Our Team

Our common goal at Westlake Physical Therapy is to work with people who have injuries, illnesses or conditions that can be helped through modern physical therapy techniques. Most importantly, our highly trained physical therapists work closely with you and your doctor, every step of the way. It’s rewarding for us to help people get back to their healthy lifestyles quickly.

Bernard Budnik, PT

Co-Owner

Bio

Born in Detroit and raised in the Thousand Oaks area, Bernie has been providing numerous services for his community since he obtained his physical therapy certification in 1992. He was the director of In-Patient Physical and Occupational Therapy Services at Westlake Medical Center and the Director of Out-Patient Rehabilitation Services at Los Robles Regional Medical Center. Bernie has been an active member of the Multiple Sclerosis Society and American Heart Association using his private clinics to educate and treat members of the community. He volunteers his time with Boy’s Team Charity, Ride to Recovery, and many other agencies. Outside of the clinic, Bernie spends his time with his wife and three boys. He is an avid Cross-Fitter and mountain biker.

Education

B.S., Physical Therapy, California State University, Northridge, 1992

B.S., Environmental & Occupational Health, California State University, Northridge, 1990

Specialties Sports and Industrial injuries, pre and post-operative conditions, and age related
problems.

Affiliations

American Physical Therapy Association

California Physical Therapy Association

Independent Physical Therapists of California

Physical Therapy Business Alliance

California Private Practice Group

American Heart Association

Multiple Sclerosis Society

Bernie@westlakephysicaltherapy.com


Anthony Vasquez, PT

Co-Owner

Bio

Anthony was born and raised in San Diego CA and attended University of San Diego where he received his B.S. in Business and later obtained his B.S. in Physical Therapy from the California State University in Northridge. He has been practicing physical therapy in the Conejo Valley and numerous parts of southern California since 1994 in multiple therapy settings which include acute care, acute neuro rehabilitation, home health setting and outpatient rehabilitation. In 2002, he opened his first private practice office with his longtime colleague Bernie Budnik in Westlake Village and a second location in Thousand Oaks area 4 years later. He is passionate about spending time with his two daughters and volunteering with their activities.

Education

B.S., Physical Therapy, California State University, Northridge, 1993

B.S., Business, University of San Diego, 1991

Specialties Sports and Industrial injuries, pre and post-operative conditions, and age related
problems.

Affiliations

American Physical Therapy Association

California Physical Therapy Association

Independent Physical Therapists of CA

Physical Therapy Business Alliance

California Private Practice Group

Anthony@westlakephysicaltherapy.com


Denise Menchaca, MPT

Staff Therapist

Bio

Denise grew up in the beautiful California central coast. She received her master’s degree from the California State University in Northridge in 2003 and she joined our team shortly after. Denise works closely with The Arc of Ventura County and United Cerebral Palsy as a member of Westlake Physical Therapy evaluating residential patients with a variety of neurological and mental involvements. She is also an instructor for the MS Society and was a Keynote speaker at the Balboa University School of Psychology discussing how pelvic floor weakness can have a role with physiological depression and the benefits of physical therapy. She loves playing soccer and spending time with her family.

Education

Master’s in Physical Therapy, California State University, Northridge 2003

B.S., Biology with concentration in Physiology / Anatomy. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.1999

Specialties Women’s health issues, Cerebral Palsy

Affiliations

The Arc of Ventura County

United Cerebral Palsy

Denise@westlakephysicaltherapy.com


Jessica von den Stemmen, MPT

Staff Therapist

Bio

Born and raised in Newbury Park, CA Jessi is the newest member of the Westlake Physical Therapy Family. She joined the team in 2013 after graduating with honors from the California State University at Northridge with a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy. Jessi loves spending time outdoors and playing with her dogs, her favorite activities are camping and hiking.

Education

Master’s in Physical Therapy, California State University, Northridge 2013

B.S., Sports Medicine, Pepperdine University, Malibu. CA 2010

Specialties Kinesio Taping

Affiliations American Physical Therapy Association

Jessi@westlakephysicaltherapy.com


Michelle Hedgcock, DPT

Staff Therapist

Bio

Michelle is a California native and was raised in Ventura County. She received her undergraduate degree from California Lutheran University, completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2012 and tallied the last few years in the inpatient/acute rehab setting with a focus on total joint replacements and strokes. She returns to the Westlake PT family as she was an aide with us before going off to grad school. She enjoys soccer, going to the beach and spending time with her family and dog.

Education

Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Western University, Pomona, CA 2012
B.S. Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks. CA 2009

Specialties Orthopedic injuries, total joint replacements, post operative spinal rehabilitation.

Affiliations Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Michelle@westlakephysicaltherapy.com