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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 ranked 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.

Cindy Liang, PT, DPT

Cindy Liang, PT, DPT 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, resistance training, yoga and soccer. 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.

Michelle Adomeit, Office Manager

Michelle Adomeit is the office manager of 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 fourteen different sub-specialties 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.

Derrick Poon, Aide James Valerio, Aide Kevin Canlas, Aide Dan Winterbottom, Aide
Derrick Poon,
James Valerio,
Kevin Canlas,
Dan Winterbottom,

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.