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Meet our Doctors of Physical Therapy

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David Ojeda, DPT, OCS

Dr. Ojeda graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology.  While at USC, he was a student-athlete competing on the men's track & field team as a distance runner.  After taking 2 years off to compete, he returned to USC to attend its preeminent program through the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy as a doctoral candidate.

Upon graduating with honors, Dr. Ojeda worked in an orthopedic and sports medicine clinic where he honed his skills and eventually earned the highly-regarded Board Certified Specialty in Orthopedics (OCS).  As an American PT Association Credentialed Clinical Instructor, he has provided years of clinical instruction and mentorship to Doctoral candidates during their physical therapy education.  Further, he is a mentor for USC's residency program that aims to transform clinicians into advanced practitioners.  Dr. Ojeda is also a certified running gait analyst, helping runners get back to running and to avoid future injuries. He is also involved with the California Physical Therapy Association where he has volunteered his time as the Los Angeles District Treasurer and Assembly Representative.  ​

Combining over a decade of clinical experience with a passion for movement science and physical health, Dr. Ojeda provides a patient-centered approach to treatment.  With his extensive educational background, Division I athletic experience, orthopedic specialty, and emphasis on patient care, Dr. David Ojeda possesses a unique perspective on the rehabilitation and sports medicine world.

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John Chao, DPT, OCS

Dr. Chao received his Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology and a minor in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin.  He then went on to receive his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Southern California. 

 

Immediately upon graduation, Dr. Chao began the year long Orthopedic Clinical Residency program at USC.  During his residency, he was a faculty member teaching at the physical therapy graduate program, attended numerous continuing education courses,  performed patient rounds with Orthopedic surgeons at USC University Hospital, and worked at the USC faculty practice treating patients and participated in their mentorship program.  Dr. Chao then received his Board Certification in Orthopedics Specialty upon completion of his residency. 

 

Dr. Chao has been working in Santa Monica, California for the past 14 years treating a variety of patients of all ages.  He began a student internship program with the USC Physical Therapy School and serves as the Center Coordinator for Clinical Education.  He has been a clinical instructor to many aspiring physical therapy students.  He has thoroughly enjoyed establishing many wonderful relationships with the referring physicians and patients that he has had the pleasure of working with. 

 

Dr. Chao enjoys spending time with his family when he is not working in the clinic.  He is also very active working out at the gym, playing golf, tennis, and softball in his spare time.

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Ethan Waldman, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Dr. Waldman received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of Southern California in 2016. After being accepted into USC’s Orthopedic Physical Therapy Program, he continued on to complete his Residency training in 2017 while working at the USC Faculty practice treating the students, faculty, and staff of USC and helping teach the doctoral students in USC’s prestigious physical therapy program. Ethan has worked alongside and learned from many world-class physical therapists and physicians through continuing education courses, and primarily his colleagues, mentors, and professors. 
 
In 2012, Ethan worked as an intern Strength Coach at UCLA training the Varsity Football, Baseball, and Track and Field teams. While at UCLA, Ethan became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, which is the industry gold-standard certification for performance and fitness training. 

 

Dr. Waldman became a board-certified specialist in orthopedic physical therapy  in 2019.  This advanced certification makes him a specialist clinician in orthopedic physical therapy. 


While pursuing his Bachelor’s of Science in Health Studies at Bates College in Maine, Ethan competed on the track and field team and became a Division-III All American in the shot put, and a New England Champion in the discus throw. Ethan was the captain of his high school tennis and soccer teams at Alexander Hamilton High School in Los Angeles. 
 
Ethan is very passionate not only about working with athletes, but with the average person, who may be in pain, or unable to do what they were doing before, and making sure that no stone is left unturned in getting them back to their normal physical function and beyond.

In his free time, Ethan enjoys hanging out with friends and staying active, including going to the gym, running, biking on the beach, and playing recreational sports such as basketball and tennis.

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Haley Hawes, DPT, OCS

Dr. Hawes is a Board-Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) with years of experience working with high-level athletes and passionately provides evidence-based patient-centered care.

Dr. Hawes obtained her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Marymount University. Her clinical experiences include rotations at Georgetown University Hospital, in the treatment of acute and critically ill patients, as well as at Joint Base Andrews where she assessed, treated, and cleared active duty members of The United States Armed Forces. 

Dr. Hawes graduated with honors from California State University, Northridge (CSUN) with a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology Exercise Science and minor in Business Management. While at CSUN, she was goal keeper and captain of the university’s Division I women’s soccer team, captaining the team that won the Big West Conference Tournament and went on to the NCAA tournament. Additionally, she interned at CSUN’s strength and conditioning program, where she assisted in the training of many of CSUN’s D1 collegiate athletes. During the summer months, she played semi-professional soccer for Santa Clarita Blue Heat. Dr. Hawes has over 10 years of experience coaching soccer players of all ages and continues to train players both on and off the field. 

 

In her free time, Dr. Hawes works for Angel City FC in their Community department, enjoys hiking with her Siberian Husky, backpacking, mountain biking, snowboarding, camping, traveling, watching soccer, and weightlifting.  

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Ricki Rosol, DPT, OCS

Dr. Rosol earned her Bachelor’s of Science from Loyola Marymount University in 2008, majoring in Natural Science with an emphasis in Pre-Physical/Occupational Therapy. She went on to earn her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Southern California in 2011.

Dr. Rosol was born and raised in Southern California. Her interest in physical therapy began at a young age while a competitive gymnast. After becoming an injured athlete in high school, she began coaching gymnastics and developed a keen interest in optimizing technique and emphasizing proper mechanics to be successful and avoid injury. 

Since graduating from USC, Dr. Rosol has worked in an outpatient orthopedic and sports medicine setting in the West Los Angeles area. She has achieved success in the treatment of orthopedic injuries in patients of all ages. She’s taken numerous manual therapy courses to further hone her skills as an orthopedic manual therapist. In 2016, Dr. Rosol became a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS). She has become certified in therapeutic taping techniques, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization techniques, and Blood Flow Restriction Training (BFR) to optimize patient outcomes. Over the years, Dr. Rosol has served as a clinical instructor for several graduate students pursuing their doctorate in physical therapy.  Further, she has served as adjunct faculty at Loyola Marymount University instructing undergraduate Anatomy & Physiology Lab courses.

Outside of physical therapy, Dr. Ricki Rosol enjoys being active outside walking, running, biking along the beach, traveling, boating, and spending time with her friends and family.

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Jhankhana Jani, DPT, CSCS

Dr. Jani earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of California, San Diego in 2015.  She majored in Psychology with an area of concentration in Neuroscience and Behavior. She then went on to earn her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of California, San Francisco and San Francisco State University in 2019. 

 

Dr. Jani grew up in Orange County, CA and has been practicing physical therapy in orthopedic and sports clinics in Santa Monica for several years. Her participation in dance, tennis, and basketball for over 10 years led her to become interested in human movement and physical therapy.  This interest grew after seeing the life-changing impact that therapy had on her family members and friends.

 

As a graduate student, she participated as a teaching assistant and performed research on the effects of Myofascial Decompression with runners. She has since become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, which is the industry gold-standard certification for performance and fitness training. Further, she is certified in blood flow restriction (BFR) training which helps with improving muscle strength and endurance. Dr. Jani is also a clinical instructor for doctoral PT students and continues to refine her orthopedic skills via evidence-based continuing education courses. She has gained experience working with orthopedic, sports, and oncological patient populations and is an avid learner consistently trying to improve her skillset. 

 

During her free time, Dr. Jani enjoys spending time with her family and friends, staying active, being outdoors, hiking, and shopping. 

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Rebecca Pedras, DPT

Dr. Rebeca Pedras graduated from the University of San Francisco with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and a minor in Spanish. She went on to earn her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Miami. She is currently pursuing her certification in Pilates so that she can integrate a whole-body movement approach into her patients’ plans of care.

 

After completing her graduate program, Dr. Pedras was accepted into the University of Southern California’s Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program with the goal of enhancing her knowledge base to become an advanced clinician. The program is designed to provide clinicians with the necessary orthopedic experience and mentorship needed to become board-certified orthopedic specialists in physical therapy. These experiences include serving an orthopedic patient population with mentorship from expert clinicians and orthopedic surgeons, participating in research, instructing doctoral students in USC’s DPT program, and completing continuing education courses in a variety of areas of interest.

 

In her free time, Dr. Pedras enjoys slacklining, playing volleyball, swimming, and hiking. She also has a passion for improving her Spanish and has plans to visit every country in Latin America.

 

Dylan Lange, DPT, CSCS

Midwest native, Dr. Dylan Lange obtained his Bachelor’s in Exercise Science from Lakeland University (Plymouth, WI). Dr. Lange played four-years of collegiate soccer with the Muskies and one season following in the United Premier Soccer League. Dr. Lange is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has experience working with collegiate and high school level athletes. Following his Bachelor’s, Dr. Lange went on to obtain his Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) at Northern Illinois University and currently pursues a PhD in Health Sciences from NIU. Lange has presented an accumulated 18 poster/PowerPoint presentations among 11 scientific conferences and holds various peer-reviewed journal publications.

Dr. Lange was selected to be a part of USC’s Orthopedic Residency program where he will aid in teaching DPT students, conduct research, and advance his clinic skills as a Physical Therapist in pursuit of becoming a board-certified specialist in orthopedics. 

In his free time, Dr. Lange enjoys staying active through various sports and styles of training, spending time with friends and family, and trying new foods and adventures.

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Rick Barnes, DPT, ATC

Dr. Barnes received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Athletic Training from Southern Nazarene University in 2013. He then went on to receive his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2017. His clinical experiences included rotations in the US Veterans Medical Center, the Oklahoma University Rehabilitation Sciences Clinic for patients with advanced neurological conditions, as well as several outpatient orthopedic clinics.

 

After graduation from his doctoral program, Dr. Barnes worked for a not-for-profit hospital as an Athletic Trainer in his community in South Carolina. He worked with athletes of all ages and various abilities, ranging from young children to adult recreation leagues all the way up to a professional soccer team, the Greenville Triumph. During this time, he gained valuable experience in evaluating and treating a wide variety of orthopedic conditions.

 

In his free time Dr. Barnes enjoys bouldering, sand volleyball, hiking, and spending time with his wife and daughter.

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Michael Bandoma, DPT

Dr. Bandoma grew up in the Bay Area and graduated from the University of California, Davis where he earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior with a minor in Psychology. While at UC Davis, he interned as a student athletic trainer where he treated sports-related injuries of NCAA Division I student-athletes consisting of football, men and women’s basketball, and baseball. 

 

He then moved down to Los Angeles to pursue his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California. During the program, Dr. Bandoma gained clinical experience working in a number of settings including acute care, sports medicine, and outpatient orthopedics. He has found great joy treating patients of all activity levels ranging from the general population to professional/Olympic level athletes. 

 

During his free time, Dr. Bandoma enjoys weightlifting, hiking, playing and watching basketball, traveling, and trying new foods.”

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Chad Sticher, DPT, OCS

Dr. Chad Sticher was born and raised in Southern California.  He earned his Bachelor's in science in Kinesiology - exercise science at California State University of Northridge in 2015. During his time there he was able to participate in research projects and got experience working with and providing adaptive exercise for individuals with various neurological deficits in the Brown Center of Achievement.


Chad attended the University of the Pacific for physical therapy school and graduated with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2019.  Following PT school, Chad completed a yearlong orthopedic residency with Kaiser Permanente where he was able to further his knowledge and skills. After completing his residency, he became board-certified as an Orthopedic Specialist--a designation held by a minority of therapists.

Chad grew up playing a variety of sports including volleyball, basketball, and football. His experience with sports is what lead him to pursue a career related to physical activity. During his early experiences in the field volunteering and working as a PT aide, he learned to fall in love with the rehab process and helping people in their path to recovery. In his free time, he likes to play volleyball and basketball as well as spending time with his friends and girlfriend. He loves to root on his LA Dodgers and is a die-hard Lakers fan.

 

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