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Physical Therapyworks was started in 1996 by John Dravillas, PT, MTC, OCS, because John was dissatisfied with the compromises that were occurring in the health care field. These changes—including shortened treatment times and rampant and inappropriate delegation of treatment to aides and assistants—were economically driven in response to changes in the insurance industry. John wanted to create and work in an environment where the emphasis is on what is right for the client. Physical Therapyworks is the realization of that goal.

our team

John Dravillas, PT, MTC

John Dravillas, PT, OCS, MTC is the owner and director of Physical Therapyworks, as well as Director of our Post-Professional Orthopedic Residency Program.  He is a graduate of The Program in Physical Therapy at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, class of 1986. Washington University is consistently ranked among the top three physical therapy programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

As part of John's professional education, he has been shadowing renowned Orthopedist John Itamura, M.D. over the past three years to further his clinical understanding and skills in regard to shoulder and elbow dysfunction. John also has taken Continuing Education classes so far above the norm that it triggered an IRS audit. He has attained advanced standing as a Certified Manual Therapist (MTC) from the Institute of Graduate Physical Therapy and is also a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. John is also a mentor at the USC post-professional residency program and was recently nominated for the Henry O. and Florence P. Kendall Practice Award.

In his younger years, John played football, basketball and ran track. He currently enjoys workouts ranging from Pilates to boxing, and has been a lifelong yoga enthusiast and meditation devotee.

 
Alison M. Hanson, PT, MPT, OCS, CAPP-OB

Alison M. Hanson, PT, MPT, OCS, CAPP-OB is the assistant director and Physical Therapy Manager at Physical Therapyworks, a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, and is also a member of the Clinical Faculty of our Post-Professional Orthopedic Residency Program. Alison attended Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, where she earned both her Bachelor of Science and her Master of Science in physical therapy. While at Ithaca, she earned both Academic and Athletic All-American honors while competing for the varsity gymnastics team. Her personal experiences with physical therapy as an athlete, combined with her desire to help people, resulted in a natural career choice of physical therapy.

Since moving to Los Angeles and having two children, Alison became dedicated to helping woman before, during, and after pregnancy, and beyond. After the birth of her children and her subsequent certification in Obstetrics, she realized how little education women are typically given at this important juncture in their lives and how much physical therapy can help these women.

 
Cindy Liang, PT, DPT

Cindy Liang, PT, DPT is a staff PT as well as the Aide Manager at Physical Therapyworks. She was born and raised in Chicago and graduated from Indiana University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and minors in Gender Studies and Mandarin. Cindy worked at Physical Therapyworks for one and a half years as a physical therapy aide prior to attending the University of Southern California and receiving her doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2014. She developed a passion for treating orthopedic and vestibular disorders during her advanced clerkship at Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, the number one ranked rehabilitation hospital in the nation for the past 23 years running.

Outside of the clinic, Cindy enjoys staying active and healthy by running, hiking, doing resistance/plyometric/circuit training and yoga, and in the past she has been a competitive soccer and volleyball player. She also loves cooking, baking and trying out the newest local restaurants.

Cindy is passionate about people and truly enjoys working with her patients to get them back to doing the things they love.

 
Tatiana Brovko, PT, DPT, OCS

Tatiana Brovko, PT, DPT, OCS is a staff PT, the Wellness and Performance Manager, and a member of the Clinical Faculty of our Post-Professional Orthopedic Residency Program. She graduated from the University of California-Davis with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Anthropology and a minor in Art History. While at UC Davis she was a member of the collegiate women’s rowing varsity team which won the Division II National Championships in 2000.

Tatiana received her doctorate in Physical Therapy from USC in 2012, and in 2013 she completed an advanced residency program in orthopedics at USC and became a board certified orthopedic specialist. Currently she teaches as an adjunct instructor of clinical physical therapy and is involved in mentoring physical therapy residents at USC.

Tatiana worked as an aide at Physical Therapyworks prior to attending USC and is excited to return to her favorite clinic. She is most passionate about treating orthopedic conditions, and enjoys empowering her patients and guiding their care to help them achieve their goals.

 
Agnes Leung, Physical Therapy Aide

Agnes Leung is a physical therapy aide at Physical Therapyworks. She graduated from the University of California at Irvine in 2015 with a Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences. Prior to working at Physical Thearpyworks, she interned at the University of California Irvine Medical Center as a patient advocate, helping to improve communication between patients and their healthcare team. She loves working with her patients and is passionate about helping them recover!

Agnes is currently pursuing a career as a Physician Assistant. In her free time, she enjoys staying active by hiking and practicing yoga. She also loves discovering new dessert shops!

 
Matthew Avila, Physical Therapy Aide

Matthew Avila is a physical therapy aide and a NASM certified Correctional Exercise Specialist. He graduated from Cal-State Dominguez Hills in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education with an emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy. Matthew hopes to one day become a physical therapist and work with the performing arts population.

Matthew holds a black belt and works as a martial arts instructor. He also enjoys boxing, fitness, and has been competing in break-dancing for the past 10 years. He is currently studying strength and conditioning and working on combining sports science with break-dancing. In his free time he loves to travel to new places and meeting new people.

 
Ryan Tower, Physical Therapy Aide

Ryan Tower has been an aide at Physical Therapyworks for six months now and is a recent graduate from UCLA with a Bachelors of Science in Physiological Science. He has been playing soccer since the ripe age of four years old and has been living and breathing sports ever since. Throughout his soccer career -culminating in playing on the UCLA Club Soccer Team- Ryan is no stranger to injuries. Given the multitude of ankle sprains, he understands what it is to want to get better and really enjoys helping others through this familiar process.

 
Aryeh Kashdan, Physical Therapy Aide

Aryeh Kashdan is an aide at Physical Therapyworks. He graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology. Prior to Physical Therapyworks, Aryeh worked as an aide primarily in a hospital setting. He enjoys assisting our physical therapists in empowering patients with the skills and confidence they need to make the most of their treatment.

Currently, Aryeh is pursuing a Masters of Kinesiology at Cal State Long Beach and plans on enrolling in a physical therapy program upon completing this degree. He enjoys staying active by weightlifting, hiking, and playing basketball.

 
David Elizaga, Physical Therapy Aide

David Elizaga is an aide at Physical Therapyworks. He recently graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelors of Arts in Integrative Biology with an emphasis in Human Biology and Health Sciences. As an aspiring Physical Therapist, he hopes to one day to treat the underserved. Swimming, snorkeling, hiking, and traveling are some of his favorite activities. He really enjoys helping others and assisting them so that they may continue doing the things that they love.

 
Courtney Harkless, Administrative Assistant

Courtney Harkless is the Office Administrator, here to help with all of your scheduling needs and intake processes. She has been working in the healthcare industry since 2011 and enjoys every bit of it. Helping others is truly her passion! She graduated from Vocational Nursing school in 2015, and her long term goals are to get her BSN and become a Registered Nurse.

Her hobbies include singing, dancing, writing/listening to poetry, and fashion.

 
Michelle Adomeit, Biller

Michelle Adomeit does the billing for Physical Therapyworks. She studied business management at the University of Las Vegas and has 15 years of experience working in the healthcare industry. Michelle has worked in 14 different subspecialties within the healthcare field. Her knowledge expands from clinic operations and insurance contracting to healthcare reimbursement and consulting.

Michelle’s hobbies include interior design, world travel, and keeping up to date with current events.

 
 

giving back

Girls playing soccer

Physical Therapyworks is happy to be a part of Team to Win, a program that provides healthcare for student athletes, regardless of their type of insurance or medical coverage.

clinic information

address: 719 Santa Monica Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(Map and Directions)
tel: (310) 260-9039
fax: (310) 260-1091
e-mail: info@physicaltherapyworks.com
facebook: www.facebook.com/ptwsantamonica
instagram: www.instagram.com/physical_therapyworks/
hours: Monday through Friday 8 am to 7 pm.