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Meet Our Team

Jeffrey Blake


Jeff graduated from California State University Northridge with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology. He followed up with a degree in Physical Therapy with an emphasis in orthopaedics and sports rehabilitation, also from CSUN. In 1993, Jeff started his first private practice within the Manhattan Beach Athletic Club for Women. As Jeff’s patient population grew, he relocated his business and opened Blake Physical Therapy in Santa Monica in 1996. At that location, he assisted Fitness America by performing biofeedback testing on athletes using the Reebok Rehabilitation Bike, which is used in clinics across the country as well as professional athletic teams. In 2003, he opened a second Blake Physical Therapy clinic in Marina del Rey. Jeff continues to hire staff with exceptional qualities and experience that value and enhance the treatment philosophy he has created within his practice. Jeff’s patients include professional athletes, as well as professional dancers. Outside of the office, Jeff enjoys fly fishing, cycling, skeet shooting and spending time with his family.

Jessica Sison

Jessica graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Neuroscience. She participated in neurology research at UCLA, specifically projects involving Parkinson's and Huntington's Diseases, for three years before moving to Florida and earning a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from University of Miami in 2006. Jessica first focused on neurorehabilitation, primarily traumatic brain injury and stroke, and was previously a Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) before working with the geriatric population in several skilled nursing facilities. She has spent the past few years in orthopaedics and joined Blake Physical Therapy in 2015. Jessica is an avid runner and has completed 12 half-marathons and 8 full marathons across the United States in addition to playing dodgeball in multiple leagues throughout Los Angeles.

John Joe, PT

John Joe

John graduated from Florida International University in Miami, Florida in with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Physical Therapy. While in Miami, he practiced at Jackson Memorial Hospital and Mount Sinai Medical Center. He received special training in a number of areas including spinal cord injuries, hand therapy, amputees and stroke rehabilitation. In 1982, John moved to Pasadena, California taking the position of senior physical therapist of the Medical Surgical unit at Huntington Memorial Hospital. He later accepted a position as out-patient supervisor at Saint John’s Hospital of Santa Monica. Prior to joining Blake Physical Therapy in 2002, John spent 10 years as a clinician and director of an orthopedic and sports medicine private practice in Beverly Hills. Outside of the office, John enjoys snow skiing, martial arts and weight training.

Maggie Everly Ramirez

Maggie attended Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology, graduating 3rd in the degree program, Magna Cum Laude, with minors in Spanish, Chemistry, and Religious Studies. Maggie was a dancer from a young age through college and was a member of Missouri Sate Diamond Girls dance team. Throughout her career in dance, she sustained multiple injuries and received excellent care from Physical Therapists, giving her the desire to pursue a career in Physical Therapy. However, upon graduating university, she moved to Guatemala wanting to travel and give back to the global community, so she worked in a rural health clinic and taught English classes for 2 years. She returned to the United States and went to Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree. She is a certified Yoga instructor and in her spare time enjoys traveling, surfing, and enjoying life as a newlywed.

Courtney Thompson

Courtney attended Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts where she received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in May 2017. Courtney enjoys treating patients for orthopedic and sports-related injuries, balance and mobility impairments, and geriatric related conditions. In the past few years, she has gained experience in a variety of PT clinics in Boston, Charleston, and San Jose. She is originally from Louisville, Kentucky and has attended the Kentucky Derby several times! Courtney grew up playing soccer and golf, and has ran 3 half marathons since 2013. She also loves to keep up with fitness through skiing, hiking, and yoga, and leisurely spends time cooking, traveling, and reading.

Gregory Schuft

Greg graduated from Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon in 2006 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science. He attended graduate school at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon where he received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Greg's primary clinical experience is in outpatient orthopedics working with a variety of patient populations including post-op, athletes, neck and low back injuries and geriatrics. Greg enjoys playing soccer, hiking, traveling and experiencing different cultures.

Terese Smith

Terese Smith

Terese received her Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Miami in 1991, having completed her undergraduate studies in education at Montana State University. Since 1991, Terese has specialized in out-patient orthopaedic therapy with a focus on the spine and neck. In addition to her education as a physical therapist, Terese is also a certified Pilates instructor through Long Beach Dance and Conditioning. She has been a Pilates instructor since 2003 and integrates Pilates into her practice. She joined Blake Physical Therapy in 2007 a Terese is currently working towards an honorary degree in veterinary science through the in-home care administered to her two cats, one dog, and one bird.

Denise Beckers, PTA,

Denise Beckers

Work Health Coordinator/Physician Liaison

Denise is a highly-skilled physical therapy clinician with experience in sports-related injuries, McKenzie techniques, Workers Compensation injuries, and Pre/Post-Offer Employment testing. Denise is originally from Springfield, Missouri where she attended Missouri State University before relocating to San Diego to further pursue her career. Denise oversees the Work Health Program at Blake Physical Therapy, and our clients and patients love her warm smile and energetic personality. Denise takes a special interest in helping our community and local companies ensure a healthy work force for their employees. She has extensive experience in both manual and active-care treatments. She loves volleyball and traveling, as well as, everything that Southern California has to offer.

Hilary Gereaux

Hilary Gereaux

Hilary graduated from California State University Northridge with a degree in Kinesiology with the Dance option. Throughout college she’s performed in several student and faculty dance performances, along with leading ballet-based student outreach workshops with the Valley Performing Arts Center. Hilary’s passion for dance started at age 3, at age 11 she began pre-professional classical ballet training. In 2008, her passion for ballet lead her to teaching ballet to all aged dancers. Additionally, she is a Body Arts and Science International Certified Pilates Instructor with a Dance Specialization. She received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in 2017. Hilary enjoys integrating Pilates into her Physical Therapy practice, and certified in Chair Yoga, helping promote movement in individuals who require a little more assistance. In her free time, Hilary enjoys spending time with family and friends, practicing Pilates, taking dance classes, and playing with her dog Lola.

Leize Davis

Leize Davis

Elizabeth “Leize” is originally from South Carolina where she graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Sociology in 2009. Leize has previously worked in the Law Enforcement field, from being a probation officer to a crime scene investigator. Leize began interest in Pilates, which enrolled her into the University of St. Augustine where she received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2017. She’s participated in many Pilates internships and aspires to become certified in Pilates. Leize enjoys riding horses, traveling, being active outdoors and her dog Ophelia.

Carly Neilson

Carly Neilson

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Carly "Carzilla" is a Level 1 certified CrossFit trainer, CrossFit Olympic Lift certified trainer, USAW certified coach, and Strength and Conditioning coach. Her interests in athletics began while pursuing a degree in Exercise Science from Middle Tennessee State University. Having a large history with competitive athletics, she’s always had the urge to push herself to the limits and encourage others to do the same. She is very enthusiastic about helping patients achieve their goals and believes anyone can do anything if they have the will to do it. Carly is currently aspiring to begin her coaching career, along with continued at home/gym personal training. Carly’s coaching has spanned from NFL teams to kids starting their athletic careers. Carly enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, running half marathons and traveling.

Danny Mendez

Danny Mendez

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Daniel “Danny” attended California State University Northridge where he received his bachelors in Kinesiology in 2011. After graduating Danny coached soccer at Venice High School before starting to work in Physical Therapy. Danny has been with BPT since 2014 and aspires to become a Physical Therapist. Danny continues to enjoy soccer, traveling and being involved with higher level athletics.

Itchel Guzman

Itchel Guzman

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Itchel is a native to Southern California where she graduated from California State University Dominguez Hills with a bachelors in Kinesiology in 2014. Itchel has been with BPT for over two years and aspires to become a Physical Therapist. She enjoys playing and coaching soccer, hiking, traveling and being active with her dog Lucy.

4 Benefits of Choosing Blake Physical Therapy

  • Continuous Updates

    All patients receive monthly progress notes from their appointed doctors.

  • We'll Keep You Informed

    We offer thorough patient education regarding their diagnosis and treatment plans.

  • In-Home Therapy

    Personalized home exercise programs are an extension of our service offerings.

  • Fit for the Job

    Our qualified and experienced staff is capable of treating all your physical therapy needs.