- Behavioral Medicine Psychologists
- Nurse Practitioners
- Physical Therapy Specialists
- Physician Assistants
- Edgar Abad, PT
He is a physical therapist at the Pasadena Rehabilitation Institute. He specializes in geriatric physical therapy as well as shoulder rehabilitation and restoration, functional stabilization and exercise training.
Abad earned his doctorate of medicine and his B.S. in medical technology at the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines. He also earned his B.S. in physical therapy at Emilio Aguinaldo College in the Philippines. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Physical Therapy Association of California.
- Vibha Agrawal, MD
She graduated of M.P Shah Medical College in Gujarat, India, Dr. Agrawal completed her residency at University Hospital of Stony Brook, in Stony Brook, New York in Preliminary Surgery and Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, in Brooklyn, in Physical Rehabilitation.
Dr. Agrawal was a visiting Fellow at Thomas Jefferson Medical College in Radiology and an extern in Radiation Oncology at the Albert Einstein Medical College, both in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- Caryn Axtell-Kelly, PA-C
She received her B.A is Psychology and Social behavior at UC Irvine and her Master’s of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Western University of Health Sciences. She is a member of California Association of Physician Assistants and Merican Academy of Physician Assistants.
She currently works as a Physician Assistant at Synovation Medical Group – Chino
- Nadine Batac, NP
She received her B.S in Nursing with a Minor in Health Science at California State University, San Bernardino and her Masters in Nursing Acute Care at UCLA. She currently practices at our Carlsbad and Poway location.
- Jerrold Bustos, MD
He is a board-certified Anesthesiologist and Pain Management Physician. He completed his Anesthesiology Residency at the University of Miami and went on to finish his Pain Management Fellowship training at the University of Southern California.
Dr. Bustos is proficient in treating a wide variety of pain syndromes from spine-related conditions to complex regional pain syndrome, fibromyalgia, and many others.
- Brian Chen, PA-C
He earned his Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California and his Bachelor of Science in Biology at University of California, Irvine.
- Phil Corrado, PhD
He is a Licensed Psychologist/Licensed Marriage and Family Counselor at the Pasadena Rehabilitation Institute. He holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, as well as a Masters of Science in Psychology from California State University, Los Angeles. He completed a three year post-doctorate in neuropsychology at Fielding Graduate University.
Dr. Corrado has been appointed by the state of California as a qualified medical evaluator. He has specialized training in biofeedback and relaxation training to help patients who have chronic pain or anxiety conditions. Dr. Corrado has published numerous studies in this area, and is very active in conducting research in the area of chronic pain. He also does a great deal of psychological testing and neuropsychological evaluations. He is an adjunct professor of psychology at Alliant International University and an instructor in the Department of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles. He is a member of the Association of Psychophysiology and Biofeedback and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
- Robert Eric Dinenberg, MD, MPH
He earned his Medical Degree in Medical College of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Tania Faruque, MD
She received her Medical degree at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Faruque completed her Anesthesiology Residency in Cleveland Clinic Foundation and her Pain Medicine Fellowship at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.
On her spare time, she enjoys traveling, hiking and plays the violin. She currently practices at Southland Injury Medical Center.
- Casey Fisher, MD
He is a double board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pain Management. He received his medical degree from Ross University, School of Medicine. After graduation, he became a research assistant at the University of California San Diego in the Anesthesia and Pain Department. He completed his general surgery internship at Los Angeles County Harbor- UCLA Medical Center and proceeded in his Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation residency program at State University New York University Hospital.
During Dr. Fisher’s last year or residency, he was given the respected position of Chief resident. Being a native of Southern California, he finished his Pain Medicine Fellowship under two leading experts, Dr. David Fish (known for the treatment of non-operative spinal disorders) and Dr. Joshua Prager (known for complex regional pain syndrome) at UCLA- West Los Angeles VA.
As a Physiatrist or Rehabilitation physician trained in Pain Medicine, Dr. Fisher utilizes his extensive knowledge of the musculoskeletal system and spine, to precisely identify various pain generators or ailments that lead to effective treatment plans. Additionally, he performs fluoroscopic, ultrasound and electrodiagnostic testing and in pain diagnoses.
- Jose Flores, PT Aides
- Shiu-Kwan Fok, MD
He is board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Electrodiagnostic Medicine. He has over thirty years of experience in the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries as well as traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and multiple sclerosis.
Dr. Fok received his Doctor of Medicine from National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan. He completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the UCLA School of Medicine. He then completed a fellowship in Spinal Cord Injury Service at the V.A. Hospital in Long Beach. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the UCLA School of Medicine.
- Shweta Gada, DPT
She is The Director of rehabilitation of all our Physical therapy locations. She specializes in vestibular/balance rehabilitation, pathological gait analysis, McKenzie techniques for the spine, and sport specific rehabilitation.
Shweta earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Drexel University in Pennsylvania, and her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland, College Park.
- Harold Gottlieb, PhD
He received his Ph.D. degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University located in New York City. Prior to earning his doctorate in psychology, he received Master of Arts degree from the University of Colorado in clinical psychology and masters of arts degree from The New School for Social Research.
Early in Dr. Gottlieb’s career he received extensive training in child development and worked with Jean Piaget’s close assistant, Dr. Gilbert Voyat. Afterwards, Dr. Gottlieb was asked to come to California State University, Los Angeles to develop and teach a variety of courses and seminars incorporating the theory and practices of Jean Piaget. At California State University, Los Angeles Dr. Gottlieb obtained tenure and full professor status. He is currently Professor Emeritus.
Over the course of his career Dr. Gottlieb’s interest shifted, as he became increasingly interested in the role that psychological factors play in the development and maintenance of psychophysiolgical disorders. In this regard, Dr. Gottlieb eventually began to incorporate psychological concepts, ideas and theories to a problem confronting the medical professions efforts to rehabilitate the refractory chronic pain patient. As a result, he incorporated his understanding of the role of psychological factors play in this disorder and developed one of the earliest multidisciplinary treatment models in the U. S.
Currently, Dr. Gottlieb spends his time active in his field as the director of the behavioral medicine program at the Pasadena Rehabilitation Institute located in Pasadena, California. He continues an active research program, has many research publications, past and present, and maintains a private practice in Pasadena, California.
His present and future interest remains writing, teaching and the joy of spending loads of time with his wife and daughter.
- Ken Hsin, MD
He received his MD at Temple University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Loma Linda University Medical Center, Ranch Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center and UCLA- Olive View Medical Center. He is Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with extensive training and work experience in musculoskeletal care.
Dr. Hsin has co-wrote articles such as; “Neuromyelitis Optica Preceding Systemic Lupus Erythematosus; ACase Report”, “Atypical Presention of Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis: A Case Report”, “Transverse Myelitis with Atypical Findings: A Case Report,”“Miller Fisher Syndrome-Response to Intravenous Immunoglobulin: A Case Report,”“Levetiracetam and Speech Therapy in Aphasia From Penetratins Brain Injury: A Case Report,” and “Proximal and Distal Patellar Realignment for Chronic Pateller Dislocation in Ectrodactyly and Congenital Type 2 Deficiency of the Tibia: A Case Report.”
Dr. Ken Hsin practices at our Upland location.
- Karen Jersey MSN, APRN, ANP-BC
She received her BSN from RUSH University of Chicago and her MSN from South University ( Savannah, Georgia). She has a background in clinical research for medical devices and pharmaceutical trials, internal medicine, and cardiology.
- Jennifer Johnson Dr PH, PT, CSCS
She earned her Master of Physical Therapy and Doctor of Public Health, Preventive Care degree from Loma Linda University.
- Dr. Khan is an experienced and compassionate physician dedicated to effectively managing pain and achieving function restoration. He has completed fellowships in Pain Management, Palliative Care, Headache Management and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.
- Reed Levine, MD
He is a board-certified neurologist with dual-fellowship training in Clinical Neurophysiology and Pain Management. He graduated from New York University School of Medicine, completed his internship in Internal Medicine at Yale University and his residency training in Neurology at the University of Southern California, where he also completed his two fellowships. He has served as an elected Council Member of the Pain and Palliative Care section of the American Academy of Neurology.
Dr. Levine has published over a dozen peer-reviewed scientific articles and textbook chapters and been interviewed by national publications including TIME Magazine and the Huffington Post. He has served as a medical consultant for a major museum exhibit on the nervous system and as a lecturer at both the college and medical school level. Additionally, he is conversant in Spanish and continues to have an active interest in improving patient care options and has participated in clinical trials of new pain-management treatments.
He chose a career in Neurology because of his interest in the interaction between the complexities of the nervous system and the individual person. He believes strongly in a comprehensive approach to pain management, utilizing appropriate combinations of treatment modalities to maximize benefit. He aims to select the best combination of therapies for each patient, not just treating a disease but also the person who has that particular disease.
As the director of medical education, he has helped coordinate clinical research projects, regularly gives lectures to both patients and physician colleagues and serves as Chair of our Continuing Medical Education Committee. Dr. Levine performs interventional pain procedures (including implantable therapy devices), performs electrodiagnostic studies and treats pain and spasticity
- Tony Liu, DO
Before arriving to the United States, Dr. Liu completed his undergraduate studies in China, where he received a degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine. He obtained two graduate degrees before entering medical school. A Master in Public Health from Harvard University, and a Master in Information System Management with concentration in Medical Informatics at Carnegie Mellon University. He also completed one year NIH Fellowship in medical informatics that was a joint program of Harvard and MIT.
After receiving his graduate degrees, Dr. Liu received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He interned in Upstate New York in Johnson City and then completed his residency for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of California Irvine (UCI).
He was also involved in translating a Physical Medicine textbook from English to Chinese, which is readily available in China. In addition, Dr. Liu is passionate about the treatment of the whole person and educating patients about lifestyle modifications.
Moreover, Dr. Liu loves to listen to music, play sports and travel. He plays basketball, is also a huge foodie and loves to take part in water sports such as jet skiing. Dr. Liu also loves spending time with his family.
- Lois Luetmer, PT
She is a physical therapist at the Pasadena Rehabilitation Institute. She focuses in geriatric physical therapy as well as functional stabilization and exercise training. Her objective is to effectively and compassionately apply physical therapy measures in order to maximize recovery potential and quality of life.
Luetmer earned her physical therapist degree at the California State University of Sacramento and did an Advertising Certification program at the St. Cloud Area Vocational Technical Institute.
- Patricia Lutfy, MD, DC
She received her medical degree from St George’s University in Grenada, West Indies in 2008. She completed her internship in Family Medicine at Southside Hospital in Bayshore, NY in 2011 and her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Minnesota in Jan 2015. Prior to entering medical school, Dr Lutfy attended Cleveland Chiropractic College in Los Angeles and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1995. She was honored with the prestigious Clinic Excellence Award.
Her training enabled her to gain extensive experience in Pediatric and Adult Sports Medicine as well many neuromusculoskeletal disorders. While working with patients in both clinical and hospital rehabilitative settings, she has managed patients with spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries, stroke, amputation, cancer and various disorders including MS, ALS, Parkinson’s Disease and children with Cerebral Palsy. She is trained in joint and trigger point injections and Botox injections for Chronic Migraine, spasticity and cervical dystonia.
In addition, she holds degrees in Massage Therapy and has achieved certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians. She practiced for seven years in a private fitness center in Los Angeles where her focus was mostly on sports and other post traumatic injuries. She provided joint and soft tissue manipulative therapies, rehabilitative exercise instruction and fitness/ sports conditioning.
Dr Lutfy is a competitive athlete who is very passionate about promoting active lifestyles in all ages and populations. She has dedicated her time to coach the Special Olympics Tennis Team and AYSO Girls Soccer League. She has also gained invaluable experience volunteering as a massage therapist for the San Diego Hospice and Institute for Palliative Care. Dr Lutfy hopes to combine her many years of experience and education in neuromusculoskeletal and sports medicine to provide the most comprehensive, Holistic care possible for her patients.
- Marc Lynch, DO
He is a board certified Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his degree at the Western University of Health Science in the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, and went on to finish his Anesthesiology Residency at the Loma Linda University Medical Center. Dr. Lynch is proficient in treating a wide variety of pain syndromes from spine-related conditions to complex regional pain syndrome, cancer pain and many others. He has centered his practice on a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach and treatment of chronic pain.
- Virgina Mabasa, PA
She is a board-certified bilingual (English/Spanish) Physician Assistant (PA) at Pasadena Rehabilitation Institute. She graduated with honors from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. Prior to beginning her training as a PA, she was honorably discharged from the United States Navy where she was a hospital corpsman. While in the Navy, she received a Navy Achievement Medal for her work as an Orthopedic Surgical Technologist/First Assist. Mabasa specializes in general pain management. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the California Academy of Physician Assistants and the Association of Surgical Technologists. Outside of work, Mabasa enjoys Muay Thai kickboxing, participating in mud runs and spending time with her family.
- Evan Minkoff, DO, QME
is a board-certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and fellowship trained in Musculoskeletal Medicine. He completed his PM&R Residency at the University of California, Los Angeles and Fellowship training at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Minkoff has experience in treating musculoskeletal and sports injuries, spine disorders, neurological disorders and diseases. His focus is on interventional and multidisciplinary management of pain and restoration of function.
He received his DO at Western University of Health Services. He has completed his residency at West Los Angles Veteran Administration Health Care Center/ UCLA, Cedars Sinai Medical Center and Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitation Hospital.
He is a member of American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports and Occupational Rehabilitation, Associate Member of American Academy of Electodiagnostic Medicine, American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians and International Spine Intervention Society.
Dr. Minkoff has co-authored articles such as; “Predictors of Outcome in Chronic Pain Patients Undergoing Interventional Spine Procedures,” “Interventional Spine: An Algorithmic Approach Co-author of chapter entitled: Return to Competition Following Prolonged Injury, website article for Johns Hopkins Arthritis website: Rehabilitation Management of Arthritis,
Co-investigator: Meleka,S, Patra,A, Minkoff,E, Murphy,K: Value of CT Flouroscopy for Lumbar Facet Blocks. American Journal of Neuroradiology 26:1001-1003, May 2005
Abstract submitted: David Fish, MD, MPH; Hisashi Kobayashi, MD; Evan Minkoff, DO; Quynh Pham, MD Comparative Analysis of Subjective Measures in Chronic Back Pain Patients Undergoing Lumbar Steroid Injections Dr. Minkoff currently practices at our Torrance location.
- Elizabeth Ngo, DO
She received her B.A in Integrative Biology and Minor in Education at University of California, Berkeley, California. She earned her D.O in Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, Florida.
- Nouriel Niamehr, DO
He is a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist with a special interest in pain management, musculoskeletal medicine and addiction management. He takes a holistic multidisciplinary approach to treating his patients and is proficient in osteopathic manipulation.
Dr. Niamehr received his DO from Touro University in California and his undergraduate degree from UCLA. He completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Long Beach Medical Center.
Dr. Niamehr offers outpatient pain management consultations at Mid Valley Pain Management.
- Robert Paul, PA-C
He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology at San Diego State University in San Diego, California and his Master of Medical Science in the Physician Assistant Program Arcadia University in Christiana, Delaware.
- Ryan Peterson, MD
A native of Minnesota, Dr. Peterson attended medical school at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. He completed his residency training in Anesthesiology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York City and then trained in the Pain Medicine fellowship at UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Peterson has been in private practice in greater Los Angeles since 2009. He is Board Certified in anesthesiology, pain medicine and addiction medicine.
Dr. Peterson's primary areas of interest are in pain + addiction as well as in spine-related pain and cancer pain. He is experienced and highly proficient in interventional procedures aimed at the treatment of headaches, neck and low back pain, abdominal, pelvic and joint pain, cancer pain, neuropathy, and sympathetic-mediated pain syndromes like CRPS. He is also a skilled Spinal Cord Stimulator implant surgeon.
Dr. Peterson is sympathetic toward the suffering caused by chronic pain and takes the time to truly listen to his patients. He has a successful track record and vast experience in alleviating chronic pain caused by orthopedic, medical, and neurological conditions. In addition, he believes in a multidisciplinary approach to pain management. He works closely with doctors and practitioners in other specialties to treat pain using every modality possible. He treats all of his patients at the forefront of the art and science of Pain Management, using the most advanced techniques, medicines, and devices available anywhere today.
For the sub-group of patients that have chronic pain and who also cannot safely maintain control of their own use of opioids or pain pills, Dr. Peterson has a unique interest in helping and a skill set that can be most beneficial. He brings a background with addiction care and compassion with the treatment knowledge and skills of a pain medicine provider.
Dr. Peterson is an outdoorsman and enjoys hiking, road trips, and exploring California's beautiful state and national parks. He is also very involved in fitness and weight training.
- Samuel Rodriguez, PT Aides
- Andrew G. Seltzer, MD
He specializes in all aspects of interventional pain management with a special interest in Spinal Cord Stimulation for the treatment of challenging pain syndromes. He takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating his patients, with an emphasis on interventional techniques for the treatment of most spine problems, including chronic neck, thoracic and lumbar spine pain.
Dr. Seltzer received his MD from University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. He completed a residency in anesthesiology at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He also completed a Pain Management Fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine. He is board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Management.
- Beverly Wike, OT
She is a registered occupational therapist at Pasadena Rehabilitation Institute who specializes in evaluating and treating patients of all ages with upper-extremities orthopedic and neurological impairments. She also believes in promoting health through ergonomic intervention, joint protection and back education.
Beverly Wike earned a Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy as well as a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Southern California. Before joining Synovation Medical Group, she served as Assistant Director of Rehabilitation at Santa Teresita Hospital in Duarte, California, and provided direct patient care on acute, rehabilitation and TC units at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Valencia, California. She is also a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Occupational Therapy Association of California.
- Traci Williams, PT
She received her B.S in Physical Therapy at CSU Sacramento and her B.A in Physical Education at CSU Long Beach.
She has over 20 years of experience in the outpatient orthopedic setting and currently works as a Physical Therapist at Arcadia Sports and Neurologic Rehabilitation.
- Mauro Zappaterra, MD, PhD
He graduated from Harvard Medical School with an MD and PhD and now specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with a particular focus on regenerative medicine, neuro-rehabilitation, neuroplasticity, musculoskeletal medicine, and pain. He completed his PhD doing work with neuronal stem cells and the effects of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in brain development and in the adult. He is published in numerous scientific articles on the CSF and his work was chosen as the cover image for the prestigious Neuron Journal.
He is also featured in the New England Journal of Medicine in regards to teaching medical students about living with life threatening diseases and in Psychology Today on an article titled “Joy: The art of loving life.” Dr. Zappaterra was nominated by his peers and staff to be Chief Resident at the UCLA / VA Greater Los Angeles Residency Program in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and won the Outstanding Senior Resident Award.
He will be working as Director of Regenerative Medicine and Clinical Research, incorporating prolotherapy, platelet rich plasma (PRP), and stem cell therapy into patient care for a multitude of musculoskeletal ailments to help create an optimum healing and regenerative environment. He combines his training in rehabilitation medicine, research, nutrition, and various complementary and alternative medicine modalities such as polarity therapy, Reiki and Craniosacral therapy to work holistically with individuals to optimize their potential and improve their quality of life.