- Our Story
- Tina J Wang, MD, Dancer
- Wendy Waggener, Alexander Practitioner, Violinist
- Jace Allbright, DPT, Cyclist
- Annette Karim, DPT, Dance Teacher, Retired Ballerina,
- Jessica Chavez, RN, Motivational Speaker
Tupelo Pointe is named after the Tupelo tree, known for its strength and resilience. As a young student, Dr. Wang often found herself stopping at Tupelo Point on the Wellesley College campus after her runs around Lake Waban to ponder the course of her life. In times of difficulties, she always remembers her roots first grounded at Wellesley College upon the foundation of all the great women who came before.
Tupelo Pointe is a collective virtual site and physical space that grew from the seeds of need. As a dancer, Dr. Wang saw that her fellow artists were often injured but were unable to access dance specific medical interventions. Often, appropriate healthcare was only available to the top 3% of dancers who belonged to a traditional dance company. The rest of her peers were often working 2nd jobs and struggling to receive even basic medical care.
All practitioners at Tupelo Pointe have similar stories. They grew their art form and healthcare goals from the needs of others. We are all dedicated to treating those with specialized needs that remain unmet by standard Western and institutional medical approaches.
As healthcare practitioners and artists, we see the gaps in the arts where medicine is needed as well as where art can fill the unmet human needs in medicine. Tupelo Pointe is an attempt to bridge the cross-disciplinary needs.
Tupelo Pointe is a celebration of our love for all things in life that help us connect to our soul and our spirit. Our goal is to care for those around us to allow them to whole-heartedly pursue their vehicle for human expression and connection.
Tina J Wang, MD (@TupeloPointe firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dr. Tina J Wang is a Performing Arts Medicine Specialist. She trained under Dr. Jeff A Russell (University of Ohio) and Annette Karim (Azusa Pacific University). She gained her regenerative medicine experience under Dr. Christopher Jobe and continues to update her knowledge through The Orthobiologic Institute.
Wang serves as site director in Fontana for the Loma Linda PM&R residency and is an associate clinical professor for the Loma Linda School of Medicine.
Wang is the conservatory physician for A.B. Miller High School Dance Conservatory. She also works on a national level on the Dance/USA task force on Dancer Health. She is actively involved in research and advancement of the field of Performing Arts Medicine through her work on the Research Committee with the Performing Arts Medicine Association. Wang is a Wellesley College alumna and is actively involved in women's rights through the American Medical Women's Association and the Wellesley Women in Medicine group. Amongst these organizations, she works actively on multiple committees.
Wang started dancing at a young age with the Fine Arts Academy of Dance under Jana Faustino. She later continued to study dance at Wellesley College and Boston Ballet School with Catherine Ulissey. She survived medical school in New Orleans by spending all her free time dancing under Sarah Duax, Jeanne Fernandez Bruno, and Margaret Jean Orr (Mary) Munro.
In her youth, Wang studied the violin and piano under Philip Lu, a renowned Taiwanese composer and musician. She is now a mother and parent teaching her son how to play the violin through the Suzuki method under the guidance of violin teacher and Alexander practitioner Wendy Waggener. Both Waggener and Wang have a special focus on injury prevention in musicians and character development starting at a young age.
The first inklings of Tupelo Pointe started when Wang first set foot on the Wellesley College campus. Lulu Chow Wang was a speaker welcoming her to campus. Mrs. Wang had named her renowned financial firm, Tupelo Capital Management, after the Tupelo tree, known for its strength and resilience. As a young student, Wang often found herself stopping at Tupelo Point after her runs around Lake Waban to ponder the course of her life. In times of difficulties, she always remembers her roots first grounded at Wellesley upon the foundation of all the great women who came before.
Wang continues to dance at local studios and around the country.
Jessica Chavez, Registered Nurse, Aesthetics
Jessica Chavez started her nursing career 15 years ago. She spent many years as an accomplished ICU nurse and as first assist in complex bedside procedures before moving on to the clinic setting. She has worked with some of the most medically complex and unwell patients and has inspired them to take control of their lives. She is always up for a challenge including getting her children into music and dance classes. She is a dedicated mother and skilled nurse who understands the challenges of life balance and wellness. She brings her 15 years of expertise in procedures and wellness to Tupelo Pointe.
Chavez is also a motivational speaker and coach and uses these skills with her patients and family and friends.
Wendy Waggener, Alexander Practitioner, violinist
Wendy Waggener is a specialist in movement re-education and professional violinist. She found the Alexander Technique after looking for treatment options for her play related arm pain that could not be resolved with Western medical treatment interventions. She moved to Japan for a year for intensive Alexander Technique training and has been practicing for over 10 years. She continues to travel around the world to continue her training. She is passionate about movement re-education in all people including musicians as well as those with chronic pain syndromes.
Waggener is a well respected violin teacher in the Southern California area. She has been a member of the Redlands Symphony since 2010. She studied at the prestigious Oberlin College and Conservatory and New England Conservatory.
Waggener is skilled in aikido and trained in Japanese dojos.
Jace Allbright, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Jace Allbright is a specialist in Orthopedic injuries and tactical related conditions as pertains to law enforcement. He found his calling treating friends in law enforcement. Jace is familiar with the rigors required in law enforcement and the military. He understands their special needs. He seeks training around the world from leading specialists in a variety of fields to mold his unique approach to tactical strength and conditioning.
He graduated from California Baptist University with BA in Christian Studies in 2003 and Western University of Health Sciences with Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2010. He has his NSCA CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) since 2010.He has heavy experience working in both outpatient orthopedic/sports physical therapy settings since 2010. He is currently serves in the role of Adjunct Faculty with California Baptist University since 2011, teaching undergraduate and graduate level Kinesiology and Exercise Science classes.
He has numerous certifications including FMS 1, SFMA, FCS, FMT Rockblades, Fibroblaster IASTM certified practitioner, Mobility WOD 1, and will soon obtain NSAC TSAC-F (Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator) and DVRT Sandbag level 1 certification.
In his free time, Allbright loves to workout with kettlebells, sandbags, heavy ropes, and body weight exercise. He loves road biking, as well as recreational shooting and primitive weaponry. Allbright has been married for 13.5 years and is an enthusiastic father of 3.
Annette Karim, PT, DPT, Ph.D., OCS, FAAOMPT
Annette Karim specializes in orthopaedics, dance medicine, and manual therapy. She has taught ballet, pointe, jazz, and tap for more than 25 years.
Karim serves as assistant professor for the Department of Physical Therapy at Azusa Pacific University. Karim is a graduate of the Harris Health System’s orthopaedic residency, and the Manual Therapy Institute’s fellowship in manual therapy.
Karim danced professionally as a soloist, guest choreographer, and rehearsal assistant with Central California Ballet Company and the Pacific Dance Company. She served as the dance director for Break the Barriers and the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company's Met Too. She the company therapist for the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company and traveling Broadway shows.
Karim is the president of the Performing Arts Special Interest Group (PASIG) of the Orthopaedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association and works on the PASIG Performing Arts Fellowship Task Force. She also serves on Dance USA’s Task Force on Dancer Health, and screens professional dancers annually in the Los Angeles area. She provides rehabilitation and wellness care to dancers in clinics and backstage, and speaks on wellness and prevention at dance festivals and university dance programs. Additionally she is member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS), the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT), and the National Center for Human Performance (NCHP),
Karim is married to Reverend Mike Karim and is the mother of 2 retired professional dancers. Karim enjoys playing hockey.