the Disability Service Program for Students (DSPS) at Sacramento
City College and Car Fit Technician Training. Sheila does not think of
her profession as a “job”, but rather feels that it is a gift
that allows her to help people. She feels the most rewarding part of her
profession is helping people to improve their lives. Outside of work,
Sheila enjoys doing crafts, crocheting, riding her bike, reading, writing,
and skyping with family. Her personal goals include becoming an Occupational
Therapist (OTR) and continuing to help others throughout her life.
Robert Alvarado, COTA
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Robert received his Associate’s degree from Sacramento City College.
He has been at the Fountains since 1999 and his special area of interest
is the geriatric population in the Skilled Nursing Facility. Two continuing
education courses he has recently attended are “Contracture Management”
and “Positioning for the Geriatric Patient”. The most rewarding
parts of Robert’s job are being able to send his patients home once
they complete their rehab and facilitating good quality of life for long
term care patients. His goal regarding his profession is to continue to
provide the best care possible to all of his patients receiving rehabilitation
at the Fountains.
Amber Smith, M.A., CCC-SLP
Amber received her Master’s degree with Distinction in Communication
Sciences and Disorders and her Bachelor’s degree as Magna Cum Laude
in Communication Sciences and Disorders from California State University,
Chico. She has been at the Fountains since April 2012, and her areas of
special interest include fluent and non-fluent aphasias and dysphagia
management. She recently completed the continuing education course “Current
Topics in Dysphagia Management”, and also became certified as a
Clinical Fellow Supervisor. The most rewarding part of Amber’s job
is seeing a patient come in physically and cognitively dependent, working
with the therapy team on individualized treatments that relate to the
patient’s interests, and watching the patient improve and return
to their lifestyle with confidence. She enjoys spending time with her
family and pets, traveling and meeting new people, and trying new foods
from the diverse community. Amber’s goals within her profession
are to increase patients’ confidence and assertiveness in their
communication skills, and to continue her studies to provide the community
with the newest and most effective strategies for any speech pathology needs.
Madeline R. Stephens, MA, CCC-SLP
Madeline received her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree
in Communications Sciences and Disorders from California State University,
Chico. During the week, she works with children in grades preschool through
8th grade who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, emotionally
disturbed, and/or have other health impairments and intellectual disabilities.
On Saturdays, Madeline works at the Fountains with patients who have difficulties
with their swallowing, memory, attention, language, and speech skills.
She has been working at the Fountains since December 2015. The most rewarding
part of her job is the knowledge that she is making a difference in lives
and helping patients’ to improve the quality of their lives. When
Madeline is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family and
friends, going to the movies, watching baseball, and traveling. She especially
enjoys making frequent trips to Disneyland. Her professional goal is to
continue providing the best quality of therapy she can to her patients
and students, while continuing to learn and develop tools for her profession.
Erika graduated from Yuba City High School and is a licensed CNA. Her area
of expertise in the Rehabilitation department is scheduling the daily
appointments for patients. She has been working at the Fountains since
2004. The most rewarding part of her job is being able to work alongside
all of the wonderful people in the department and being able to aide in
the efficiency of making the patients’ and therapists’ daily
schedule. When Erika is not working, she enjoys gardening, shopping, and
spending time with friends and family. Her professional goal is to continue
to increase her efficiency in scheduling and in her duties as a rehab aide.
Mary received her education to become a licensed phlebotomist from Boston
Reed College in Stockton, CA and her EMT Certificate from First Responders
Academy in Manteca, CA. Her area of expertise in the Rehabilitation department
is in office management. She began her career at the Fountains in June
2014. When Mary is not at work, she enjoys exercising, swimming, camping,
gardening, cooking, watching scary movies, and spending time with her
family. The most rewarding part of her job is being able to work alongside
skillful therapists and to be a part of this phenomenal Fountains Rehabilitation team.
Bob received his education in Angels Camp, CA, and has been at the Fountains
since 2011. His area of expertise is in gym and equipment maintenance.
The most rewarding part of his job is finishing all of his tasks by the
end of the day, which keeps the department running efficiently. When he
is not working, Bob enjoys gardening, shopping, and visiting his family.
Bob’s goal regarding his profession is to always do a good job in
his duties as a Rehab Aide.
Angel currently is pursuing her psychology degree from Yuba College. She
has been at the Fountains since May 2016. Her area of expertise is in
customer service, where she strives to understand and positively affect
individuals whom she helps. Recent awards that Angel has earned include
the Foundation Scholarship recognition for a 4.0 grade point average.
The most rewarding parts of her job include interacting with patients,
visitors, and colleagues and contributing to a positive work environment.
Angel enjoys hobbies such as photography, drawing, reading, hiking, cooking,
traveling, and weight lifting. Her goal is to secure a challenging role
within the psychology or health care field.
Reeta Rani, CNA
Transporter & Certified Nursing Assistant
Reeta received her education first in India, and thereafter at Marysville
High School. She has been at the Fountains since March 2002. Her primary
responsibilities include writing the patients’ therapy schedules
in their rooms and transporting the patients’ to and from the rehabilitation
gym for their appointments. The most rewarding part of Reeta’s job
is being able to work every day to help the patients and to make a difference
in their lives. Outside of work, she enjoys gardening, spending time with
her family, and cooking. Reeta’s goals regarding her profession
are to finish the LVN program and to continue to provide great care to
those receiving rehabilitation services at the Fountains.