Victor Rafa, DC

Victor Rafa, DC, provides integrative, whole-body care at Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc. in Mission Viejo, California. At the group medical practice, Dr. Rafa teaches patients not only how to get out of pain, but how to avoid it in the future.

Dr. Rafa graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) in 1997 with a degree in kinesiology and a minor in business. After graduating, Dr. Rafa worked at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach assisting in the operating room and the functional rehabilitation department. After an injury, chiropractic care helped Dr. Rafa recover and he’s been in love with it ever since. He then went back to school and graduated from Southern California University of Health Sciences in Whittier in 2001 with a Doctor of Chiropractic. He opened his first office, Healthy Solutions, in 2002 and Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc. in 2006.

Dr. Rafa is a family man with a wife and two kids. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, camping, and is an avid mountain biker.

Rona Palompo, DPT

Rona Palompo, DPT, is the lead physical therapist at Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc. in Mission Viejo, California. At the group medical practice, Dr. Palompo’s treatment philosophy is to treat the whole body, and to never stop learning to help patients the best she can.

Dr. Palompo obtained her doctorate degree in physical therapy from Chapman University in Orange, California, in 2006. She has been working in outpatient care for the last ten years, and her special areas of interest include knee injuries, gait abnormalities, and pre and post-operative care. It is both her pleasure and privilege to serve her own community in Mission Viejo, educating clientele on the role of physical therapy not only in rehabilitation but also in injury prevention, wellness care, and general fitness.

When Dr. Palompo is not in the office, you can find her spending time with her husband and four kids. Her passions include camping, desert off-roading, and hiking.

Tami Kennedy, NP

Tami’s passion for nursing dates started back in high school when a seasoned registered nurse at UCLA Medical Center mentored her. Tami then followed her mentor’s footsteps and earned her Bachelor Degree in Nursing from USC in 2001. Her thirst for more knowledge continued as she received her Master’s Degree in Nursing, specializing in Women’s Health Care, from CSULB in 2005. From 2006 to 2017,

Tami worked as a Nurse Practitioner for Mission OBGYN Medical Group where she cared for female patients throughout the lifespan. She continues to stay active in the nursing community as a member of both Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health.

In 2017, Tami joined Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center to align her professional focus, sports and rehabilitation medicine, with her personal focus of healthy living and regular exercise. Tami is married with 3 active daughters.

Vinod Malhotra, MD

Dr. Vinod Malhotra, MD is a Board Certified Internal Medicine and Cardiology specialist who has been practicing for 44 years. He graduated from Government Medical College Amritsar, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences. Dr. Malhotra is the lead physician with the Bloodless Program. His bedside matters are beyond every patients expectations. He enjoys traveling and spending time with his two daughters.

Cindy Faraguna, NP

Cindy Faraguna is the nurse practitioner here at Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center. She has had experience in various careers focusing on health and wellness. Cindy graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Safety Studies from Sacramento State University in 1999. She has experience educating communities about health promotion and disease prevention. She became a personal trainer because she believes keeping the body moving and physically healthy is key to optimal health. Cindy continued to seek other paths to help educate others on living with optimal health. She returned to school to become a registered nurse at Saddleback College and graduated in 2004. Her nursing career has been in a step-down ICU unit, post-anesthesia care unit/perioperative services/, and emergency room. Cindy went to Chamberlain University for her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and graduated in 2019. She continued her education at Chamberlain University for her Masters of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner and graduated in 2021. She loves to spend time with her two daughters, family, and friends in her free time. Cindy loves to be active with her girls, cook, work out, travel, and seek new adventures.

Jack Schlingman

Dr. Schlingman began his pre-chiropractic education at Rutgers College in New Jersey where he studied the basic sciences such as inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, along with basic physiology and anatomy courses. After completing his study there, he was accepted at Life Chiropractic College in Marrietta, Georgia. During his four years at Life, courses included biochemistry, a major emphasis on anatomy and human physiology, X-ray, diagnosis, chiropractic adjusting techniques and patient care in the Life College Public Clinic. After graduating in 1982 Dr. Schlingman moved to the Saddleback Valley area in to establish his practice.
Dr. Schlingman is married to Anh and they have two children, Drew, and Logan.