our team

about us

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, 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 six 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.

 
Andrew Bergman, Physical Therapy Aide

Andrew Bergman is an aide at Physical Therapyworks. He recently graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelors of Science in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior. Prior to working at Physical Therapyworks, Andrew has worked in outpatient therapy settings since 2014. When working with patients, he enjoys helping them gain confidence to return to their pre-therapy lives. During his free time, Andrew enjoys paddle boarding, hiking, and exercising.

 
Matheus Costa, Physical Therapy Aide

Matheus Costa is an aide at Physical Therapyworks. While he is currently working towards a degree in exercise physiology and nutrition, he aspires to be a physical therapist and start a clinic to serve the underprivileged in Brazil. He worked as a medical volunteer at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics and enjoyed serving people from multiple backgrounds. In his free time, Matheus enjoys weightlifting, playing basketball, and surfing.

 
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.

 
Angela Liu, Physical Therapy Aide

Angela Liu is an aide at Physical Therapyworks. She is a recent graduate of UCLA with a Bachelor of Science in Physiological Sciences and is pursuing a career in Physical Therapy. Her appreciation for physiology stems from her background as a dancer, having been trained in several different styles including ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, and hip hop. She also loves to travel abroad and enjoys learning about different people, places, and cultures. She hopes to use everything she has learned, and continues to learn, to love and serve others to the best of her ability.

 
Edward Okafuji, Physical Therapy Aide

Edward Okafuji is an aide at Physical Therapyworks. He received his Bachelors of Science in Exercise Physiology at the California State University, Chico. Edward loves anything that engages him physically and/or mentally and spends his free time lifting weights and being active. He aspires to be a geriatric physical therapist in a senior living facility, or to open his own practice to help the elderly re-establish their independence.

 
Ruben Valentin, Physical Therapy Aide

Ruben Valentin is an aide at Physical Therapyworks. He recently graduated from UCLA with a Bachelors of Science in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. He is currently working on a Neuroscience minor, and concurrently works as a research aide at UCLA. He was a goalkeeper for the UCLA Men’s Club Soccer team until an 2nd ACL tear forced him to hang up his boots. In the future he wants to pursue a career in Physical Therapy and break down barriers that prevent the Hispanic/Latino community from receiving adequate care by educating and providing affordable care. In his free time Ruben likes to explore the Los Angeles, take hikes, play soccer, and spend quality time with his girlfriend.

 
Luck Ong, Administrative Assistant

Luck Ong is the Office Administrator at Physical Therapyworks and genuinely loves working with and helping everyone. A native Californian, she graduated from UCLA and went on to have successful careers in the airline and automotive industries prior to entering healthcare in 1994. Luck truly enjoys greeting, assisting and making everyone feel valued and cared about.

In her spare time, Luck enjoys attending live theater, movies, comedy clubs, concerts and Dodger games, and relaxing at the beach.

 
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 Thursday 8am - 8pm, Friday 8am - 5pm