Jason Park graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychobiology. He then went on to earn his Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California (USC), which is consistently ranked as the top physical therapy program in the nation. He has had extensive clinical internships which focused on manual therapy from Orthopedic Certified Specialists. Postgraduate distinction has included the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialty, which specializes in sports specific strength training. He has worked in a broad spectrum of specialties from working with Division I, NCAA collegiate athletes at UCLA, USC, and UC Berkeley as well as working with the senior population of Laguna Woods. He also takes pride in being able to treat those suffering with chronic pain. Dr. Park has also gone on to study conditions related to pre and post pregnancy as well as pediatric orthopedics. Dr. Park is uniquely able to empathize with many of his patients as he has undergone the recovery process of a wide spectrum of injuries and post-surgical rehabilitation first hand.
Dr. Park has also served as an APTA certified clinical instructor for USC, Loma Linda, Cal State Long Beach, and Chapman University doctoral student interns. Being a physical therapist with a specialty in strength and conditioning, Dr. Park believes that incorporating hands-on manual therapy treatments, specific exercises, patient education and modalities can expedite the healing process. Dr. Park also feels it is important to personalize treatments for each of his patients to maximize their outcomes. He takes the time to listen to his patients and works closely with their physicians to reach the goal of improved function and quality of life.
Dr. Park enjoys spending time with his family. He enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, watching sporting events (especially his Broncos, Bruins, and Lakers), snowboarding, and backpacking/camping. He particularly enjoys listening to his wife (Sandy) play the piano and playing with his son Ryan and daughter Kylie.
James Lee received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Upon receiving his BA degree, Dr. Lee continued his education by earning his Master of Arts in Education from Biola University. After four years of teaching, he then pursued his Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California (USC). His clinical internships and work experience have included extensive instruction under the tutelage of Orthopedic Certified Specialists along with treating and training individuals from the pediatric patient, to the high level collegiate athlete, pre and post pregnancy mothers, and the senior citizen. Dr. Lee's training focuses on the use of manual therapy integrated and reinforced with therapeutic exercises enabling the complete treatment of patients. Dr. Lee loves the challenges that his patient population brings and truly enjoys forming lasting and caring relationships.
Dr. Lee has also served as an APTA certified clinical instructor for Chapman University doctoral student interns. Dr. Lee considers it of vital importance to personalize each patient's program to the needs, desires and goals of that particular individual. As a physical therapist with an educational background, it is the belief of Dr. Lee that therapy not only includes manual interventions, therapeutic exercises, neuromuscular re-education and modalities, but also include educating the patients in the causes, symptoms and treatments for their particular condition. Thus making each patient an active and integral participant in the healing process versus a passive recipient. In order to achieve improved quality of life and maximized functionality, Dr. Lee takes the time to listen to every patient in order to work more closely with his or her physician. This way the healing process truly begins and therapeutic results are optimized.
Golfing, snowboarding, bowling, ballroom dancing, traveling and appreciating fine food and wine with close friends and family are some of the activities Dr. Lee enjoys. He is married to his wife Maria and they have three sons, Tyler, Micah and Zephaniah.
Garrett Johnson graduated from University of Oregon in 2014 with his Bachelor’s Degree in Human Physiology. He then packed up and headed south, to pursue a degree in Chapman University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program the following year. Dr. Garrett had the opportunity to practice in a variety of clinical settings throughout his time at Chapman, but found his calling in outpatient orthopedics. He was first inspired by physical therapy while being a patient himself, after sustaining an elbow injury as a pitcher.
Dr. Garrett believes in a comprehensive approach to recovery for any injury or diagnosis, making sure to leave no stone unturned. He believes this comes from identification and correction of patterns and behaviors that, in many cases, are the underlying cause of injury. In building personal rapport with each and every patient, it becomes a team effort in finding the most effective, longest lasting solutions to living healthily and pain free. Seeing his patients succeed and live their best lives is what he enjoys most about being a physical therapist, and is the reason each day provides a new and gratifying experience.
In his free time, Dr. Garrett spends time with his fiancé, Kalena, who is currently studying to become a registered nurse. The two of them enjoy going to baseball games, biking, discovering new trails to hike in Orange County, spending time at the beach, and being casual Disney goers. As a Seattle native, he roots on his hometown teams and enjoys every sunny day we get here in Southern California.
Shawn Mead received his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Business Administration from San Diego State University (SDSU). Immediately after receiving his B.S. degree, Shawn went on to pursue his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California (USC), consistently ranked as a top physical therapy program in the country. ssShawn has been fortunate to have worked in a variety of clinical settings, including outpatient orthopedics, sports, and inpatient rehabilitation. He has received extensive clinical instruction by orthopedic and sports clinical specialists, with an emphasis in treating foot, ankle, and shoulder conditions. It is in the outpatient orthopedic setting where Shawn's passion for physical therapy lies.
Dr. Mead has interest in treating individuals across the entire life spectrum, from adolescents to athletes to senior citizens. With an emphasis on skilled manual therapy and therapeutic exercise, Dr. Mead feels that each patient's treatment program should be uniquely prescribed based on their individual wants and desires. Combining the use of a hands-on approach, the best available clinical evidence, and the patient's own perspective, he strives to find the most comprehensive and customized treatment plan for all of his clients. He truly believes that rehabilitation begins with the caring relationship he develops with his patients. Using a team-oriented approach, physical therapy intervention identifies and addresses the true cause of movement dysfunction and injury, with patient education being most important. It is his goal as a clinician to assure that there are exemplary solutions to patient problems, beginning with the root cause.
In his free time, Dr. Mead enjoys recreational golf, snowboarding, fishing, and exercising his mind and body. He especially enjoys spending time with the most influential people in his life, his friends and family.
Andrew Van Leuven received his Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from Chapman University. After receiving his B.S. degree, Andrew attended the University of Southern California to earn his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. While at USC, Andrew provided care for injuries sustained by USC's club and sports athletes. He has also worked with US junior tennis players during competition and provided treatment to facilitate return to sport. Postgraduate distinction includes the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) coursework, which specializes in the evaluation of the golf swing and how musculoskeletal limitations in a golfer's body can change the golf swing and cause injury.
Dr. Van Leuven has worked with people of all ages in many settings. After having experience with sports, emergency medicine and acute rehabilitation, Andrew has determined that his true interest is in the orthopedic setting.
Dr. Van Leuven believes that his patients should understand their injury and the steps required to decrease their symptoms from the beginning of their rehabilitation process. He believes that the optimal treatment plan is tailored to each patient with a combination of manual therapy, specific exercise and modalities to reduce symptoms and correct the movement dysfunctions at the root of the problem.
In his free time, Andrew enjoys staying active by playing basketball, golf and volleyball as well as snowboarding. He can be found in front of a television rooting on the Trojans, Lakers and Chargers. Andrew spends the rest of his time with his friends and family.
Cameron Rau graduated from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) with his Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology and an emphasis in Exercise Science. After obtaining his B.S. degree, he went on to pursue his Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Chapman University, one of the longest continually accredited physical therapy programs in the nation. While at Chapman, Cameron had the opportunity to focus his clinical rotations in multiple outpatient orthopedic settings, working with patients of all ages and conditions. He has experience with sports injuries, conditions of the spine, and sacroiliac joints. In addition, he also gained experience treating patients with neurological conditions. Dr. Rau furthered his academic knowledge while working as a graduate lab assistant for Doctoral level Physical Therapy students at Chapman University.
Dr. Rau has also completed post-graduate course work, becoming a Graston Technique® provider. Graston Technique® is an evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization which uses specialized stainless steel instruments that enables clinicians to effectively address scar tissue and fascial restrictions through comprehensive training, resulting in improved patient outcomes. He is also planning to further his education through the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) in the near future.
Dr. Rau believes each patient should receive individualized care through a combination of comprehensive manual therapy in order to address joint mobility and soft tissue restrictions. In addition to therapeutic exercise, he emphasizes neuromuscular re-education. He strives to normalize faulty movement patterns in his patients so that they may return to doing what they love without pain.
In his free time, Cameron enjoys golfing, snowboarding, crossfit, and spending time with his wife and dog. He lives locally in Seal Beach, CA.
Matt Yang earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Health Science from Virginia Commonwealth University. He then went on to earn his Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy at the University of South Florida. Matt always had a particular interest in orthopedic and sports rehabilitation. While obtaining his undergraduate degree, he worked and trained athletes at all levels and helped prepare collegiate football players for the NFL combine. While at USF, Matt focused his internship in outpatient orthopedic and sports rehabilitation and worked as a teacher assistant for anatomy lab for DPT and MD students.
Dr. Yang is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and he practices a manual therapy approach to physical therapy, emphasizing on restoration of dysfunctional movements, joints, and muscles. He also believes in focusing treatment on patient education and instructs patients how to maintain optimal function after completing physical therapy. His passion for continued learning carries over to his treatment interventions to provide the best quality care for each patient.
Matt has a beautiful wife and adorable daughter. During his free time, he changes his daughter's diapers, enjoys working out, snowboarding, and spending time with his wife and baby girl. As a Washington DC metropolitan native, Matt is a diehard Redskins fan and a fantasy football enthusiast, who has won two fantasy football championships in 2011 and 2013.
Ryan Trautz earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with a focus in Exercise Science, from California State University, Fullerton. After completing his B.S. degree, Dr. Trautz earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California. During his time at USC, he was published along with his mentor, Dr. Noriko Yamaguchi, in the GeriNotes Clinical Magazine, based on their work with elderly patients, highlighting the benefits of home health physical therapy programs to promote patient autonomy and provide strategies for maintaining independence. While at USC, Dr. Trautz worked in a diverse array of clinical settings, completing clinical rotations at California Hospital Medical Center, Concentra Urgent Care, Kaiser Permanente Home Health, USC Physical Therapy Associates, Glendale Adventist Therapy and Wellness Center, and Knight Physical Therapy. Dr. Trautz' philosophy is based on providing customized treatment strategies, educating patients about their health or injury, and building trust to encourage a team approach to recovery.
From a young age, Dr. Trautz was drawn to pursue a service-driven career; he spent more than 10 years raising guide dogs for Guide Dogs for the Blind and working with Therapy Dogs, an organization that promoted interaction between patients and service dogs, to improve morale and aid in recovery. Over the years Dr. Trautz honed his passion for service to the community, along with his interest in sports to help him find his career path. After sustaining a back injury playing high school football and undergoing physical therapy, Dr. Trautz had found his career calling.
In his spare time Dr. Trautz enjoys spending time with his family and his wife Marisa, walking his dog, Titan, and working on his golf game. A Southern California native, Dr. Trautz is a longtime, enthusiastic fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and the USC Trojan Football team. Fight On!
Christine Nguyen earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine). After graduating, she went on to pursue her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Azusa Pacific University (APU) in Azusa, California. While attending APU, Dr. Nguyen gained experience in a diverse variety of settings, from inpatient acute care to neurological rehabilitation to outpatient orthopedics. Though Dr. Nguyen enjoyed all of the settings she has been in, she was most drawn to the outpatient orthopedics setting, where she got to work with a diverse population of patients for an extended period of time, allowing her to connect and get to know her patients well. Dr. Nguyen strives to provide her patients with the best possible care by taking the whole person into consideration. She takes time to get to know her patients, to determine their impairments and limitations, to understand their personals goals, and to develop individualized treatment plans for them. To provide her patients quality care, Dr. Nguyen constantly goes out of her way to improve herself as a physical therapist, reading up on current research studies and attending continuing education courses.
In her free time, Christine enjoys hiking, kayaking, camping, and trying new food. She is always up for an adventure and loves spending time with her friends and family.
Thomas Dinh received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine. After obtaining his B.S. degree, Thomas earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA. Throughout his time at WesternU, Dr. Dinh had the privilege of working with patients in variety of clinical settings that include acute post-stroke rehabilitation and vestibular/balance rehabilitation. After these experiences, Thomas had determined that his passion lies within orthopedics and sports medicine.
Dr. Dinh's highest priority is patient-centered care while emphasizing on patient education. He believes that change begins when his patients have a full understanding of their condition through careful movement analysis and examination. A combination of effective manual therapy, specific therapeutic exercises, and modalities is formulated uniquely to each patient to decrease their symptoms and restore function. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and incorporates dynamic and functional strengthening where appropriate to increase optimal performance. Dr. Dinh values continuing education and will frequent seminars to integrate evidence-based interventions through careful research review for optimal patient care.
In his free time, Thomas loves to stay active by playing tennis, running half-marathons and obstacle courses, olympic weightlifting, and Crossfit. He loves to travel and explore new places to eat with interests in technology, coffee, and sneakers.
Keith Corbin graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Economics. He initially started over a decade long career in corporate and real estate finance. However his passion for health, fitness, and helping others achieve their goals, led him on a journey to pursue his dream career. He earned his Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California (USC), which is consistently ranked as the top physical therapy program in the nation. While at USC, Dr. Corbin has worked in a diverse variety of clinical settings, with clinical rotations at Stanford University, USC-Keck Medical Center, pediatric experiences at CCS & CHOC, sports medicine & golf performance clinics, and extensive orthopedic rotations, including Southland Physical Therapy.
Dr. Keith believes in a collaborative approach and truly enjoys the mutual learning exchange that takes place with each of his patients. He believes in providing personalized treatment plans based on his patient's unique circumstances & individual needs. He blends an array of customized treatment strategies including patient education, manual therapy, thrust joint mobilization, myofascial decompression cupping, active release techniques, therapeutic exercises, modalities, and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation.
He resides in Irvine with his lovely wife, their baby boy and their shih tzu, Rambo. As a weekend warrior he thrives outdoors and enjoys golfing, cycling, surfing, and snowboarding. He has played competitive soccer nearly his entire life and continues to play year-round in several leagues. He loves food adventures and spending time with family & friends.
Sean Boulanger graduated Summa Cum Laude from California State University, Fullerton in 2012 with his Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology with a focus on clinical exercise science. He then pursued physical therapy by enrolling in Chapman University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program in the following year, which is one of the oldest PT programs in California. Dr. Boulanger had the opportunity to practice in outpatient pediatric, inpatient pediatric, and outpatient orthopedic settings as a student. Although he enjoyed his time treating children, he found his true passion in the outpatient orthopedic setting.
Dr. Boulanger believes in a team approach to recovery in which he can help guide patients into self-management of their symptoms. He believes this path is best facilitated through educating patients as to why their movement-related problems have arisen, performing manual therapy techniques in conjunction with teaching proper movement patterns, and prescribing specific exercises to undo movement dysfunction. Additionally, he greatly enjoys setting up exercise programs after physical therapy for his patients because he knows regular activity outside of the clinic is what will keep them living pain free.
In his free time, Dr. Boulanger spends time with his four dogs and fiancee, Taylor, who is also a physical therapist. His hobbies include watching films, weightlifting, shooting his bow at a range and hiking with Taylor around Orange County.
Chris MonPere grew up in central California being heavily involved in sports including soccer and mixed martial arts from an early age. Chris moved to Southern California to attend college at UC Irvine where he continued to be heavily involved in multiple soccer clubs as well as MMA gyms throughout the area. Chris completed his bachelor's degree in 2011 and continued on to receive his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Chapman University in Orange County.
Chris has always had a passion for athletics and fitness, obtaining his certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) license in 2012, and has extensive experience in sports performance and fitness training. Chris believes in a holistic approach to physical therapy, incorporating strength and conditioning to promote pain free and efficient functional movement for athletes and the general population.
Chris enjoys spending his time traveling, staying active, hiking with his fiance and dog, as well as spending time in the gym.
Bill Erb graduated with a Doctor of Physical Therapy from the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY Buffalo) in 2012. Prior to transitioning to the west coast, Bill gained clinical experience in several outpatient orthopedic settings in the New York City/Long Island area. Previously, he treated CrossFit athletes at his former gym, CrossFit Sanctuary on Long Island. He has also had the privilege of working with a wide variety of patient populations ranging from post-operative patients and weekend warriors to professional level athletes from multiple sporting backgrounds.
Dr. Bill bases his treatment protocols around manual and functional movement based assessment techniques. He has earned his Level I USAW Sports Performance Coach Certification, along with his Graston M1 Certification and has completed Level I Selective Functional Movement Assessment course. Bill also believes that individualized and comprehensive treatment based around manual therapy techniques and corrective, biomechanical exercises are the best way to meet his patients needs. His primary goal as an orthopedic based therapist is to help his patients achieve their personal functional goals, as well as move beyond them.
In his free time, Bill enjoys crossfit, being outdoors, spending time with his friends and exploring the Southern California area.
Josiah Leung received his Bachelor's in Economics from the University of California, Irvine after which he quickly moved on to becoming a high school teacher and coach. It was here that his passion for teaching and sports was cultivated, however it was also a harsh reality that many coaches, including himself, were inadequately trained to help prevent and treat injuries. Eventually he felt the call to pursue a deeper understanding of the human body and went on to complete his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. During his program he was able to gain valuable experience in the county hospital working with acute injuries as well as private clinics working with athletes in the NCAA and NFL. It is in the orthopedic setting where Dr. Josiah's passion for physical therapy lies.
Dr. Josiah's goal is not just to help people return to the previous level of function, but to surpass it. This is why he believes so strongly about educating and helping his patients understand their own bodies.
In his free time, Dr. Josiah enjoys hiking, scuba diving, cycling and rooting for his native Chicago sports teams. Furthermore, at any given time he is always planning his next opportunity to travel abroad or spend time outdoors.
David Waltman developed a special interest for physical therapy as a high school athlete who suffered multiple injuries playing basketball and running track. David attended University of California, Santa Barbara for his first two years of college and ran track during his freshman year. He then transferred to California State University, Chico to earn his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology. While in college, David worked as a physical therapy aide at multiple outpatient orthopedic clinics where he gained extensive experience in the field.
Dr. David began the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at California State University, Sacramento in 2013 with special interests in orthopedic physical therapy and sports medicine. David enjoys working with patients of all ages and abilities and his favorite part of being a physical therapist is making a positive impact on the lives of his patients by improving their movement and function.
David lives with his fiance, Hilary, in Huntington Beach. During their downtime they can be found enjoying the beach, eating new food, and spending time with friends and family. They both also love traveling (favorite place: Santorini, Greece) as well as going to sporting events (favorite teams: SF Giants, 49ers, Warriors) and concerts (favorite band: Old Dominion).
Morgan Mymon graduated Suma Cum Laude from San Diego State University (SDSU) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. While at SDSU, Morgan worked on several research projects including a variety of sport specific athletic populations and began her own research on the prevalence of injury/re-injury rates in high school and collegiate level female cheerleaders to determine how to best Prehab this population. Following her graduation from SDSU, Morgan went on to pursue her Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of Southern California, which is consistently ranked as the top physical therapy program in the nation.
While pursuing her DPT, Dr. Mymon was able to work in a variety of clinical settings, including outpatient orthopedics, sports medicine, men’s/women’s pelvic health, and neurologic and inpatient ICU and rehabilitation. Dr. Mymon was able to obtain this experience from clinical rotations at Sharp Rees-Stealy, USC Physical Therapy Associates, Kaiser Permanente, UCI Medical Center, and several sports medicine and orthopedic clinics including Southland Physical Therapy.
Dr. Mymon does not rely on a “cookie-cutter” approach when treating her patients; she instead focuses on developing a treatment plan that is specific to that individual patient’s goals, hobbies, fitness level, and lifestyle. She enjoys working with patients of all ages and varying fitness levels. She has a special interest in treating patients with neurologic disorders, orthopedic impairments, and pelvic health dysfunction. Her main goals are to get all of her patients to be the best they can be, and leave physical therapy equipped with the knowledge and skill to prevent re-injury and improve their quality of life.
In her free time, Morgan enjoys hiking, camping, traveling, dancing, exercising, and making people laugh.
Becky Chang (Hsieh) grew up in Southern California and received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine (UCI). While studying at UCI, she was involved in the athletics program as a student athletic trainer and found her passion for rehabilitation while interning with the Sports Medicine Department. She spent her senior year working exclusively with the Women’s and Men’s Volleyball teams. Prior to beginning her physical therapy education, she worked as a physical therapy aide at a few of physical therapy clinics and volunteered at the Veteran’s Affairs Hospital in Long Beach to gain experience in the rehabilitation profession.
Dr. Becky earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree and graduated with honors from the University of Saint Augustine for Health Sciences (USA) in San Marcos, CA. While at USA, Dr. Becky worked in numerous clinical settings, completing rotations in skilled nursing, aquatic therapy, orthopedics, Women’s Health, and Pediatric Pelvic Health. During her final semester at USA, Dr. Becky wrote a case report on the treatment of pediatric constipation and will be presenting a poster presentation at the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) in February 2018 on the subject.
Dr. Becky has experienced both sides of the rehabilitation process after sustaining an Achilles’ rupture in the midst of her physical therapy education. She took a semester off to recover following the surgical repair and attended physical therapy, gaining personal experience as a patient and learning first-hand how to truly empathize with her patients. Dr. Becky’s experiences have led her to create a treatment philosophy that focuses on person-centered care to give patients the tools to reach their full physical potential. Important aspects of this treatment philosophy include educating patients about their impairments, providing them with the capability to improve their movement patterns through manual therapy, and teaching them how to maintain and reach their goals through customized home programs. She enjoys working with people of all ages and has a special interest in treating those with orthopedic impairments and pelvic health dysfunction.
In her spare time, Dr. Becky enjoys spending time with her family, her friends, and her husband, Jason, travelling and enjoying good eats. She has completed multiple marathons and half marathons, she continues to play flag football (her favorite position being middle linebacker), and she is always excited to join in or try new sporting events.
Aaron Fu developed a special interest for physical therapy as a high school athlete after experiencing multiple injuries while playing football, lacrosse, and skateboarding. Aaron attended California State University, Fullerton for his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. While in college, Aaron worked as a physical therapy aide at multiple outpatient orthopedic clinics where he gained extensive experience in the field.
Dr. Fu began the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Chapman University, the oldest physical therapy doctoral program in the nation, in 2014 with a special interest in orthopedic physical therapy and sports medicine. Aaron enjoys working with patients of all ages and abilities. His favorite part of physical therapy is being able to help individuals reclaim control over their health and lives by empowering them. He believes that physical therapy is a team effort between the patient and physical therapist, in order to help each patient achieve their goals.
Aaron is an Irvine local who attended University High School. He enjoys hiking and exploring new places with his girlfriend. In his free time, Aaron also tries to help out at his family’s Chinese restaurant in Laguna Beach called Mandarin King.
Amy Lee grew up in the Bay Area where she participated in multiple sports
including soccer, tennis, and hurdling. Amy moved to Southern California to receive her Bachelors of Science degree at UC San Diego in 2010.
Dr. Amy then went on to pursue her Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy at University of St. Augustine, San Marcos (USA) where she graduated with honors. During her time at USA, Dr. Amy worked in various clinical settings such as skilled nursing and outpatient orthopedics where she worked closely with diverse patient populations including geriatrics, pediatrics, and high-level athletes.
Dr. Amy has incurred multiple injuries while rock climbing and has had first-hand experiences with rehabilitation. By implementing physical therapy interventions such as therapeutic exercises and manual therapy, she was able to facilitate her healing.Through her recovery process she has become a stronger advocate for physical therapy both as a clinician and as a patient. Dr. Amy seek to make each treatment session as collaborative and as personal as she can in order to provide the best quality of care to her patients. Dr. Amy believes that physical therapy is an integral aspect of patients’ recuperative journeys and strives to help them rejoin society with optimized physical health.
Amy is currently living in Costa Mesa and during her free time, she loves to go rock climbing, work out at the gym, and travel to different places around the city for good food. She also likes to try new craft beers at the local breweries.
Michael Ito earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology at University of California San Diego. After earning his B.S. degree he knew he wanted to pursue a career in healthcare and decided to explore the field of Physical Therapy after being a patient himself. He began by volunteering here at the Irvine location of Southland Physical therapy where he later became an physical therapy aide. He attended and graduated from Chapman University’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy program where he was exposed to a spectrum of patient populations from pediatrics, neurological, geriatrics, to orthopedics. It was his last orthopedic rotation at Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles that led him to pursuing his Orthopedic Residency with Kaiser Permanente to become an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. After residency Michael returned back to his roots at Southland Physical therapy knowing their quality and dedication to their patients as well as keeping with highest standard of physical therapy practice.
Michael’s approach to rehabilitation is to not only address the immediate issue but also the underlying cause in order to reduce the risk of recurrence or new injury. He accomplishes this by arming his patients with the knowledge of proper mechanics and guiding them through progression of exercise in order to achieve their goals.
Outside of the clinic Michael enjoys spending time with his wife and dog exploring all Orange County has to offer. He also believes in practicing what he preaches, motivating him to take the exercises he prescribes to the gym in order to stay in good health for his family and his patients.