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Founded by Robin Tobias in 1985, Tobias Physical Therapy (TPT) has been serving the Menlo Park community and the entire Bay Area for over 25 years.

Since the beginning, Robin has focused on integrating a person's state of being, along with his or her goals, into a program that addresses the entire body, not just an injured or disabled part. All of the physical therapists who have joined Robin in her practice share this common philosophy, while also bringing their own skills and areas of interest into the practice.

Despite the current pressures of insurance companies to reduce the number of visits and deny treatment for some conditions, the entire staff at TPT remains committed to restoring and promoting the highest level of function that a patient or client is able to attain.

Our Staff

  • Robin Tobias

    Robin Tobias

    Founder - PT, ATC, MA

    Robin received a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy as well as a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania in 1975. She received her Master’s degree in Human Performance with a focus on Athletic Training in 1984 from San Jose State University. Robin is also a Certified Massage Therapist. She has more than 30 years of experience in outpatient settings, including 26 years as the owner of Tobias Physical Therapy. She also ...

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  • Debra Alvarado

    Debra Alvarado


    Deb received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Geography from Chico State in 1983 and her Masters in Physical Therapy from the University of North Dakota in 1994. She is experienced in outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation, sports medicine, aquatic therapy and hippotherapy. She appreciates the interaction between Eastern and Western medicine and feels the combined approach can greatly enhance a person’s recovery. Her ...

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  • Valerie Bartlett

    Valerie Bartlett

    MPT, Certified Pilates Instructor

    Valerie graduated from the University of Oregon, then received an MS degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Pacific in 1990. She joined Tobias Physical Therapy in 1996. Valerie recently completed a Pilates rehabilitation certification through Polestar. Her professional experience has focused on general orthopedics and sports medicine with an emphasis on manual therapy and movement education. She also has experience with home health ...

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  • Stephanie Garner

    Stephanie Garner


    Stephanie received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Millikin University in 2006 and a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in 2010. She practiced in an outpatient orthopedic setting in Illinois prior to joining Tobias PT in 2011. Although Stephanie enjoys working with patients of all ages and diagnoses, her particular interests include sports medicine, post-surgical patients, rotator cuff injuries, and low ...

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  • Corey Olsen

    Corey Olsen


    Corey graduated from UCLA in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. In 1993, she earned her Master’s degree from the USC Department of Physical Therapy and Biokinesiology. Her Master’s thesis involved the study of patellofemoral pain. Corey began her physical therapy career at Tobias Physical Therapy as a new graduate in 1993. She has enjoyed working with a varied orthopedic population at this clinic. She has taken many continuing ...

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  • Julie Rodriguez

    Julie Rodriguez

    Practice Manager

    Julie began working at Tobias Physical Therapy in 1987. She was the first official employee!

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  • Sharon Tharp Hwang

    Sharon Tharp Hwang


    Sharon Tharp Hwang is a graduate of University of California, San Francisco and has practiced for over 30 years. Until 2015, Sharon had an independent practice, Peninsula Physical Therapy, sharing space with Tobias P.T. Sharon now contracts directly with Tobias P.T., and is free to spend more quality time with family and friends. Outside of the clinic, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and reading.

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  • Melody  Ramirez

    Melody Ramirez

    Billing Specialist

    Melody joined the practice in 2000 as the office manager. She is fluent in Spanish.

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  • Shannon McGann

    Shannon McGann


    Shannon obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education from California State University Long Beach and received her Athletic Training Certification in 1990. Her studies continued at Mt. St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles, and in 1992 she graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. This blending of her education opened many opportunities when entering the workforce as a traveling PT. Over the course of her first 4 years, ...

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What they Say

"You could not find better PTs than those at Tobias Physical Therapy. After trying many different physical therapy offices in the Bay Area and other parts of the United States I finally found the very best. The physical therapists are fantastic. They are knowledgeable, thorough, supportive, thoughtful in their evaluations, not rushed and very nice to work with."

~Timi M.,Menlo Park

Benefits of Therapy

Often, physical therapy treatment can provide an alternative to painful and expensive surgery.

Info & Tips

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