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Pamela J. Leitner – PT, DPT, OCS

Dr. Leitner has been practicing physical therapy for over 35 years.  She earned her BS in Physical Therapy from California State University, Long Beach in 1981.  She completed her clinical doctorate in physical therapy from Western University of Health Sciences in 2005.  Dr. Leitner has been a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist since 1991 and became certified as a Pilates Instructor by Long Beach Dance Conditioning under the tutelage of Marie Jose Blom in 2000.  She qualified as a Pilates Method Alliance Pilates teacher in 2006.  After working in a variety of hospital based settings and clinics throughout the area, including Centinela Sports Medicine/Kerlan Jobe Orthopedics and The Pritikin Longevity Center in Santa Monica she went into private practice focusing on orthopedic, sports medicine and manual therapy in and around the Venice/Marina del Rey area.

Dr. Leitner is very active in clinical education.  In addition to teaching in the Physical Therapy Dept at Mount St Mary’s College from 1991-1995 she has also presented workshops and seminars on a variety of topics in rehabilitation and Pilates throughout the Southern California area. In addition, she has contributed to numerous multimedia projects.

Blending traditional physical therapy, best current practices/research based protocols and Pilates based rehab, Dr. Leitner is uniquely qualified to guide her patients from injury or physical trauma back to their sport, fitness activity or just everyday function.  After a thorough biomechanical evaluation, Dr. Leitner will develop a specific treatment plan to help resolve muscle imbalance, restore mobility and strength and resolve pain using hands on and exercise specific approach for which she is well-known by local doctors and trainers throughout the local area.

In addition, Pam makes custom foot orthotics using either traditional plaster casting or computerized digital scanner.  Once the foot is molded and appropriate corrections are made, the orthotic can address pathological foot and lower extremity misalignments to enhance performance whether it is for walking, running or specific sports.

EDUCATION – California State University, Long Beach, CA: Bachelor of Science Physical Therapy, 1981

Western University of Health Science, Pomona, CA: Doctorate Physical Therapy, 2005

LICENSURE / CERTIFICATION – Dept. of Consumer Affairs/Physical Therapy Board of California: Registered Physical Therapist, 1982
-American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties: Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, 1992
-AMFIT Custom Orthotic Outlet, 1995
-Long Beach Dance Conditioning Academy of Movement: Certified Pilates Teacher, 2000
-United States Golf Fitness Association: Certified Golf Fitness Instructor, 2003
-Pilates Method Alliance: Certified Pilates Teacher, 2006
-SmartSpine Works Company: Certified SmartSpine System Technique, 2007

EXPERIENCE – Dr. Leitner’s expertise is demonstrated by the focused attention that she gives each patient and the successful results that she consistently achieves in helping her patients reach their goals.

Prior to going into private practice, Dr. Leitner worked in a variety of hospital, academic and clinical settings including:

-Centinela Sports Medicine Center in conjunction with Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic: Santa Monica, CA
-Pritikin Longevity Center: Santa Monica CA
-Mount St. Mary’s College, Physical Therapy Department: Los Angeles, CA
-Cedars-Sinai Institute for Spinal Disorders: Beverly Hills, CA

Dr. Leitner has a broad background in sports and orthopedic rehabilitation with emphasis on wellness, fitness, patient education and injury prevention. After a thorough evaluation, she will develop an individual treatment plan specifically designed to get fast results. The latest evidence based techniques and state of the art equipment are utilized. Home exercise instruction is part of every plan of care, enabling the patient to take control of their recovery.