COR Physical Therapy Philosophy

Unable to do something you love? Whether you’re unable to sit at work, swim in the pool, swing your golf club, or anything else you love, it is time to find a solution. 

COR Physical Therapy takes a full body approach helping find solutions to many problems preventing many from doing what they love. Our full body integration helps discover the root cause of the injury and identify the source of treatment. This allows us to leave patients feeling better at each treatment. This is the ultimate goal, to make you better. In fact, our President, Dr. John Mullen, DPT, coined our motto “making you better”.

Many people have seen multiple physical therapists and medical professionals, creating skepticism of these claims. Sometimes other treatments provide short-term relief, while others provide no relief. Sometimes people are just given medication, told to rest, or sent straight to surgery! We don’t just turn down the pain signals with electrical stimulation, ice, and pain medications, we unlock the cause of your problem and find the solution!

You should be skeptical when you hear these claims, as talk is cheap. Therefore, world-renowned and International speaker Dr. John, DPT ensures a streamlined and cost-effective treatment approach. “Making you better” isn’t only our motto, but our philosophy. To prove this, we offer a complimentary Physical Therapy Consultation. This consultation unlocks the root cause of your problem and outlines a plan for improvement. This complimentary Physical Therapy Consultation is doing everything we can and “making you better”.

If you’ve been referred and want Physical Therapy treatment on your first session, please schedule a physical therapy session.

*Complimentary Physical Therapy Consultation is only valid for new clients/patients. A late cancellation fee of $22.50 will be applied to physical therapy consultation cancelled or changed 24-hours before service date.

How to Schedule Your First Visit and What to Expect

1. Find an open time that works for you and schedule your initial appointment using our Appointment Widget below. You will be asked to create a free account that can be used for all future appointments. You may also call us at (408) 905-6483 to schedule an appointment.

*Complimentary physiotherapy (physical therapy) consultation is only valid for first time clients/patients of COR.

2. Please arrive at your appointment with your intake and waiver paperwork completed. Please complete it online if possible.

3. You will provide us with your referral for physical therapy, if you have one. This isn’t required for the majority of insurances in California.

4. We will copy your insurance card. More information on the insurance providers we accept can be found below.

5. You will be seen for the initial evaluation by the physical therapist.

The therapist will perform a systematic subjective evaluation, conversing on the following topics:

• Your current problems, aches, and pains.

• Pain intensity, what aggravates and eases the problem.

• How often you feel your discomfort.

• How the discomfort changes during the day.

• If you’ve seen any other medical professionals and your experience with them.

• Your medical history.

• How this is impacting your daily activities or your functional limitations.

• Your goals with physical therapy.

• Medications, tests, and procedures related to your health.

The therapist will then perform the objective evaluation which may include some of the following:

• Palpation – touching around the area of the pain/problem. This is done to check for the presence of tenderness, swelling, soft tissue integrity, tissue temperature, inflammation, etc.

• Range of Motion (ROM) – the therapist will move the joint(s) to check for the quality of movement and any restrictions.

• Muscle Testing – the therapist may check for strength and the quality of the muscle contraction. Pain and weakness may be noted. Often the muscle strength is graded. This is also part of a neurological screening.

• Neurological Screening – the therapist may check to see how the nerves are communicating with the muscles, sensing touch, pain, vibration, or temperature. Reflexes may be assessed as well.

• Special Tests – the therapist may perform special tests to confirm/rule out the presence of additional problems.

• Posture Assessment – the positions of joints relative to ideal and each other may be assessed.

Unlike other facilities, we don’t overly test our patients, especially on their first day, ensuring no soreness or worsening of symptoms.

After this initial evaluation, we start helping you feel better, starting the first day!

What Should you Bring to Physical Therapy?

Please bring the following to each visit:

• Comfortable clothes, allowing the therapist to access the area (and surrounding areas) being treated. We suggest a t-shirt and shorts.

Paperwork on the first visit.

For example, if you have a knee problem, it is best to wear or bring shorts. For a shoulder problem, a tank top or sports bra is a good choice, and for low back problems, wear a loose fitting shirt and pants, again so we can get to the area and perform a thorough examination. If you’re not sure, please call us and ask.


We are in-network providers for (if checking our coverage, check under “Mullen Physical Therapy, INC”):

• United Health Care

• Cigna

• Aetna

• Blue Shield

• Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Texas

• International Medical Group

• Medicare

• Worker’s Comp

• Auto Insurance (call us to confirm coverage and details)

• Professional and Elite Athletes, please contact us here

We are out-of-network providers of all other insurances. If you are unsure of your benefits or medical coverage or how to use a health savings account (HSA) for these services, please contact us at or (408) 905-6483.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Location of Physical Therapy at COR

3530 Lochinvar Ave. Santa Clara, CA 95051

Conditions Successfully Treated

• Strain / sprain

• Radiculopathy

• Tension Headaches

• Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

• Herniated Discs

• Stenosis

• Instability / Spondyololysis

• Sciatica – Instability

• Impingement Syndrome

• Rotator Cuff Tendonitis / Tear

• Lateral / Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis/Golfers elbow)

• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

• Plantar Fasciitis

• Achilles Tendon Tear / tendonitis

• Pre or /Post-Surgical Rehab

• Chronic Pain / Fibromyalgia

• Balance / Gait Impairments

• Dizziness / Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo

• Tempromandibular Joint Point

• Much More!

Our Physical Therapists

Dr. Erin Cameron

In 4th grade, when asked what she wanted to be when she grew up Dr. Erin Cameron, DPT replied “physical therapist,” a rather unconventional response for a child that age. She was a young swimmer with shoulder pain, desperate to return the to sport that she loved so dearly. The dedication of her physical therapist allowed her to pursue her passion and eventually go on to compete at the collegiate level.

While swimming at the University of Michigan she studied to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Movement Science from the School of Kinesiology. During her collegiate swimming career, she earned the following accolades: two-time CSCAA Honorable Mention Scholar All-American, three-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, team captain and the Michigan Leadership Academy Leader of Distinction award.

Erin has dedicated much of her life to the sport of swimming. In addition to competing in the sport for 15 years, she has coached at various elite swim camps and clinics growing her expertise in stroke technique and video critique. She has also served as a volunteer staff member for Division I, II and III swim programs aiding in both coaching and developing exercise programs/educational sessions for upper extremity injury prevention.

Erin received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. During her time in physical therapy school, she developed a special interest in treating patients with a broad range of orthopedic injuries and promoting general health and wellness.

Dr. Erin Cameron and graduating physical therapy patient
Dr. Erin Cameron and graduating physical therapy patient

Dr. John Mullen

Dr. John Mullen, DPT, CSCS is a World renowned expert and speaker in sports training and rehabilitation. He received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at USC, as well as the Josette Antonelli Division Service Scholarship, Order of the Golden Cane, and the Order of Areté.

Dr. John has done extensive research on orthopedics and sports and has worked with multiple professional and Olympic athletes, helping them earn Olympic medals.

Dr. John has been featured in Gizmodo, Motherboard, and many more.  Before his Doctoral program, Dr. John swam on an athletic scholarship at Purdue University, was an Academic Honorable Mention All-American, and was awarded the Red Mackey Award and R. O. Papenguh Award. Dr. John was born in Centerville, Ohio and was a 24-time high school All-American Swimmer. Dr. John is still a swimmer and holds a Masters swimming World and Pacific Swimming Record.

Dr. John and Sun Yang 2017 World Champs
Dr. John and Sun Yang 2017 World Champs
Dr. John Mullen Physical Therapy Santa Clara, CA
Dr. John Mullen, DPT with World Record holder Femke Heemskerk

Cancellation Fees

A no-show or late cancellation fee (less than 24 hours notice before the session) results in a 50% penalty of services rendered.

Helpful Resources and Frequent Questions

Q? Can I go directly to my physical therapist?

A. YES! As of January 1, 2014 you can go directly to your California physical therapist.

When you call we will check your insurance carrier’s requirements for a referral, if any and let you know. And, if you are not making a significant improvement within the first few visits, we will refer you to/back to your physician.

Q? How long will each treatment last?

A. We’ve found 30 – 45-minute treatment sessions minimize patient cost and maximize efficiency. On your first session, please complete ahead of time the paperwork or arrive 10 minutes early.

Q? How many visits will I need?

A. Ahh, the million dollar question. Unfortunately, the answer to this question is highly variable and really depends on your goals and current condition. It is important to take into account that normal tissue healing time is around 6-8 weeks and training effects (physiological change in response to strengthening or stretching exercises) are also 6-8 weeks. These may overlap. You may also want and need a bigger response, depending, again, on your goals. All of these factors must be taken into consideration, and that’s why there isn’t a good one-size-fits-all answer.

For some simple and straightforward conditions, you may only need to work with your physical therapist for 3-4 visits. We generally like to follow up and advance or correct mechanics and exercises after the first visit, so it is rare to see a physical therapist only once.

If your condition is more complicated, chronic or you have particularly enthusiastic or ambitious goals, then you may expect that your plan of care will take longer. This does not necessarily mean the frequency of visits will remain the same. Your visits may become more spaced out as you become more independent, stronger and are working less on movement and more on strength and endurance.

You and your physical therapist will discuss your individualized plan of care near the end of your first visit. Depending on your goals and injury or issue, your plan of care could look something like this: 2 times per week for the first 2 weeks, once per week for 4 weeks, and once every other week for 4 more weeks (or 2 visits over 4 weeks). This, including the initial visit and evaluation, would total 11 visits.

Our average number of treatments at COR is 8 sessions, but make sure to discuss your plan with your physical therapist and any adjustments or modifications you require or want.

Q? What types of treatment will I receive?

A. There are dozens of different types of treatment interventions, at COR we mainly use highly-skilled manual therapy. Listed below are a few:

Active Range of Motion (AROM) – the patient lifts or moves a body part through range of motion against gravity. AROM is usually one of the first modalities prescribed for arthritis.

Active Assistive Range of Motion (AAROM) – therapist-assisted active range of motion. This is usually prescribed for gentle stretching or strengthening for a very weak body part.

Gait or Walking Training – the analysis of walking problems by visually examining the interaction of the low back and the joints of the thighs, legs, and feet during the various stages of walking, including initial contact, loading response, mid stance, terminal stance, pre swing, mid swing, and terminal swing. Many back, thigh, leg, ankle, and foot problems may be caused by or manifest themselves in subtle gait abnormalities.

Isometrics – muscle contraction without joint movement. This is usually prescribed for strengthening without stressing or damaging the joint (e.g., arthritis, or exercises to be performed in a cast, or right after surgery if recommended by the therapist/doctor).

Isotonics – muscle(s) contracting through the ROM with resistance. This is usually prescribed for strengthening.

Myofascial Release – therapeutic massage of body tissue performed with the hands. Soft tissue mobilization may be used for muscle relaxation, to decrease swelling, to decrease scar tissue adhesions, and for pain relief.

Mobilization – hands-on therapeutic procedures intended to increase soft tissue or joint mobility. Mobilization is usually prescribed to increase mobility, delaying progressive stiffness, and to relieve pain. There are many types of mobilization techniques including Maitland, Kaltenborn, Isometric Mobilizations, etc. We also perform grade V mobilizations which often create cavitations.

Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) – a system of manually resisted exercises performed in diagonal patterns that mimic functional movements. PNF was initially used in developmentally and neurologically impaired patients but now is used in almost every aspect of neuromuscular retraining from athletes in sports facilities to the very weak in hospitals and nursing homes.

Posture Training – instruction in the correct biomechanical alignment of the body to reduce undue strain on muscles, joints, ligaments, discs, and other soft tissues. There is an ideal posture, but most people do not have ideal posture. Therapists educate patients about the importance of improving posture with daily activities. Stretching and strengthening exercises may be prescribed to facilitate postural improvement and to prevent further disability and future recurrences of problems.

Progressive Resistive Exercises (PRE) – exercises that gradually increase in resistance (weights) and in repetitions. PRE is usually prescribed for reeducation of muscles and strengthening. Weights, rubber bands, and body weight can be used as resistance.

Passive Range of Motion (PROM) – the patient or therapist moves the body part through a range of motion without the use of the muscles that “actively” move the joint(s).

Stretching/Flexibility Exercise – exercise designed to lengthen muscle(s) or soft tissue. Stretching exercises are usually prescribed to improve the flexibility of muscles that have tightened due to disuse or in compensation to pain, spasm or immobilization.

Q? Why is physical therapy a good choice?

A. More than half of all Americans are suffering from pain. Whether it is a recent episode or chronic, an ABC News/Stanford study revealed that pain in America is a serious problem. However, many do not even know that physical therapists are well equipped to not only treat pain, but also its root cause.

Physical therapists are experts at treating movement and neuro-musculoskeletal disorders. Pain often is an indicator, a symptom, of a movement disorder. Physical therapists are movement experts and can help correct the disorder and relieve the pain.

Q? Who pays for treatment?

A. In most cases, health insurance will cover a portion of your treatment, sometimes most of it. When you contact us to schedule your first visit, we will collect your insurance information and call them to get your benefits, so you will know as much as they will tell us about what they will cover.

Q? Why should I choose a private practice physical therapist?

A. Who is better to see, a PT that works for a physician or a PT that owns a private practice? We leave it up to you to draw your own conclusions but here are some facts. The studies indicate there were more treatments (visits per patient were 39% to 45% higher in physician owned clinics) and the cost was greater for those patients that attended a physician owned physical therapy practice (both gross and net revenue per patient were 30% to 40% higher) (1).

Another study indicated that licensed and non-licensed therapy providers spent less time with each patient in physician owned clinics and physical therapy assistants were substituted for physical therapists. (2)

Another older study concluded that “Therapists who had treated patients through direct access were significantly more likely to believe that direct access had benefited them professionally and benefited their patients than were therapists who had not practiced through direct access.”(3)

We believe that we can provide you with the highest quality of care available and do it in a cost-effective manner.(4)

You will work closely with your physical therapist and in most instances, your case will be managed by the same physical therapist from the beginning to the end of your experience with us.

1. Mitchell, J., Scott, E., Physician Ownership of Physical Therapy Services: Effects on Charges, Utilization, Profits, and Service Characteristics, Journal of the American Medical Association, 1992.
2. “Joint Ventures Among Health Care Providers in Florida,” State of Florida Health Care Cost Containment Board, 1991.
3. Domholdt E, Durchholz AG. Direct access use by experienced therapists in states with direct access. Phys Ther. 1992 Aug;72(8):569-74.
4. Federal Office of the Inspector General May 1, 2006 – This report calls into question billing processes done by non-physical therapist owned practices.

Q? Is physical therapy painful?

A. For many patients, one of the primary objectives is pain relief. This is frequently accomplished with hands-on techniques and correctly identify the root cause of pain. Our goal at COR is pain resolution at each session.  Therefore, do not expect pain, but pain relief with COR physical therapy.

Q? What will I have to do after physical therapy?

A. It may be recommended that you continue with home exercises or a gym program. At COR, we offer various programs ranging from one-on-one personal training or boot camp. While we always advocate regular exercise to stay healthy, sometimes it is not necessary for people to continue specific physical therapy exercises to return to normal daily activities. What is best for you will largely depend on your goals. This is for you and for your benefit, after all.

Q? What happens if my problem or pain returns?

A. Sometimes symptoms recur. One of our primary goals is that you don’t re-injure yourself.  To prevent recurrence, we teach each patient what to do if the pain reoccurs.

Occasionally an old injury is irritated, what we often refer to as a “flare up”. If you have a flare up (exacerbation), give us a call. We may suggest you come back to see us, return to your doctor, or simply modify your daily activities or exercise routine. But we will only know after talking with you.