Department of Rehabilitation

Our rehabilitation specialists work with patients to minimize the effects of cancer and its treatments to ensure they maintain or regain maximum degree of function, comfort and quality of life at every stage of the cancer journey.

These services are available to both inpatients and outpatients of all ages.

Our Specialties Include:

Physical Therapy

Physical therapists are movement experts who optimize function, independence and quality of life through prescribed exercises, hands-on care and patient education. We combine the latest evidence in oncologic physical therapy with our expertise, to help you achieve your maximum potential following a variety of cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy, radiation, hormone therapy, immunotherapy and surgery. 

Occupational Therapy

City of Hope's occupational therapists have specialized holistic knowledge in how cancer can affect an individual’s cognitive, emotional, social and physical well-being. We analyze and problem solve how to minimize disruptions to the daily flow of life throughout the continuum of cancer care, including new diagnosis, active treatment, survivorship, hospice and palliative care.

Speech-Language Pathology

Speech-language pathologists at City of Hope provide specialized oncology services for patients with difficulty communicating and/or swallowing. We combine our clinical expertise and evidence-based practice with your individual goals to optimize your function, safety and quality of life.

Patient Activities

Activities coordinators enrich the inpatient experience through distraction, crafts, games and socialization. The activities team provides opportunities to boost morale with the goal of positively engaging with an otherwise difficult experience.

Patient smiling while playing a card game


What is prehabilitation and how does it help?

The goal of prehabilitation, or prehab, is to help you become physically and emotionally stronger before treatment or surgery. Cancer surgery can cause many side effects, including pain, fatigue and difficulty performing daily tasks. Based on your needs, prehab therapies may include strength and endurance exercises or stress-reduction techniques. After your surgery, schedule a follow-up visit to ensure optimal recovery and quality of life.  


Sherry Hite, Director of Rehabilitation
Sherry Hite, MOT, OTR/L
Director of Rehabilitation
Sherry Hite, MOT, OTR/L, is the director of Rehabilitation Services leading the departments of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology and Activity Coordinators. She is also responsible for the development and integration of rehabilitation services across City of Hope's enterprise.
Taylor Wilde M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech and Language Pathology Supervisor
Taylor Wilde M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech and Language Pathology Supervisor
Taylor Wilde, M.S., CCC-SLLP, is the supervisor of the Department of Speech-Language Pathology. She manages both inpatient and outpatient services at City of Hope's Duarte campus.
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Cecilia Fernandez-Mangali, PT, DPT
Physical Therapy Manager
Cecilia Fernandez-Mangali, PT, DPT, is the manager of the Department of Physical Therapy. She manages both inpatient and outpatient services at City of Hope's Duarte campus.
Lynn Kim, Occupational Therapy Manager
Lynn Kim, OTD, OTR/L
Occupational Therapy Manager
Lynn Kim, OTD, OTR/L, is the manager of the departments of Occupational Therapy and Activity Coordinators. She manages both inpatient and outpatient services at City of Hope's Duarte campus.

Contact Us

If you would like to be evaluated by Rehabilitation Services, please ask your physician for a referral. All Rehabilitation Services (except activities coordinators services) require a doctor’s order or prescription.

Fax: 626-930-5369
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Main Medical building, Room 1026

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