“Optimizing human movement and performance, promoting longevity, and keeping your movement system in tune. Instilling new meaning into Physical Therapy.”
Normally when you think of the term “physical therapy”, what comes to mind? Learning to walk again after a car crash? Recovering from surgery? The standard physical therapy model normally entails rehabilitation after injury. Now, could those same injuries have been prevented? Could that surgery have been avoided? What if you could optimize your human movement system to perform at its peak all the time?
We, The Prehab Guys, want to instill new meaning into the term physical therapy. Physical therapy is the key to preventative rehabilitation or “PREHAB” for short. Physical therapists are human movement consultants. In order to take care of our bodies, we humans seek dentists for oral hygiene, physicians for internal medicine, and eye doctors to preserve our vision. Movement is just another pillar in which care must be given as well.
We are The Prehab Guys, Doctors of Physical Therapy who you can follow and communicate with regarding your movement system. Our mission is to provide accurate information to help you move better to decrease your risk of injury.
Michael was born and raised in Northern California but now currently resides in Sunny SoCal ever since attending the University of California, Los Angeles as an undergraduate majoring in physiology. After his undergraduate studies, he received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from cross-town rival the University of Southern California. Michael recently worked in Beijing, China as part of a team from USC training the first generation of physiotherapists in China, working at the Olympic Bird’s Nest and Water Cube. Michael is a huge proponent of movement education, pain science, and strength and conditioning. He believes 0that through education alone, a large majority of societies’ aches and pains can be alleviated. He currently sees patients at Evolution Physical Therapy in Santa Monica with a special interest in ACLr rehab and the lower extremity return to sport athlete.
Arash Maghsoodi received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California. For his undergraduate studies, he attended San Diego State University and studied Kinesiology. After sustaining a career-ending ankle sprain while playing collegiate soccer, he realized how disabling and life-altering injuries can be. Arash currently resides in Santa Monica. He has had clinical clerkships primarily in the orthopedic and sports setting including: Glendale Adventist Medical Center (TWC), California Rehab & Sports Therapy, Lavayen PT, Kaiser Permanente, & USC PT Associates. Arash is keeping the family legacy of becoming a physical therapist, as his mother is a practicing clinician of 30 years in the Orange County area. Arash holds certifications as a NSCA Strength and Conditioning Specialist and in IASTM from SmartTools.
Craig was born and raised in Blackwood, New Jersey and grew up with a passion for sports. Craig played soccer at a competitive level until he was 18, then he went on to college at Pennsylvania State University (WE ARE!) to receive his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology in Movement Science. During his senior year, Craig worked with Penn State’s Women’s D1 Soccer Team, who went on to compete in the National Championship game. During college, Craig found a passion for golf and aspires to work with professional golfers. After undergrad, Craig packed his bags and drove to California to pursue his Doctor of Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California, where he graduated in 2017 with Michael and Arash. Craig enjoys hiking, traveling, and expanding his knowledge in the field of sports and orthopedics. Craig has a special interest in overhead athlete sports including golf, baseball, and CrossFit. “Building resilient athletes from the ground up with compound movements and sport-specific training is key to reduce the likelihood of re-injury, and new injuries.”
Zach Johnston received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California as a member of the Class of 2017. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from the University of California, Berkeley. Zach is currently working as an orthopedic physical therapist at Glendale Adventist Therapy and Wellness Center, where he will begin a residency in January, 2018. He has completed clinical affiliations in numerous physical therapy settings including orthopedics, sports, acute inpatient, pediatrics, and cardiopulmonary physical therapy. When not editing Prehab Guys posts and working as a PT, Zach enjoys rock climbing, playing soccer, hiking, and playing music.