Meet Our Therapists

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Bonnie Cardenas, PT, CFP

Bonnie Cardenas, PT, President received her Physical Therapy degree from CSUN in 1974. After 10 years of hospital based practice Bonnie opened a private practice specializing in the treatment of orthopedic problems. Since then she has attained certification as a Feldenkrais® practitioner. She has also developed a specialty in the treatment of female and male pelvic floor dysfunction and serves as a consultant to the UCLA Pelvic Pain Clinic. Bonnie is also trained in the assessment and treatment of TMJ dysfunction.

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Cheryl Russ, Certified Pilates Instructor

Cheryl Russ is a certified Pilate’s instructor who has been working at Cardenas & Associates Physical Therapy since 2003.  Pilate’s is a system of exercises using special apparatus, designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, and posture, and enhance mental awareness.  Cheryl has personally felt the life changing benefits of Pilate’s exercise and its ability to improve posture and core stability.  Many of our Physical Therapy clients transition from Physical Therapy to Pilate’s with Cheryl in order to maintain or progress their pain-free functional ability.  Cheryl offers private, semi-private (duet) and group classes.

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Sarah Major, PTA

My name is Sarah Major and I am PTA and certified Pilates instructor. I became interested in Physical Therapy and Pilates as an aide in a Physical Therapy clinic. It was very rewarding to see how the Physical Therapists helped to get their clients back to their everyday activities and fitness regimens. I was also impressed to see how Pilates was used as a tool to assist clients with their rehabilitation and helped to transition them back to a healthy lifestyle, as well as see how Pilates could then be used to help them as a fitness tool after they were finished with their PT treatment. Working in the PT clinic inspired me to pursue a career as a PTA and Pilates instructor. I graduated from Loma Linda University in 2006 where I received my Associates degree in Health Sciences as well as my training for my career as a PTA. I received my Pilates certification from Pilates Sport Center of Encino in 2010. I enjoy assisting the Physical Therapist with treating a variety of diagnoses as well as treating clients with traditional PT exercises and utilizing Pilates in their rehabilitation. Having experienced injuries and gone through surgeries myself, I have experienced the importance and the value of Physical Therapy and returning to a healthy lifestyle. This insight helps to fuel my passion for helping others transition from injuries back to their regular exercise regimen and everyday routine. I enjoy cycling, hiking and enjoying the outdoors. I have participated in several recreational running races such as marathons, half marathons and triathlons.