Dr. Rafael is a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist and a graduate of the Kaiser Permanente Orthopedic Residency Program. He has served as clinical instructor for several physical therapy universities, and previously served as an adjunct professor at the Santa Monica College movement science department. Dr. Rafael has been awarded for his presentation and research on "Treatment of Piriformis Syndrome". As a private practice owner, Dr. Rafael takes pride in his work and has volunteered at the Venice Free Clinic treating underprivileged patients. During his martial arts practice, Dr. Rafael endured debilitating injuries, which required knee and foot surgery with extensive rehabilitation. Having gone through these injures, he knows firsthand the challenges that patients face when attempting to return to their desired sport and lifestyle. Dr. Rafael is dedicated to utilizing his knowledge and experience to facilitate a quick and complete recovery for each and every patient. He enjoys practicing martial arts, yoga, cross training, mountain and road biking, hiking, and spending time with his family and friends.
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Dr. Rafael's Care Philosophy
SportsFit Physical Therapy & Fitness is the premier orthopedic and sports physical therapy clinic in Santa Monica. SportsFit offers a multidisciplinary approach to therapy by providing the most effective and practical physical therapy interventions, including orthopedic and sports rehabilitation, Pilates, Acupuncture, therapeutic yoga, massage therapy, spinal decompression, and performance enhancement programs for athletes and the active patient population. Doctors of Physical Therapy Board Certified Specialists Multi-Disciplinary Holistic Approach to Therapy Acupuncture/TCM Rolfing Certified TPI/Golf Specialists One-on-One Treatment Infrared, Cold, and Blue Laser therapy Free Insurance Benefit Verification Free parking At SportsFit, we have one focus: "our patients". Our patients are always treated by adoctor of physical therapy and receive one-on-one treatment for their entire session. SportsFit physical therapy sessions are at least one hour long. We don't overbook our schedule in order to allow for true quality care. Our board certified doctors of physical therapy utilize a combination of manual therapy, therapeutic exercises, and evidence based treatment modalities to assure patients receive the most optimuminterventions. Our patients benefit from utilizing a state of the art therapy and fitness facility with the highest quality of sports & therapy equipment, basketball court, full training room, cardio equipment, yoga and Pilates studios, as well as free parking. At SportsFit Phyiscal Therapy & Fitness our team utilizes a combination of hands on manual therapy treatments, therapeutic exercises, acupuncture, Pilates, yoga therapy, Rolfing, massage therapy, and therapeutic modalities, in order to create a comprehensive and holistic treatment plan. The result is an optimized healing potential, treatment of the true source of injury, establishment of balance in the body, and prevention of future recurrences of injury.
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Likelihood of recommending Dr. Rafael to family and friends is 5 out of 5