Meet Our Staff

Management

Rick Rafael

J Rick Rafael DPT, OCS, CSCS

Owner, President
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist
Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist

Dr. Rafael is the president and founder of SportsFit. Dr. Rafael obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California in BioMedical Engineering. After several years of working as an engineer and consultant to Fortune500 companies, he decided to pursue a career in physical therapy in order to follow his passion in health and fitness. Dr. Rafael received his doctorate in physical therapy from Mount Saint Mary’s University and completed a yearlong orthopedic residency program at Kaiser Permantente. He established SportsFit in the year 2010 with the intention of providing the highest quality of service to every patient. Dr. Rafael is a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist and has served as clinical instructor for several physical therapy universities. He has also served as an adjunct professor at the Santa Monica College movement science program. Dr. Rafael takes pride in his work and has volunteered at the Venice Free Clinic treating underprivileged patients.

Dr. Rafael’s vision for SportsFit has always been to lead a healthy and happy environment optimized for the offering of excellence in the service provided, and the professions created for employees. Under Dr. Rafael’s leadership, SportsFit has been able to provide more than 70,000 treatment sessions as a team. During this time SportsFit has been accredited and earned a rating of A+ with the Better Business Bureau, awarded the patient’s choice award, and selected 3 years in a row for Best of Santa Monica Awards for Physical Therapy. SportsFit has been recognized by many as the premier physical therapy clinic in Santa Monica and is known by colleagues as the gold standard for a physical therapy clinic. SportsFit has been the referral of choice for several of UCLA, Cedars Sinai, Saint John Providence, and Santa Monica physicians. In fact, Dr. Rafael has been consulted by many of such physicians for their own physical therapy and rehabilitation.

Dr. Rafael’s Mission For SportsFit:
To constitute a facility apt to provide optimal recovery for all patients by implementing an individualized, multi-disciplinary and holistic treatment approach for each patient based on patient’s unique background, goals, and injury.



Rick Rafael

Melika Rafael

Director of Marketing and Human Resources
Owner, Director
Pilates Instructor

Melika is a graduate of the California State University of Long Beach and is a native of California. Melika was previously the manager of Sportsmed Physical Therapy at the SportsClub/LA, and has years of experience in management, billing, marketing and health insurance. As the co-founder of SportsFit Physical Therapy, Melika has dedicated herself to creating an inviting, motivating, and invigorating facility focused on quality of care and healing. Melika has remained committed to continuous education in the newest and most proper forms of exercise technique. To perfect her craft, Melika completed her course work and hours in Brent Anderson's Polestar Pilates course. Prior to this Pilates certification she completed her training with the Pilates reformer and mat course at Alternative Body System, certified through Sally Landen’s program. She has years of experience in training elite and amateur athletes of all ages. Melika enjoys Pilates, dance, skiing, running, biking, hiking, and spending time with her daughter Ava on her free time.

Treatment Philosophy:
Exercises should offer a logical yet organic flow of movement while the body is healing. A positive and happy environment will allow the body to move without rigidity. Each exercise should be performed with mindful control through proper form and breathing technique. Listen to the body while in therapy and temporarily remove aggravating activities from your routine until other muscles are conditioned to help the aggravated muscles. Work on adding new challenges as your body becomes stronger.

Physical Therapists

Jared Vagy

Jared Vagy DPT, OCS, CSCS

Doctor of Physical Therapy
Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist
Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist

Dr. Jared Vagy received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of Southern California (USC). As a Doctor of Physical Therapy in clinical practice, he completed a one-year residency program and became a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist. He then completed an additional one-year fellowship program in Movement Science at Kaiser Permanente Hospital, totaling 9 years of academic and clinical study. Dr. Jared Vagy is a professor at USC in the DPT Program, has published numerous articles on injury prevention and delivers lectures and seminars internationally on the topic. He is a mentor for both the USC Physical Therapy residency program and the USC DPT program. He is on Academy Faculty for the TheraBand Academy and is on the Editorial Board for ADVANCE Physical Therapy magazine. He is the youngest physical therapist in the country to achieve the level of fellowship training in movement science, publication status and University teaching credentials.

Treatment Philosophy:
Dr. Jared Vagy served as team physical therapist in China for the Chinese National Track and Field Team in 2015 as well a physical therapist for Team USA at the US Olympic Track and Field Trials in 2016. He has rehabilitated several world champions, gold medalists, NCAA champions and Olympic athletes. His assessments and treatments are rooted deeply in an understanding of the movement system. He is a firm believer in an active approach to rehabilitation and works with clients of all ability levels to achieve their maximal function.


Lauren Freitas

Lauren Freitas DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy
Selective Functional Movement Assessment Specialist

Dr. Lauren Freitas graduated from the University of San Diego in 2010 with a B.S in Communications and Biology. Dr. Freitas earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Southern California in 2014. Throughout her career, she has had experience working with and developing treatment programs for patients with a wide range of conditions including sports injuries, arthritis, cardiovascular conditions, headaches and migraines, and general orthopedic pathologies. Lauren has completed multiple continuing education courses and seminar series covering running analysis and mechanics, management of chronic pain, treatment of the overhead athlete’s shoulder and upper extremity, and is a certified Selective Functional Movement Assessment specialist. In her free time, she enjoys running, yoga, snowboarding, traveling, and reading on the beach.

Treatment Philosophy:
I empower my patients with knowledge and information, correct faulty movement mechanics, address strength and motor control impairments, and work with my patients as a team to achieve functional goals, getting them off the treatment table and back to living their lives to the fullest.


Lyssa Cleary

Lyssa Cleary DPT, OCS

Doctor of Physical Therapy
Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist

Dr. Lyssa Cleary received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from University of Southern California in 2014. Working at USC Physical Therapy Associates, Dr. Cleary continued her professional development by completing the one-year USC residency program in Orthopedics and went on to become a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist. She is also currently adjunct faculty at the University of Southern California and teaches in their orthopedic curriculum. She has specialized experience working as part of an interdisciplinary medical team for the treatment of patients with migraines and chronic headaches and has given lectures nationally on the treatment of patients with headaches. She has completed multiple continuing education courses on a variety of topics such as spinal manipulation, the analysis and treatment of running, treatment of the athlete’s and swimmer’s shoulder, and analysis, treatment, and taping techniques of the foot and ankle. In her free time, Dr. Cleary enjoys playing tennis, running, going to concerts, travelling, and being active outdoors.

Treatment Philosophy:
I concentrate on retraining the mind and body through manual interventions and exercise in order to both restore and optimize my patients’ abilities to move well so they can return to doing the activities they love without pain. By sharing knowledge and educating my patients, I empower them with the resources they need to continue to return to their favorite activities without recurrence of their symptoms.


Rebecca Pitts

Rebecca Pitts, DPT, OCS

Doctor of Physical Therapy
Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist

Dr. Pitts knew from an early age that she wanted to be in medicine, shadowing family friends at hospitals and clinics, and learning how to perform basic field triage when she trained for a search and rescue group. She watched as some of her friends and family went through rehabilitation after injuries, including personal experience recovering from sports injuries. During schooling—including her Ortho based residency—she spent time researching how manual therapy affects the autonomic nervous system, non-operative treatment of small meniscal tears, and shoulder stabilization in the overhead athlete. Dr. Pitts has helped all spectrums of individuals, from those having difficulty with everyday living tasks to Olympic level athletes, and believes no issue is too small to address. She has taken further education courses for Therapeutic Taping, and is a preferred provider for utilizing the Graston Technique. She is an avid sports follower for the University of Arizona, and in her spare time she likes keeping active with outdoor activities such as running and hiking, and spending time with her family.

Treatment Philosophy:
I believe in utilizing manual therapy in conjunction with targeted exercises to decrease pain and maximize function. The main focus of treatment will be to find the source of the problem, as opposed to only looking at symptoms. This will make sure the strength and movement patterns encourage healthy maintenance after our sessions are complete.


Kyle Brown

Kyle Brown, DPT, OCS

Doctor of Physical Therapy
Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist

Dr. Brown grew up in the Napa Valley. He attended graduate school at Loma Linda University, earning his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2010. In 2012, he completed a year-long orthopedic residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center, which emphasized the management of complex and chronic orthopedic problems. Immediately after residency, he completed the year-long Kaiser Permanente Sports Rehabilitation Fellowship, one of the few sports fellowships in the nation. During this fellowship, Dr. Brown received extensive mentoring and training in rehabilitating both common and complex sports injuries in order to efficiently and safely return athletes back to their desired sport. He is passionate about sports. He played high school and college basketball and is currently a semi-professional skateboarder. In his free time, Dr. Brown enjoys playing basketball, golf, skateboarding, and traveling with friends and family.

Treatment Philosophy:
I take a multi-faceted approach to patient care which combines manual therapy, movement re-education, and re-training the brain in order for each individual to reach their desired goals.


Samuel Franklin

Samuel Franklin, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Doctor of Physical Therapy
Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist
Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist

Dr. Franklin was raised in Sarasota, FL, before attending the University of Miami for his undergraduate and graduate education. He received his B.S. in Exercise Physiology/Kinesiology, followed by his Doctorate of Physical Therapy. He then pursued his specialization through the Orthopedic Residency program at University of Southern California. He is currently an Adjunct Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy in the USC Doctor of Physical Therapy program. He has also lead professional seminars on the topic of Movement Analysis and Treatment of CrossFit athletes, and has served as part of the Sports Medicine team for the World Weightlifting Championships. Dr. Franklin has a personal background in ballet, while now enjoying weightlifting, running, yoga, and movement practice.

Treatment Philosophy:
I believe in developing individualized treatment plans to reduce pain and correct underlying movement dysfunctions allowing patients to maximize their functional potential and reach their goals.


Kachiri Irizarry

Chris Zipser, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Dr. Chris Zipser received his M.S. in Kinesiology, Exercise Science from California State University, Long Beach working with NCAA Division I athletes in the realm of strength and conditioning. He then went on to receive his Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of Southern California (USC). During his time at USC, Dr. Zipser worked in variety of research labs, became a published author in the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, and established an injury prevention clinic at the local rock climbing gym. Chris is always looking for ways to connect his passions of injury prevention and his love for the outdoors — enjoying activities such as hiking, rock climbing, surfing, and snowboarding.

Treatment Philosophy:
I work with my patients to develop a personalized and holistic treatment plan that suits their lifestyle. I strive to facilitate active learning in all of my patients so that they can (re)discover what their body is capable of, and return to the activities that are most meaningful to them.


Erik Nelson

Erik Nelson, PT, MPT

Master of Physical Therapy

A California native, Erik Nelson received his Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Mount Saint Mary's College in 1999. Erik’s clinical experience has been focused in the realm of orthopedic and sports physical therapy, which includes a strong emphasis on manual therapy and biomechanical analysis. Erik consistently designs innovative and highly individualized programs for his patients, creating an interesting, productive, informative, and enjoyable rehabilitation and fitness regimen which carries into each individuals post recovery lifestyle.

Erik’s talent and commitment have created an enthusiastic demand for his teaching services as well. In this capacity he has served as Clinical Instructor to students from Physical Therapy graduate programs across the country. Having mentored many beginning practitioners as an instructor, Erik is widely respected among practicing clinicians and has developed strong relationships with academic and research professionals.

Erik’s passion for health and fitness is also well represented in his personal life. A prior certified ski instructor at Squaw Valley Ski Resort, Erik has not limited himself to the snow, participating in competitive soccer and water skiing. Erik’s favorite hobbies also include mountain biking, surfing, and scuba diving in addition to spending time with his wife and daughter.

Erik’s personal history of competitive and recreational sports and a variety of occupational positions prior to physical therapy has, on more than one occasion, been interrupted by his own injury and rehabilitation. Far from regretting this history of injury, Erik draws upon it daily, relating to and understanding the experiences of his patients from a very personal point of view.

Treatment Philosophy:
I aim to provide excellent care to each of my patients through personal knowledge, clinical experience and more importantly empathetic understanding of each person’s injury and rehabilitation experience.

Sports Medicine


Ryan Greene

Dr. Ryan M. Greene, D.O., M.S.

Osteopathic Physician
Sports Medicine, Nutrition and Human Performance

Meet Dr. Ryan Greene, DO, MS


Dr. Greene is an osteopathic physician (D.O.) specializing in human performance, sports medicine, nutrition and the most cutting-edge recovery methods available. Dr. Greene joins SportsFit in a collaborative effort to increase the care and service provided to patients via a holistic and multidisciplinary approach. Dr. Greene earned his Master’s of Science (M.S.) in Exercise Physiology, Immunology and Human Nutrition at University of Illinois (Urbana/Champaign). He earned his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) from the prestigious Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Denver, CO. He then completed post-graduate medical training at Dartmouth and The Mayo Clinic during which he collaborated with a wide array of leading medical experts culminating in numerous published research efforts. He is currently a fellow of the world-renowned University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine under the direction of Dr. Andrew Weil, MD.

Dr. Greene also serves as the corporate medical advisor for The Madera Group, where his focus is not only on offering concierge health and wellness consultations to The Madera Group and its employees, but also as a medical consultant on menu development across the group’s culinary concepts: Toca Madera, Tocaya Organica and the newly launched delivery-only concept, M|O|M (Modern Organic Mexican). Dr. Greene strives to ensure the nutritional soundness of every menu item at each of the group’s venues. Additionally, Dr. Greene serves as principal medical advisor at Monarch Athletic Club in West Hollywood, the first private, sustainable health and wellness facility delivering traditional training services combined with physician directed, evidence-based integrative medical intervention. The facility’s key principles include training, recovery, nutrition, metabolic/genetic optimization, and mind-body enhancement. Dr. Greene is responsible for overseeing the Monarch Recovery Protocol and Monarch Nutritional Recovery programs, individualized I.V Therapy programming, periodic metabolic and body composition evaluation, Comprehensive Metabolic Blood/IgG Food Allergen analysis, and certain on-site aesthetic procedures.

Treatment Philosophy:
Dr. Greene’s principal belief is that integration of a constantly collaborative, holistic, evidence-based practice amongst health and wellness practitioners is crucial for an individual’s sustained success.

Support Staff

Nancy Uribe

Nancy Uribe, MS

Compliance & Records Manager
Physical Therapist Aide
Therapeutic Exercise Specialist

Nancy obtained her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Exercise & Human Performance at California State University, Los Angeles and her Master of Science degree in Athletic Training at California Baptist University. As a previous Division II soccer player, Nancy knows how difficult it is to rehabilitate an injury while still trying to compete. Sometimes that means slowing down to let an injury heal. Once the body is ready, her knowledge in Kinesiology and Athletic Training allows her to deliver the proper type and amount of exercise to strengthen the injured area and prevent re-injury. During her spare time, Nancy enjoys watching and playing sports, hiking, biking and camping.

Treatment Philosophy:
The key to rehabilitation is finding the root of the problem so you can find the solution. Change happens slowly, all you can do is take one step at a time. That is why small lifestyle changes make a huge difference.


Edwin Heredia

Edwin Heredia

Physical Therapist Aide
Therapeutic Exercise Specialist

Edwin is originally from Ecuador and moved to the US in 2000. After undergoing physical therapy for a soccer injury, he became fascinated with the rehabilitation process and the body’s ability to heal. He went on to earn his Physical Therapy Aide certification in 2002, and later earned his Massage Therapy and Chiropractic Assistant certification in 2005. Since then, he has worked with a wide range of physical issues in a variety of health care settings specializing in, but not limited to, pre and postoperative knee and hip rehabilitation along with disorders of the spine and shoulder. Additionally, over the past 2 years, Edwin has worked part-time in women’s therapy, treating pregnant women and postoperative mastectomy patients with message and manual therapy, stretching, therapeutic pelvic floor exercise, and Pilates; as well as educating women on proper body mechanics. Edwin is currently taking classes to earn his BS in Kinesiology and hopes to eventually earn his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree. In his spare time, he enjoys painting, mountain and road cycling, hiking, skiing, and spending time with his family and dog.

Treatment Philosophy:
I strive to improve your quality of life by helping you return to your maximum level of physical function. Healthy body = happy life!


Tetiana Zavada-Weissman

Tetiana Zavada-Weissman

Physical Therapist Aide

Tetiana was born and raised in Ukraine, Kiev and moved to Los Angeles in 2007. She graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training. She has been active with sports, including Track and Field and Softball all her life. Being active is what inspired her to get into rehabilitation therapy. During her 2 years in Athletic Training program, she had a chance to work with different age groups and different levels of athletes including high school and Division 2 college athletes. After finishing her program, Tetiana worked for two and a half years as Physical Therapy Aide. She has worked with variety of patients from the geriatric population to high-level athletes with sports and orthopedic injuries, as well as, pre and post-operative patients. During her leisure time Tetiana enjoys working out at the gym, exploring new places, hiking, reading, and spending time with friends. She also has a passion for learning about different cultures and languages.

Treatment Philosophy:
When I was in school in Ukraine playing sports, I took a Latin course as a prerequisite for Biology. This one aphorism hasn’t left my mind: “Mens sana in corpore sano”, which means,” healthy body – healthy mind”. One hour a day of activity can change your life!


Brittney Riggins

Brittney Riggins ATC

Physical Therapist Aide
Athletic Trainer

Brittney Riggins was born in Germany and has lived bi-coastal throughout her childhood in North Carolina and California. She acquired her Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training at the University of North Carolina, Pembroke and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Exercise Science with a focus in Sports Psychology at California University of Pennsylvania. Brittney has gained hands on experience in a variety of sports including football, softball, baseball, and wrestling. In the early stages of her career, she worked as a certified athletic trainer for high school athletes assisting in injury prevention, designed rehabilitation programs, and providing emergency care. Her compassion for athletes and her willingness to rehabilitate have encouraged her patients to achieve optimal performance after injury. If she is not traveling, Brittney uses her spare time to go hiking, running, and spend time with family and friends

Treatment Philosophy:
Although the first stages of rehabilitation may seem discouraging, the body can be healed with proper treatment, patience, and motivation.


Daniel Hernandez

Daniel Hernandez

Physical Therapist Aide

Daniel Was born and raised in Chino Hills, California. Daniel has been involved with sports and physical activity his entire life. His passion to live an active lifestyle created a great interest for him to study exercise and wellness at Arizona State University. During his time at ASU, he was exposed to a variety of health and fitness settings. To complete his senior year, he completed an undergraduate physical therapy internship program at an outpatient clinic in Phoenix, Arizona. There, he received hands on experience with a variety of patients. In his free time, Daniel enjoys playing soccer, going to the gym, running, and spending time with family and friends.

Treatment Philosophy:
I seek to inspire, motivate, and educate individuals to improve their health. By focusing on what I say and how I say it, I plan to enrich the personal experience!

Administrative Staff
Holly Benson

Holly Benson

Office Manager

Born and raised in Southern California, Holly comes to SportsFit with 10 years of experience in the medical field. She started her career working in the Operating Room at Olive View UCLA Medical Center as a Surgical Assistant. From there she transitioned her career into medical sales and then into an outside sales career in Northern California. While she was enjoying traveling and building a territory, she realized she had a passion for her new role, training employees, but missed the medical field. With her new found passion for employee relations and love of medicine, she moved back to Southern California and decided to focus on her education. In 2010 she obtained a Masters Certificate in Human Resource Management from Villa Nova University and in 2011 became a Certified Administrative Medical Assistant from Boston Reed College. Shortly after she started working in Physical Therapy and knew she had found the right field to combine her love of working with people in medicine and employee relations.

Outside of work Holly can be found spending time with family and friends, attending baseball and hockey games, on weekend road trips, working in her garden or hiking.

Treatment Philosophy:
When you can’t control what’s happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what’s happening. That’s where your true power is.


Anna Bakalian

Anna Bakalian

Assistant Manager

Anna is a California native who loves connecting with people. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from California State University Northridge. In the process of pursuing a career in occupational therapy, Anna realized she has a strong interest in program development and community involvement. With four years of healthcare experience under her belt, she decided to change career paths and is currently working on her Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Capella University. In her spare time, Anna enjoys hiking, hot yoga classes, trying new coffee shops and spending time with family and friends.

Treatment Philosophy:
I believe in the importance of being kind. Treating patients with kindness and respect leads to providing excellent customer service. You never know what an individual is going through-physically and/or emotionally. By being courteous and sensitive you may just have made a big impact on a patient’s day.


Fatima Uribe

Fatima Uribe

Front Office Manager

Fatima was born and raised in Los Angeles. Fatima had always had a passion for healthcare and customer service. She obtained her Pharmacy Technician License at Everest College, were she enjoyed learning about the human body and its functions. She later decided that office management was a better fit for her skills and personality. Fatima has been in customer service and management for several years. Through her experience working in healthcare, she has developed a real passion for helping others and a strong desire to provide the highest level of service to all patients. In her free time, she enjoys working out, hiking, dancing and spending time with family and friends.

Treatment Philosophy:
To improve quality of care by always giving patients more than what they expect to get.

Billing Staff

Sharon Blom

Sharon Blom

Billing & Collections Specialist

Sharon has 19 years of experience in medical billing and has been licenses by the state of California as a medical coder since 2007. She has lived in Southern California most of her life and enjoys swimming, and traveling with her 20 year old daughter. Sharon is also certified in Reiki and IET.


Tammy Crowder

Tammy Crowder

Billing & Collections Specialist

Tammy Crowder has demonstrated success in the health care field as both an administrator, medical biller and collections manager for over 15 years. In that time, she has worked in single and multi-specialty practices. She has lead with a proactive approach to the daily operations of these organizations and has developed proven strategies in the management of billing, personnel, contracting, accounts receivable, accounts payable and strategic planning. After graduating top 5% of her High School class, she later moved on to study Business Administration and Computer Science at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Her initial introduction to the health care industry began after being hired as a front office assistant for a Chiropractor in Studio City. Within a few weeks on the job she was promoted to billing manager. After 5 years at the Chiropractors office she was hired as the front office and billing manager for an Outpatient Physical and Occupational Therapy clinic in Valencia, where she remained for over 10 years before making her transition to SportsFit Physical Therapy. Tammy enjoys medical billing because of the vast variety of situations she finds herself in; whether with patients, insurance companies, attorney’s or just helping her co-workers. Outside of work she enjoys family time and extracurricular activities with her 13-year-old daughter.

Treatment Philosophy:
There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.

Wellness Staff


Kimberly Christopher

Kimberly Christopher

Certified Pilates Instructor

Kimberly is native of California. She brings with her over 16 years of experience as a Massage Therapist and has been Practicing Pilates for over 12 years. Kimberly has worked extensively with medical practices, medical spas and fitness facilities assisting patients with various physical challenges. Her area of expertise is with those who suffer from chronic neck, shoulder, or back pain, postural deficits, and sports injuries. Kimberly had practiced dance and movement just about her whole life, so Pilates was just a natural addition to her practice. Kimberly’s passion for what she does is best described in her own words: “I love to be a positive part of someone's day. I love to work with people on achieving goals, from a simple goal such as mastering a specific exercise to longer term life-goals such as getting in shape for an event down the road or healing the body through correcting imbalances in the body.” She enjoys being with family and friends, travel, anything outdoors, hiking, being in or around water, scuba diving, snorkeling, and has a passion for fine art, architecture and design.

Treatment Philosophy:
My goal is to help you strengthen your core and obtain proper alignment and balance on your body. This is the key to a strong healthy body. It's like building a home. You need a strong core structure/foundation so that it will last a lifetime.



Jen Lopes

Jen Lopes, CYT

Certified Yoga Therapist

Jen received her Bachelor’s Degree from The Hartt School of Music in Hartford, CT. She worked in the music industry for 16 years before changing her career and life path to follow her passion in yoga therapy. Jen is originally from Massachusetts and has been living in LA for 8 years. She received her 200-hr teacher training certification from Shana Meyerson and Michelle Mazur, and obtained an additional 300-hr teacher training certification from Michelle Mazur. After completing her 500-hours of certification, she began teaching clients one-on-one. Jen’s greatest strength is her innate ability to connect with others and a vast capacity to empathize and work compassionately with people of different abilities and limitations. In her free time, she enjoys running, yoga, cross training, hiking, reading, meditating, and spending time with friends, family, husband and her dog Dharma. She takes a multi-dimensional approach to healing by incorporating many aspects of yoga including asanas (yoga poses), pranayama (breath awareness), meditation, yoga philosophy and mantra (sound). All techniques are modified as necessary and offered in a gentle and compassionate atmosphere to meet her client’s unique needs and goals.

Treatment Philosophy:
Each human being is an integrated body-mind-spiritual system that can function optimally only when there is a state of dynamic balance. I'm committed to guiding you through injury, illness and pain toward a life of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.



Jivan Singh

Jivan Singh, CMT

Certified Massage Therapist, Diplomate of Osteopathy

Jivan studied Osteopathy at Oxford Brookes University, giving him extensive knowledge in anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics. With over 500 hours of Osteopathic clinical training, Jivan looks at the human body as an integrative unit and engages to treat the underlying cause of the issue. With over 4 years of experience in Sports Massage, he has developed a detailed sense of touch, and confidence in his bodywork. His family comes from a background in natural healing including energy work from India where Jivan has traveled many times, only to become inspired and spiritually grounded. His special interest is with patients suffering low back issues, neck & shoulder pain, headaches and stress relief. He comes from an athletic background having played Basketball at college level, and a strong passion for tennis & yoga.

Treatment Philosophy:
To approach treatment with unity of the body and identify the underlying issues, and creating an individual treatment session, custom to the patient’s need.



Aleyse Bradford

Aleyse Bradford PMA-CPT

Pilates Method Alliance - Certified Pilates Instructor

Aleyse is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma where she received a BFA in Modern Dance Performance and is originally from Michigan. She received her Pilates training from The McEntire School International in 2010, where she trained under and worked for the former president of the Pilates Method Alliance. She is also certified in Buff Bones®, a medically-endorsed system of movement for bone and joint health. Aleyse has a passion for helping others experience the amazing benefits of Pilates and what their bodies are capable of. Whether she is assisting someone in alleviating pain, in order to increase functionality in daily life, or acting as a coach for someone who wants to be pushed to their athletic limits, Aleyse brings her vast knowledge and dedication to achieving her client’s goals. She enjoys dance, Pilates, yoga, biking, being outside, trying new restaurants, exploring the coast and spending time with her family and friends.

Treatment Philosophy:
Exercises should be customized to each person’s needs. Challenge the body in a way that is safe and effective, bringing both increased strength and flexibility. When breathing is the foundation of the movement, the body responds by correctly activating the muscles and finding that crucial mind/body connection.



Benny Benjamin

Benny Benjamin, CPT

Certified Personal Trainer

Benny’s passion for health and fitness began when he started to train in martial arts at the age of 12. He now holds a 2nd degree black belt in Hapkido and has been practicing for over 22 years. Benny is trained in Yoga, Muay Tai, Shotokan, Aikido and Tae Kwondo. Benny’s original training was by a master with an eastern philosophy concentrating on the lines of energy in the body (Chi/Ki) versus individual muscles. Benny became a certified trainer in 1992 and acquired his yoga teacher diploma from Yogaworks in 2012. Benny’s focus has been in training and rehabilitating of clients with injuries.

Treatment Philosophy:
Our body is a balance of mind, body, and spirit, which translate into alignment, joint neutralization and proper movement. My treatment approach is breath behind every movement, which strengthens the core.


Nirmala Heriza

Nirmala Heriza, BA, CYT, CMFT, CaC

Licensed Travell Myofascial Triggerpoint Specialist
Certified Medical Acupressure and Yoga Therapist

Nirmala is a pioneer in Integrative Medicine, with over 20 years combined CLINICAL experience in Orthopedics, Acupuncture and Chiropractic Medicine and as a Yoga Cardiac Stress Management Specialist. Nirmala has the knowledge, skill, and experience to recognize myofascial impairments, and apply the most appropriate therapy through acupressure and trigger point therapy. Nirmala is also the author of the bestselling book, “DR YOGA: Medical Benefits of Yoga (PenguinTarcher); with a Chinese edition; documenting the world recognized Cardiac/Stress Management Program she created for CEDARS-SINAI MEDICAL Center, where she served on the Medical Staff as Yoga Cardiac Therapist for 17 years. DR YOGA is based on the traditional Integral Yoga Teachings of Legendary WOODSTOCK GURU and Yoga Master Sri Swami Satchidananda.

Treatment Philosophy:
A comprehensive therapy is my goal with each and every patient.


Kachiri Irizarry

Kachiri Irizarry, CMT

Certified Massage Therapist

Kachiri noticed early on in age that she had a unique gift for body work, when her father suffered with chronic back pain and she would massage his back. As time passed she volunteered to massage relatives with headaches and foot pain. As she started to observe and learn more, she realized that studying how to heal the body would be her lifelong passion. Kachiri has been a practicing massage therapist for 10 years and is currently pursuing her studies to become a doctor of physical therapy. She specializes in sports and orthopedic massage, stretch therapy, pregnancy/prenatal massage and reflexology.

Treatment Philosophy:
To reduce pain is to reduce stress and with reduced stress you achieve a higher state of consciousness.