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David Kurihara, DPT, OCS, SCS, FAAOMPT
 
Dr. Kurihara is a board-certified specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS) and Sports Physical Therapy (SCS) and a fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (FAAOMPT). He currently serves as a physical therapy instructor at Azusa Pacific University and Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles. In addition, he has served as a primary instructor and teaching assistant for various continuing education courses, residency and fellowship classes since 2009. 

Born and raised in Hawaii with a strong interest in sports and healthcare, Dr. Kurihara holds a doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California (2004) and a B.S. degree in Psychology from the University of Washington (2001). He completed the Southern California Kaiser Permanente Orthopedic Residency Program in 2005, Manual Therapy Fellowship in 2006, Sports Residency in 2007 and Movement Science Fellowship in 2009. He has been a part of the clinical faculty for the Kaiser Orthopedic Residency since 2010 and Sports Fellowship since 2008. He served as clinical faculty for the Kaiser Orthopedic Residency (2010-2015) and Ortho Sports Rehab Fellowship (2008-2015). David currently resides in Honolulu and joined the Queen's Medical Center Sports Medicine team.

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Tracey Wagner, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
 
Dr. Wagner developed her interest in physical therapy through participation in competitive sports, martial arts and a deep respect for the innate intelligence of the human body. She has a great passion to help her patients achieve improved function and quality of life. She holds a B.A. degree from the University of Colorado, Master's in Physical Therapy from Mount St. Mary's College, and a post-professional doctorate from Western University of Health Sciences.

Settling in Los Angeles after living in various regions across the country, Dr. Wagner began her career at Kaiser Permanente in Woodland Hills in 2001, where she currently practices, mentors, and has taught continuing education courses to the physical therapy staff. She has been a member of the clinical faculty of the Southern California Kaiser Permanente Orthopedic Residency since 2007. Dr. Wagner has completed the Southern California Kaiser Permanente Orthopedic Residency Program, Manual Therapy Fellowship, and Movement Science Fellowship. In 2010 she was honored with the California Physical Therapy Association Clinician Research Publication Award for her article published earlier that year in JOSPT.

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Francisco C. dela Cruz, DPT, OCS
 
Dr. dela Cruz, a board-certified specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy, has lectured extensively and is adjunct faculty at Azusa Pacific University. He has served as clinical faculty of the Kaiser Permanente Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency since 2005 and clinical faculty for the Kaiser Movement Science Fellowship from 2006 to 2013. Dr. dela Cruz received a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy and an Advanced Standing doctorate in Health Sciences from Western University in Pomona, California.

As a teaching assistant, he has collaborated in numerous continuing education courses taught by Drs. Shirley Sahrmann, Clare Frank and Stuart McGill. Dr. dela Cruz was recently published in the IJSPT documenting a research study on college baseball pitchers, and has also conducted a research study with Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies pitchers.

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Kelly Grimes, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
 
Dr. Grimes developed a curiosity for the sciences and particularly the human body at a young age. Then, as a collegiate cross-country/track and field athlete, setbacks from injuries led to a new path in physical therapy as a way to help others maximize movement function, with subsequent higher quality of life.

Dr. Grimes holds degrees from University of California, Los Angeles and Mount St. Mary’s University. Since graduating with her Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2006, she pursued additional residency and fellowship training. She spent nine years in the Los Angeles area as a clinician at Northridge Hospital Medical Center and Kaiser Perma­nente Woodland Hills, as well as a clinical faculty member in the Kaiser Southern Cal­ifornia Orthopedic Residency program. She is also an instructor for Movement Links, Inc., a continuing education company that seeks to educate clinicians on movement based approaches.

In 2012, her career ventured into scoliosis management, and Dr. Grimes is now certi­fied at the C2 level by the Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School (BSPTS) Schroth-based method. This added clinical experience, as well as a desire for new adventures, have brought her to New York City, where she has just begun developing a practice at Columbia University Medical Center.

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Jiten B. Bhatt, DPT, OCS
 
Jiten (Jay) spent most of his youth in Phoenix, Arizona. His interest in the medical field led him to volunteer in physical therapy clinics because of his love of sports and rehabilitation. Jiten received a master’s degree in Physical Therapy in 2000 from Western University of Health Sciences, and post professional doctorate degree from Arcadia University in 2015.

Jiten’s research paper was recently published in the Journal of Orthopedics & Sports Physical Therapy. He also serves as an orthopedic skills instructor to physical therapy students at Azusa Pacific University and co-instructor for various con-ed movement science based courses. He currently serves on the CPTA Research Council.

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Jessica Heath-Byerly, DPT, OCS, Cert. MDT, CSCS
 
Jessica Heath-Byerly is the Direc­tor of Clinical Edu­cation at Drayer Physical Therapy Institute in Hum­melstown, PA. She holds a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy in 2001 from Ithaca College. She then completed the Healthcare Partner Orthopaedic Resi-dency Program in 2003 and the Kaiser Permanente Movement Science Fellowship in 2004 in Los Angeles.

Returning to Pennsylvania where she now resides, Jessica developed and became the Program Director for the APTA-credentialed DPTI Orthopaedic Resi­dency and Spine Fellowship Programs. She is certi­fied in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (Cert. MDT) and specializes in treating sport, orthopaedic, spine, and women's health patients. Jessica is currently working on her post-graduate doctorate degree and enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.

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Nicole Lovett, DPT, OCS
 
Dr. Nicole Lovett was born and raised in Diamond Bar in Southern California. Her interest in Physical Therapy started when she was 12, after encountering various sports injuries. She became inspired by physical therapists, and knew that someday she would be just like them.

Dr. Lovett attended San Francisco State University, played soccer for the Women’s Team, and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology in 2005.

She also holds a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Azusa Pacific University (2009). In addition to her Bachelor’s and Doctorate degrees, Nicole is also a graduate from the Kaiser Orthopedic Residency program (2010) as well as the Kaiser Movement Science fellowship (2012).

Dr. Lovett is a board-certified orthopedic specialist and practices at Kaiser Permanente in Downey, where she serves as clinical mentor in the Kaiser Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency program. She also assists with the physical therapy program at Azusa Pacific University. Dr. Lovett enjoys applying the movement science approach to patients and sharing the approach with other physical therapists.

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