KAREN WAKAMOTO, PT, MPT, DNSP • owner
Karen Wakamoto graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in Kinesiology and earned her Master of Physical Therapy degree from USC in 1991. She has experience in a variety of settings including inpatient orthopedics, neurological rehabilitation and outpatient orthopedics.
Karen worked at Northridge Hospital Medical Center where she was recognized as the PT Staff of the Year early in her career. She later moved on to Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian before opening her private practice, Optimum Physical Therapy, in 2009.
In 2016, Karen became a certified Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization Clinician after completing coursework and training in Prague of the Czech Republic. She is also a certified MovementLinks Clinician, specializing in the area of movement science.
Karen grew up in Huntington Beach, CA and is married to her husband Craig. They are the proud parents of three awesome grown kids: Nathan, Olivia, and Andrew.
MICHAEL JOSEPH, PT, DPT
Michael Joseph graduated from Los Alamitos High School, went on to earn his BS in Human Physiology from the University of Oregon in 2013 then his Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) from Mount Saint Mary's University in 2017.
Michael has completed clinical rotations at Concentra Occupational Health, White Memorial Medical Center, CATZ Sports Performance and PT Institute and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. He has also worked in more specialized areas of sports and orthopedics as a USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach and as an athletic trainer for the LA Premier FC Club Soccer Team.
Michael's personal interests include Olympic weight lifting and power lifting.
Claudia Shea, PT
Claudia graduated with a Physical Therapy degree from California State University, Long Beach in 1990, and she has over 20 years of experience in outpatient orthopedics. She has received training in MovementLinks, DNS (Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization), Functional Orthopedics, sport-specific training and rehab, and Myofascial Release.
Claudia and her two kids have been part of the local community for over 20 years. In her free time, she enjoys tennis and Pilates.
Christy Putnam, office manager
MoveWell PT has been blessed to have Christy as our Office Manager since 2011. Christy brings a strength of administrative skills and leadership that she developed while serving in many capacities while raising her two kids, Blake and Madison. Amongst her accomplishments, Christy is a former PTA President of Lee Elementary School in Los Alamitos, the co-coordinator of Grad Night at Los Alamitos High School and was an active volunteer in Scouts as well. Christy studied Child Development at Fullerton College. She and her husband, John, have lived in Cypress since 1992. She’s the first to admit she’s a crazy cat lady, but especially loves her sweet cat, Hazel!
Debi DelMonico, Administrative Assistant
Debi is our newest staff member. She has a background in interior design and has been so helpful in making the clinic look great. But better yet, Debi has a warm and welcoming charm that helps make Movewell a great place to be. Debi loves to go beach camping and skiing with her husband and two kids. She has enjoyed being part of Community Bible Study in Los Alamitos and does staging for a local realtor as well.