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.

E: SAMANTHA@STRONGHARTEFITNESS.COM

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. 

W: CASIEDPT.COM

E: CASIEDPT@GMAIL.COM

JENNIFER FALK

Concierge Podiatrist

BIO

Dr. Jennifer Falk is a concierge podiatrist who specializes in sports podiatry and cosmetic podiatric procedures. She received her doctorate from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine and did her surgical residency training at Scripps Mercy Hospital (San Diego, CA) and Kaiser Permanente (Sacramento, CA). She is board qualified in foot and ankle surgery by the American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgeons and has received additional training in aesthetic procedures through the International Aesthetic Foot Society. Her practice caters to runners, athletes, and busy working professionals, who may not have the time or means of easily getting in to see the doctor. She is available for in-office visits, but her house-call & telemedicine services also allow for her to go to her patients when it is more convenient for them.

Background: Jennifer started running at the age of three, was a 5-time All-Conference & All-State cross-country runner in high school, and was named the North Dakota Senior Athlete of the Year in Cross Country in 2002. She continued to run in college, but after sustaining her fourth foot fracture, she stopped competing, temporarily, to focus on her education. These fractures, though, were a catalyst for her focus on podiatric medicine and for her passion and drive in getting athletes back to their optimal health and sporting potential. Her goal is to provide the necessary tools to help keep her patients on their feet.

Jennifer has actively been involved in organizations, multi-disciplinary meetings, and academic sessions, as well as research and lecturing. With her extensive athletic history, she has a special interest in sports, specifically runners. She continues to run today and enjoys competing in half marathons and has a personal best time of 1:30:15.

C: 310-310-1201

W: www.ayfpodiatry.com

E: drjfalk@ayfpodiatry.com

TAMEEZA SAMJI

Doctor of Psychology

BIO

Dr. Samji believes that profound change comes through understanding each other and ourselves.  She quickly help couples and individuals express themselves more clearly and love more fully.  She does this by helping people tap into their ability to communicate with each other and respond with love and respect.  She can help you create better relationships today while also healing old wounds and traumas.  Her goal is to help you, your partner, and your families become happier.  Her technique is engaging, expressive, gentle and intuitive.  She would describe herself as passionate and creative with a keen sense of equanimity.

Dr. Samji has a particular expertise working with people in inter-racial/cross-cultural/mixed race relationships, bisexual women in relationships and non-traditional relationships.  Her most successful couples are motivated and looking for answers.

Tameeza received her Doctorate in Clinical and Transpersonal Psychology at the California Insititue for Integral Studies in 2007.  She has presented work on bisexual women in relationship at national conferences and supervises therapists in training.  She is also a mixed media painter and ceramicist, as well as a mother of two.  Currently, she lives in Marina Del Rey with her partner of 15 years, their kids and their 12 year old poodle, Zayna.

C: 310-955-1036

E: Dr.tameeza@gmail.com

BIANCA RODRIGUEZ

Spiritual Psychotherapist

Breath work Teacher

BIO

Bianca L. Rodriguez, MA, Ed.M, LMFT is a spiritual psychotherapist and breathwork teacher. For over a decade, Bianca has guided individuals suffering from anxiety, depression and addiction back to wholeness. Down to Earth and a mystic at heart, she weaves traditional therapy techniques with alternative modalities igniting her client’s innate healing capabilities. After obtaining an MA and Ed.M in psychological counseling from Columbia University, Bianca relocated to Los Angeles to pursue her own recovery and spiritual path. She currently offers one on one healing sessions and group breathwork classes from her beachside office in Santa Monica and online. Upon meeting Bianca you’ll be inspired by her effervescent spirit.

W: www.youarecomplete.com