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Kinetic Chain Physical Therapy offers a unique rehabilitation experience predicated on outstanding service and commitment to our patients.

Our physical therapists will work together with their patients in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment to develop comprehensive and personalized treatment and recovery programs that address their pains and dysfunctions. Come in today and experience the difference.

Our Facility

A spacious gym is utilized for postural re-education, gait training and bio-mechanical assessment. Cardiovascular machines, free weights, plyoballs, foam-rolls, and resistance bands are utilized to create individual programs that are easily transitioned to home exercise programs during treatment and at discharge.

We also offer individual or group plyometric, strength and multi-planar agility training.

How Are We Different?

Do You Suffer From Any of the Following?

These are just some of the common areas of pain that we successfully treat in our clinic every day. It is a common misconception that these chronic issues are caused by arthritis, age, stress or lingering injuries. Although it is true that our bodies degenerate as we age and stress often accelerates this process; all of these problems can be treated successfully and your pain can be eliminated with our comprehensive approach to Physical Therapy.

  • Recurring low back pain
  • Headaches
  • Pain and ache in the shoulders and neck
  • Temporo-mandibular dysfunction (TMJ/TMD
  • Hip/buttock pain
  • Chronic foot/heel pain
  • Knee pain
  • Wrist/elbow/hand pain

Why The Kinetic Chain Theory Works

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We believe and follow a unique philosophy that utilizes a bio-mechanical model to analyze the movement of the body. Rather than isolating a specific body part, our approach rehabilitates the entire skeletal and neuro-muscular systems. We view the body as a linked system of interdependent segments; acknowledging that each segment is capable of producing dysfunction or wellness in the associated segments.

As an example, knee injuries are often preceded by problems above and or below the knee. For instance, hip (femoral) dysfunction frequently allows for incorrect movement at the knee joint creating sheer, torsion and compression in and around the structures of the knee. These faulty joint mechanics often result in damage to the meniscus and cartilage and/or poor tracking of the patella (Chondromalacia or Patella-Femoral Dysfunction.) Left untreated, these faulty mechanics eventually lead to degeneration and arthritis. Improving faulty joint mechanics will decrease the compression and associated pain at the knee and also slow the progressive degeneration.

This is just one example; this type of faulty patterning occurs in all areas of the body and in all age groups and fitness levels. Even the high level athlete suffers from pain and recurring injuries due to faulty joint mechanics and movement patterns. These injuries include IT Band syndrome, Shin Splints, Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendonitis, recurring ankle sprains, muscle strains and many more aches and pains.

When you complete your therapy at Kinetic Chain Physical Therapy you will have completed an individualized program that was designed to address your specific problems and needs. The maintenance of your wellness program is provided through the knowledge of your improved body awareness and body mechanics and corrected posture and movement patterns.

Our Team

Physical Therapists

Jana V

Dr. Jana Van Surksum

PT, DPT, OCS Doctor of Physical Therapy

Jana graduated in 1995 with a Health Science degree in Physical Therapy from Florida International University and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Utica College in 2014.

She became a Board Certified Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS) in 2004 and completed her certification as Golf Fitness Instructor through Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) in 2007.

She is a Certified Level 1 Gyrotonic® Instructor and has completed numerous other Gyrotonic® courses focusing on the understanding of joint mechanics and corrective movement patterns as they relate to golf and other elite sports.

Jana’s specialty is identifying faulty movement patterns and asymmetrical patterning that allow for joint dysfunction, neurological impairment, soft tissue changes and poor motor control.

Jana spends her free time hiking with her dogs, backpacking, bike camping, road biking, playing golf and tennis, and reading.

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Vincent

Dr. Vincent Libonati

PT, DPT Doctor of Physical Therapy

Vincent graduated Magna Cum Laude from Loyola Marymount University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Natural Sciences with an emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy. He

then received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2016 from the University of Southern California.

Vincent has clinical experience in outpatient orthopedics, sports medicine, acute care rehab, and pediatrics. He has a passion for helping others return to a higher level of function than they were pre-injury and thoroughly enjoys developing relationships with his patients. He comes to The Kinetic Chain with a strong background in movement analysis and uses that to help guide his functional practice down to the impairment level. His treatment emphasis is on biomechanical assessment and using a mixture of both manual therapy and functional exercise.

Vincent enjoys hiking, being outdoors, traveling, cooking, watching the Dodgers, Lakers, and an assortment of movies. In his spare time he loves to be with his wife, who is also a physical therapist, and his Australian Shepherd, Cooper.

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Gayle

Dr. Gayle Alis-Brown

PT, DPT Doctor of Physical Therapy

Gayle is a graduate of the University of Southern California, completing a bachelor of Science in Exercise Science in 1998 and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2004. During

her Doctoral studies she completed internships at Kaiser Permanente Hospital, West Los Angeles; Orthopedic Hospital, Los Angeles; the university of Southern California Hospital; Cedars-Sinai Medical Hospital; Hawaii Physical Therapy in Aiea, Hawaii; and Verdugo Hills Hospital in Glendale. Since then she has been associated with outpatient orthopedic clinics and has also worked for multiple home-health agencies evaluating and treating homebound patients. She has also been a clinical instructor for physical therapy students from multiple graduates physical therapy programs.

Gayle has completed numerous continuing education courses including a year-long course on orthopedic manual physical therapy, advanced whole body kinesio taping, and has extensive experience with identifying biomechanical dysfunctions associated with the muscular, skeletal, and neural pathologies.

Gayle has been happily married for twelve years to her husband Jeffrey and together they are raising three beautiful children. She spends her spare time gardening, painting, reading, baking, watching movies, and running half-marathons.

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Dr. Jonathan Losch

PT, DPT, CSCS Doctor of Physical Therapy

Jonathan graduated from the University of California, Irvine in 2012 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biological Sciences. In 2018, he received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy

from University of St. Augustine, San Marcos.  While in his doctorate program, he gained 
clinical experience in inpatient care and outpatient orthopedics. While on internship, Jonathan was able to gain knowledge on a variety of different styles of treatment such as Postural Restorative Institute (PRI) and Applied Functional Science (AFS).

Jonathan has a passion for orthopedics, manual therapy, and sports rehabilitation. His love has led him to pursue many continuing education classes including PRI courses, strength and conditioning coach certification, emergency medical responder, and manual therapy certification courses.

Outside of work Jonathan enjoys hiking, movies, exploring new places to eat, exercise and resistance training, playing rugby and football, and concerts.

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Physical Therapy Technicians

Shay

Shay Valencia

Physical Therapy Aide / Front Office 

Shay graduated with summa cum laude honors in 2018 from California State University, Fullerton earning a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in 

Clinical Movement Science. Shay’s interests beyond physical therapy include, playing tennis, hiking, going to the movies, traveling, and woodworking/carpentry.
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Dean

Dean Chung

Physical Therapy Aide

Dean received his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from California State University, Long Beach. In his free time he enjoys spending time with friends and family, and competing in powerlifting.

Kelly

Kelly Kaufman

Physical Therapy Aide

Kelly grew up in the Bay Area, moving to Southern California in 2011 to
attend UC Irvine where she got her Bachelors of Art in Dance in 2014. Through


her love and passion of dance, she, unfortunately, encountered many injuries and
physical therapy clinics. Her interest in the body and physical therapy continued to
grow when she found Kinetic Chain Physical Therapy in April of 2018. She is
currently in school finishing her prerequisites to apply to a Doctor of Physical
Therapy Program. She is thrilled to be a part of the OC LaunchPad team, continuing
to learn and support an amazing community!
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Jordan

Jordan Patterson

Physical Therapy Aide

Jordan dabbled in a multitude of sports before finding his niche in collegiate track and field, specifically Hurdles. Graduating from California State University, Fullerton with a

Bachelors in Kinesiology, Jordan enjoys  staying up to date with current research in the field as a means to apply his education to the diverse background of the patients he works with. With a RockBlade and taping certification, he gladly uses his IASTM (Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization) techniques to treat his friends and family that stay active and are seeking relief. He fits well with Kinetic Chain’s culture because the body should be treated as a whole in order to achieve the most efficiency. Jordan plans to begin his Doctor of Physical Therapy program in the next year and is excited to embark on the challenging, yet rewarding journey. Outside of the clinic, you can bet that you will see Jordan running, biking, and hiking the endless miles of Southern California as he prepares for his annual triathlon. 
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Office Support Staff

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Jamie Mclachlan

Director of Operations

A graduate of University of Southern California, Jamie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology in 1995. She has worked in physical therapy for over 15 years specializing in billing and collections, marketing and customer service. In her free time, Jamie enjoys spending time with her family, travel, play golf, and water ski.

Janet

Janet Chavez

Office Coordinator

A graduate of California State University, Dominguez Hills, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Management in 2012. She has a deep passion for helping individuals achieve the best level of physical wellness. She has worked in the Physical Medicine industry for over 4 years specializing in office coordination. Janet loves to spend time with her family and enjoys going to sporting events.