Sheila and Stan Yonemoto, owners of Yonemoto Physical Therapy, were honored by the Mission Amigos District of the San Gabriel Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America at the prestigious 2009 Distinguished Citizens Award luncheon at noon, June 16 at Almansor Court, 700 S. Almansor St., Alhambra.
Yonemoto Physical Therapy has contributed much to the communities of Alhambra, Monterey Park, Rosemead and San Gabriel by being involved in and/or sponsoring many events including the Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival, free summer movies at Regal Theatre Renaissance, San Gabriel Music Theater, Alhambra/San Gabriel Lunar Parade and festival, the East West Players and scholarships for Alhambra School District graduates. “They have been especially supportive and generous with the numerous youth groups in our communities,” said Alhambra Mayor Barbara Messina.
Yonemoto Physical Therapy started out as a one-person physical therapy practice in 1982 and has become a full service physical therapy office. The clinic has 10 physical therapists who are specialized in many areas including integrative manual therapy, an innovative and gentle hands-on method.
The clinic offers acupuncture and Qigong classes, a 5,000 year old Chinese energy exercise method that has brought tremendous relief for people with chronic ailments. Yonemoto Physical Therapy is also a leader in sports medicine. The famous Kerlan-Jobe Clinic, doctors for most of L.A.’s professional sports teams, has been referring their patients to them for 20 years.
Sheila gives community talks on health issues, mentors students, is a past president of the California Physical Therapy Association, worked at Keiro Nursing Home and has housed exchange students from Taiwan, China, Korea and Japan.
Stan, who is marketing manager of the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce, is a member of many boards and is a past president of Alhambra Rotary, the West San Gabriel Valley YMCA, the Alhambra Library Foundation, the Alhambra Planning Commission, Traffic Commission, Parks and Recreation Commission and Monterey Park’s Keep Fire Department Campaign. “As president of the YMCA, Stan and the board of directors led the organization from possible bankruptcy and closing to a financially healthy and thriving Y,” said YMCA CEO Valarie Gomez.
The Yonemotos were honored by the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce as the 2003 Business of the Year. Stan has been recognized as the 2000 Rotarian of the Year and the 2005 Alhambra Citizen of the Year.