Meet the Team
Since 2003, our family has grown from a team of three to a team of over 100 people! Our "cRUw" is key to our success and we truly take pride in the family we've built over the years. The Rehab United Difference Begins with Our People.
Chanel Monica, PT, DPT, LSVT-BIG, CKTP
Physical Therapy Aide
Hometown: Palm Springs, California
Education: Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology; Pre-Physical Therapy - San Diego State University, 2018; Doctor of Physical Therapy - University of St. Augustine For Health Sciences, 2021
Sports: Soccer, Wakeboarding, Snowboarding, Tennis, Track, Cross Country
Hobbies: Eating, Tennis, Working Out/Running, Hanging out with friends & family, Playing with my furry friends, Hiking
Favorite Foods: TACO BELL, Mexican, Pizza, Spaghetti & meatballs, Sushi, CARBS
Who You Admire / Favorite Mentor: My younger sister, Tali, has been the single biggest influence on my life and career because of her strength and ability to overcome significant physical challenges while maintaining a positive outlook on life.
Fun Fact About You: I lived in Valencia, Spain while working with alongside the head physical therapist for the men’s Olympic handball team. I competed on the SDSU wakeboarding team. I was individually ranked 19th in the state of California for cross country & won 2 consecutive state championships.
Biography: Chanel was born and raised in Palm Springs, California. She moved to San Diego in 2013 to pursue her education at SDSU where she received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy. In 2017, she moved to Valencia, Spain for 6 months to work with the head physical therapist for the men’s Olympic handball team. She continued her education at the University of St. Augustine For Health Sciences where she received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree in 2021.
Chanel’s journey into physical therapy began at an early age when her family was blessed with a special needs sister who was diagnosed with CTNNB1 syndrome which is a rare and complex neurological condition. She personally experienced how life can instantly change, as her sister was immediately defined with limitations. It was at that time that PT, as a career, was grounded in Chanel’s heart. As she attended her sister’s frequent appointments, her sister’s physical therapy became her own, as Chanel watched her sister transform from an essentially immobile child into one who took her first steps on her own. It was during this journey that she realized that sometimes situations can defy definitions.
In 2007, Chanel co-founded the nonprofit organization, Baseball Buddies, which is an interactive program for physically and emotionally challenged children. Each player is paired with a ‘buddy’ who assists them while playing baseball. This program created a team community and provided social support that established long-lasting relationships with participants, offering a gracious and fun environment for all. Baseball Buddies is now one of the largest existing programs for those with special needs in the Coachella Valley.
Chanel chose to work for Rehab United to specialize in neurological rehab and continue her passion for working with and giving back to individuals who suffer from neurological disorders. It is her professional intention to help others defy definitions.