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We are Physical Therapists from SMI (Sports Medicine Institute) in Orange with expertise and years of experience treating athletes and active adults. After years in the field, we have seen that it is essential for every athlete, youth to professional level, to have an individualized, comprehensive pre-rehabilitation program that addresses specific weaknesses in order to decrease injury rates. 

Joan Boesel | PT, DPT
Owner & Founder of SMI

Joan Boesel is the owner of Sports Medicine Institute with over 27 years of experience in the field of sports medicine, orthopedic physical therapy, and athletic performance. She has successfully treated world class and professional athletes from a variety of organizations including the MLB, NFL, NHL, MLS, AVP, FIVB, USOC, NBA, Major Professional Tennis Championships, as well as collegiate, high school and youth athletes. Joan specializes in injuries of the shoulder and elbow joints in the overhead athlete, developing a comprehensive rehabilitation protocol including return to throwing program to meet the athlete's specific needs. Joan was a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and a graduate of the Ola Grimsby Institute for Manual Therapy. Joan was a member of the Oregon State University Women's Softball Team.

Ashley Rojan | PT, DPT, ATC

Ashley Rojan has several years experience in Athletic Training and Physical Therapy. She has treated many athletes from high school to professional levels from organizations including MLB, WNBA, USDA, AVP, MLS, Liga Femenina de Baloncesto and NCAA Division I & III. Ashley specializes in injuries of the shoulder and elbow joints in the overhead athlete,  as well as hip and knee injuries. Ashley also has extensive knowledge in movement analysis in order to develop a specific and comprehensive rehabilitation protocol to meet the athlete's specific needs for their injury and sport. In addition, she trained in Functional Movement Screen, Selective Functional Movement Assessment, and is Y-Balance Certified.

Cynthia Bahena

Front Office Manager


Cynthia Bahena joined our team as Front Office Manager at Sports Medicine Institute in June of 2021.  She works tirelessly to maintain all patient accounts, scheduling, insurance verification, as well as assists in billing. Cynthia has previous experience in custom service and pharmaceuticals. She enjoys hiking, going to the beach and spending time outside with her family.

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