Kern Haug, MS, PT – Clinic Director

Kern Haug, M.S., PT – Clinic Director, Physical Therapist

Kern graduated from Columbia University with a Master of Science Degree in Physical Therapy in 1985. Kern helped to establish Laguna Beach Physical Therapy in 1997 and has been the Clinic Director since. During his 35+ years of practice as a Physical Therapist, he has treated many patients with a variety of different diagnoses, such as problem fractures, spinal cord injuries, traumatic head injuries, arthritis, neurological disorders and orthopedic injuries of the spine and extremities.

Kern has pursued advanced training in the treatment of stroke patients, improvement of gait and balance deficiency, and treatment for orthopedic injuries to the shoulders, knees, and ankles. His expertise also includes prevention of workplace injuries, and the instruction of ergonomics and proper body mechanics. In addition to his clinical skills, Kern is a Certified CPR Instructor. Kern’s role as the Clinic Director sets the tone for a very friendly, professional environment. The clinic has maintained a loyal following in the community since it’s inception in 1997.

Kern loves watching soccer, exercising in the fresh air with his wife and their dog, Cooper, and gardening. He and his wife have 2 grown children who have graduated from colleges in Northern California.

Christie Torti, MSPT, OCS – Pilates Certified Instructor

Christie Torti, MSPT, OCS, Pilates Certified Instructor – Physical Therapist

Christie has over 20 years of experience in the field of Orthopedic Physical Therapy. She is a National Board-Certified Physical Therapist in the field of Orthopedics (OCS) and a Pilates Certified Instructor. She received her Master of Physical Therapy from Loma Linda University in 2000 and her Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology from University of California, Riverside in 1996.

Christie possesses advanced skills in the field of Orthopedics. She enjoys incorporating skilled manual therapy and Pilates into individual treatment regimens. Her use of manual therapy to treat patients is supported by research-based evidence and her early studies through the Ola Grimsby Institute for Advanced Training in Orthopedic Manual Therapy.

Christie enjoys doing 5K and 10K runs, sprint triathlons and spending time with her young daughter and family.

Brandon Cirbo, DPT

Brandon Cirbo, DPT – Physical Therapist

Brandon attended Cal State Long Beach for both his undergrad and graduate school. He received his B.S. in kinesiology with an emphasis in exercise science and then his Doctorate of Physical Therapy. He is very familiar with LBPT, after working as an aide at the clinic prior to graduate school. Brandon has worked in both inpatient and outpatient environments. He was exposed to various patients with orthopedic, neurologic, and cardiopulmonary diagnoses. At Cal State Long Beach, he participated in research involving fall prevention for older adults. As a physical therapist, Brandon is very passionate about improving the way people move, and facilitating the healing process. He plans on pursuing an orthopedic clinical specialist (OCS) certification in the near future to expand his orthopedic toolbox.

In his free time, Brandon enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, volleyball, and soccer. He enjoys rooting on his favorite sports teams including the Denver Broncos and LA Angels. On a nice day, you will likely find Brandon soaking up the sun at the beach. He also loves spending time with his wife, family and friends.

Jeff Fracalosy, DPT

Jeff Fracalosy, DPT – Physical Therapist

Jeff began his career working as a PT Aide at Laguna Beach Physical Therapy, Mesa Verde Convalescent Hospital, and Crown Cove in Corona del Mar. He played tennis at Chapman University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He continued his studies at Western University of Health Sciences where he earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) in 2016.

Jeff grew up in the community of Corona del Mar surfing locally, playing baseball and basketball at CdM High School and participating in Jr. Lifeguard Programs. He also enjoyed skiing and snowboarding when he resided in Mammoth. His active love of all sports resulted in the occasional “sports injury” where he experienced the patient side of physical therapy. These experiences triggered his desire to pursue a degree in Physical Therapy and to be able to help others recover and do the things they love.

Alisa Sanchez, MPT

Alisa Sanchez, MPT, OCS – Physical Therapist

Alisa graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy in 2006. She has been working in the orthopedic setting for 13 years and continues to further her education in orthopedic physical therapy. In 2017, she became an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. With this certification, she has extensive knowledge of the diagnosis and treatment of various musculoskeletal conditions. Her goals are to obtain a DPT degree and to further improve her practice in the aquatic physical therapy setting.

Alisa is a native of Southern California and enjoys our beautiful beaches, mountains, and deserts to the fullest. She loves to travel and learn about cultures from all over the world.

Brian Fracalosy, BA – Business Manager

Brian Fracalosy, B.A. – Business Manager

Brian graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor Degree in Public Relations in 2003. He has worked in the company full-time since January 2002, primarily as an Office Manager and is also the Administrative Assistant to the CFO in this family owned business. Prior to managing LBPT, Brian managed Anaheim Physical Therapy and Aquatic Rehab for 5 years, gaining experience in the overall operations of the outpatient physical therapy clinic.

Brian enjoys spending time with his wife, Jenny and their three children, Braeden, Reese and Ryder. He continues to play basketball and surf with many of his life long friends.

Maria Morales– Office Manager

Maria Morales – Office Manager

Maria graduated from California State University at Fullerton with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Public Relations. She owned and operated a retail swimwear and beachwear store in San Clemente for 9 years. After selling the store, she worked both in corporate retail and as an office manager for a pediatric therapy facility before coming to Laguna Beach Physical Therapy. She loves the welcoming environment at Laguna Beach Physical Therapy.

Born and raised in south Orange County, Maria enjoys spending time at home in San Clemente with her husband, two daughters and her golden retriever. She loves the beach, taking long walks, reading, watching movies and catching up with family and friends.

Olivia Morales - Physical Therapy Aide

Olivia Morales – Admin. Assistant, Physical Therapy Aide

Olivia is currently a student at Saddleback College obtaining her Associate’s degree in Communications with intent to transfer to Cal State Fullerton for her Bachelor’s degree in Investigative Journalism. She enjoys working alongside her mother Maria – our office manager. She also enjoys learning about the physical exercise aspects at the clinic since she was an avid swimmer and runner during her entire high school career.

Olivia also has a very interesting hobby – she is an actress and model at haunted attractions during the Halloween season. During the rest of the year, Olivia enjoys spending her free time with friends and loved ones. Even though a homebody, she very much enjoys traveling, hiking, and going to the beach.

Kian Seyedjafari, B.S. – Physical Therapy Aide

Kian is a recent graduate from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Science in nutritional science with an emphasis on physiology and metabolism. He loves the supportive community physical therapy fosters and hopes to continue his education by pursuing a physical therapy graduate program in the future.

Grown and raised in San Juan Capistrano, Kian spends his downtime playing soccer, online games, and watching all kinds of sports. He and his family have two hyperactive dogs, Maggie and Maya, as well as one very lazy, spoiled cat named Chochi.

Mykel Rodriguez, B.S. – Physical Therapy Aide

Mykel grew up in Whittier and attended college at UCSD in La Jolla. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Cognitive Science, with a focus in Neuroscience. After graduation, she moved to Irvine where she lives with her long-time boyfriend Ryan and their dog, Chloe. She is going on her second year as a physical therapy aide here at LBPT as she gets ready to apply for Physician Assistant school next year.

Paul Aragon, B.S. – Physical Therapy Aide


Lauren Silvey, B.S. – Physical Therapy Aide


Benjamin Benedix, B.S. – Physical Therapy Aide


Neil Lucero, B.A. – Physical Therapy Aide


Michael Gonzalez, B.S. – Physical Therapy Aide