Rehabilitation

Meet your expert care team


Kazuko Shem, M.D.

Kazuko Shem, M.D.

Chief, PM&R Clinic

Dr. Shem joined the PM&R department in 1998. Her interests are in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine, Electrodiagnostics, General Rehabilitation, and clinical research. She is predominantly involved clinically in seeing patients in the PM&R clinic and performing Electrodiagnostic studies. Her research focuses include community reintegration and quality of life after SCI and electrodiagnostic medicine as it applies to neurological conditions. Dr. Shem has received multiple grants including the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation’s Quality of Life grants, the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation grant to develop telemedicine, and the Department of Defense grant to study tele-psychology.

    Specialty

    Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    Spinal Cord Injury Medicine

    Education

    UCSF School of Medicine

    Residency Training

    Stanford University School of Medicine - PM&R

    Board Certification

    ABMS - ABPMR Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    ABMS - ABPMR Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation: Spinal Cord Injury Medicine
    ABMS - ABPMR Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation: Pain
    American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine


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    Phalgun Nori, M.D.

    Associate Chief, Brain Injury Rehabilitation

    Dr. Nori joined the PM&R department in 2021, after working as Clinical chief at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in New Jersey. His interests are in Brain Injury Medicine, Stroke, and Neuro Rehabilitation. He is predominantly involved clinically as an attending on the Acute Rehabilitation Unit, outpatient PM&R clinic and spasticity management.

      Specialty

      Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
      Brain Injury Medicine

      Education

      University of the West Indies

      Residency Training

      Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center - PM&R

      Fellowship Training

      JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute 

      Board Certification

      ABMS - ABPMR Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
      ABMS - ABPMR Brain Injury Medicine


      Priya Varma, M.D., M.P.H

      Priya Varma, M.D., M.P.H

      Associate Chief, Brain Injury Rehabilitation

      Dr. Varma joined the PM&R department as faculty in 2017. Prior to moving to California, she was an attending physician at the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of PM&R for three years. Her interests are in Brain Injury Medicine, Electrodiagnostics, Amputee care, and General Rehabilitation. She is predominantly involved clinically in providing acute hospital consultations, attending on the Acute Rehabilitation Unit, outpatient PM&R clinic and performing electrodiagnostic studies. Since 2019, she has served as the Stanford PM&R residency site director.

        Specialty

        Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
        Brain Injury Medicine

        Education

        St. George’s University School of Medicine
        University of Virginia School of Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences

        Residency Training

        University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine - PM&R

        Board Certification

        ABMS - ABPMR Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
        ABMS - ABPMR Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation: Brain Injury Medicine


        Roberta Wang, M.D.

        Roberta Wang, M.D.

        Associate Chief, Brain Injury and General Rehabilitation

        Dr. Wang joined the PM&R department as faculty in 2010. Her interests include Brain Injury Medicine, Pediatric Rehabilitation, and General Rehabilitation. She is predominantly involved clinically as an attending on the Adult Acute Rehabilitation Unit, Pediatric Rehabilitation Unit, and outpatient PM&R clinic.

          Specialty

          Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
          Brain Injury Medicine

          Education

          St. Louis University School of Medicine

          Residency Training

          Stanford University School of Medicine - PM&R

          Fellowship Training

          Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center at Kaiser Vallejo-- Brain Injury Medicine

          Board Certification

          ABMS - ABPMR Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
          ABMS - ABPMR Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation: Brain Injury Medicine


          Preciosa Castillejo, NP

          Preciosa Castillejo, N.P.

          Nurse Practitioner

          Preciosa provided care at SCVMC as a Registered Nurse (RN) and Nurse Practioner (NP) since 2001. She received her degrees in Bachelor of Science in Clinical Psychology and Bachelor of Science in Nursing in the Philippines. She pursued her Advanced Practice in Nursing degree at the University of Phoenix in Sacramento, California. She worked in Family Practice and Urgent care as a NP from 2011 - 2018 and joined the PM&R department in 2018. She is predominantly involved clinically in seeing patients in the outpatient PM&R clinic.

            Specialty

            Family Medicine

            Education

            University of Phoenix, Sacramento, CA

            Training

            Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

            Certified by

            BRN: Board of Registered Nursing, Sacramento CA
            AANP: American Academy of Nurse Practitioner


            Van Pham MSN, RN, FNP-BC

            Van Pham MSN, RN, FNP-BC

            Nurse Practitioner

            Van began her career at SCVMC in 1999 and has since provided years of service as a Registered Nurse under the Progressive Care Division. She received her Associate in Nursing degree at Evergreen Valley College in 1998 and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at San Jose State University in 2004. She pursued her Advanced Practice in Nursing degree at Samuel Merritt University in 2016. Bich-Van joined the PM&R department in 2019 and is predominantly involved clinically in treating patients in the Acute Rehabilitation Unit.

              Specialty

              Family Medicine

              Education

              Samuel Merritt University
              San Jose State University

              Training

              Santa Clara Valley Health & Hospital System

              Certified by

              ANCC – Family Nurse Practitioner

               

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