The Fabrizio Team
David Fabrizio PT, OCS
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’s patients—from A-list actors, studio heads, and Fortune 500 CEO’s to referrals from leading orthopedists—respond to his depth of knowledge of movement patterns and exercise physiology, manual physical therapy skills, compassion, warmth, and most of all, his humor.
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.
A diversified athlete, David has competed in boxing, martial arts, triathlons, baseball, basketball, and football. This contributes to his diverse and in-depth understanding of kinesiology and abnormal movement patterns. He is a master weightlifter and is a Certified Strength Coach through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
David is devoted to continuing education. 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 include: American Physical Therapy Association, American Back Society, and the American College of Sports Medicine..
Along with his wife, Rachel, who runs the front office, David has brought his physical therapy clinic to the next level. David has five children and his hobbies include piano and acting.
Steven Cha, David Fabrizio's Personal Tech
Steven works exclusively with David Fabrizio's patients. Born in Los Angeles, but raised in Seattle, Steven graduated with a BS in Exercise Science at Seattle Pacific University. As a student, he worked as a Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology teaching assistant. Prior to moving back to LA, he worked in an outpatient orthopedic physical therapy clinic for three years.
He plans to apply to medical schools within the next couple of years.
Growing up, he participated in baseball, basketball, and football. His hobbies include weightlifting, reading, and trying new restaurants.
Rachel Fabrizio, CMT, CPT, FRCms
Rachel Fabrizio, wife of David Fabrizio, graduated from the prestigious National Holistic Institute and holds her massage license with over 900 hours of training in both Western and Eastern modalities. She offers Full Body and Deep Tissue massage services with Whole Body Balance. With her strong interpersonal skills, caring personality and dedication to the well being of the clinic and patients, she has brought a new meaning to patient satisfaction. An avid runner and exercise enthusiast, Rachel has competed in several 10K’s including the Susan G. Komen race for the cure, competed in local gymnastics competitions, and is currently a NASM Certified Personal Trainer.
Rachel graduated with her degree in Liberal studies with a minor in child development. She worked as a Pre-kindergarten teacher for 15 years and became school principal for an additional 6. She decided to leave her career in education to join her husband and create the best atmosphere for their patients. Her patience and empathy are exhibited daily with her understanding of patients needs.
Rachel believes in helping others, and along with her husband David, is happy to be a part of a great team!
Anat Weingarten, DPT
Anat Weingarten is a holistic and experienced physical therapist with extensive diagnostic abilities for complex injuries and conditions. Prior to receiving her Doctorate in Physical Therapy she spent 15 years in the health and wellness industry as a personal trainer and massage therapist which provides an advantage to her care.
Anat takes pride in her ability to discover the true source of a patient's symptoms and use integrative and osteopathic methods to treat the whole person. These additional methods include: visceral mobilization, myofascial release and somatic therapies. You'll find that her warm demeanor and humor make for an enjoyable and relaxed experience where your concerns will be attended to.
As a past swimmer, dancer, and regular fitness enthusiast Anat has a keen sense of body mechanics and the nature of injury. She has a versatile ability to work with all ages and types of injuries from acute to chronic as well as simple to complex.
Her passion of physical therapy has also led her to teaching courses of Chronic Pain and Orthopedic pathology at Mount Saint Mary's University. She plans to continue her contribution to the growth of our profession and is focused on empowering both students and patients through education.
Garrett W. Chin, PT, DPT, MS, ATC
Garrett Chin joins Fabrizio Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine with a vast array of knowledge and experience. Originally from New Bedford, Massachusetts, Chin earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Athletic Training from Northeastern University where he interned with the New England Patriots.
Garrett earned his Master’s in Science at Ohio University where he was the only football graduate assistant (GA) ATC compared to the usual three. There, Chin was provided with invaluable experience in administration, handling acute to chronic injuries, effective communication with football coaches and strength coaches, and overseeing undergraduate Athletic Training students.
Garrett completed his degree in just 11 months in order to join the Boston Red Sox summer internship. Upon completing his internship, Chin became the Northeastern University football medical coordinator while pursuing his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. During his time at Northeastern University, Garrett’s interest was bridging the gap from sports medicine to performance, and was overseeing a dramatic injury rate from increased performance for football, track & field, women’s basketball, and men’s ice hockey teams.
During his last year at Northeastern, he overtook the role of men’s ice hockey program where the team was pre-season last in Hockey East, and ranked 9th nationally with the program’s lowest injury rate. Garrett was also the liaison for Northeastern Sports Performance and Boston Children Hospital Sports Medicine Division, working with renowned orthopedic surgeons.
Garrett has completed clinical rotation in long-term acute care where most patients were intubated to outpatient clinic to private practice with Bill Hartman of Indianapolis. Garrett prides himself in providing honest, valuable information from a perspective respectful of scientific rigor, sound physiology, and validated clinical application. Garrett’s passion is to consolidate rehab information from all facets of human performance, producing a unified and holistic methodology, allowing his patients to apply the right principles at the right time.
Garrett is passionate about continuing education in order to improve his skills so they are unparalleled. Courses include but not limited to: FMS, SFMA, Active Release Technique, Function Range Release/Conditioning, Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization, and Postural Restoration Institute.
Garrett enjoys traveling, hiking, working out to sympathize what his patients are experiencing, beach volleyball with friends, and family time.
Brandon Modafari, PT, DPT, ATC
Brandon Modafari joined the Fabrizio physical therapy team and has experience working with patients of all ages and levels of physical fitness. Throughout his career, he has treated both adolescent and collegiate athletes, patients of the general population, and also has experience working with patients who have neuromuscular disorders, helping them to return to their maximum level of functioning.
Brandon was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH and graduated Cum Laude from the College of Mount St. Joseph with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training. In that time, Brandon has gained experience working with college sports teams such as football, women’s soccer, wrestling, and women’s volleyball. He developed the skill of intertwining physical conditioning with injury rehabilitation to provide his athletes with optimal care.
Following his undergraduate studies, Brandon obtained his doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, OH. Brandon has experience working in outpatient orthopedic clinics, skilled nursing facilities, and sports medicine clinics where he has treated a wide array of patients from adolescents to the geriatric population. As part of Brandon’s clinical internship, he worked at The Ohio State University, and developed exceptional manual skills including myofascial release, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, and myofascial unwinding in patients with complex regional pain syndrome, fibromyalgia and numerous other neuromuscular disorders.
Brandon prides himself in his knowledge of human anatomy and physiology which he gained not only from his education, but also from experience playing sports and participating in bodybuilding. This skill has allowed him to appreciate the discipline, dedication and perseverance it takes to push through an injury and regain the strength it takes to continue with an active daily lifestyle.
"Simply put: David Fabrizio is the best.
As a former athlete, I am very familiar with the world of physical therapy as I have been treated for far too many injuries in my time and met countless dedicated therapists.
He has helped me recover from a number of surgical procedures, as well as a litany of weekend warrior complaints. There's no question that I couldn't function properly without him!"
Franklin Ortiz, PT, DPT, OCS
Franklin Ortiz has joined the team at Fabrizio Physical Therapy after spending 16 years working in the healthcare industry, specifically in relation to physical therapy. Franklin began his journey as a PT Assistant after graduating from Mount Saint Mary’s College. His dream was to always be a Doctor of Physical Therapy and attended Loma Linda University, receiving his BA in Health Science prior to graduating with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy.
Franklin has a strong passion for Orthopedics and currently holds his status as a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist. Franklin enjoys working with young athletes and is currently the Head trainer at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach. Franklin is certified in DNS, FMS, SFMA, Movement Links Specialist and also does instrument assisted soft-tissue mobilization.
Franklin’s areas of expertise include sports specific rehabilitation, functional design mobility, stability training, and post graduate advance manual training. He developed an interest in healthcare and physical therapy as he was involved in various sports throughout his life. He strives to help people reach their exercise and fitness goals. Franklin has strong manual skills, great exercise knowledge and a huge heart. We are so happy to have him!
Franklin enjoys running half marathons, marathons, and surfing in his free time.
Ryan Kunihiro, Head PT Tech
Ryan was born and raised in Yorba Linda, CA. He graduated with Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology Exercise Science from Cal Poly Pomona. He previously worked at an Orange County physical therapy office for four yearswhere he worked with with pediatric, neurological and orthopedic patients before joining the Fabrizio PT team.
Ryan is currently attending PTA school at Concorde College in Garden Grove.
During his free time Ryan coaches an elementary basketball team and loves watching football, baseball, and basketball games.
Paul Wittemann, PT Tech
Paul grew up in Granada Hills, CA. He joined Fabrizio PTSM after recently graduating from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Human Biology with an emphasis on Applied Physiology. He also completed his studies with a minor in Psychology. During his time there, he worked as an assistant athletic trainer for the USC football, basketball, swimming, and diving teams.
Paul is currently attending PT school at University of St. Augustine in San Marcos.
Paul played many sports throughout his lifetime including basketball, football, and volleyball. He enjoys weightlifting and doing calisthenics in his free time.