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 – 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 – 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 – 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.
Mary Crompton, OTR, CHT – Certified Hand Therapist
After graduating from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy, Mary went on to pursue her Certificate in Hand Therapy (CHT) in 2001. As a CHT, she has demonstrated advanced clinical skills and expertise in treating the upper quadrant-elbow, wrist, and hand-including traumatic injuries such as fractures, tendon, and nerve injuries. Additional conditions treated include arthritis (including joint replacements), peripheral neuropathies, and tendonitis, such as tennis and golfer’s elbow. Additionally, Mary is certified in neuro-developmental treatment (NDT) and has treated a wide variety of neurologically injured adults, such as stroke and MS patients.
In her free time, Mary enjoys hiking, traveling, textile arts, and reading. She resides in Laguna Hills with her husband and cat, Mojo.
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 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 – 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.
Jonathan Piazza, B.S. – Physical Therapy Aide
Jonathan was born and raised in Laguna Niguel, California. He attended San Francisco State University in order to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Movement and Science. He graduated in the spring of 2019 and began working at Laguna Beach Physical Therapy shortly after in order to prepare for a career as a physical therapist.
During his free time, Jonathan enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and snowboarding near Mammoth Mountain. He also enjoys working on his car as well as watching football and basketball. He is currently preparing for the GRE and planning to attend PT school at either Chapman or Long Beach State University.
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.
Emily Trebino, B.S. – Physical Therapy Aide
Emily is from Martinez, CA in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has obtained a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science from Humboldt State University and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).
In her free time, she loves to lift weights, golf, and listen to true crime podcasts. She currently lives in Lake Forest with her boyfriend James, who doubles as her work out partner. She is currently completing coursework toward a post-graduate degree.
Kelly Wright, B.S. – Physical Therapy Aide, Admin. Assistant
Kelly is a former volleyball player who has had extensive experience as a patient in physical therapy. She graduated from California State University Fullerton in 2018 with a degree in Kinesiology. Her passion has always been helping people and she intends to continue to do so as she pursues a career in the health care field.
Her hobbies include visiting Disneyland and playing videogames professionally.