Board Members

Governor Appointments
Senate Rule Committee Appointment
Speaker of the Assembly Appointment
How and Why to Become a Board Member

Governor Appointments

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Alicia K. Rabena-Amen-PT, MPT, President
Assumed Office: February 2014
Term Expires: June 1, 2020

Alicia Rabena-Amen, 45, of Stockton, has been adjunct faculty at the University of the Pacific since 2014, a physical therapist at Infinity Care Services Inc. since 2011 and senior physical therapist at Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento since 1998. Rabena-Amen was a physical therapist at Global Healthcare Services from 2013 to 2014 and was a physical therapist at Lodi Memorial Hospital from 2007 to 2013. She earned a Master of Arts Degree in physical therapy from Mount St. Mary's College.

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Eserick "TJ" Watkins, Vice President
Assumed Office: March 3, 2016
Term Expires: June 1, 2019

Eserick "TJ" Watkins of Sacramento, California, was appointed to the Physical Therapy Board of California on March 3, 2016 by Assembly Speaker Emeritus Toni G. Atkins. Mr. Watkins is the owner of The Next Level Coaching and serves on the board of South Coast Foundation, a US-based private foundation that funds children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in South Africa. Mr. Watkins is a published author and speaker; he holds a Master of Business Administration from Stellenbosch University.

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Debra J. Alviso, PT, DPT, OCS Member
Assumed Office: October 6, 2006
Term Expires: June 1, 2017

Dr. Alviso of Fresno received her reappointment to the Board in March 2014. Dr. Alviso has served on the Board since October 2006. In 1990, she established New Horizon Physical Therapy where she practices as a physical therapist. She is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy and has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 1984. Dr. Alviso earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from California State University, Fresno and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Rocky Mountain University in Provo, Utah. Dr. Alviso earned her designation as an Orthopedic Certified Specialist in 1994.

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Jesus Dominguez, PT, PhD, Licensed Member
Assumed Office: September 2014
Term Expires: June 2018

Jesus Dominguez, of Santa Clarita, has been an assistant professor of clinical physical therapy and Director of Admissions at the University of Southern California Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy since 2004. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the California Physical Therapy Association. Dominguez earned Doctor of Philosophy in Biokinesiology and Master of Science in Physical Therapy Degrees from the University of Southern California.

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Daniel Drummer, PT, DPT, Professional Member
Assumed Office: October 2014
Term Expires: June 2018

Daniel Drummer, of San Francisco, has been a physical therapist at the San Francisco General Hospital Department of Rehabilitation since 1995. He was a physical therapist at the Pennsylvania Hospital Department of Rehabilitation from 1994 to 1995. Drummer earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Temple University.

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Katarina V. Eleby, M.A., Public Board Member
Assumed Office: May 29, 2013
Term Expires: June 1, 2020

Katarina Eleby, of Carson, California was appointed to the California Physical Therapy Board on May 29, 2013. Ms. Eleby has been manager of operations at the African American Board Leadership Institute since 2012. She was a volunteer for Karen Bass for Congress in 2012 and executive co-chair for the International Studies Student Association at California State University, Long Beach in 2011. Ms. Eleby also served as an intern in the Office of California State Assembly Speaker Karen Bass in 2010 and was a sales assistant at Salt and Pepper Sales from 2006 to 2012. This position does not require Senate confirmation.

Senate Rules Committee Appointment

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Tonia McMillian, Public Board Member
Assumed Office: March 17, 2016
Term Expires: June 1, 2019

Tonia McMillian, of Bellflower, California was appointed to the California Physical Therapy Board on March 17, 2016 by the Senate Rules Committee. Ms. McMillian is the Owner/Provider of Kiddie Depot Child Care. She is a member and Co-Chair of Raising California Together Coalition and is the Treasurer of SEIU Local 99. She is also the Chair of the Local 99 African American Caucus (AFRAM)

Speaker of the Assembly Appointment

How and Why to Become a Board Member

As a physical therapist (PT) have you ever wondered how you can give back to your profession and help shape the future of Physical Therapy? Do you know a non-physical therapist interested in public service, who doesn't know how to begin the process? The PTBC would like you to consider applying to become a member of the Physical Therapy Board of California (PTBC).

Board Information: The PTBC is comprised of seven (7) members appointed by the Governor, Speaker of the Assembly, and the Senate Rules Committee.

  • The Governor appoints the four professional members and one public member
  • The Speaker of the Assembly appoints one public member
  • The Senate Rules Committee appoints one public member

Members are appointed to serve a four-year term, plus a one-year grace period. A member cannot exceed two full terms.

Board Status: Currently, there are seven active members.

The Board meets four times per year, plus a strategic planning meeting. There may also be additional committee and task force meetings. Members also conduct business with staff via mail. The meetings themselves are usually 1-2 days.

What does it take to be a great board member? It takes an interest in making a difference, a willingness and commitment to actively participate in the process, a lot of patience, courage to voice your opinion (even when it's unpopular), knowing when to compromise, and ability to see all sides of an issue to form an objective opinion. You also need freedom in your schedule to attend meetings around the state.

So, how does one apply to become a member?

  • Professional members (PT's) can access the application on the Governor's website at, (then select "appointments", "serving in the administration"...then you'll see the on-line application form.) OR, you can call or write the Governor's office, appointment secretary, to indicate your interest.
  • Public members can also apply using the above website, or contact their state Senator or Assemblyman.

Once you've applied, you'll be contacted for an interview, and the final selection will be made. If you have further questions about being a board member, please visit the Department of Consumer Affairs website at!