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.
Taylor Penaflor, PT, DPT
Hometown: Santa Maria, California
Education: San Diego State University, BS in Kinesiology Pre-Physical Therapy (2018); USC, Doctor of Physical Therapy (2021)
Sports: Soccer, volleyball, softball, snowboarding, hiking
Hobbies: Diving deep into my Kindle, working out, doing Duolingo to learn Spanish, working towards trying a new food place in San Diego every time I go out to eat
Favorite Foods: Any and all things extra spicy, shrimp tacos, spanish tortilla de patata
Whom You Admire / Favorite Mentor: My younger sister! She is such a silly and kind soul and always is able to put a smile on everyone’s face. She lives life carefree, stress free and to its fullest. I hope to be just like her one day when I grow up.
Nickname: Tay, taypen
Fun Fact About You: It has been on my bucket list for 10 years to watch Tom Brady play live (go Pats!). Sadly this won’t be crossed off, so on to the next: become fluent in Spanish!
Biography: Taylor was born and raised in the small town of Santa Maria, CA where she attended St. Joseph High School (just a short 12 years after clinic director). While here, Taylor participated in playing softball, soccer, and volleyball. After high school, Taylor moved down to San Diego in 2021 to attend SDSU and obtain a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology: Pre-Physical Therapy. It was Taylor’s active lifestyle throughout her adolescent years that created a fascination for the human body and how it works.
While pursuing her bachelor’s degree at SDSU, Taylor was involved in many on and off-campus extracurricular activities. Her favorite of which included international volunteer experiences. On a monthly basis, Taylor would volunteer with an organization called ‘Flying Samaritans’ and would, along with practicing clinicians, provide free medical services to the citizens of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. She also spent a month teaching high school-aged children in Bali, Indonesia about the importance of healthcare and hygiene. Through this service work, Taylor knew that her place in this world involved proving service to those in need!
Taylor went on to pursue her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Southern California (go Trojans!). Here, she had the pleasure of learning from some of the greatest clinicians and researchers in the field of PT. Her clinical rotations allowed her to gain experiences from both orthopedic and pediatric populations, which included learning and working with the geriatric, neurologic, and sports populations. Following graduation in 2021, Taylor decided to join the RU team. Immediately upon entering the building to meet everyone, she felt an amazing sense of energy and teamwork between all the clinicians. As she grows as a clinician, she is excited to continue learning from all the fantastic therapists in this organization in order to help people return to their highest level of function!