Yoav Nagar, D.C., CCSP graduated cum laude from Cleveland Chiropractic College in 1997. He continued his post-graduate studies and became certified as a specialist in the prevention and treatment of sports injuries. As he developed and grew his practice, Dr. Nagar noted that most of his patients came to him with a common complaint: they were forced to return to other doctors for multiple visits and repeat adjustments, none of which truly alleviated their pain for a substantial period of time. In contrast, Dr. Nagar wanted to create a system that would shift the focus of patient care to rehabilitation – in essence, to locate and address the weakness that creates instability in the body. “Traditional rehabilitation focuses on movement within a single plane. Our rehabilitation techniques, in contrast, offers an effective method of restructuring and rebalancing the body and incorporates movement in three planes that teach the body to work as a single unit,” explains Dr. Nagar. “This is a much more functional approach to rehabilitation.”
Dr. Nagar’s technique blends several different philosophies to create a system that is highly effective in providing patients with long-term pain relief and improved health, but the short-term benefits are also easy to observe. Most patients enjoy dramatic improvement in as little as six weeks.
One of Dr. Nagar’s method of rehabilitation offered at the clinic is DNS. Dr. Nagar has been studying DNS under the world renowned professor from Prague named pavel kolar. Prof. Kolar revolutionary technique is based on the brain’s genetic information of developmental kinesiology. Dr. nagar has been following Prof. Kolar for the past nine years both in the US and in Prague.
Besides DNS, Dr. Nagar is a certified provider of Active Release technique. Graston technique, SFMA and Certified in kinesiotaping.
Dr. Nagar plays an active role in overseeing the practice daily operation. He continues to hone and refine his techniques while still seeing patients regularly. He is a member of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians and the author of several articles on Pilates training techniques.
Orit Bornstein, PT
I had been a licensed Physical Therapist for over 28 years — the last 17 years having been focused on pediatric patients — when I found myself staring at a flyer listing the upcoming classes offered by The Upledger Institute. Being on a quest to enhance my traditional skills with some alternative knowledge and techniques for a while, I registered for the first Upledger Institute course in 2004 and never looked back. Training in and practicing CranioSacral Therapy have changed both my professional and personal life. I’ve become much more passionate about my work and my journey in general, and have found more love and balance in my life. The work is subtle and gentle, yet profound in its outcome. The light touch of CST aides to release restrictions from the fascia and musculoskeletal systems of the body, which improves the function and mobility of the central nervous system. Since all body functions are managed by the central nervous system, optimizing it enables the body to reestablish homeostasis, self correct and begin a healing process. Immediate benefits include: profound relaxation, stress reduction, pain relief, improved motor coordination, strengthened immune system, improved sleep and many more. CranioSacral Therapy is very beneficial for babies and children, balancing their central nervous system so they have a better chance to develop to their full potential. Benefits include: relief from colic and vomiting, improved motor development, improved body alignment and symmetry, relaxed over-exited nervous system, balanced sensory systems, improved digestion and evacuation, improved sleep patterns and many more. Working with my patients, whether they are infants or adults, I find myself as empowered as I am empowering. Come in and allow your body to tap into its own healing power and find its balance. CST can help you get in touch with your inner wisdom, which holds the keys to your well being and vitality. Allow me to support and facilitate your process by holding a safe space for you. It is always an excellent time to embark on a healing path, and there is no time outside of now.
I have extensive experience as a physical therapist working with babies and young children with a wide variety of problems. My experience also includes adults with orthopedic and neurological problems, and geriatric patients. My skills include CranioSacral and Somato Emotional Release therapy. I serve the Upledger Institute as a teaching assistant helping to train other practitioners, and I continuously take more advanced classes to improve my skills. In addition I am a Reiki Master, a Munay-Ki rite giver (www.munay-ki.org)and a student at the Light Body School of The Four Winds Society (http://www.thefourwinds.com). Utilizing both the Reiki and the Shamanic energies enhance all the work I do on many levels. My patients range from infants to mature adults.
Professional Associations / Memberships
American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) International Association for Health Practitioners (IAHP)
Jennifer Yoo is a 2nd generation acupuncturist. Jennifer graduated from Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine, in Santa Monica. She has been in practice since 2009.
Jennifer describes herself as having an amazing affection for everyone and a passion to help them live happier, healthier and carefree lives. She handles each consultation and treatment with care, using creative ways to manage even the most difficult situations. Through acupuncture, magnetic therapy, cupping, electro-stimulation and herbs, Jennifer has helped patients relieve musculoskeletal pain,Gastrointestinal Problems,Emotional distress, women with hormonal Imbalances, infertility, and the ability to maintain pregnancy.
Jennifertakes great concern in patient care, making sure they are informed and at ease. She believes good health is not just the absence of disease; it’s the presence of balance in your energy. Acupuncture can help patients balance that energy.
Ronen has been teaching Pilates for 10 years at all levels of function. Ronen was trained at Performing Arts Physical Therapy. Prior for teaching Pilates Ronen worked at Saint Joseph Medical center in the physical therapy department as a Physical Therapist aid.
Ronen is also a Board Certified Hypnotherapist since 2001. His main interest are Yoga and martial arts specializing in mixed weapons.
Andrea began her journey into Pilates 13 years ago when a debilitating illness left her barely able to walk after over 20 years of being a fit and accomplished dancer. She was able to strengthen and create balance in her body that made her stronger than ever before. From her rehab with Pilates, Andrea continued as a dancer and was inspired to begin her career in fitness to help others achieve the same results. Her approach is to help her clients go beyond their own goals and limitations through the Pilates Method. No two bodies are the same, should not be trained as such, and you do not need to be a dancer to receive the benefits. Andrea has become one of the top and most sought out instructors in her field by reading the body in front of her and having the knowledge to be versatile and dynamic so the client continues to evolve. Most people do not know that Joseph Pilates himself was not a dancer but a boxer. Dancers were attracted to his method because it was the only form of exercise that stretches and strengthens the muscles at the same time without creating bulky muscles. Joseph Pilates wanted his method to be attainable for everyone so that they could experience a “Return to Life”.
Jennie is a California native who has been an instructor of movement for 10 years. She first studied dance at the Pasadena Dance Center and went on to major in theater and minor in dance at NYU. She has taught dance and theater in New York Public Schools and at Theaterworks, a prestigious arts outreach program. This is where she first was introduced to Pilates. She appreciated the mind/body connection and pure physical fitness of the technique. She got her certification through Physicalmind Institute and studied with Maria Leone at Bodyline LA. She is certified in both mat and reformer Pilates. Besides pure physical fitness, she also loves how Pilates can be used for rehabilitation, prenatal exercise and core strengthening.
Kathleen received her Pilates certification in 2003 at the prestigious Long Beach Dance Conditioning and has been teaching continuously for over 9 years. She was introduced to Pilates through jazz and ballet dance and found that it.
Fulfilled her body, soul and mind! Her favorite teaching setting is the private session for its intimate focus and fine-tuning. She uses knowledge from her dance background in conjunction with her schooling to personalize workouts based on the client’s body limitations, needs and goals. To maximize results, she loves to use props/toys to modify the exercise for the individual. Heavy emphasis is placed on body alignment, proper form and the breath. Breath-work is incorporated into the exercises and is a vital tool in achieving a dynamic workout.
Tracy Garrigan was certified as a Holistic Health Coach at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2011. There she studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. Her personal interest in fitness and behavior change lead to becoming certified at Precision Nutrition, widely considered one of the world’s most effective and motivational coaching models.
Having overcome a health crisis of her own, she wanted to integrate her knowledge with a like-minded and patient-centered team. She was certified in First Line Therapy as a Lifestyle Educator in 2013. This program, designed by the Institute of Functional Medicine for Metagenic’s University, enables Tracy to work as an extension of a Medical Doctor in supporting patient goals. Drawing upon her unique combination of skills, knowledge and life experience, Tracy can help you make changes to your diet and lifestyle that are easy, enjoyable and sustainable.
Tosha Pierce is PMA (Pilates Method Alliance) Certified and has specialized in working in physical therapy at Cahill Physical Therapy in Brentwood, CA and with Dr. Yoav Nagar Chiropractic/Sports Medicine in Studio City, CA. She is also a working dancer in the entertainment industry and has been working in body work professionally for over 15 years through the various forms of dance, teaching, mixed martial arts, and Pilates.
Tosha is well versed in Mat work, Reformer, Wunda and Cadillac/Trapeze, emphasizing Joseph Pilates classic technique. She found a new love in the health field after finding palates’ support in rehabilitating her own personal injury.
Tosha is a firm believer in the power of pilates work in creating specific core strength and feels it can be an essential element to gaining that next level of one’s physical goals and achievement.