Our Physical Therapists
Andrew “Andy” Harrah, PT, CAFS
Andy graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. He then enrolled at USC and earned his Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy. He has been a licensed physical therapist since 1980 and has had the opportunity to practice at some of San Diego's finest sports and orthopedic facilities over the years. He has worked with athletes from the San Diego Padres, San Diego Chargers, USA Men's National Volleyball Team, PGA and Senior Tour professionals, professional surfers as well as many youth participants. Andy was an instructor at UCSD for the courses "Musculoskeletal and Biomechanical Evaluation: and "Sports Injury: Prevention and Treatment".
Andy has specialized in utilizing a functional approach and postural correction exercises in his treatments. Andy has presented the seminar "Postural Dysfunction Therapy" to the San Diego and Orange County Chapters of the American Physical Therapy Association. Andy has studied the principles of Applied Functional Science developed by the Gray Institute. He is certified in the 3D MAPS Movement Analysis and Performance System and has earned the Certification in Applied Functional Science (CAFS). Andy also utilizes the CoreTex Reactive Platform. This is the only device that provides neuromusculoskeletal facilitation and integration in all 3 planes of motion simultaneously.
Andy is a skilled manual therapist, utilizing Maitland and Kaltenborn Techniques, among other approaches. He is also a certified ALINE expert for orthotic fitting.
Andy's extensive background and clinical knowledge provides patients with the opportunity for optimal results.
Simon Li, PT, DPT
Simon’s early passion for nature and science, coupled with his interest in the human body, drove him to pursue degrees in both the micro and macroscopic underpinnings of the body. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Reno, Nevada. He then completed his graduate studies in physical therapy from Washington University in St. Louis and is currently a licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy. His course work at Washington University emphasized proper movement mechanics as the foundation to optimal physical health.
Simon believes that “our bodies are intended to move in specific ways, and even minor deviations, amplified by the repetitions of daily life, can throw these perfectly balanced systems into disarray. This results in pain and dysfunction. From his schooling and experience, it became clear to him that the body is beautifully designed and requires a team-approach to maintain.
Therefore, he decided to join the team here at Girard Orthopaedic Surgeons because a multidisciplinary approach provides the best outcomes. He believes in empowering each individual with the knowledge and tools to be in control of their own condition and recovery.
In his spare time Simon enjoys hiking outdoors, exercising at the gym, aquascaping and lounging on the couch watching Netflix.