Assistant Professor

Areas of Interest
Traumatic Brain Injury, Anoxic Brain Injury, Stroke, Spasticity, Botulinum Toxin


Dr. Rachel Teranishi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She has specialized training and interest in the field of brain injury medicine, including traumatic brain injury (TBI), anoxic brain injury, and stroke. Her goal is to provide individualized care, education, and compassion to patients and families recovering from illness or injury.

Dr. Teranishi manages patients in a variety of clinical settings. She routinely treats individuals in TBI and spasticity clinics, as well as patients admitted to the Neuroscience Service at UAB Spain Rehabilitation Center. Dr. Teranishi also offers specialized care to acutely ill patients as a consultant at UAB Main Hospital.

Prior to joining the department, Dr. Teranishi completed her medical education at Georgetown University School of Medicine, internship at MedStar Harbor Hospital in Baltimore, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at Stanford University Medical Center, and Brain Injury Medicine fellowship at Carolinas Rehabilitation in Charlotte.

Dr. Teranishi is originally from Northern California. Outside of medicine she enjoys trying new restaurants, practicing yoga, traveling with her husband, and hiking with their dog, Pepper.

Education & Training

M.D., Georgetown University School of Medicine