Valencia Physical Therapy Center at University Foot and Ankle Institute

Updated 10/15/2018

In this video, Cathleen talks about her physical therapy experience at University Foot and Ankle Institute and difference it has made in her recovery.


Experience the difference that expertly focused Physical Therapy can make in your recovery.


Many physical therapy practices treat every part of the human body, but the physical therapy center at UFAI of Valencia is dedicated to only one thing - the very best care for the foot and ankle.

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Valencia Physical Therapy Center at University Foot and Ankle Institute

26357 McBean Parkway

Suite 250

Valencia, CA 91355

(661) 344-1944


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26357 McBean Parkway

Suite 250

Valencia, CA 91355

About Our Physical Therapy Center, Valencia Location

Located within the new Providence/Holy Cross Medical complex, in the heart of Valencia with easy freeway access. Our physical therapists are committed to making you stronger, relieving your pain and returning you to your full potential as quickly as possible.


Our patients are prescribed physical therapy for many foot and ankle diagnoses: Post operative rehabilitation, chronic conditions, acute and sports injuries, and may include:

  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Tendinosis and tendon conditions (Achilles, posterior tibial, peroneal)

  • Bunion Surgery

  • Ankle sprains and instability

  • Fracture and breaks of the foot and ankle

  • Arthritis (Ankle and Hallux Rigidus)

  • Ankle replacement surgery

  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome


We realize no two patients are alike. Our board certified physical therapists work directly with our expert team of physicians to develop the most effective and individualized treatment plan for you. That’s the UFAI advantage.


Our customed designed physical therapy strategies can include:

  • Stability and flexibility exercises

  • Coordination and balance training

  • Joint and tissue mobilization

  • Ultrasound

  • Low level laser

  • Functional electrical stimulation


Your healing doesn't stop when leave us, as your physical therapy team will provide you with a comprehensive home treatment program.



Meet UFAI's Director of Physical Therapy, Valencia

Suzanne Hawson, Physical Therapist, University Foot and Ankle Institute

Suzanne Hawson, PT, MPT, OCS has served as Director of Physical Therapy with UFAI since 2006. She graduated with her Masters Degree in Physical Therapy at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). She has been living and working in the Santa Clarita Valley for 11 years and is very involved in the athletic community of Santa Clarita. She works with several sports clubs and teams in the valley, notably the Santa Clarita Triathlon Club, Santa Clarita Runners and Team Runners Lane.


Suzanne played several sports throughout high school and has maintained a love for athletics today, as a five-time Ironman Triathlete. She crosstrains with trail running, yoga, Pilates, and Crossfit; and in her free time, loves to travel and explore new cultures and cuisines.


Suzanne’s primary interests are in sports medicine & biomechanical evaluation (movement analysis for runners). She is also part time faculty in the Physical Therapy Program at CSUN and teaches injury prevention seminars to local running groups. She has rehabilitated athletes at all levels, from recreational athletes to professionals & Olympians.


Suzanne is certified by the American Physical Therapy Association as a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedics. She speaks English, Spanish and Tagalog.



Christel Beattie, Univeristy Foot and Ankle Institute

Christel Beattie, a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant, and has been providing patients with compassionate care at University Foot and Ankle Institute since 2010.


A long-time volleyball player, Christel turned her interest towards athletic training after sustaining a sport-related injury in high school. Christel began her training at CSU Northridge where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training  in 2002.


Christel worked as an aide in a physical therapist’s office during her time at Northridge.

It was during this time that she became fascinated with the science and practice of physical therapy and decided to pursue her certification as a Physical Therapist Assistant from Cerritos College.


She specializes in outpatient physical therapy, orthopedics and workplace ergonomics.

She’s also CPR certified and a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.


Christel lives in the Santa Clarita Valley with her two children and her husband, and teacher and a coach.



Valencia's Premiere Physical Therapy Center for the Foot and Ankle

University Foot and Ankle Institute is nationally recognized as the home of the best Podiatrists, Physical Therapists and Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

The Foot and Ankle Physical Therapy Center at University Foot and Ankle Institute in Valencia, CA serves patients from Valencia and Santa Clarita, Simi Valley, Canyon Country, Stevenson Ranch, Granada Hills, Saugus, Palmdale, Lancaster, Bakersfield, Mint Canyon and more.

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Over 200,000 happy UFAI patients and growing
  • CustomerSure
    Great staff who put up with my questions and bad jokes. Hope I will not have to return, but if I do have foot problems again, I will go back to these folks.
    Eric F.
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    Outstanding doctors and assistants!! Great staff! Excellent care and service.
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    I had some PT done to my hip flexers. I'm an avid runner and cyclist. The staff is very knowledgeable and knows athletes. So if you're an athlete and need some repairs, I highly suggest this staff. Suzanne is an I...
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  • Dr. Franson and Dr. Yau are GREAT. I've referred my daughter and will continue to refer patients. I called Dr. Franson on Labor Day evening and he answered, took the time to talk to me and gave me direction as to seei...
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    PT Staff are very nice and knowledgeable. It took me a little time to understand how the PT was correcting my issue, but I think I've been cured!
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    I felt I was listened to when I had something to say. I appreciated the communication between the doctors and the Physical Therapist in relation to specific treatment and overall condition.
    Harry T.
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    Dr. Justin Franson, Suzanne and Jasmine are awesome!!
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    Thanks for helping me get out of pain and on a path to feeling better. After two weeks of physical therapy for Plantar Fasciitis, I am beginning to walk without pain.
    Danica P.
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    Suzanne and Cristel are both amazing. I have used them both in the past and will continue to recommend their services to others.
    Michele M.
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    We love Dr. Franson & staff!
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