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

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.


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.


Adam Paicely

Adam Paicely, DPT, OCS

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist

Dr. Paicely grew up in Thousand Oaks, California. He pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, which he completed in 2013. While at Cal Poly, he discovered his love of physical therapy and decided to pursue it as a career. From there, he went on to Western Kentucky University where he received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2017. In 2018, he completed a year-long orthopedic residency program at Loma Linda Medical Center, which provided him with a strong foundation in managing chronic orthopedic conditions. He enjoys athletics, particularly basketball and ultimate Frisbee. He continues to compete in ultimate Frisbee and has competed as a semi-professional athlete in the sport. In his free time, Dr. Paicely enjoys spending quality time with his friends and family as well as being outdoors, whether it is at the beach or hiking.

Treatment Philosophy:
My approach to patient care emphasizes the identification of movement faults and utilizing pathomechanics to establish a treatment plan that combines movement retraining, therapeutic exercise, and manual therapy to empower the patient throughout the rehabilitation process.


Jonathan Cabral, DPT

Jonathan Cabral, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Dr. Cabral is a Southern California native. Dr. Cabral California received his Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology with emphasis in Clinical Exercise Science from State University Fullerton. He then completed his doctorate of physical therapy from Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles. During this time he also completed his national certification to become a Pilates reformer & mat instructor through Balanced Body® with specialized training, specific to physical therapists on using manual therapy techniques and Pilates-reformer exercises specific to orthopedic and sports injuries. Dr. Cabral has a background in mindful living and enjoys playing tennis, volleyball, yoga, Pilates, strength-training, and hiking on his free time.

Treatment Philosophy:
I believe in using mindfulness-based movement strategies to problem-solve orthopedic injuries; incorporating a holistic approach to orthopedics where the patient is empowered to re-engage in the activities they enjoy most. I use a multi-faceted treatment paradigm including manual therapy, neuromuscular re-education, dynamic neuromuscular stabilization, coupled with movement analysis to construct sport-specific exercises programs for my patients.


Kimberly Kenyon

Kimberly Kenyon, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Kimberly Kenyon, DPT received her doctorate in physical therapy from Saint Louis University. She originally became interested in physical therapy after multiple injuries as a ballerina. Her experience is in outpatient orthopedics and she continues to work with an emphasis on manual therapy and sports injuries. She enjoys treating patients of all levels including sports injuries, sprains, and strains, post-operative and degenerative conditions. She has a special interest in a hands-on approach and education to continue exercise at home to improve function and prevent further injury. Kimberly loves to help patients transition from rehabilitation to wellness and helping patients return to the activities they love and their previous level of function in activities of daily living, sports, and recreation.

Treatment Philosophy:
Kimberly was raised in Chicago and went to school in St. Louis but always dreamt of living in California. In the summer of 2017, Kimberly relocated to Los Angeles. She loves embracing the active lifestyle of the community. and in her free time, Kimberly enjoys spending time outdoors including hiking, relaxing at the beach, and exploring the city.


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.


Hal Platts, DPT

Hal Platts, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Dr. Hal Platts grew up in Claremont, California. Dr. Platts participated in various sports including soccer, football and basketball, in which he still plays to this day with his childhood and college friends. His love for sports was also reflected in his four year’s of coaching youth basketball while attending Claremont High School, realizing that he had a passion for helping other’s improve their athletic performance. Throughout high school and college, Dr. Platts suffered multiple knee injuries and underwent rehab, which ultimately led him to discover his passion for physical therapy. He went on to attain his B.S. in Kinesiology at San Diego State University and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at California State University, Long Beach. Throughout his three years in PT school, Hal developed a strong interest in treating patients with orthopedic and sports injuries. In addition, Hal has had experience working with patients with neurological disorders such as stroke, brain injury, and spinal cord injury. He has an interest in manual therapy, prescribing and educating patients on therapeutic and sports related exercise, promoting overall wellness/fitness, and most importantly building a personal connection with his patients to help them achieve their goals. In addition to playing sports, Hal enjoys weightlifting, traveling, hanging out with friends/family, and exploring new food spots.

Treatment Philosophy:
I believe it is important to truly listen to my patients and connect with them on a personal level while emphasizing a holistic approach. By doing so, it allows my patients and I to develop a team relationship to best implement an individualized treatment plan to help relieve pain, optimize athletic performance, and help them reach their own personal goals.


Brandon Pham

Brandon Pham, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Dr. Brandon Pham received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from San Diego State University in 2018. Dr. Pham is an Orange County native who developed a love for physical fitness through his childhood sports of swimming, weightlifting, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He was first introduced to physical therapy through the unfortunate means of a car accident. However, this was a blessing in disguise. As a patient, he was able to fully appreciate the work of a physical therapist which ignited his passion to help others. Ever since then, he is devoted to provide every patient with the same fun and positive rehabilitation experience that motivated him to become a physical therapist. On his free time, Dr. Pham enjoys weightlifting, mixed martial arts, photography, and spending quality time with his family and friends.



Treatment Philosophy:
I highly value developing a strong personal relationship with all my patients. I enjoy putting in the extra effort to learn about my patient’s passions and lifestyle because it allows me to create an extensive individualized plan of care. A thorough plan of care will ensure that my patient is progressing at an optimal rate in order to effectively help them reach their goals.


Jessica Connor, DPT

Jessica Connor, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Dr. Jessica Connor grew up in San Diego, CA. She was a competitive dancer for 16 years, which led to her interest in movement of the human body. She obtained her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Movement Science at Texas Christian University, then went on to receive her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from San Diego State University. Dr. Connor has experience treating a wide variety of orthopedic injuries and especially enjoys utilizing her background in personal training to develop wellness strategies to continue the healing process and prevent future injuries. She is currently studying to become an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist to further her knowledge in this field. Dr. Connor is passionate about health and wellness and spends her free time hiking, running, weightlifting, surfing, and snowboarding.

Treatment Philosophy:
I utilize movement analysis, hands on treatment strategies, and functional movement retraining to decrease pain and improve function. I emphasize building a personal relationship with each patient to create unique treatment plans that allow each patient to achieve personal goals and optimize movement potential.


Matthew Slocum, DPT

Matthew Slocum, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Dr. Slocum was born and raised in San Jose, CA before moving to Southern California for undergraduate and graduate school. He graduated with a B.S. in Physiology & Neuroscience from the University of California, San Diego. He received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of St. Augustine in San Marcos, CA. Dr. Slocum enjoys working with patients of all ages and skill levels, and always aims to have his patients completing physical therapy treatment with a new appreciation for everything their body can do. Dr. Slocum utilizes a combination of manual therapy and movement science approach with a goal of making patients (and their body) feel heard, in order to deliver outcomes that can be as long-lasting and effective as possible. In his spare time, he enjoys running on the beach, working out and watching any and all movies.

Treatment Philosophy:
I utilize a combination approach of manual therapy and movement science interventions with a goal of making patients (and their bodies) feel heard. The best outcome is one that turns pain or injury into an opportunity to become better in some way, whether that is strength, mobility or just a new appreciation for exercise. This allows us to make changes that can be as effective and long-lasting as possible.


Silvio Zucchelli, DPT

Silvio Zucchelli, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Dr. Zucchelli received his doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Texas Medical School. Silvio was born and raised in Tuscany, Italy where he played semi-professional soccer. His interest in physical fitness developed during his soccer career when he was first introduced to physical therapy after an injury on the field. Through his prior clinical experiences and his years in PT school, Dr. Zucchelli developed a strong interest in treating sports-related injuries and helping his patients improve their physical performance via a combination of manual therapy and neuromuscular re-education. In his free time, Dr. Zucchelli enjoys playing soccer in Santa Monica in addition to weightlifting, hiking, and running.

Treatment Philosophy:
I strongly believe in developing a strong relationship with all my patients so that we can better work together. I value the importance of understanding the source of the problem rather than only addressing the symptoms so that we do not only restore function, but we also prevent re-injury.

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
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!


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.


Cesar Martinez

Cesar Martinez

Physical Therapy Aide

Cesar was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. He is currently working on finishing up his undergrad courses majoring in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Exercise at California State University, Los Angeles. Cesar’s ultimate goal is to receive his doctorate in Physical Therapy. When he’s not spending quality time with his wife and daughter, he likes to spend his time staying active and cheering on his favorite sport teams.

Treatment Philosophy:
I believe we all need a bit of physical rehabilitation, since our bodies are in constant motion. I am here to motivate and educate, whether you’re trying to come back from an injury or just trying to improve your overall body functionality.

Administrative Staff
Colleen Roncal

Colleen Roncal

Front Office Administrator

A California native, Colleen was born and raised in Long beach. Colleen comes to SportsFit with more than seven years experience in the medical field. She acquired her bachelor's degree in human development at the University of California, San Diego as well as an associate's degree in both clinical and administrative medical assisting from San Diego Mesa College. She started her medical career as a certified medical assistant, working for an internal medicine doctor, where she discovered her love for patient care. She then transitioned her career as a certified administrative medical assistant when she began working for Sharp Health Care's behavioral health hospital, Sharp Mesa Vista. At Sharp Mesa Vista, Colleen worked as the team lead for patient access services and gained knowledge of insurances as an insurance verification representative for both inpatient and outpatient services. After living in San Diego for over 11 years, she returned back home to Long Beach and found her new home at SportsFit Physical Therapy.

Outside of work, Colleen enjoys exploring outdoors, practicing yoga, lifting weights at the gym, reading, and finding new restaurants!


Christina Cross

Christina Cross

Front Office Administrator

Christina was born and raised in the South Bay area and comes to SportsFit with over 20 years experience in front office and customer service. Christina takes grate pride in being one of the first points of contact for SportsFit patients and she is passionate about providing the highest quality of customer service to each and every patient.

Outside of work, Christina enjoys working out, spending time with friends and family, and finding new restaurants and places to eat!


Brooke Ahern

Brooke Ahern

Medical Records and Billing Liaison

Brooke is from San Diego and moved to Los Angeles to obtain her bachelor's degree in Exercise Science at Cal State LA. Her long-term goal is to obtain her doctorate in physical therapy. She has multiple years of experience working in a physical therapy setting either as an aide and in the office. During her free time, she enjoys going hiking and being outdoors.

Treatment Philosophy:
It is important to understand all aspects that contribute to patient's health.


Jonathan Flores

Jonathan Flores

Front Office Administrator

Jonathan is originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico and relocated to Los Angeles in the summer of 2017. Jonathan’s love of the beach, palm trees and Disneyland brought him to SoCal and he decided to stay. Jonathan has been in the medical administration field for 17 years and brings his wealth of knowledge about scheduling and insurance protocols to SportsFit. Jonathan likes to create a warm and inviting atmosphere at the front office so that patients are always comfortable and feel welcomed. In his spare time, Jonathan is an avid runner and enjoys finding new trails and competing in 10K runs and half marathons.

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.


Sarah Major, PTA

Sarah Major, PTA

Physical Therapy Assistant, Certified Pilates Instructor

Sarah received her degree in health sciences from Loma Linda University in 2006 and completed her Physical Therapy Assistant license shortly thereafter. It was while Sarah was working as an assistant at a Physical Therapy clinic that she was first introduced to Pilates. Sarah was instantly impressed that Pilates could be used as both a rehabilitative tool and could provide such a challenging total body workout. Sarah then complete completed her Pilates certification from Pilates Sports Center Encino in 2010. Sarah has since combined her knowledge of rehab with her Pilates expertise to help clients recover from sports and orthopedic injuries, as well as chronic problems. Sarah loves the fact that clients continue to benefit from Pilates after rehab is over, and that it can challenge everyone from athletes to those with injuries, in achieving their health and fitness goals. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys cycling with her husband, participating in community century bike rides, hiking, jogging and enjoying the outdoors.

Treatment Philosophy:
My goal is to help my clients achieve wellness and balance of the body and mind through the practice of Pilates so they are able to stay healthy and enjoy life to the fullest.


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.


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.


Malachi Grieves

Malachi Grieves, CYT

Certified Yoga Therapist

Malachi is a graduate from University of Colorado at Boulder. She has been teaching yoga since 1996 and holds a 500 E-RYT Yoga Alliance instructor certificate. In her primary years she studied with YogaWorks founder, Maty Esraty, and to this day considers Maty her primary influence. Prior to teaching yoga Malachi was a licensed massage therapist and competitive cross-country runner.

Malachi Grieves - Active Yoga Pose

Inspired by her athletic background, love of anatomy, and the experience of a back injury, Malachi incorporates strong, intelligent, and mindful instructions in her sessions, sequencing her therapeutic poses around anatomical and philosophical themes. She infuses an awareness of breath, the deeper teachings of yoga philosophy, life understanding, personal attention, and intelligent hands-on adjustments and cueing.

Malachi is most influenced by teachers in her life who have shown a deep understanding of the body, elegance of spirit, humility, and kindness. She has appeared on the cover of Yoga Journal and twice on the cover of Yoga International. Malachi has taught over twenty 200-hour YogaWorks teacher training classes and is a mentor in the 300-hour program.

Treatment Philosophy:
Yoga Therapy addresses the multiple layers of a person; body, mind, and breath. Looking to bring harmony, balance, stability, and conform to the person as a "whole".