Marisa Hentis, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Marisa Hentis portrait

Faculty Profile

Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy


(213) 740-0215

Mailing Address

1031 W. 34th Street, Suite 450, Los Angeles, CA 90089-9006

Professional Interests

Dr. Marisa Hentis specializes in the performing arts. She sees patients clinically at USC Physical Therapy Associates at Engemann Student Health Center. She is board-certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialities as a Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). She is also CAPP-Pelvic Certified for pelvic floor disorders through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). She is currently a Nominating Committee Member for the APTA Performing Arts Special Interest Group (PASIG). She specializes in the treatment of variety of orthopedic diagnoses including performing artists, dancers, runners, other sports related injuries, and pelvic floor dysfunctions.

Dr. Hentis received her Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science, a minor in Psychology, and concentration in Interprofessional education at Saint Louis University in Saint Louis, Missouri. She received Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Saint Louis University as well. She graduated from the Clinical Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy through MGH Institute of Health Professions.

Prior to becoming a physical therapist, Marisa danced professionally in the Midwest for over 5 years. She is trained in majority of genres but specializes in hip hop and contemporary. She enjoys continuing to take classes recreationally and getting involved with the community to prevent and assist performing artists throughout their recreational and professional careers.


  • Clinical Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, MGH Institute of Health Professions, 2015
  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Saint Louis University, 2014
  • Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science, Minor in Psychology, Saint Louis University, 2012
  • Certificate in Interprofessional Education, Saint Louis University, 2012

Selected Publications

  • Hentis ME. Successful outcome in prolonged post-partum hip pain with focused pelvic health physical therapy. Orthopedic Physical Therapy Practice. 2019; 31(2): 84-90.
  • Hentis M. OPO96 Pelvic health physical therapy after failure of orthopedic physical therapy. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2019; 49 (1): CSM101. doi:10.2519/jospt.2019.49.1.CSM63.

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Peer Reviewed Presentations

  • “Pelvic health physical therapy after failure of orthopedic physical therapy” at APTA 2019 Combined Sections Meeting in Washington, DC- Poster presentation
  • “Administering and utilizing wellness screens in a heterogeneous population of non-professional dancers” at IADMS 28th Annual Conference in Helsinki, Finland- Brief scientific presentation
  • “Pelvic health physical therapy after failure of orthopedic physical therapy for low back pain in a previous recreational dancer” at IADMS 28th Annual Conference in Helsinki, Finland- Poster presentation
  • “Proximal Control for the Management of Distal Impairments for Clinicians” at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown, MA
  • “Dance Screening for Physicians” at AAPM&R Annual Conference in Boston, MA
  • “Performing Arts Physical Therapy” at MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA