Diane A. Coker, DPT, CHT

Diane also comes from the “Lone Star” state. She did her undergraduate work at Texas Tech University, and completed her specialty training in physical therapy at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, earning a BS and Certificate in Physical Therapy. She became one of the first therapists in the nation to be awarded the designation of “Certified Hand Therapist” in 1991. She went on to complete her doctoral in physical therapy in 2007 from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Diane is actively involved in educational activities for physical therapists. She is a faculty member and clinical mentor in the Kaiser Hand Therapy fellowship, a program accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association. She is clinical faculty for Loma Linda University and Drexel University, her alma mater. She is a co-founder for the Southern Orange County Hand Therapy Study Group, a local networking organization for hand therapists. She has presented nationally and internationally on various topics related to the practice of hand therapy to students and practicing professionals.

Diane is a member in good standing of the American Physical Therapy Association, the America Society of Hand Therapists, and the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. She brings over 30 years of practical experience to our clinic. Diane and Dr. Coker reside in Laguna Niguel, and are the proud parents of two children, Christopher and Becky.

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