MEET THE TEAM
John Dravillas, PT, OCS, MTC, CCI is the 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 nearly 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 is also a mentor at the University of Southern California (USC) post-professional residency program and was recently nominated for the Henry O. and Florence P. Kendall Practice Award. To review the courses and seminars John has attended, please click here. If you would like a deeper understanding of John's background and how it influences Physical Therapyworks, please click here.
Harris Choe, DPT is a staff Physical Therapist at Physical Therapyworks
Harris received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychobiology at UCLA and completed his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at USC in 2019. Harris is a current resident in the USC Orthopedic Residency Program. Over the last few years, Harris accumulated experience in providing rehabilitation for various upper/lower extremity injuries and post-operative orthopedic procedures.
He helped found the Global Medical Missions Alliance (GMMA) UCLA Chapter and continues to provide mentorship to undergraduate students. In his free time, he participates in recreational basketball, flag football, CrossFit, and Olympic Weightlifting. In the near future, Harris would like to start his own business and provide pro-bono healthcare overseas. Harris is always looking for opportunities to serve his local community and continues to attend education courses for provide holistic care for his patients.
Krista Ankeny (MS, NASM CPT & PES, NASE, USATF Level 2 Coach)
Krista competed as a heptathlete for world-renowned Mount San Antonio College, eventually joining the University of Oregon track and field team. Presently, she is the head coach of the New Roads High School track and cross country teams and the assistant track and field coach at Santa Monica College. She teaches beginning and advanced college fitness classes, including weight training and circuit training, and is also a personal trainer.
She is a Level 2 USA Track and Field coach in combined events, a NASM certified personal trainer and performance enhancement specialist, a NASE certified specialist in speed and explosion training, and a Foundation Training student instructor. Krista earned her Master's degree in exercise science, health promotion, and injury prevention, from California University of Pennsylvania.
Krista's passion is to reveal the inner strength that she believes resides inside each and every person.
Brit Hirsch (BS, ACE CPT, NASM CES, RYT-200)
Brit is a graduate of UC Berkeley with a Bachelor’s in Sociology and is also a Certified ACE personal trainer, an NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist, and a Registered Yoga Instructor. Brit founded the Quick Yoga Club at Santa Monica College, where she led weekly classes for students and faculty. Her personal fitness routines include indoor rock climbing, weight training, yoga, and more.
Brit is passionate about helping others rediscover their innate muscular strength and balance, as she believes everyone deserves to move their body with more ease and fun.
Patricia Zehentmayr (BA)
Patricia Zehentmayr (BA) began her journey with meditation in 1996 when she learned Transcendental Meditation on the advice of her doctor. After that, she studied with Chi Gong master George Falcon for 10 years, learning many different types of meditation, internal and external Chi Gong, and general quietude. She is also a Certified Facilitator of Inner Reconciliation with Master Heart Institute and a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner.It is her goal to help her students explore a healthy integration of body and spirit. Move better, feel better, live better!
She has a BA from UCLA and taught Pilates at Physical Therapyworks from 2002 to 2005.
Jo-e Sutton (CHHC)
Holistic Health Counseling
Jo-e Sutton is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and Teacher's College, Columbia University. She has master’s studies in Oriental Medicine from Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine in Santa Monica. She is a member of the AADP, American Association of Drugless Practitioners and the IAHC, the International Association for Health Coaches.
Jo-e is a counselor, life coach, educator, lecturer, author, avid whole food cook, recipe creator and happy hula hooper, who inspires people to love their way to health.
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, Dodger games, and relaxing at the beach.