Aaron Willis, DPT, ATC, Owner and founder of Playa Physical Therapy
Aaron Willis is a Santa Monica native who received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California in 2000. Prior to that he completed his undergraduate work at UC Davis, earning a BS degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Biomechanics. While at Davis, he worked with the intercollegiate teams as a student athletic trainer, going on to become a Certified Athletic Trainer in 1996 before entering graduate school at USC.
He founded Playa Physical Therapy in 2004 with the goal of providing the highest quality Physical Therapy care for the community. As part of that commitment, he and his staff do not delegate the overseeing of patient care to aides and/or assistants, but instead only see patients personally, one on one, each and every visit throughout the course of care. He feels this maximizes the benefit possible at each visit by allowing the therapist to directly assess what is most necessary to do, whether it be hands on work, exercise, or other treatment modalities, to help patients achieve their goals. This has proven to be effective in reducing the number of visits required, building effective working relationships with patients, and earning the respect of local physicians for the consistently high quality of care.
One of the exciting advantages of this new and larger facility is that it offers him the opportunity to provide a wider array of services. Along with an expanded Pilates program, he is able to offer Massage as well as Individual and Group Fitness Training with some of the most experienced and talented professionals in the area.
Aaron, his wife Therese, and their two children, live in Redondo Beach.
Terry Chu, PT, DPT
Terry graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science with an emphasis in Physiology and Metabolism. His desire to pursue a career in the health profession and his interest in sports led him to the University of Southern California where he received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
Terry utilizes his patient’s input to construct a treatment plan individualized to each patient for them to reach their goals. He also has experience treating orthopedic conditions for people with neurological conditions while working at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehab Center.
Terry is currently studying for his Strength and Conditioning certification and continues to advance himself through continuing education courses. His emphasis is in manual therapy, neuromuscular re-education, exercises to stabilize the trunk and functional exercises to get the patient to return to their activity pain-free. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball, hiking, swimming, snowboarding, weightlifting and traveling.
Katie Wisniewski, DPT
Katie Wisniewski-Dubiel was born in Chicago, IL. She completed her undergraduate work in kinesiology at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and then received her doctorate in Physical Therapy at University of Illinois at Chicago. During her time here, she assisted in implementing a senior wellness program at a local senior center with focus on balance, functional strengthening and cardiovascular health. Her first job out of school was at the Rehab Institute of Chicago where she treated patients with a variety of conditions including stroke, brain injury and spinal cord injury. For the last 5 years, she has been working in outpatient orthopedics specializing in Maitland manual therapy, vestibular rehab, and sports medicine. In her free time, she enjoys running, hiking, and all things Chicago Sports!
Amanda Jamieson, DPT
Amanda Jamieson was born in Seattle, Washington and she completed her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. She later received her doctorate in physical therapy at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in Florida. While there, Amanda was a teaching assistant for spinal evaluation and treatment courses, focused her studies on manual based interventions and participated in clinical integration—mentoring under physical therapists and professors. A member of the APTA, Amanda uses a combination of manual therapy, corrective exercise and patient education to help her patients reach their goals. She has taken continuing education courses in Lymphedema Management, Kinesiology Therapeutic Taping and Pelvic Floor Level I. In her spare time Amanda enjoys running, exploring Los Angeles, spending time with friends and family and rooting for her Seattle Seahawks!
Shana Miller, PT, MPT
Shana Miller MSPT attended UCLA and then graduated from Thomas Jefferson University in 2002 with a master’s degree in physical therapy. She has been certified in Pilates, yoga therapy, qi gong and tai chi rehab. Shana integrates a holistic approach to healing through core stabilization, flexibility and balance training. Her hobbies include studying tango dancing, practicing tai chi and playing golf.
Hanna, Foley, PT, DPT
Hanna Foley completed her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. She later went on to pursue her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree at Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts. While completing her doctorate degree, Hanna participated in conducting a research study in the Human Adaptation Lab with a specific focus on how different hip muscles are activated during exercise and the influence of manipulating posture. Since graduating, Hanna has focused most of her career in outpatient orthopedics with a passion for treating running injuries. She also has experience working with patients with a variety of neurological conditions including stroke, Parkinson’s, and Multiple Sclerosis. Her treatment approach emphasizes a combination of therapeutic exercises and manual therapy to target the underlying dysfunction. In her spare time Hanna enjoys hiking, traveling, playing the piano, and cooking.