Lyssa Cleary, PT, DPT, OCS

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Faculty Profile

Clinical Instructor of Physical Therapy


(323) 442-2900

Mailing Address

1540 E. Alcazar Street, CHP 155, LA, CA 90033


Professional Interests

Lyssa Cleary is a clinical instructor of physical therapy in the doctor of physical herapy program at the University of Southern California (USC). She completed her doctor of physical therapy degree from USC in 2014 and also completed a one year orthopedic residency program through USC.

She primarily teaches in the patient management and orthopedic curriculum within the first year of the DPT program and she mentors in the USC orthopedic residency program.

She has presented internationally, nationally and regionally on the topics of interdisciplinary migraine treatment, neck pain/headaches and analysis/treatment of movement dysfunction as it relates to specific athletic populations.

Dr. Cleary owns her own practice, Athletic Lab Physical Therapy and Performance Training, in Santa Monica, Calif., with a fellow USC DPT graduate, Dr. Lauren Freitas. She specializes in treating sports and orthopedic related injuries as well as bridging the gap between rehab and performance training ideologies.


  • Orthopedic Resident, University of Southern California, 2015
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Southern California, 2014
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Virginia, 2009