Rehabilitation Services

Our Team

Matthew Smuck, MD

Medical Director, Rehabilitation Services

Dr. Smuck is Chief of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Associate Professor of Orthopaedics at Stanford University. He received his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine, then completed residency training in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Stanford University in 2001. In 2008, he was recruited back to Stanford from his position as the Director of the University of Michigan's Spine Program. In 2011, he was appointed Medical Director of Rehabilitation Services. In addition to his clinical practice at Stanford, Dr. Smuck holds leadership positions in national and international rehabilitation societies. He enjoys combining his leadership experience with his clinical and medical research expertise to help guide Stanford's Department of Rehabilitation Services.


Judy Leydig, DPT, MBA

Acting Director

Judy is a graduate of UCSF Physical Therapy Program. Her clinical experience includes outpatient Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and acute inpatient care.  While at Stanford she has been a Clinical Specialist in Oncology, treating the inpatient and outpatient Blood and Marrow Transplant patients and Oncology patients. During that time she also worked as a Certified Lymphedema therapist.  Judy completed her MBA in 2003 and has been in management since 2004.  She completed her DPT at Mass General Hospital Institute of Health Professionals in 2012.


Maria Larrenaga, MA, SLP-CCC

Rehabilitation Services Manager

Maria is a graduate of San Jose State University with a Masters Degree in Communicative Disorders. She has 14 years experience working as a medical speech pathologist in acute care serving patients with communication, cognition and swallowing needs.  She was previously the Supervisor of Inpatient Rehab.



Steven Pavlet, PT, MS, OCS, ATC

Outpatient Manager, Outpatient Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy

Steve has been practicing physical therapy since 1989, and has been a APTA Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist since 2001.  He is a graduate of Stanford University, where he worked in the Department of Athletics Athletic Training Facility, and received his Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Duke University. He began his career at the UCLA Outpatient Physical Therapy Center, and has since worked in many hospital and outpatient settings, including a stint as a Physical Therapist on the PGA tour. He joined Stanford Hospital & Clinics in 2009 for the opening of the new Stanford Medicine Outpatient Center in Redwood City, specializing in orthopedic and sports rehabilitation. Steve’s interests and certifications include Golf Performance and Kettlebell training.


Norma Greenberg, OTR/L

Quality and Compliance Supervisor

Since coming to Stanford in 1996,  Norma has worked as a Staff Occupational Therapist (OT) , the OT Clinical Resource, and now serves as the Quality and Compliance Supervisor for both Rehabilitation and Respiratory Care.   She has been a practicing OT since 1979 and has presented at the local and national level on OT in geriatrics, psychiatry, and rehabilitation in the acute hospital.   


Pam Triano, PT, NCS

Supervisor, Outpatient Neurologic Physical Therapy

Pam is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, and has been practicing physical therapy since 1992.  She joined Stanford Hospital and Clinics in 2001, became APTA Board Certified in Neurologic Physical Therapy, and is currently the Advanced Clinical Specialist in the Outpatient NeuroRehabilitation program.  Pam has been involved in academia at Hahnemann University, the UCSF/SFSU Graduate Program in Physical Therapy and the Kaiser Permanente APTA Neurologic Residency Program in Physical Therapy.  Since joining Stanford, Pam has participated in research projects including the Northstar Neuroscience Everest Post-Stroke upper extremity rehabilitation study and the Genzyme Myozome Dosing Study for muscle strength in Pompe Disease.  Pam is the primary Physical Therapist for the outpatient ALS/Muscular Dystrophy and Huntington’s disease clinics, is currently involved in expanding the outpatient balance and vestibular programs, and works with persons with varied neurological diagnoses.  She also co-facilitates the Stanford Stroke Group in conjunction with the Peninsula Stroke Association.


Donna Lashgari, MS, OTR/L, CHT

Supervisor, Outpatient Hand Therapy

Donna has been a practicing OT since 1972 and has worked in multiple settings, both inpatient and outpatient. She began specializing in hand therapy in 1980 and presented conferences throughout California and Hawaii to prepare therapists for the first national board certification exams in hand therapy in 1991. She was a founding board member of the California Chapter of the American Society of Hand Therapy and served as treasurer for 5 years.  She is presently a standing board member of the physical disabilities SIS of American Occupational Therapy Association, serving as professional development coordinator. She is a guest lecturer at San Jose State University.  Donna graduated with a Bachelor’s in Occupational Therapy from USC, and a Master’s degree from San Francisco State University in Health Science. 


Jennifer Kizner, MEd, SLP-CCC, BRS-S, MBS-IMP Certified Clinician


Jennifer Kizner has been at Stanford Hospital and clinics since 2000.  She received her Master’s degree from Florida Atlantic University in 1997 and completed her Clinical Fellowship year in 1998 in NYC. Jennifer has worked in a variety of settings including school, homecare, SNF, community hospitals and major teaching hospitals.   She has experience with a variety of acute care patient populations and is experienced in completing MBSS (Modified Barium Swallow Studies) and FEES (Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing).   Jennifer completed an Evidence Based Practice (EBP) fellowship at Stanford on Oral Care and co-chaired a multidisciplinary committee to revamp the oral hygiene policy and procedure hospital wide.  She was also an EBP coach for 2 years for Fellows with Frazier Free Water Protocol and FEES projects.   In December 2010, she received her BRS-S (Board Recognized Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders).  Currently, Jennifer is the Supervisor for the Critical Care and Neurology rehabilitation teams.  


Molly Poncetta, PT


Molly graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology then pursued her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Samuel Merritt College in Oakland, CA. Molly has practiced in the Acute Care setting since 2003 and has been at Stanford Hospital and Clinics since 2006. Molly has been very involved at Stanford as the Rehab Council Chair in 2010-2011 and is continually involved as a Superuser with Stanford’s paperless documentation system, EPIC.  Molly is currently the Supervisor for the Orthopedic and Oncology Rehabilitation Teams.


Karen Pickett, OTR/L


Karen completed her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy in 1985, and completed her master’s degree in OT in 1995. She has been at Stanford since 1991and has practiced in psychiatry, oncology, medical-surgical and inpatient rehabilitation. She has a special interest in patients with complex medical and psychosocial needs. She has coordinated educational events at Stanford for community occupational therapists, presented at the state and national level and completed research with the chronic pain population. Karen has held positions of senior therapist, clinical specialist, interim lead therapist and is currently the Supervisor for the psychiatry and medical-surgical rehab teams.


Shelly Smithson

Office Manager

Shelly has been the Office Manager for the Department of Rehabilitation Services for over two years. She obtained her BA degree in Sociology from Sonoma State University.  Shelly is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work. In the next couple of years, Shelly plans on pursuing her Masters Degree in Business Administration. Her interests include traveling, camping, hiking, river rafting, and spending time with family and friends.

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