Fortanase & Associates Physical Therapy
President: Michael G. Fortanasce, PT, DPT
Michael G. Fortanasce received his Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Boston University in 1977 and received his Advanced Standing Clinical Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of Southern California in 1996. Dr. Fortanasce founded Fortanasce & Associates in 1981 beginning with three small rooms and has built the Arcadia facility into the 11,000-plus square-foot free-standing facility that it is today. Dr. Fortanasce is a regular speaker at the accredited Southern California physical therapy schools as well as many other programs throughout the nation with topics ranging from ethics in clinical practice to the steps necessary to insure the growth and survival of our profession. He has presented numerous papers at state and national professional meetings and continues to be a crusader for each and every patient and the profession of physical therapy.
Dr. Fortanasce is appointed as 2012 Injury prevention and rehabilitation consultant for China Olympic Team.
Ken Mengel, PT, MPT, OCS
Kenneth W. Mengel received his Master of Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California in 1994 and has been with Fortanasce & Associates since 1989. He earned board certification as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in 2001. Ken has published research in the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy relating to knee pain and specific treatment intervention and has served as a part-time faculty member at Western University of Health Sciences, Department of Physical Therapy, where he taught Kinesiology, Musculoskeletal Evaluation and Treatment as well as Joint Kinesiology in the Osteopathic Medicine program.
David A. Gutkind, PT, DPT, OCS
Dr. Gutkind graduated from Calif. State University, Northridge with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science and his Physical Therapy degree in 1989. He went on to complete his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2006, graduating from Western University in Pomona. His initially focused on neurological rehabilitation and for the past 20+ years has emphasized primarily musculoskeletal and orthopedic physical therapy care. Over time he has developed a specialty expertise in industrial and ergonomic intervention, working in clinic and for various corporate settings assisting with preventative care industrial and repetitive movement discomfort. He lectures yearly to local PT schools and recently published a book on spine care incorporating rehab, industrial and ergonomic concepts for neck and back pain sufferers. He has spoken on multiple occasions to community groups on various topics ranging in scope from balance, ergonomics, fitness and the spine.
He has been an APTA member since 1989 and serves on the board of the California Private Practice group beginning in 2008. He received his first Orthopedic Clinical Specialist certification in 1997 and was re-certified again in 2007.
A southern California native, he lives locally with his wife and three children. He is active with weekend athletics including softball, baseball and general fitness and reads history, biography and adventure books. Recent hobbies include learning to play guitar and bass.
Lilian Chen-Fortanasce, PT, DPT, OCS
Dr. Chen is one of a very few Chinese to earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) in the US in early 2000. She holds a DPT from the University of Southern California and has two Master’s degrees (in Developmental Kinesiology, from Bowling Green State University; in Sports Biochemistry, from East China Normal University in Shanghai.) She is a Board-Certified Orthopedic Specialist (OCS) from the American Physical Therapy Association and a Comprehensive Pilates Instructor (CPI). She is a Certified Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Medical Professional. Her clinical expertise encompasses evaluation and treatment of sports injury prevention and rehab, post-op care, orthopedic neurological patient care, pre- and post-natal care, and inpatient surgical and non-surgical care.
Dr. Chen is the first Western-trained Doctor of Physical Therapy to treat China's highest level Olympic athletes for rehabilitation and injury prevention. As Chief Rehab Specialist at the National Training Bureau of the General Administration of Sports of China, she was entrusted with treating Chinese Olympiads during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. In 2009, the General Administration of Sports of China appointed Dr. Chen project manager for the rehabilitation and injury prevention of the national team's athletes.
As consultant to the Chinese Olympic Committee for 2012 London Olympics, Dr. Chen and her team provide training to the team physicians at China's National Training Center, Beijing, in evaluation, prevention and rehabilitation of athletic injuries since 2009.
Dr. Chen is a representative for the Education Division of the Science and Education Department for the All-China Sports Federation, a presenter and speaker for China Fit and the International Forum in Personal Training conferences, and a liaison and interpreter for education exchange projects with the University of Southern California, the Chinese Olympic Committee, and Human Kinetics Publishers. She is instrumental in establishing the firstinternational clinical education program to train Chinese sports rehab specialists in western physical therapy established in 2010. Fortanasce & Associates PT clinic is the clinical sports internship site for the China sports rehabilitation specialists in USA.
Tamara Enfiedjian, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC
Dr. Enfiedjian is an alumnus of University of California, Fresno with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology-Exercise Science. In 2006, she earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Chapman University with special interests in Orthopedics. Tamara completed a year-long residency at Fortanasce & Associates and further earned her Physical Therapy Specialty in Orthopedics in 2008. She has also been a Certified Athletic Trainer since 2003. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and Orthopedics Section. Tamara's interests include cultural and church related events, outdoor activities including hiking, and adventuring around the world.
Casey Chaney, PT, PhD, OCS, CSCS
Dr. Chaney received her PhD from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. She earned her Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist credential (CSCS) in 1998 and board certification as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) in 2000. Casey received her degree in Physical Therapy from Russell Sage College in New York, where she also earned a Master's degree in Health Education.
Casey is active in research and has contributed to articles that have been published in journals put out by both the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Physical Therapy Association. She is also an active member of the APTA and attends national, regional, and local meetings regularly. She has been an invited speaker at all levels of these meetings.
Dr. Chaney works full-time at Western University of Health Sciences in the Department of Physical Therapy Education where she coordinates and teaches Physiology of Exercise, Foundations of the Musculoskeletal Examination, as well as Differential Diagnosis for the Advanced Standing DPT students. Administratively, she is in charge of Admission to the Advanced Standing DPT program. She sees patients on Tuesdays, Thursdays and some Saturdays.
Johnny Chen, PT, DPT, CSCS
Dr. Chen completed his undergraduate work in Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley in 2001. He earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree at the University of Southern California in 2005. Johnny has been a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist as well as an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and Orthopedics Section since 2004. He continues to pursue specialist education in his career field. Bilingual in English and Mandarin, he joined the Fortanasce staff in 2007 to provide quality physical therapy care to a diverse patient population. In his spare time, Johnny enjoys sports (Go Cal Bears!), church-related activities, traveling, and spending time with his wife and two children.
Ryan Kahanu, PT, DPT
Dr. Kahanu graduated from Colorado State University in 2009 with a major in Health and Exercise Science and a minor in Spanish. He then received his Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2012 from the University of Southern California. After completing his final internship at Fortanasce, he joined the team as a full-time therapist. Ryan is interested in Orthopedics and is also a member of the APTA.
Ryan is fluent in Spanish and has a working knowledge of French, Italian, Portuguese, and Russian. Being a former competitive gymnast and cross country runner, he maintains a healthy, active lifestyle, and has even taken up Parkour to continue challenging himself. A native to Hawaii, Ryan enjoys spending time at the beach and lying in the sun, but also enjoys traveling and experiencing other cultures.
Kimberly J. Bozart, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS
Dr. Bozart is the Clinical Director of our South Pasadena facility. She is a Doctor of Physical Therapy who received her degree from the University of Southern California in 2006. She received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with a Minor in Psychology from the University of Southern California in 1999. Dr. Bozart is also a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).
Dr. Bozart has experience working with professional athletes of the National Basketball League (NBA), the National Football League (NFL), BMX cyclists, Olympic and amateur athletes. She has worked with U.S. Diving Championships prior to the 2008 Beijing Olympics and as the Head Athletic trainer for the Women’s Professional Football League (WPFL) the Los Angeles Amazons. Dr. Bozart currently serves as a physical therapist for the U.S. Figure Skating Association, is a member of the US Figure Skating Sports Medicine Committee and a board member for the Pasadena Figure Skating Club.
Dr. Bozart is a California native who enjoys being a mother, snowboarding, skiing, cycling, and watching USC football games!
Sam Orefice, MBA, ATC, CSPS
Sam is our Director of Sports Medicine & Fitness and has been with the clinic since 1998. He is a Certified Athletic Trainer and Certified Sports Performance Specialist. Sam has provided Athletic Training services for multiple high schools and, in conjunction with colleagues, has developed Fortanasce Athletic Sports Training (F.A.S.T.), a unique Performance Optimization Program for athletes of all ages. Sam also serves as a Clinical Instructor for Azusa Pacific University's Athletic Training Education Program. Away from work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 children.
Nikola Drazenovic, MS, ATC, PES, CES
Nikola earned his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology focus in Athletic Training from California State University of Fullerton in 2007. He continued his education by attending California Baptist University and earning his Masters of Science in Athletic Training. Nikola is a Board Certified Athletic Trainer, member of National Athletic Trainers Association and a National Academy of Sports Medicine Corrective Exercise Specialist since 2009.
Nikola began with Fortanasce and Associates in 2010 and is currently the Head Certified Athletic Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Coach at his alma mater Temple City High School. Currently with colleagues, has assisted in the development of Fortanasce Athletic Sports Training (F.A.S.T.) a Sports Performance Optimization Program for a range of athletes of all ages.
Nikola currently resides locally with his wife Nicole, and away from work enjoys the great outdoors by boating, camping, hiking and fishing.
José André Zumaeta, BS, ATC
André is a Certified Athletic Trainer and earned his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Long Beach State. He has firsthand experience treating athletes from multiple levels including collegiate Division I athletes to Olympic trial elitist. Currently, he is the Certified Athletic Trainer at San Marino High School. He is also the strength and conditioning coach for the cross country team at South Pasadena High School. He is active in sports and enjoys running and cycling.
Kelly Borrego, BS
Kelly earned her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Fitness and Health Promotion from California State University of Fullerton. She is currently working on going back to school to get her Master of Science in Athletic Training, with the hopes of becoming a Certified Athletic Trainer for high school or college level athletics. Kelly is involved with various youth sport camps in the Pasadena area and has taught Physical Education to children for K-12th grade.
Ben Zhuang, BS, CSCS, CPT, CISSN
Ben has been a personal trainer for nine years. He became a Certified Personal Trainer under the National Academy of Sports Medicine in 2003. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist under the National Strength and Conditioning Association and a Certified Sports Nutritionist under the International Society of Sports Nutrition. Ben specializes in corrective exercise, fat loss, strength training, and sports performance.
Ben resides in Arcadia and is an active competitor in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. In his free time he enjoys surfing and various other outdoor activities. He is currently in school to pursue a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
Julie Graves, BS
Julie received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Exercise from California State University, Los Angeles in 2009.
Julie is our Director of Fitness and has been with the company since spring 2008. Julie also heads up the Balance Improvement Program. She is currently in the Physical Therapy Assistant Program at Cerritos College; with an expected graduation date of spring 2014. In her free time, Julie enjoys spending time with her husband, reading, watching movies, and participating in outdoor activities.
Josh Loyo BS Biology, PTA
Josh graduated in 2008 from the University of California, Riverside with a Bachelorof Science in Biology with the intent to practice physical therapy. Recently in 2012 he attended Cerritos College's Physical Therapist Assistant program to obtain his License to practice as a PTA. Future plans for Josh are to attend Physical Therapy school to obtain his Doctorate in Physical Therapy and/ or pursue a Masters degree for Athletic training. On Josh’s free time he enjoys being active whether it be snowboarding, hiking, exercising, softball, tennis, or soccer.
Kristy Bankston, Exercise Physiologist
Kristy Bankston is one of our Gym Staff Exercise Physiologists. She received her BA in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science from the University of Northern Colorado in 2000. She has a background in cardiac and pulmonary rehab. While not at work, Kristy enjoys a variety of sports, camping, hiking and spending time with her husband and 1-year-old son.
Steve Smekar, MS
A Michigan native, Steve graduated in 1984 from Kirtland Community College in Roscommon, MI, with an Associates in Science in Electronics Technology. In 2000, he graduated from Lakeland College in Sheboygan, WI, with a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science and Sports Studies. Finally, in 2002, he completed my Master of Science in Exercise Science from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. After several years of personal training in Portland, OR, Steve moved to southern California in 2008 and began his work at Fortanasce. He enjoys weightlifting, powerwalking, and is a big fan of the farmer's market scene.
Alan runs the Senior Fitness class every Tuesday and Thursday and does personal training. He has been running senior fitness class since 2005 and employed for 12 years by Fortanasce & Associates.