Physical Therapists

The Doctors of Physical Therapy at OSS are dedicated to your recovery. Each therapist is passionate about health and fitness–focused on making movement easier. Each of our therapists has graduated from top schools in either physical therapy or in occupational therapy. Learn more about special certifications and education.

  • Education & License of a Physical Therapist

    Education.  Each physical therapist has earned a doctorate degree after completing an undergraduate training in sciences. In graduate school, the training of a physical therapist consists of classroom learning plus clinical rotations. Doctors of Physical Therapy (DPTs) have training to help patients recover from various health conditions. Our Doctors of Physical Therapy at OSS have now become specialists in helping patients recover from musculoskeletal injuries and pain.

    License.  Each physical therapist has passed the California Licensure Exam and is required to participate in yearly continuing education courses to learn evidence-based treatments.

  • Special Certifications

    Many of the therapists have completed even more certifications to help with patient recovery.

    Certified Movement Links Specialist (MLS)
    Certified Movement Links Specialists (MLS) are physical therapists who have successfully completed the Movement Links course series and undergone the certification testing program. These therapists have been trained in a systematic process to identify and manage both the source and contributing factors to musculoskeletal pain dysfunctions. Movement Links Specialists have demonstrated proficient knowledge, skills and clinical reasoning about the application of movement-based approaches to assess and treat musculoskeletal pain dysfunctions.

    Therapeutic Pain Specialist (TPS)
    Therapeutic Pain Specialist (TPS) Certification is a program that certifies health care providers to treat patients with acute, sub-acute and chronic pain. This certification is received from Evidence in Motion in partnership with Purdue University. These specialists emphasize treatment holistically with a top-down approach from the mind to the body. They help patients understand pain through neurobiology and neurophysiology to reduce pain, increase function, improve movement, reduce fear and worst-case-scenario thinking and change the brain activity during pain experience. 

    Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
    This certification is given by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists (CSCS) are professionals who apply scientific knowledge to train athletes for the primary goal of improving athletic performance. They conduct sport-specific testing sessions, design and implement safe and effective strength training and conditioning programs and provide guidance regarding nutrition and injury prevention.

    Certified Athletic Training (ATC)
    The Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer (BOC) is the only national accredited certification program for the profession of athletic training. To attain the BOC certification, candidates must have graduated from an entry-level athletic training education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and pass the national BOC Certification Exam. In 49 states, Athletic trainers must also apply and often pass a law exam prior to obtaining licensure or registration to practice athletic training.