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 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.
Carole Gong, PT, DPT, CSCS is a staff Physical Therapist at Physical Therapyworks
Carole Gong, PT, DPT, CSCS Physical Therapist Carole graduated from USC in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Biology and double minors in Occupational Science and Sports Media Studies. She continued her education at USC, receiving her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree in 2020, and is now a current resident in the USC Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program. Carole is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).
In her undergraduate career, she was a Student Assistant Athletic Trainer for USC Athletics where she worked with orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, and athletic trainers in the prevention and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. She worked with the USC football team in 2015 and 2016, which included the Holiday Bowl and Rose Bowl games. In physical therapy school, she gained clinical experiences working with a variety of patients including weekend warriors, competitive gymnasts, professional soccer players, and NFL football players. She is a former competitive gymnast, and loves running, cycling, and taking HIIT classes. As a physical therapist, Carole enjoys treating patients using evidence-based practice and individualized programs. Her goal is to work as a physical therapist in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics.
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.
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.