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physical therapyworks staff

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.  He is a graduate of The Program in Physical Therapy at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, class of 1986. Washington University is consistently among the top three physical therapy programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

As part of John's continuing education, 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.

Alison M. Hanson, MS, PT

Alison M. Hanson, MS, PT, CAPP-OB is the assistant director of physical therapyworks. 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 both before, during and after pregnancy and beyond. After the birth of her children and her subsequent certification in Obstetrics, she realized how little education a woman is typically given at this important juncture in their lives and how much physical therapy can help these women.

Mia Katzel, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Mia Katzel, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS is the senior staff therapist at physical therapyworks. Mia graduated with a Biology major and a Psychology minor from The Ohio State University. While attending OSU, she was a four year varsity soccer letter winner as well as a scholar athlete. Mia received her doctorate in Physical Therapy from USC in 2006 and is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. Mia worked at physical therapyworks for 3 years before returning to USC to complete an advanced residency in Orthopedics in 2009. Mia has come back to physical therapyworks to continue her clinical practice and believes that the most rewarding aspect of physical therapy is helping people achieve their goals.

Jessica Curran, PT, DPT, OCS

Jessica Curran, PT, DPT, OCS Jessica graduated from Saint Louis University in 2009 with a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science and a minor in Spanish. In 2011 she received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Saint Louis University. After completing the highly competitive, year long Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency at the University of Southern California in 2012, she earned board certification as an Orthopedic Certified Specialist.

In addition to working at Physical Therapyworks, Jessica is also full-time, Clinical Faculty at the University of Southern California in the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy.

Outside of the clinic, Jessica enjoys running, yoga, spinning, resistance training and exploring all the activities and culture that Los Angeles offers.

Jessica enjoys treating a variety of orthopedic injuries, including sport-specific, post-surgical, and cancer related physical therapy care. She will create an individualized plan of care to help you return to living the life you love.

Kristin Anderson, PT, DPT

Kristin Anderson, PT, DPT graduated from University of California-Los Angeles in 2010 with a Bachelors of Science in Physiological Science. While attending UCLA she was accepted to the Sports Medicine Internship Program where she worked and travelled as the student athletic trainer for the NCAA Division I Men's Volleyball team. She then received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California. In addition to working at Physical Therapyworks, she is actively involved in the Greater Los Angeles District of the California Physical Therapy Association and enjoys volunteering her time with Special Olympics and the Life Rolls On-They Will Surf Again program. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, camping, traveling, playing tennis, and watching sports.


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
hours: Monday through Friday 7 am to 7 pm.