Samantha Harte

Owner of StrongHarte Fitness

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Injury Prevention Specialist

Choreographer

Bio

Many people ask how I became a Doctor of Physical Therapy.   Interestingly, it wasn’t my original career choice.  Growing up in Brooklyn, NY, I began training in tap, ballet, jazz and hip hop at the age of 4 and pursued dance professionally into my mid 20’s.  I concurrently pursued my undergraduate degree at Boston University with a major in Communications because it seemed like the broadest and safest route.  While I loved the academic world, I soon returned to NYC to pursue my lifelong dream of becoming a professional dancer.  I had some success in the commercial dance world,  but as is often the case, the ego based pursuit of material success left me feeling empty and exhausted.   Once I attained the willingness to stay open to new ideas, I had a strong intuitive calling to be of service.  Specifically, I realized that what I really wanted to do was teach—-and not just teach dance, but teach people about optimal movement of the human body.  I wanted to have an effect on people that would change the course of their lives and was in search of a more profound way to accomplish that.   Soon after, I became a NASM certified personal trainer and professional dance teacher in the heart of NYC as I finished my undergraduate degree at Fordham University.  Even still, the personal training certification merely scratched the surface on my understanding of the human body.  Fortunately, a seed had been planted about the idea of Physical Therapy as a career several years earlier, and I was finally ready to nurture the growth of that idea.  I did some research and discovered what was required to get into Physical Therapy school and studied for another 2 years to collect all of my pre-requisites.  During that time, I gathered more than 100 volunteer hours at a variety of orthopedic clinics, took my GREs, and applied to the top universities in NYC.  I landed a spot in one of New York’s finest private Physical Therapy programs at Long Island University and graduated in May of 2010 with my Doctorate.  

Today, I own an integrative wellness center in the heart of Santa Monica called StrongHarte Fitness.  The space is a reflection of the long and beautiful journey out of who I thought I had to be and into who I was meant to become.  It is a healing center for the mind, body, and spirit with multiple healthcare services available.  My specialty is in exercise correction and injury prevention, and I take a whole body approach with every client because I believe you have to meet a person where they are at, take your time, and build a solid foundation for any real change to take place.  As a Doctor of Physical Therapy, dance instructor, and spiritual advisor, I help people do the work on the inside to manifest the life of their dreams on the outside.  I believe it is my purpose here on Earth to use human movement as a conduit for helping others.  I am a teacher at the end of the day, and I love what I do.

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ALEXANDER GROSVENOR

Structural Integration Practitioner

BIO

Alexander has been a part of the wellness community for over 6 years.  With a massage certification from I.S.P.B. and a Rolfing certification from the Guild for Structural Integration, he became a part of the StrongHarte Fitness family in early 2016.

What is ROLFING?

Rolfing is a holistic system of soft tissue manipulation and movement education that organizes your body in gravity. It is posture and movement therapy for pain relief (neck and shoulder pain, lower back pain, scoliosis, sciatic nerve pain etc.).  If you’re dealing with ongoing pain or would like to have your body realigned, please contact Alexander to learn how he can help.

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CASEY DANENHAUER

Doctor Physical Therapy

Pelvic Floor Specialist

Certified Yoga Instructor

BIO

Dr. Casie Danenhauer is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Yoga instructor.  She graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2010 and started her private practice, Enlighten Physical Therapy: Conscious Care for Pelvic Health, in 2016.  Her mission is to provide conscious care for all of her clients.  She combines her skills as a yoga instructor/ pelvic floor and orthopedic physical therapist to create a unique and holistic path towards healing. The path is one that maintains balance between evidence-based western science and an integrative consideration of the physical, emotional, energetic, and spiritual systems. 

 Casie spent the first three years of her physical therapy career gaining expertise in outpatient orthopedic clinics in Chicago and Northern California before returning to her hometown of Los Angeles in 2014.  Casie’s interest in pelvic floor physical therapy began in PT school and in 2013 she decided to specialize specifically in treating those with pelvic floor disorders. Be sure to check out her blog to read about her personal experience as a pelvic floor patient! Over the last 3 years Casie has accumulated over 180 hours of specialized continuing education in pelvic floor physical therapy and has treated hundreds of men and women with bowel/bladder/sexual dysfunction and pelvic pain.  She has also worked with a large number of pre and post-natal women and recently completed a Women’s Health & Nutrition Coaching Certification Program.

Casie uses manual therapy and yoga-based interventions as integral tools in her physical therapy practice.  Her aim is to empower her clients through education, and by giving them the treatment tools they need for self-management, self- care, and self-healing.

In addition to her private practice, Casie also leads Yoga for Pelvic Health workshops and weekend retreats across the US.  Her workshops are open to anyone with a pelvis who has an interest in exploring the mind/body connection.

Casie’s favorite things in life are the sun, travel adventures, India, her 4 year old niece, and snuggling with her kitties. 

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SOFIA COSTA

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Exercise Correction Specialist

SOFIA PIC

BIO

Dr. Sofia Costa earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in August 2012 from University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in San Marcos, CA.  Dr. Costa has gained clinical experience at various orthopedic outpatient facilities in the LA area.  Specifically, she has worked with patients from ages 8 to 75 that have had a range of injuries, including but not limited to acute and chronic pain, pre and post surgical rehabilitation, tendonopathies, and spinal conditions.  More than treat the injury, Sofia helps her patients return to their highest level of fitness, which includes the facilitation of a pain free return to sports such as horse polo, gymnastics, rowing, running, soccer, and surfing.  Dr. Costa believes in an interdisciplinary approach to care, collaborating with trainers, coaches, and physicians to facilitate the best outcome for the patient. Treating, healing, and educating clients on self-management, injury prevention, and optimal performance for return to sport is what drives Dr. Costa on a daily basis.  Sofia is currently progressing forward with her career by operating as a sole practitioner at StrongHarte Fitness & Physical Therapy where she treats clients one on one for an hour every time.  Treatments can encompass anything from soft tissue mobilization to postural training and functional movement assessment and correction.  While she loves to work with athletes, Dr. Costa wants to help as many people as possible.  Therefore, she treats any and all ailments related to the physical body, from acute pain to return to sport.  As a result of the highly personalized nature of the treatment sessions, clients have a brand new experience with physical Therapy.  Dr. Costa also leads workshops that emphasize the optimal restoration, movement, and function of the human body in order to enhance sports performance and overall well-being. Dr. Costa has recently been featured on Surf with Amigas website where she provides injury prevention content specific for surfers.

Prior to attending physical therapy school, Dr. Costa received her B.S. in Exercise Physiology at Texas A&M University in 2005, and a year later moved to Miami, FL where she worked as a Level 3-Master Trainer at Equinox Fitness for more than 3 years. During her time at Equinox, she earned various certifications such as Kettle bell Level 1 & 2, TRX Suspension Training, Pre-Post Natal, Active Isolated Stretching, and N.A.S.M. Corrective Exercise Specialist.

Originally from Puerto Rico, Dr. Costa has lived near the beach the majority of her life.  She understands, respects and loves the ocean, and has been learning how to surf with a longboard in her spare time.  Dr. Costa is recognized for her passion, intuitive healing, and clinical expertise to help others return safely to their daily living and sport of choice.  In her free time, Dr. Costa enjoys traveling, teaching, hiking, body weight training, spending time with family and friends, and anything that involves the beach.

E: SOFIA.COSTADPT@GMAIL.COM