10780 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 405, Los Angeles, CA, 90025
Mondays thru Fridays 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

The LAIPT Team

About Dr. Natalia Pokras

LAIPT is run by Dr. Natalia Pokras, PT, DPT. Dr. Pokras received her Masters degree in Physical Therapy from California State University of Northridge. She completed a post-professional clinical doctorate with honors at Regis University. Since her undergraduate years, Dr. Pokras was interested in movement disorders. She participated in numerous research projects as a graduate student. Upon graduation, Dr. Pokras was invited to participate in a three-year research project at UCLA involving a Lokomat and patients with multiple sclerosis.

Since 2009, Dr. Pokras has been involved with the magazine “Life with Cerebral Palsy: Problems and Solutions”, published in the Russian Federation. Her articles in this magazine inform readers about current methods, treatment options, and the latest research findings on cerebral palsy topic.

Dr. Pokras is an active member of American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). She holds a clinical instructor certification from APTA. Dr. Pokras is passionate about sharing her knowledge of pediatric physical therapy with physical therapy interns. Many of her former students are now successfully working in pediatric settings. Dr. Pokras is constantly participating in conferences, symposiums, and presentations to enhance her knowledge and exchange information with her American and European colleagues. Dr. Pokras holds numerous certifications in various treatment methods.

Our Team Members

Speech Therapy Department

Kanyinsola Banigo, MA, CCC – SLP

Alex Gersh, MA, CCC – SLP

Debra Mizrahi, MA, CCC-SLP

Dana Papageorge, MA, CCC -SLP

Jaclyn Steinberg, MA, CCC – SLP

Physical Therapy Department:

Curtiss Jenni Benger, PT, DPT

Marisa Danaway, PT, DPT

Shannon Long. PT, DPT

Natalia Pokras, PT, DPT

Mandana (Mandy) Hodjati, PT, DPT – Dr. Mandy is temporarily on maternity leave.

Our Grow Strong Together Leading Therapists

Alex Gersh, MA, CCC-SLP

Lesley, Lai, MA, OTR/L

Natalia Pokras, PT, DPT

Occupational Therapy Department

Christina Yamada, MA, OTR/L

Jessica Lee, MA, OTR/L

Lesley Lai, MA OTR/L

Office Administration:

Maxine Pokras, B.A. Psychology (Office Manager)

Our Grow Strong Together Teachers

Anna Bernal, B.S. Psychobiology

Bethany Hom, UCLA Student

Boyu Cao, B.S. Human Biology & Society

Natalia Dudek, UCLA Student

Nicole Higa, UCLA Student

Pia Salcedo, B.S. Psychobiology

Sarah Purkrabek, B.A. Philosophy