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Dwight Cornish
Our Founder

“My goal is that you will feel better when you leave than when you arrived – both physically and functionally.

I have been a licensed therapist since 1974 when I graduated with a BS from Loma Linda University. For my first four years as a physical therapist, I directed a hospital physical therapy department in Sarasota, Florida; I then returned to Loma Linda University to earn a Master’s in Public Health and a Doctorate in Public Health, specializing in Preventive Medicine and Health Science. Over my years of experience, various master therapists have taught me methods that go beyond the fundamentals. It has been my special interest to help adults with chronic pain. I have acquired successful skills in manual therapy, craniosacral therapy release, balance and movement disorder training, therapeutic exercise training, and pool therapy.

I grew up in the 60s in Oakland, California. As a young man, I worked in construction and served in the US Army Medical Corps in Germany. I attended college in northern California in the beautiful Napa Valley, where I met my wife, Jeannie. We are the proud parents of three fabulous young adult children. My purpose is that you will leave my clinic feeling physically better and moving more functionally after the first visit, with encouraging answers to your questions.”


Juan Vargas
Physical Therapist

Holding a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Juan Vargas has been Cornish Therapy Works director for over a year now. Lovingly known as J.C., he has built wonderful relationships with his fellow clinicians and patients. J.C. brings a positive atmosphere of learning and growth to the clinic daily and highly values treating each of his patients with personalized, individual care.


Brian McFadden
Physical Therapist

"I strive to instill long lasting positive changes in my patients. My goal is to give them the tools they can use throughout their lifetime to remain healthy and maximize their participation in life activities. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from South College in Knoxville Tennessee in 2018, earning a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. In addition to earning my Doctorate, I am board certified as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist.  I have worked as a Physical Therapist in multiple outpatient settings as well as acute care in the central valley.  I completed continuing education focused on spinal pathology, manual therapy techniques, and various orthopedic conditions. I believe that committing to  lifelong education is vital to remain an effective therapist. I grew up in Palm Springs, CA and recently moved back in 2022 after years of living in Northern California and the Central Valley. I am happy to be back home and look forward to forging new relationships with my patients and coworkers as I evolve as a Physical Therapist."


Tricia Saunders
Physical Therapy Assistant

"Hi, my name is Tricia.  I was born in Texas and grew up in sunny Southern California before moving to Oregon to raise my 2 awesome kids.  After owning and running a graphic design business for over 20 years, I decided to change my occupation to a more fulfilling career helping people with Physical Therapy.  I graduated with honors and have been a Physical Therapist Assistant for the past 10 years with experience in home health, skilled nursing, as well as outpatient PT.  I am passionate about caring for my patients and take joy in guiding them through their physical therapy process so they can once again participate in their daily activities pain free.  My favorite activities outside of work are taking long walks, gardening, drawing, practicing yoga, playing tennis, listening to all kinds of music, and cooking."


Parisa Moshirbahram
Occupational Therapist

"Hello my name is Parisa Moshirbahram, I graduated from USC in 2001 with M.A in Occupational Therapy. The best part of my job is building great relationships with my patience.  My specialty is working with an aging population, to increase mobility and longevity. I am new to this area and can't wait to explore this beautiful city."

Physical, Aquatic, and Occupational Therapies

74-057 Highway 111

Palm Desert, CA 92260 

Mon - Fri 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM 
Sat/Sun - Closed