It is important to take care of every part of your body, especially your mind. People immediately seek out assistance if they had a physical injury, but when it comes to their mental health, they do not prioritize it as equally as they should. With the rise of mental and behavioral health issues, suicide rates have risen to 29% in the last decade. That is why focusing on psychiatry, biobehavioral, psychology, and mental well-being is critical in people’s lives.
Word of Health would like to recognize a few of these individuals who are there to listen to patients and provide the best treatment or medication. Not every psychiatric case is the same, so that’s why these individuals must fully understand their patients to put their mental health as the top priority.
1. Phuong Tran, DNP
Dr. Phuong Tran earned his Bachelor’s of Science from the University of California, Irvine. Shortly after, he earned his second bachelors in Nursing. He then received his Master’s of Science from California State University, Long Beach. Dr. Tran continued his education and earned his Doctorate in Nursing Practice/Science at Chapman University, where his clinical dissertation focused on utilizing adherence therapy, to increase medication compliance and reducing of depressive symptoms. He is American Board certified as a Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner and is also licensed in the state of California. Dr. Tran has 6 years of experience in the mental health field. Currently, Dr. Tran sees patients of all ages, with myriad mental health issues, including: depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, insomnia, ADHD, OCD, and disorders such as bipolar, dementia-related, eating, and autism. Dr. Phuong Tran, DNP, PMHNP-BC, takes a unique and progressive approach to mental health illnesses. He considers the influence of three factors: one’s past and upbringing, current life situations, and one’s genetic makeup, affecting influencing mental illness. Being trained and current with the best evidence-based medical treatment strategy, he places a strong emphasis on psychosocial, and psychodynamic factors as the foundation of his treatment.
2. Jennifer Love, M.D.
Dr. Jennifer Love is board-certified in psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, and addiction medicine, and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Addiction Medicine. She attended medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and completed her internship, residency and subspecialty fellowship training at the University of Hawaii. She served as chief resident and as clinical faculty at the University of Hawaii Department of Psychiatry before returning to California to work at a chemical dependency rehabilitation program prior to joining Amen Clinics. Dr. Love is an award-winning researcher and international speaker, interested in the interface between cultural and spiritual factors and overall mental health. Dr. Love’s work focuses on restoring life balance, brain and body health, and helping her patients improve their functionality and satisfaction in life. She considers a wide range of interventions including nutraceuticals, medication, exercise, yoga, psychotherapy, and sleep/relaxation training. Her specialties include: mood disorders, substance-use disorders, anxiety disorders, anger and irritability, behavioral addictions, co-occurring pain, and opioid dependence.
3. Lawrence V. Tucker, M.D.
Lawrence V. Tucker, M.D. is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine, practicing in the pharmacological management of psychiatric disorders and addiction medicine. Dr. Tucker attended UCLA for his undergraduate degree, where he obtained a B.S. in Physiological Sciences. He then attended UCLA School of Medicine for his Medical Degree and stayed at UCLA for his residency in Psychiatry and Neurology. He has been in leadership roles since 2006 and is a Certified Physician Executive. Prior to attending UCLA, Dr. Tucker served in the United States Marine Corps, Infantry, and served in Desert Storm. Among the long list of accomplishments, Dr. Tucker feels most accomplished with his blended family of 5 children and his wife of over 13 years. Dr. Tucker is currently the director of a behavioral health unit at Mission St Joseph’s Laguna Beach, where he manages dual diagnosis, acute stabilization, and detox patients. In 2016, Dr. Tucker established the first Chemical Dependency Recovery Hospital with the American Addiction Centers located in Orange County. This is the first CDRH that has been established in the state of California in over 20 years. His paradigm of treatment is that he: “Treats a person Not a Diagnosis”. He uses a holistic model and incorporates sobriety, exercise, diet, therapy, supplements, as well as psychopharmacological therapies.
4. David M. Davis, M.D.
Dr. David Davis has been practicing psychiatry in Orange County for 38 years, and specifically in Newport Beach for 21 years. Dr. Davis differentiates himself from other psychiatrists in a number of ways. He keeps his patients on track, and he does not waste time, reducing overall treatment costs. In the initial evaluation, he tries to discover the root cause of the problem which can often provide significant relief, as well as optimism about improving. Dr. Davis has many years of training in psychodynamic psychotherapy. He is recognized as a premier psychiatrist and was honored to have received The Orange County Magazine – Physicians of Excellence Award for Psychiatry in 2005, 2015, and 2016, as well as Castle Connolly Top Doctors Award for Psychiatry in 2018. Dr. Davis is not only a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, but he is also a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a designation granted to only a small percentage of psychiatrists. Dr. Davis has extensive experience in all classes of psychotropic medication management. He utilizes the newest, cutting-edge technologies, such as “GeneSight” and “MYnd Analytics,” to assist him in choosing the medication most likely to work best for his patients. These are much more accurate approaches to prescribing medications than primarily relying on clinical symptoms.
5. Gordon Globus, M.D.
Dr. Gordon Globus maintained a half-time private practice of psychiatry in Newport Beach since 1992, after retiring from the University of California Irvine, College of Medicine. He has a broad experience in psychiatry and was at various times in charge of outpatient psychiatry, an inpatient program, and psychiatric consultation at UCI Medical Center. His scope of practice contains a consultation and treatment for a wide range of psychiatric problems. Dr. Globus is a traditional clinician. He does not rely on testing and questionnaires but simply talks with a person, asks questions, and tries to understand their problems in a collaborative way. He will be able to make a provisional diagnosis, formulate, explain and implement a treatment plan during the initial consultation. Because Dr. Globus maintains only a half-time practice and has no staff, he usually is able to respond fairly quickly to calls, emails, prescription refills.
6. Dan R Tzuang, M.D.
Dr. Dan R Tzuang is an American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) Double Board Certified psychiatrist in both Adult Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry whose private practice is on the border of Irvine/Newport Beach, located close to the 73 Freeway. Prior to establishing his practice here in Irvine in 2010, he completed a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Stanford University. At Stanford, his training exposure was both broad and in-depth, as he trained and studied with experts in the field of psychiatry. Dr. Tzuang was able to hone his treatment approach and develop his patient skills in a wide range of psychiatric diagnoses, such as ADHD, depressive & anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, psychosis, and pervasive developmental disorders including autism and Aspergers. Dr. Tzuang completed his adult psychiatry training at a small yet nationally renown program at San Mateo County Medical Center for his adult psychiatric residency and graduated from medical school from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. Dr. Tzuang also has expertise in the areas of adolescent/young adult & cross-cultural mental health, served on the APA Committee of Asian American Psychiatrists, Council of Minority Mental Health and Health Disparities, the Executive Council of the Orange County Psychiatric Society, and was founder and chair of the Orange County Psychiatric Society’s Asian American Issues Committee.
7. Rustin Berlow, M.D.
After 15 years of considerations on whether or not to invest in TMS equipment, Dr. Rustin Berlow reached the turning point while filling in for a local psychiatrist who was doing TMS. Today, he cannot imagine running his psychiatric practice without TMS. “There is a deeply rewarding feeling of helping more people and having more treatment options,” says Dr. Rustin Berlow, whose clinic in Del Mar, California, has a remission rate of about 40% for patients getting treatment for their depression. To put things into perspective, this means that “they are relieved of symptoms and able to function better than they ever have. C students become A students, a salesperson breaks previous sales records, a husband can finally listen and be present for his wife and deepen connection and intimacy in the relationship,” explained Dr. Berlow.
8. Alexis Meshi, M.D.
Dr. Alexis Meshi is a graduate of Wellesley College and the AUC School of Medicine. After receiving her medical degree she completed a year-long Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Neural Regeneration and Spinal Cord Injury at the Reeve-Irvine Research Center at UCI. Dr. Meshi completed her internship year of residency at the UCLA-Northridge Family Medicine Residency Program. She then went on to complete her residency training in general adult psychiatry at the Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Meshi is a general adult psychiatrist with a strong interest in treating women. She has a particular interest in perinatal and reproductive psychiatry and enjoys providing specialized care to women suffering from reproductive associated mood disorders, including PMS, illness during pregnancy and the postpartum period. She truly believes that each and every person should always strive to maintain a healthy and active brain, to optimize their life happiness. Dr. Meshi is also involved with Hands of Ahava, a national non-profit organization whose mission is to provide physical and emotional support to victims of domestic abuse, domestic violence, and sexual assault.
9. Michael B. Ferguson, Psy D., LCSW
Dr. Michael Ferguson has been working in the mental health profession for more than 30 years and has specialized with Chemical Dependent patients with co-existing disorders, i.e., anxiety and depression. He received his Bachelors’ Degree in Psychology from Long Beach State University, where he graduated with honors. He completed his Masters’ Degree in Social Work at the University of Southern California and received his Doctorate of Psychology from Ryokan College of Los Angeles. He served his internships at UCLA Harbor General Hospital in Torrance, California, where he worked with adolescent children and their families. He also trained at L.A. County USC Psychiatric Hospital where he worked with bipolar and schizophrenic populations, and other related psychiatric illnesses. During his current practice at Laguna Behavioral, he serves a broad and diverse population who frequently present with depression, anxiety, and chemical dependency. During treatment, they learn how to deal with uncomfortable emotional conditions, i.e., social phobia, communication problems, and other fears without the use of their drug of choice. Dr. Ferguson has served as Clinical Director for several drug and alcohol recovery facilities. He is certified by the Department of Probation to teach Domestic Violence Classes and currently serves as Clinical Director of a Domestic Violence Agency in South Orange County. He also provides treatment for this population in his private practice. As a practicing psychotherapist with Christian based values, he provides counseling that will help develop and cultivate coping mechanisms which are consistent with Scriptural principals found in the Bible. Equally important, Dr. Ferguson’s ethical standards remain uncompromised while adhering to the highest level of honesty and integrity.
10. Sandy Moghadam, LMFT, DMFT
Dr. Sandy Moghadam performs Cutting Edge Therapy which is a scientific method and state of the art approach to life struggles, challenges, and achievements. This unique approach focuses on world transitioning relationships in a new light with the following lenses: A multisystemic and multidimensional innovative relationship therapy approach for individuals, couples, families, and organizations. Designed to help people help themselves in marriage, family, and social relationships and focuses on peoples’ uniqueness without generalizing, categorizing, and labeling. Dr. Moghadam is an adjunct and visiting professor teaching graduate-level courses like advanced theories, cross/cultural, parenting, and the impact of financial crisis on people. She has linked her business education to the family therapy field by creating an assessment model which includes important factors like financial crisis that impacts mental health and relationships. Dr. Moghadam got her bachelors degree in business and got into an MBA program. She started in management trainee program in banking and reached a Vice President position in financial planning. She also has translated several relationship books, written several articles, books, and chapters of textbooks.
Top Dermatologists in Orange County
Dermatology is more than skin deep and sometimes a store brand skin-care might not be enough. These doctors are specialized in prescribing the best treatment for your skin and acne, and even surgical procedures such as
Word of Health would like to recognize a few of these dermatologists in Orange County. They deal with the skin, nails, hair and its diseases, a specialty with both medical and surgical aspects!
1. Dr. M. David Cole, M.D.
Dr. M. David Cole is a board-certified dermatologist and a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. He is an Orange County native and grew up in the beach cities of Newport and Huntington Beach. He graduated summa cum laude and with highest honors from UCLA and received his medical degree from the University of Virginia. He completed his post-graduate training in dermatology at the Yale University School of Medicine and Loma Linda University Medical Center. Previously a clinical professor of dermatology at the UC Irvine School of Medicine, Dr. Cole has great expertise in skin cancer, skin cancer treatment, acne treatment, mole removals, and the evaluation and treatment of rashes. Dr. Cole has also trained hundreds of physicians in facial cosmetic procedures and aesthetic dermatology and is well known for his techniques in minimally invasive cosmetic dermatology procedures, particularly Botox and dermal fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane. He is one of the top injectors in Orange County, as well as laser skin treatments, chemical peels, sclerotherapy for leg spider veins,
2. Dr. Jeffrey S Lauber, M.D.
Dr. Lauber is a Board Certified Jewish Dermatologist with the American Board of Dermatology. He was born and raised in Los Angeles. His Pre-Medical studies were at UCLA where he majored in Chemistry and received his medical degree from USC School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery was in New Orleans at Tulane University Medical Center. Immediately after becoming Certified by the American Board of Dermatology, Dr. Lauber established the Advanced Skin Treatment Center of Orange County where he has been the Medical Director for more than 28 years. Dr. Lauber is an American trained Board Certified Dermatologist with the American Board of Dermatology, with over 28 years of experience as a private practice Dermatologist.
3. Dr. Stefani Kappel, M.D.
Dr. Kappel earned her Medical Degree from UC Irvine and completed her residency in Dermatology at UCLA. Upon completing her residency, she joined the full-time faculty at UCLA as a Clinical Instructor and Professor in Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery. She then went on to complete advanced fellowship training in Dermatologic Surgery at UC Davis and Cosmetic Dermatology at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Northern California with world-renowned expert, Dr. Suzanne Kilmer. After fellowship, she was appointed the Director of Dermatologic Surgery at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of Northern California where she remained active in clinical trials and have been on the forefront of the latest advances in aesthetics and dermatology. As an Orange County native, she currently enjoys being a Dermatologist in Newport Beach, CA. In addition, she is a Board Certified Dermatologist and Fellowship-Trained Mohs Surgeon in Newport Beach. Her areas of expertise include cosmetic dermatology with a focus on injectable neuromodulators, as well as dermal fillers. She is highly-trained in the use of lasers and energy-based devices to treat all aspects of photorejuvenation and body contouring including fine lines, wrinkles, skin laxity, brown spots, facial vessels, cellulite and fat reduction using non-invasive technology.
4. Dr. Anne Marie McNeill, M.D., Ph.D
Dr. Anne Marie McNeill is a board-certified dermatologist who practices medical dermatology, dermatologic surgery, and cosmetic dermatology. Born and raised in San Jose California, Dr. McNeill completed her undergraduate education at the University of California, San Diego, majoring in Chemistry. She completed both her M.D. and Ph.D. degrees under the Medical Scientist Training Program fellowship at the University of California, Irvine, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In medical school, she was awarded AOA status, the national medical honor society. Her Ph.D. is in Pharmacology. She then went on to complete an Internship in Internal Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, returning to Orange County to complete her residency in Dermatology at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. McNeill has published over 20 articles and abstracts in the peer-reviewed literature. During her residency, she was a recipient of the Women’s Dermatologic Society Mentorship program, and studied Vulvar Dermatology at St. John’s Institute of Dermatology in London, England. She is a member of the American Medical Association, a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, an Affiliate of American Society for Mohs Surgery, a member of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, and President of the Orange County Dermatologic Society.
5. Dr. Marco M. Zahedi, M.D., M.P.H.
A native of Southern California, Dr. Zahedi graduated Magna Cum Laude from the California State University, where he received his BS with honors in Biochemistry and Medical Psychology. He attended the Chicago Medical School where he completed his MD training with Alpha Omega Alpha honors designation and went on to complete his residency training at University of Southern California (USC) and Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, CA. Dr. Zahedi then went on to complete additional post-residency training in Dermatology and Aesthetic Medicine as well as a Masters in Public Health from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. Throughout his career, Dr. Zahedi has passionately pursued efforts to reduce the effects of pain and aging on his patients through early adoption of new technologies. He was one of the early pioneers of platelet-rich plasma therapy use for both anti-aging and anti-inflammatory treatment in the case of wrinkles, hair loss, scar reduction and enhanced post-traumatic recovery in knee, shoulder and tendinitis injuries, as well as cellular therapies to promote rapid tissue healing following laser therapies. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Medical Association, and the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine. He has published numerous case studies, research projects and residency education improvement projects in local and national peer reviews scientific journals.
6. Dr. Elham Jafari, M.D.
Dr. Elham Jafari, M.D. is among the most-experienced aesthetic and cosmetic specialists in the Orange County with unrivaled expertise in most advanced out-patient and non-surgical anti-aging, rejuvenating and aesthetic procedures. An artist and an advocate of whole-face and body rejuvenation with emphasis on achieving natural-looking results, Dr. Jafari is the ultimate expert when it comes to cosmetic medicine and liquid facelift procedures. Dr. Jafari is a double-board-certified cosmetic surgeon and Liquid Facelift specialist with unrivaled expertise in most advanced anti-aging, rejuvenating and aesthetic procedures. An artist and an advocate of whole-face and body rejuvenation with emphasis on natural-looking and balanced results, Dr. Jafari is the ultimate expert when it comes to cosmetic medicine and nonsurgical procedures such as Liquid Facelift, Nonsurgical Rhinoplasty (Liquid Nose Job), removal of bags and dark circles under eyes and more!
7. Dr. Brandie Metz, M.D.
As a mom and a fellowship-trained pediatric dermatologist, Dr. Brandie Metz is dedicated to thorough and compassionate care for her patients. Dr. Metz earned her bachelor of science in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University, where she graduated cum laude, and her medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School, where she graduated at the top of her class. Her postgraduate training included a dermatology residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, where she served as chief resident. She completed her pediatric dermatology fellowship training at Rady Children’s Hospital and University of California San Diego. Dr. Metz has published over 30 journal articles, contributed to multiple dermatology textbooks, and spoken at dermatology conferences nationally and internationally. Dr. Metz has been practicing in Orange County since 2006. She lives in Irvine with her husband, Mark, and their two children. Dr. Metz has been named to the 2013 – 2016 Best Doctors lists published in OC Family magazine and the 2014 – 2016 Super Doctors Rising Stars lists published in Los Angeles magazine.
8. Dr. Kyle Song, M.D.
Kyle Song earned his medical degree from UC Davis Medical School and graduated at the top of his class. In fact, he scored in the 99th percentile nationally on his board exams. Consequently, his prestigious academic profile secured him a spot in the highly competitive General Surgery/Plastic Surgery program at UC Davis. While enrolled in the General Surgery/Plastic Surgery program, Dr. Song trained under the tutelage of some of the most well-renowned cosmetic and plastic surgeons in the country. After he completed the General Surgery/Plastic Surgery program at UC Davis, Dr. Song went on to complete a fellowship at the Plastic Surgery Center of Sacramento. There he spent an entire year focusing exclusively on cosmetic, surgical, and non-invasive treatments for the face, breast, and body. Plastic surgery is a tremendously personal experience, so it’s important to select a surgeon who can provide you with personalized attention and the best results. His approach is compassionate and supportive, but it doesn’t end there. His education, extensive experience, medical contributions, and local and national recognition make him an Orange County leader for both plastic and reconstructive surgeries.
9. Dr. Zena Gabriel, M.D.
Dr. Zena received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkley and obtained her medical degree from the University of California, San Diego. Her dermatology residency was completed at the University of Southern California where she was chosen as Chief Resident for the Department of Dermatology. Currently, she holds a fellowship position with the American Society for Mohs Surgery and the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, and is dedicated to the prevention, treatment and surgical removal of skin cancer. Dr. Gabriel has been featured as a dermatology expert in syndicated commercials and seminars alongside major brands like Neutrogena, L’Oreal Paris, Johnson & Johnson, and Allergan. She has also been invited as a medical expert to appear on national television to showcase her unique niche and sharp industry perspective. She is actively sought out for honorary industry panel appearances and is the practitioner of choice for a wide variety of discerning celebrity clientele.
10. Dr. Neda Mehr, M.D., F.A.A.D.
Under the direction of our award-winning medical director, Dr. Neda Mehr, MD FAAD a Board-Certified Dermatologist who was awarded “Top Cosmetic Dermatologist – Newport Beach”, and “Leading Physician of the World”, and was voted with an independent online survey as “Most Compassionate Doctor”. Dr. Mehr graduated Cum Lade from UC Irvine’s prestigious Bachelor of Science program and graduated with Honors as she entered Medical School at UC Irvine. She was voted by her classmates as President of her medical school, and again during her final year as Student Body President of UC Irvine’s’ Medical School. As a Southern California native, Dr. Mehr completed her Dermatology Residency at Loma Linda University, where she led her peers as Chief Resident in Dermatology while specializing in cosmetic dermatology during her final year of residency training. She additionally has an extra fellowship year of training dedicated to the advanced treatment of Skin Cancers and Melanoma and is an active Committee Member of Hoag’s prestigious Melanoma Cancer Center Advisory Board. Dr. Mehr is a member of the American Society of Mohs Surgery and performs both Mohs surgery & Dermatologic surgeries within our in-office operating room suite.
11. Dr. Karen K. Leong, M.D.
Dr. Leong received her bachelor’s degree from the prestigious University of California at Berkeley. She then traveled to the East Coast to obtain her medical degree from Drexel University and completed her plastic surgery residency at Brown University. Her love of California brought her back to Orange County where she completed her fellowship in cosmetic plastic surgery under Dr. Daniel Mills. Dr. Leong is a successful plastic surgeon who is dedicated to feminine wellness. She cultivates a relationship with each patient that is built on trust, honesty, and compassion. She places a high value on truly listening to her patients and being available to them throughout their entire wellness journey. These qualities along with her expertise have earned her a reputation for being one of the top women’s wellness doctors in Orange County, CA. She is often asked why she chose to pursue a career in feminine wellness. Her response, “Women’s wellness is an under-served specialty and is so important to ensure optimal quality of life. I enjoy the responsibility of helping women be the best version of themselves. Knowing my hands play a part in a person’s physical and emotional transformation is priceless.”
12. Dr. Nissan Pilest, M.D.
Nissan Pilest, M.D. is a board-certified dermatologist dedicated to the art of aesthetic dermatology. He has developed a national reputation with his dermatology practice, treating both medical and cosmetic patients, beginning in 1979. Dr. Pilest has practiced in Orange County, California for over 38 years. Dr. Pilest was one 100 selected from a field of 6000 nominees for the award. His win is a testimonial to the fact that referring doctors hold him in high esteem. Dr. Pilest has attained the coveted Circle of Excellence from the American Society of Dermatologic Surgeons. Known for his extensive experience and superior aesthetic talent, he was named the Dermatologist of the Year by the Consumer Business Review and is the winner of the Doctor’s Choice Award for 2014 and 2015. Additionally, he is listed in the “Best Doctors Book” and is a winner of the Best Dermatologist of Irvine for 2012 and 2014. Dr. Pilest is also well known in his community for being a Training Physician for injectables and lasers. Dr. Pilest routinely donates his time and services to charities that benefit cancer patients, such as the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation and The Breast Cancer Foundation. He is married and has two grown children and two grandchildren. He is an avid traveler.
Top Physical Therapists in Los Angeles
Whether it is a sports injury or pain in the lower back, it is crucial to obtain the right treatment plan just for you. Everyone’s healing process is different and so complex that it is important to consult a physical therapist rather than depending on the natural body to heal on its own.
Word of Health would like to recognize a few of these individuals who are passionate about medical healing treatments and pain management. Physical therapy seeks to restore the body’s function and promote proper recovery.
1. Dr. David Fabrizio, P.T., O.C.S.
David Fabrizio, one of the most sought-after orthopedic/sports manual physical therapists in the Los Angeles area, is celebrating his 31st year in physical therapy and his 22nd year as founder of Fabrizio PTSM. David started his physical therapy and sports medicine career in the United States Air Force. He graduated Cum Laude from Cleveland State University with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. His training included internships at the top medical facilities in the Cleveland area, including an inpatient orthopedics rotation at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic Foundation. After graduating from CSU, he took a staff physical therapist position at the Great Lakes Regional Rehab Center. Here, he developed his treatment philosophy of functional and comprehensive physical therapy. He treated acute, cardiac, and neurological patients during day-time hours while treating orthopedics and sports medicine patients in the evenings. David was selected as one of two physical therapists at Great Lakes qualified to teach Biomechanics, Ergonomics, and Back School. David has completed over 1,000 hours in athletic training rooms across the country treating both college and high school athletes. In 2000, he completed a year-long Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy course with Joe Godges, DPT, MS, and OCS and became board-certified in Orthopedics by the American Physical Therapy Association. His memberships
2. Dr. Courtney Mitchell, D.P.T., O.C.S.
Dr. Courtney Mitchell grew up in the Westchester/Playa Del Rey area where she attended St. Bernard High School. After high school, she attended Loyola Marymount University where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Science with an emphasis in pre-Physical Therapy. Courtney excels at manual therapy and correcting movement coordination impairments with exercise. She received a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Azusa Pacific University. After Physical Therapy school, Courtney decided to complete an orthopedic residency at Kaiser Permanente, the number one orthopedic residency in the nation. During the residency, she completed research that was able to optimize treatment of whiplash injuries quickly and with fantastic results. In addition, she was able to volunteer her time at the Venice family clinic, giving back to patients that are unable to pay for treatment. After completing the residency she passed her specialty exam and is currently a Clinical Specialist in Orthopedics. Although her specialty is in Orthopedics, she has experience in pediatrics working at various pediatric neurological clinics in the Southern California Area and completed research during PT school, lowering body fat percentage and preventing injury with inner-city pediatric patients. She loves playing soccer, hiking and playing beach volleyball in the summer.
3. Dr. John Pennella, P.T., D.P.T., Owner
Dr. John Pennella was born and raised outside of New York City, in Westchester NY. He attended State University of New York Purchase, where he received his B.A. in Economics. He had a strong interest in exercise and movement science; thus becoming a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. John then sought further education and moved to southern California to pursue a higher degree in kinesiology and physical therapy. He attended the University of Southern California receiving his Doctorates in Kinesiology and Physical Therapy. John is a Board Certified licensed physical therapist in the state of California. He has worked with high school to professional athletes throughout his clinical rotations in graduate school, as well as children and elderly in home health care services. Through his clinical education, doctorate training, and experiences in orthopedics, sports medicine, acute care, neurology, pediatric care and manual therapy he has developed his own style of physical therapy. He is now the co-director of physical therapy at The LAB.
4. Dr. Greg S. Khounganian, M.D.
Dr. Greg Khounganian is board certified in spine surgery that emphasizes minimally invasive techniques. After earning his medical degree from the University of Southern California, he completed his orthopedic surgery residency in New York City. As he grew adept at treating a variety of orthopedic problems, ranging from sports injuries to broken bones to arthritic joint conditions, Dr. Khounganian developed an interest in spine and spine-related disorders. He returned to his home in the San Fernando Valley to expand on his spine surgery training with a fellowship at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute. Here Dr. Khounganian learned some of the most innovative orthopedic techniques available to patients, including treating spine conditions with non-operative techniques and utilizing microscopic and other minimally invasive procedures. His use of these state-of-the-art practices means patients can return to their regular activities as quickly as possible. Customizing his approach to match each patient’s specific needs, Dr. Khounganian performs procedures involving the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. His extensive list of procedures
5. Dr. Brynilla Pacheco, P.T., D.P.T, M.C.M.T.
Dr. Bryn Pacheco earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Dominican College in Orangeburg, New York. She has been practicing physical therapy for over 20 years and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. She has a mastery certification in Manual Therapy and provides consistent quality service with her specialties in orthopedic, sports and geriatric rehabilitation. Dr. Bryn has extensive experience in inpatient, sub-acute, private and home health settings. She decided to focus on outpatient settings and became the Regional Physical Therapy Director for a Southern California Medical Corporation. During seven years of employment, she opened and managed five successful clinics. In 2011, Dr. Bryn opened BSP Physical Therapy in Burbank. The practice expanded with a second office in Culver City in January 2018. She is also certified in Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE), which qualifies her to assess
6. Dr. Walker Ozar, D.C.
Walker Ozar, D.C. serves the Beverly Hills area and the surrounding communities. The seeds for Walker’s career were planted early on as teenage athlete growing up in Los Angeles. He has always been very interested in fitness, massage therapy, and nutrition. When Dr. Ozar turned to physical rehabilitation, acupuncture, and chiropractic adjustment to assist in his recovery from a sports injury, he fell in love with all of the healing modalities. Dr. Ozar went on to study health and science at the University of Arizona, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts. His desire to combine physical therapy and chiropractic care led to a focus on chiropractic rehabilitation and he earned a professional degree from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic. Upon starting his practice in 1996 at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, he continued formulating his philosophy of healing for a few more years. Dr. Ozar soon realized that whenever he had been going through rehab (for various sports-related injuries), he always found himself driving from offices to gyms and other studios and back and forth again, and thought: “What if I could create a facility where everything could take place under one roof?” The rest is history. The original Beverly Hills Posture & Rehabilitation Institute was founded in 1999 (now known
7. Dr. Martina Fogt, M.P.T.
Co-Founder Martina Fogt is an experienced physical therapist specializing in women’s health at Bebé PT. Martina is a co-founder of Bebé PT, the first and only rehabilitation clinic in Los Angeles to cater exclusively to pre and post-natal mothers. Martina works with pregnant and post-natal women addressing musculoskeletal impairments, pelvic pain, postural dysfunctions, and pelvic floor disorders in addition to treating patients with common orthopedic conditions. She utilizes her strong dance, yoga and Pilates background in her clinical practice on a daily basis. Martina received a Bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and a master’s degree in physical therapy cum Laude both from California State University, Long Beach. During studies in her native Germany, she gained extensive experience in teaching therapeutic group exercise classes. She was also a long time instructor at Golden West College in Fountain Valley, California. In her free time, she loves playing with her dog and cats, enjoys yoga, running and competing in triathlons. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and is active in the women’s health section.
8. Dr. Dana Clark, D.C.
Dr. Dana Clark grew up in a small town outside of St. Louis, Missouri, moving to California at the age of 18 to attend and graduate from Pepperdine University in Malibu with a degree in business administration. After working in the personally unfulfilling corporate environment for several years, he decided to return to school to obtain his Doctor of Chiropractic degree. He graduated Cum Laude from Cleveland Chiropractic College, Los Angeles in 2001. Dr. Clark’s decision to become a Chiropractor was motivated by a life long appreciation for a profession that was integral in resolving severe pain he experienced as an adolescent. He finds great personal fulfillment in helping others achieve personal success in ridding their bodies of debilitating pain and in helping them down a path of life long health. Personally, he is a competitive triathlete and 6-time IRONMAN finisher who enjoys surfing, skiing, and scuba diving in his leisure time.
9. Dr. Debra Hagel-Wollman
Debra graduated (Magna Cum Laude) from California State University, Northridge and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science/Physical Therapy. She founded Lifestyle Physical Therapy in 2011 and has been a practicing physical therapist in a wide variety of clinical settings for more than 20 years. In addition to her vast knowledge of orthopedic and sports-related injuries, Debra received her Certification as a Pilates Instructor from Pilates and Beyond Institute in 2002. Her career highlights include that of former Director of Physical Therapy at Granada Hills Community Hospital, as well as, Facility Administrator and Spine Program Coordinator at HealthSouth Rehabilitation. Debra is an active member of both the California Private Practice Special Interest Group and the American Physical Therapy Association. When she is not helping patients get back to their lifestyle of activity, Debra enjoys hiking, cooking and traveling.
10. Dr. Rahim Kanji
Rahim’s journey in the field of rehabilitation started early in childhood. His grandmother suffered from chronic low back pain and would frequently ask him to step on her back or make herbal patches using ingredients such as turmeric and eggs. This piqued his curiosity of how the body functions and heals, driving his educational pursuits to find the most effective approach to heal and maintain the body at its best – free of dis-ease. In college, he began working with patients in cardiac rehabilitation and from there delved into the areas of chiropractic care and physical therapy. He received his Bachelor of Kinesiology at McMaster University and Doctor of Chiropractic, Acupuncture, and Oriental Medicine at Southern California University of Health Sciences. In addition, he was voted best instructor at the Department of Anatomy and Physiology at Southern California University of Health Sciences. He received his Master of Physical Therapy at California State University, Northridge. As a clinician, he specializes in conservative management of the neuromuscular system. He has worked in the field of rehabilitation for 14 years, integrating various approaches to providing the best treatment for his patients.
11. Larry Halem, M.D.
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12. Dr. Dawn McCrory
Dr. Dawn McCrory is an expert in the field of physical therapy, movement dysfunctions, and
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A woman’s reproductive health is one of the most critical health concerns and requires a specialized doctor to assist with urinary tract problems, pregnancy, menopause and more. Obstetricians and Gynecologists (Ob-Gyn) are trained to do all these things, and finding a doctor you can trust with the most sensitive parts is crucial.
Word of Health would like to recognize a few of these individuals who make their patients feel comfortable and trusted. Women should visit an Ob-Gyn annually to check if their reproductive system is healthy, and these doctors have great expertise on how to best treat patients.
1. Dr. Yonatan Mahller, M.D., PhD
Dr. Mahller is a native of Southern California, where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in physiology and a Master’s degree in molecular biology. He then relocated to the Midwest to attend the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, where he completed a dual degree program (MD/Ph.D.), obtaining a Ph.D. in developmental biology. He returned to California and completed his
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Dr. James Kurtzman is the Medical Director of OC Maternal-Fetal Medicine, a private perinatal diagnostic center located in Irvine, California, and Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, at Loma Linda University Medical Center. He is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in both Obstetrics/Gynecology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine. For over 15 years, Dr. Kurtzman has specialized as a perinatologist (Maternal-Fetal Medicine subspecialist). He has extensive patient care experience and clinical research expertise in the management of high-risk pregnancy, particularly in the area of prediction and prevention of preterm delivery and disorders of cervical function. Dr. Kurtzman is a Board Certified Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist who has served as an Associate Professor at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center and Loma Linda University Medical Center in the Department of OB/GYN,
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Dr. Lin completed his residency in OB/
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Dr. Rhonda Flora moved from the midwest to southern California to pursue her dream of providing obstetric and gynecologic care for women. She completed her training at the University of California Irvine Medical Center and joined her current practice in 2004. Since then she has had the privilege of guiding women through multiple stages of their lives from the single years, to the joy of the first pregnancy, through motherhood, and finally assisting them through the transition to menopause. She also enjoys assisting women with the initial stages of fertility treatments. She is skilled in providing minimally invasive surgical solutions such as laparoscopic hysterectomy and myomectomy and hysteroscopy and endometrial ablation for issues such as heavy periods, fibroids, and endometriosis. Dr. Rhonda Flora is board certified and has an exclusive affiliation with Hoag Hospital. She is an active member of the medical staff there. She believes in promoting a healthy lifestyle and maintains her personal wellness by surfing, traveling and doing yoga.
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7. Dr. Jeffrey Illeck, M.D.
Dr. Illeck is originally from New Jersey and received his B.S. degree from Rutgers University.
8. Dr. Caroline Conner, M.D.
Dr. Caroline Conner earned her medical degree at University of Texas at Houston, and completed her residency at University of California, Irvine. Dr. Conner is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Medical Association. She provides a full range of obstetrical and gynecological care and specializes in minimally invasive surgical techniques including robotic surgery and endometrial ablations. She has been practicing in the Orange County area for approximately ten years. Her patients like her non-intimidating nature and feel comfortable discussing their personal needs in her office. She is a native Texan and likes spending time experiencing the outdoors. She also enjoys taking care of her young daughter Aspen.
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