MEET THE POSITIVE PT STAFF
Jason Whitman DPT
Dr. Jason Whitman received a doctorate in physical therapy from USC, the number one ranked physical therapy program in the nation. He grew up in the Miracle Mile district of Los Angeles, where he attended Loyola High School. After high school, Jason decided to stay in Los Angeles and attend Loyola Marymount University where he received a Bachelors degree in Science for Pre-Physical Therapy with honors. While at LMU, Jason had the unique opportunity of working as an athletic trainer for the Dallas Cowboys. Since graduating from USC with a doctoral degree, Jason has worked at various outpatient orthopedic clinics where he has gained valuable experience. Jason excels in all aspects of manual therapy and exercise. In his free time, Jason is an avid outdoorsman and participates in many different sports and training activities.
Courtney Mitchell DPT, OCS
Dr. Courtney Mitchell received a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Azusa Pacific University. After Physical Therapy school Courtney decided to complete an orthopedic residency at Kaiser Permanente, the number one orthopedic residency in the nation. During the residency she completed research that was able to optimize treatment of whiplash injuries quickly and with fantastic results. In addition she was able to volunteer her time at the Venice family clinic, giving back to patients that are unable to pay for treatment. After completing the residency she passed her specialty exam and is currently a Clinical Specialist in Orthopedics. Although her specialty is in Orthopedics, she has experience in pediatrics working at various pediatric neurological clinics in the Southern California Area and completed research during PT school lowering body fat percentage and preventing injury with inner city pediatric patients. Courtney grew up in the Westchester/Playa Del Rey area where she attended St. Bernard High School. After high school, she attended Loyola Marymount University where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Science with an emphasis in pre-Physical Therapy. Courtney excels at manual therapy and correcting movement coordination impairments with exercise. She loves playing soccer, hiking and playing beach volleyball in the summer.
Jennifer Rivas-Guillen DPT
Dr. Jennifer Rivas received her doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Southern California. She grew up in the San Fernando Valley where she attended Reseda High School. Jennifer received her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy from Whittier College. Throughout her four years at Whittier, she ran cross country and track & field. While at Whittier she participated in numerous intramural sports, clubs and honor societies. She also worked in the athletic training room as a student athletic trainer and interned with the Los Angeles Sparks under the supervision of director of sports medicine and head athletic trainer. Following this experience, she was accepted and completed a doctoral degree in Physical Therapy from the number one ranked PT program in the nation, USC. Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, playing with her dog, hiking, running and going to the beach.
Jennifer Venegas DPT
Dr. Jennifer Venegas graduated from University of Southern California with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. After physical therapy school, she was accepted into USC’s prestigious Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program. During the residency she will be teaching first year doctorate students, participating in research for foot and ankle pathologies along with being able to work alongside surgeons at the Santa Monica Orthopedic Group. Jennifer grew up in the San Fernando Valley where she attended Birmingham High School and completed her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science from California State University, Northridge. Jennifer enjoys going to sporting events, running, being outdoors and spending time with friends and family.