Our Staff

Cristina Popescu, Licensed Physical Therapist

Cristina Popescu has innate abilities, and an affinity, for helping people in need. She connects with them. She works to improve their lives. This started at an early age in her native Romania when she was called upon to help meet the daily needs of her stroke-affected grandmother. Despite her grandmother's inability to speak, express emotions, walk, or simply take care of herself, she received loving care from Cristina and her mother; and this continued every day for nine years. Meanwhile, at school, and undoubtedly influenced by the state of her grandmother, she found herself connecting with kids with disabilities. This, despite the fact she was a nationally recognized track athlete. She had options, yet she chose to protect, comfort, and befriend the less fortunate. She empathized. She saw them as people, people who were trying to continually improve and live a life of dignity and significance. Her track prowess brought her fame. She was a national junior champion heptathlete and hurdler. Unfortunately, it also brought injury and pain. She severely damaged her left knee, thus ending a promising career on the track and starting a regime of rehabilitation in the clinic. Again, staying positive, creative, and undaunted, she turned the experience into a positive and focused her energy on becoming an expert rehab professional; and this is what she is today. Cristina services everyone from elderly patients recovering from surgery, dealing with joint ailments, back ailments, arthritic conditions, etc. to young and middle-aged athletes trying to get back on the field, court, mat, track, or in the water. Whatever the case, her vast knowledge of anatomy, deep understanding of pain relief, along with her clinical experience, allows her to employ a uniquely compassionate, confidence-inspiring approach, one that enables her patients to quickly and consciously regain their health, fitness, and vitality, and get back to the activities that bring them joy.

Ani Simonian, Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant

Ani graduated in 2010 from Cal State University Northridge with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology. She graduated the top of her class in 2015 with the Physical Therapist Assistant license at Casa Loma College. She has focused her work on treating orthopedic needs, needs usually stemming from sports, overuse, or trauma injuries. She's also trained and experienced with treating vestibular impairments and related balance issues. This, of course, is of particular value to everyone with an injury, from recovering young athletes to the elderly. Ani's approach is kind, curious, and creative. She takes pride in listening well and crafting the most appropriate treatment program for the patient and his/her unique needs. While Ani treats you, make sure to ask about her current passion of meraki sol wraps and if interested, you can find her work on Etsy. Spiritual and connected with the Universe, while working with her clients, Ani adds soul, creativity and love into her work. She is talented, kind, funny and dedicated.

K.D. Smith, Licensed Acupuncturist

K.D. Smith is a California state licensed acupuncturist.  She is board-certified as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She has a combined twenty years of clinical experience as an acupuncturist, public health professional and nursing assistant.

She has treated a variety of health issues having worked in various departments: orthopedic; internal medicine; addiction and recovery; maternity; skilled nursing and a spiritual center.  K.D. works holistically creating an environment that is safe, open and authentic holding each patient with the utmost care and compassion.

Her medical training and master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) was received from Emperor’s College in Santa Monica, California, and her master’s degree in public health was received from BRAC University, James P. Grant School of Public Health, Bangladesh.