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Cory Barella, PT, DPT

Licensed DPT from Chapman University
BA in Psychology from Sonoma State

Before going back to school at age 35 to get my DPT I was a personal trainer/strength coach at 24 hour fitness specializing in program design and corrective exercise.  My passion for helping others to achieve peak function and success sent me on the path of transitioning from trainer to therapist.  During my clinical experience I was introduced to a variety of settings including Acute Care, Sports Rehab and Work-related Injuries.  As my career continues to develop I'm looking forward to furthering my skill set in post-op rehab, functional mobilization and pain science.  My focus as a Health Care Professional is based on patient centered care, a growth oriented mindset for continued education and empowering individuals to take charge of their own health and well-being.

My favorite pastimes include spending time with my wife and son, going on new and exciting adventures with my friends and family, hiking with my buddies and developing my skills as a culinary enthusiast.


  • CSCS - strength and conditioning specialist
  • BLS certified - basic life support 

zachary atienza vargo physical therapy web Physical therapist, sports physical therapy, sports physical therapist Zachary Atienza, PT, DPT

Zach is a licensed physical therapist who earned his doctorate of physical therapy from California State University, Northridge in 2020. Before moving to Los Angeles for school, he was born and raised in Honolulu where he attended University of Hawaii, Manoa to study kinesiology.

Dr. Atienza has clinical experience in outpatient orthopedic private practices and an acute rehab unit in a stroke-certified center. As a physical therapist, he has special interests in working with neuromuscular conditions, balance training and fall prevention, and runners or those who seek help to start a safe running routine. He is passionate about educating patients to move better and promoting them to lead a healthy lifestyle. 

Outside of work, he enjoys long-distance running, hiking all over California, snowboarding, and playing guitar.


jenny li vargo physical therapy webJenny Li, PT, DPT

Jenny Li is a licensed Physical Therapist in Palmdale, California. She received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Biology from UC Davis and later went on to obtain her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Samuel Merritt University. She has advanced training in Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) and experience working with a wide variety of patient populations in both hospital and clinic settings. After experiencing debilitating sports-related injuries herself, she has developed a deep passion for helping people of all backgrounds overcome their injuries and improving their lives in ways that are most important to them.

Dr. Li was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and is a huge Golden State Warriors fan. In her free time, she loves to play basketball, exercise, hike, watch movies, play video games, and hang out with her dog/best friend, Dewey.


  • International PNF Association Level 3b/4a Certification
  • CPR Certified
  • Fluent in Cantonese and Toisanese
  • Certified ASTYM Clinician

taylor hawes vargo physical therapy webTaylor Hawes, PT, DPT

Taylor Hawes is a licensed Physical Therapist at the Moorpark Vargo PT location and holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.

As an avid sports fan and participant, Dr. Hawes has experience with a wide variety of sports and athletes including softball, golf, baseball, basketball, and hockey. She played college softball while receiving her Bachelor’s Degree from Chapman University and went on to earn her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from California State University, Northridge.

Throughout her training, Dr. Hawes gained experience working in outpatient orthopedics, the ICU and the CCU with patients ranging from adolescents to geriatrics. She has experience treating a wide range of diagnoses including overuse injuries, sports injuries, post-stroke, TBI, cerebral palsy, and more. Her primary goal is to optimize function and improve quality of life.

She is BLS/CPR certified and a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA).

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and family which includes her 9 nieces and nephews. She also spends her time playing slow pitch softball, hiking, wakeboarding and snowboarding.