Daisuke Arai

Adjunct Instructor DPT, PT

Programs and Courses Taught

Doctor of Physical Therapy

PT730 Medical Screening for Physical Therapist, PT738 Medical Management and Imaging I, PT739 Medical Management and Imaging II

About Me

Initially I was just going to write "I LOVE APPLE FRITTERS" but soon realized that this would not make for a good bio. So, I am originally from the Bay Area having attended Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose. I have always been active participating in Judo with the Santa Clara Judo Dojo and wrestling since middle school. I first realized my awe of physical therapy through my high school athletic trainer who happened to be a physical therapist, Mrs. Brennan. She was amazing and there was nothing that she couldn't do with the student athletes. I wanted to be just like her and be able to treat any issue that came through her doors. 
I have had a blessed career as therapist thus far. I have had wonderful mentors who have really guided me in my career leading me to my current practice in the Outpatient Orthopedic Physical Therapy Department at Kaiser, Vallejo where I also completed 12 months of PNF training and 2 years in the Primary Care Physical Therapy Fellowship Program. 
Ultimately my hope is to pay forward the guidance and kindness that I received in becoming a therapist to the students here at Samuel Merritt University. I hope that I may be able to be a small part of their professional journey. 


I graduated from UCLA with a double major in Neuroscience and World History. I received my Doctor of Physical Therapy from Azusa Pacific Univeristy Class of 2011. 

Teaching Interests

Radiology, Anatomy, Orthopedics, Manual Therapy, Nutrition, Yoga, Training Methodology

Professional Affiliations & Memberships