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USC Physical Therapy specializes in all types of orthopedic disorders, ranging from pain to weakness to stiffness and instability.

Our physical therapy treatments are in line with current practices and research and incorporate many different types of physical therapy, including hands-on manual therapy, therapeutic and functional exercise training, and movement retraining and pain management techniques.

Our clinics work comprehensively with USC Orthopedic Surgery, as well other major medical and orthopedic groups in the Greater Los Angeles area.

Every patient undergoes a thorough evaluation and physical examination conducted by one of our licensed physical therapists. A detailed physical examination and review of your medical history allows us to create a personalized plan of care for you based on your condition, goals and schedule.

Once your examination and evaluation have been completed, your therapist will help you understand your specific problem and explain your diagnosis and treatment plan.


USC Physical Therapy offers a broad array of physical therapy services to treat a number of orthopedic conditions and disorders including:

  • Sprains/strains
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Arthritis
  • Joint stiffness
  • Balance/coordination problems
  • Instability
  • Spinal/pelvic disorders
  • Shoulder/elbow pain
  • Knee pain
  • Foot/ankle pain
  • Complex musculoskeletal dysfunction
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation


Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

Physical Therapists

Our faculty are Doctors of Physical Therapy and most are either board certified orthopedic or sports clinical specialists. They are also involved in teaching and research within our physical therapy doctoral program, ranked first in the nation, and they have established local and national reputations as leaders in clinical physical therapy care.

Rebecca Abeles Sverdlov, PT, DPT

Hilary Brown, PT, DPT, CSCS

Daniel Cleland, PT, DPT

Joseph Derian, PT, DPT, OCS

Aimee Diaz, PT, DPT, SCS, ATC

Janelle Gilmer, PT, DPT, GCS

Jesse Grullon, PT, DPT, ATC, SCS, CSCS

Marisa Hentis, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Aaron Hewus, PT, DPT

Patrick Huang, PT, DPT, CSCS

Kelsie Kaiser, PT, DPT, OCS

Yasuyuki Kasayama, PT, DPT, OCS

Kenneth Kim, PT, DPT, CSCS, OCS

Daniel Kirages, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Robert Landel, PT, DPT, OCS

Justin Lantz, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Yogi Matharu, PT, DPT, OCS

Courtney Mears, PT, DPT, OCS

Brian McNeil, PT, DPT, OCS

Lori Michener, PhD, PT, ATC, SCS, FAPTA

Pamela Mikkelsen, PT, DPT, OCS

Jennifer Okuno, MPT, GCS

Shannon Plosser, PT, DPT, SCS, ATC, CSCS

Kevin Reichel, PT, DPT

Robert Santana, PT, DPT, SCS

Cristian Sebastiani, PT, DPT

Don Shimabukuro, PT, MPT, GCS

Erica Sigman, PT, DPT, OCS

April Spina, PT, DPT, OCS

Jonathan Sum, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS

Anna Suskin, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS

Jena Van Loo, PT, MPT

Kimiko Yamada, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC

Mark Zipser, PT, DPT


Locations and Hours

Orthopedic rehabilitation is offered at the following locations:

USC Physical Therapy at the Health Sciences Campus

USC Physical Therapy at the University Park Campus