MEET OUR TEAM
CHRIS FLYNN PT, DPT, SFMA I, TPI-I
Dr. Flynn’s path to the vocation of physical therapist is not the norm. After graduating from Arizona State University with a B.S. in International Financial Management, he embarked on a career in the financial services industry. Growing frustrated with the lack of benefit he could provide to his clients, Dr. Flynn decided to focus on his passion-movement of the human body. This led Dr. Flynn to seek out options for a career in which he could use his skills to better the lives of others on a physical and mental level.
Dr. Chris Flynn, PT, DPT received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2010. While attending graduate school, he completed advanced coursework in manual physical therapy and assessment of musculoskeletal conditions. Since graduation, he has been practicing outpatient, orthopedic physical therapy. Dr. Flynn believes in treating the whole body entirely, using functional movement assessments to determine the cause of dysfunction. Then, working collaboratively with the patient/client, a solution is tailored to each individual. Dr. Flynn partnered with Dr. Craig-Jones to open Pipeline Physical Therapy with a shared vision to provide a new model of physical therapy focused on overall movement, health and wellness of each individual.
Dr. Flynn was raised in Phoenix, AZ and relocated to Southern California for graduate school in 2008. In his spare time, Dr. Flynn enjoys spending time on the beach and local hiking trails with his wife Antonia, son Ashton and their dog Dolce.
MARK CRAIG-JONES PT, DPT, SFMA
Dr. Mark Craig-Jones, PT, DPT received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2011, graduating with high honors. While attending graduate school, he completed advanced coursework in manual therapy techniques and assessment of musculoskeletal conditions. Dr. Craig-Jones has a strong background in exercise prescription and sports performance. He completed his undergraduate degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in exercise science in 2008.
Dr. Craig-Jones began his career as a physical therapist working in an inpatient rehab facility with primarily geriatric patients and treating conditions ranging from post-op total knee replacements to strokes and pulmonary disorders. However, after 1 year in this setting and with his advanced training in musculoskeletal conditions, found that his passion was in orthopedic rehabilitation. Therefore, he worked for the next two years in a private outpatient orthopedic clinic to gain vital experience and refine his manual therapy skills. While working in this field, he also had the opportunity to work as a Home Health therapist treating individuals in their own environment. He continued to work in this setting for 2 years before embarking on his goal of establishing, owning, and operating Pipeline Physical Therapy with fellow PT Dr. Chris Flynn.
Dr. Craig-Jones was born and raised in the United Kingdom before moving to California in 2000. He grew up with a very active lifestyle, playing soccer competitively through youth and college levels, and is an avid surfer and rock climber. He has an interest in all sports and uses this experience to create specific rehab programs for all his patients no matter what their desired activity.
TONI FLYNN PT, DPT
Toni joined the Pipeline Physical Therapy family shortly after they opened in 2015. Toni matriculated from Humboldt State University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and then received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in 2011. Toni has a strong background in outpatient orthopedic physical therapy with an emphasis in the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction. She has completed the CAPP levels 1-3 series in pelvic floor physical therapy through the American Physical Therapy Association’s Section on Women’s Health.
Being an avid runner, toni also has a special interest in gait mechanics, and she has completed additional training in the assessment and treatment of lower extremity runners. Toni loves the outdoors, and in her spare time, you can often find her running with friends or hiking with her husband, son and their jack russell terrier, Dolce.
JAMES WHITAKER PT, DPT
Dr. Whitaker graduated from the University of St. Augustine with his doctorate in physical therapy in 2015, where he was recognized for Excellence in Manual Therapy. He worked as a personal fitness trainer for several years before going on to pursue a career in physical therapy. His passion for health and fitness and expertise in orthopedic rehabilitation drive his practice of physical therapy. He is dedicated to providing direct and individualized care to his patient’s with orthopedic, neurologic, and performance related dysfunctions.
Dr. Whitaker grew in Mammoth Lakes, CA, which helped to shape his love of the outdoors. Beyond the clinic he spends his time surfing, weight training, playing tennis, and trying to keep up with his 4-year- old daughter Dilynn.
SEPEHR REZAEI, PT, DPT
Dr. Sepehr Rezaei, PT, DPT, started at Pipeline as an intern, and after receiving his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2020, was offered a position on the team. While interning at Pipeline, he exemplified excellence in his work quality and his understanding of musculoskeletal conditions. He has also had 12 weeks of internship at a skilled nursing facility in working with patients with serious injury and illnesses. Dr. Rezaei is also currently working as a Home Health therapist treating individuals at their homes.
Before earning his degree, Dr. Rezaei had a career as a business banker at a commercial bank and has a family background in construction, where he performed many side jobs. He received his B.A. in Sociology with an emphasis in Health, Welfare, and Education from the California State University of San Marcos and has countless hours of volunteering at schools and at-risk youth programs.
Dr. Rezaei loves spending his free time with his wife and three dogs. He enjoys hiking trails, dancing when he can get his wife out on the dance floor, weightlifting, and watching Korean dramas, anime. Dr. Rezaei is Persian and speaks fluent Farsi.
CHERRY HERNANDEZ, OFFICE MANAGER
Cherry has over 20 years of Office Administration in varying physical offices in San Diego. Cherry joined the Pipeline Physical Therapy family in the fall of 2019. She is responsible for all the day to day operations of the clinic. Her background includes many years of front desk service, accounting and billing experience. Cherry enjoys interacting with patients and is a constant source of help and support. As Office Manager, she keeps the clinic running smoothly. Her goal is to make sure that all patients’ needs are met from the front desk and any other concerns they may have. Outside of the office, Cherry love to dance hula, enjoys cooking, outdoor activities and spending time with her family and friends.
YUKI HATA, OFFICE RECEPTIONIST
Yuki Hata joined the Pipeline Physical Therapy team in 2019 shortly after playing semi-professional soccer in Japan. Originally from Palm Springs, Yuki moved down to the San Diego area after being recruited to play soccer at CSUSM. After graduating and receiving his bachelor's degree in kinesiology, Yuki pursued his childhood dream of becoming a professional soccer player in Japan. After accomplishing his dream, Yuki found his passion for helping others when he started to work at a nursing home in Japan and has since redirected his focus to becoming a physical therapist. Yuki is currently going back to school to finish his prerequisites and also works as a personal trainer.
Outside of the clinic, Yuki enjoys spending his day surfing, hanging out with his friends, and long walks on the beach.
*CAPP certification is a complex, three level course program designed to evaluate pelvic health dysfunctions for both male and female individuals. Upon completion of this program the physical therapist is able to perform evaluations and interventions to assist in decreasing pain/dysfunction and increasing pelvic health.