Meet the Team
At Physical Therapyworks, we combine science with grit and compassion. Our methods are rooted in evidence-based practice: research, collaborative clinical experience and patient preference. We are passionately committed to a holistic, effective and sustainable approach to recovery and overall health.
PT, OCS, MTC, CCI
Founder and director of Physical Therapyworks and our Post-Professional Orthopedic Residency Program.
It was John’s lifelong dream to open a physical therapy clinic that provided exceptional, personalized care, with highly-skilled physical therapists. So he started Physical Therapyworks over twenty five years ago, where we combine a strong scientific background, evidence-based practice and a compassionate, progressive approach that brings patients the most advanced, reliable and effective evaluations and treatments available.
John received his physical therapy education at Washington University, which is consistently ranked among the top physical therapy programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, and was the pioneer in movement-focused physical therapy education, research and treatment. He is a Certified Manual Therapist and a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist.
During John's professional education, he had the opportunity to shadow renowned orthopedist, John Itamura, M.D. for over seven years to further his clinical understanding and skills in regard to shoulder and elbow dysfunction. John has been a mentor at the renowned USC Post Professional Orthopedic Residency Program for over 10 years, and was recently nominated for the Henry O. and Florence P. Kendall Practice Award.
PT, DPT, OCS
Justin Tong graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from San Francisco State University and continued his education at USC completing his Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree in 2021. He has also completed the USC Post-Doctoral Residency Program, and in 2023 earned designation as a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. He has worked with a variety of patients in the clinical setting ranging from post-operative patients to competitive swimmers, cyclists, volleyball players, and weekend warriors. He also spent time working with special needs children with the Southern California Special Olympics and Gabriel House of Mexico.
Prior to starting the DPT program at USC, Justin worked in the fitness industry for 18 years as a personal trainer and spin instructor. During that time, he specialized in corrective exercise and performance enhancement training and worked with clients to not only reach their fitness goals but to improve function and strength.
He is an avid cyclist and has participated in cycling events like AIDS/Lifecycle for numerous years. He also enjoys swimming, playing volleyball, hiking, and weight training.
Joe Abdulmasih graduated from Chico State in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology. He continued his education at USC, receiving his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2022. As a DPT student, he was inducted into the ACAPT National Physical Therapy Student Honor Society and awarded the Order of the Golden Cane. In 2023, he completed the USC Post-Doctoral Residency Program.
Joe has worked with a wide array of patients, ranging from chronic pain patients to professional athletes looking to return to sport. He has also participated in research working in the Neuroplasticity and Imaging Laboratory (NAIL) at USC and collecting data for baseball research studies for the Clinical Biomechanics Orthopedic and Sports Outcomes Research (COOR) laboratory. As a Physical Therapist, Joe strives to provide patient-centered care and use the best available research to deliver the best outcomes to his patients.
Outside of clinical practice, he enjoys shooting hoops, playing board games, and has recently picked up surfing and rock climbing.
PT, DPT, CSCS
Physical Therapist in Residence
Shant Minassian graduated from Cal State Northridge in 2018 with honors earning his degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis on exercise science. He continued his education at USC and received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2023 and is currently participating in USC’s Orthopedic Residency program. He has worked with an array of patient populations, ranging from post operative to competitive athletes looking to return safely to a high level of play.
Prior to starting his DPT education, Shant spent time working as a personal trainer and group exercise class coach. He has also competed in and coached an Olympic Weightlifting team, taking part in local and semi-national events.
When not in the clinic, he likes to stay active by training in Muay Thai, lifting weights, attending car shows, and relaxing at home watching cartoons.
Scarlett Celis- Luna
Physical Therapist Assistant
Scarlett Celis-Luna obtained her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from California State University, Fullerton in 2014. She then worked as a P.T. Aide in an outpatient facility from 2014-2020. In 2020, she received an A.S. degree from the Physical Therapist Assistant Program in Cerritos College and obtained her P.T.A. license
'Scarlett has experience in working with various types of patients (including post-op orthopedic, neurological, amputees, and SCI’s) and in different therapeutic settings (including aquatic, in-patient, out-patient, and cardiac rehabilitation).
Scarlett strives to be a caring and compassionate clinician that is eager to use her specialized skills to provide quality care. Her love for rehabilitation comes from her own ACL injury in 2009 which ended her running career in college. Her hope is to make a positive impact to those in rehabilitation through her gained knowledge and support alongside PT’s. In her free time Scarlett enjoys hiking with her dogs, spending time with family, and trying new brunch restaurants with friends.
Physical Therapist Assistant
Maya graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 2014 with a bachelor’s of science degree in M.C.D Biology. While there, she was the captain of the water polo team and after recovering from her own injuries, she fell in love with Physical Therapy. She first officially entered the PT world as an aide and worked for 3 years in an aquatic physical therapy clinic. The covid-19 pandemic encouraged Maya to go back to school so she could make a more meaningful impact on the individuals she treats. She graduated from CBD College with academic honors in 2022 and received her licensure as a Physical Therapist Assistant. She also became the first Student PTA chair for the CA Student Special Interest Group, working alongside the CPTA to advocate for the PT profession. Maya has worked with a variety of different patient populations ranging from those with orthopedic to neurologic conditions. She is excited to be part of the Physical Therapyworks team and loves helping people reach their recovery goals.
In her free time, Maya loves hiking, swimming and finding the best coffee and pastry spots in town.
Luck Ong is the Office Administrator at Physical Therapyworks and will always welcome and greet you with a smile. She genuinely loves to make everyone whom she meets feel right at home and valued. It is in her DNA to go out of her way to be helpful and accommodating towards all.
Luck is a native Southern Californian, a longtime resident of beautiful Santa Monica, and she cannot imagine living anywhere else. She is a proud graduate from UCLA with a Bachelors of Arts degree. After college, Luck went on to have successful and lengthy careers in the banking, airline, and automotive industries prior to entering healthcare. She has been happily helping patients for over 25 years and counting. Throughout her entire career, Luck has always held positions where excellent customer service is a must and a top priority. She truly enjoys greeting, assisting and making everyone feel relevant and cared about. When not hard at work, Luck can be found at the theater taking in the latest movie, cheering on her beloved Dodgers, rooting for her favorite football teams, dining at her favorite eating spots, and relaxing at the beach.
BA, ACE CPT, NASM CES
Physical Therapy Aide
Brit loves exercise, teaching, and building relationships. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 2013 and became a certified personal trainer a few years after graduation. She has a Personal Training Certification from the American Council on Exercise, a Corrective Exercise Certification from NASM, and she is certified in the Barbell Rehab Method.
Brit began working as a physical therapy aide at Physical Therapyworks in 2018, and in 2024 she took the next big step in her career by beginning a Physical Therapist Assistant Program. She intends to obtain her PTA license in 2025.
As a physical therapy aide, Brit follows the plan of care created by the Physical Therapist, and focuses on helping patients find optimal form in their exercises. While executing a prescribed exercise with optimal form is a fundamental goal, Brit also encourages patients to remember that the foundation of that goal is to simply do their best, especially when a frustrating injury has turned a patient’s life upside down.
In her free time, Brit loves spending time with her husband, lifting weights, reading biographies, and playing Mario Kart.
Physical Therapy Aide
Amit Lally graduated from Cal State Los Angeles in 2022 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology, with an emphasis in Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Exercise. He spent months working hands-on with patients in the university’s mobility center. As an aide he’s provided assistance to a wide variety of patients, from post operative to athletes and in between individuals who haven’t touched a gym before. With a patient-centered approach he hopes to provide accurate and compassionate care.
Throughout college and beyond he’s enjoyed getting outside to explore, which means long walks through the urban landscapes of LA and hopping on a longboard or electric bike just to feel the wind flow.
BS, CrossFit Level-1 Trainer
Physical Therapy Aide
Alex Munoz graduated from California State University Monterey Bay in 2017 with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology, with a focus in Exercise Science. Since then he has worked as personal trainer in many different gym settings (Commercial, CrossFit, High School athletic department) and has trained athletes of all ages (ranging from 15-81 years young). In 2023, Alex made the decision to shift his focus towards Physical Therapy to serve more people and make a greater impact. Moving forward, his goal is to pursue a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and develop new skills to help patients live pain free.
In his spare time, Alex enjoys riding his bike to the beach or shooting some basketball hoops at the local parks.
Physical Therapy Aide
Gabriella is currently enrolled at USC , where she is diligently working towards obtaining her Bachelor's degree in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Her ultimate goal is to become a Physician Assistant,. Having dedicated months to working with athletes in the university's sports medicine department, Gabriella has developed a profound interest in the field of Physical Therapy. In her role as a Physical Therapy aide, she provides dedicated service to her patients while gaining a deeper understanding of the nuances within the realm of physical therapy.
Beyond her academic pursuits, Gabriella finds joy in outdoor activities, and she also volunteers at community health events. . Her journey at the University of Southern California reflects not only her unwavering dedication to achieving her professional goals but also her holistic approach to healthcare, emphasizing the importance of both academic excellence and community impact.
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