Staff

Mary E. Rozina, PT, DPT

EDUCATION

  • Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy, Western University of Health Sciences
  • Master of Science in Physical Therapy, Western University of Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Health and Physical Education, Marywood University
  • Executive Program in Private Practice Management, Evidence in Motion Institute

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • APTA member since 1998
  • Member of American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapist
  • Member of National Strength and Conditioning Association

SPECIAL INTERESTS

  • Rotator Cuff Rehabilitation
  • Manual Therapy and Sports Medicine
  • Rehabilitation of Rotator Cuff Repair
  • ACL Reconstruction
  • Joint Replacement
  • Orthotic Evaluation/Fabrication
  • Complex Spinal Issues
  • Golf Performance Enhancement Program

Prior to receiving her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy, Mary was a Health and Physical Education Teacher at both the elementary and high school level in Pennsylvania. Upon graduation from Western University she began her career at San Antonio Community Hospital where she developed the respect and admiration of many physicians and patients in the community. In 2005 Mary moved on to become the clinic director of a local outpatient physical therapy center. In 2008 she fulfilled her dream and opened the doors of Rozina and Smith Physical Therapy.

Mary has extensive experience with Rotator Cuff Rehabilitation, ACL Reconstruction and Total Joint Replacement Rehabilitation. She has worked closely with professional athletes from the LPGA and Champions Tour, providing injury rehab and performance enhancement training. She has completed numerous continuing education courses focused on improving her knowledge, clinical skill and therapeutic outcomes through evidence based treatment, including year long education courses in both manual therapy techniques and complex hand rehabilitation.

In 2016, Mary completed an Executive Program in Private Practice Management through the Evidence in Motion Institute. Mary continues to advocate for a healthy lifestyle for her community by performed many community lectures focused on educating both physicians and our community on the topic of orthopedic injuries and wellness.

When not at work, Mary enjoys golf, hiking, gardening, and cheering for Penn State football. She is blessed with a great family, friends and the fortune to work in a profession she truly loves.

Jason Smith, DPT, OCS

EDUCATION

  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy, University of Southern California
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology with Sports Medicine and Minor in Physiology, Cal Poly Pomona
  • Board Certified Orthopedic Certified Specialist

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • Calif. Physical Therapy Association
  • Orthopedic and Sports Section Member
  • Amer. Academy of Orthopedic Manual PT

SPECIAL INTERESTS

  • Sports Medicine and Manual Therapy
  • Performance Enhancement
  • ACL Injury Prevention
  • Orthotic Evaluation and Casting
  • Knee and Shoulder Rehabilitation
  • Joint Replacement

Jason has worked in a variety of private, orthopedic outpatient clinics where he specialized in athletic injury prevention and rehabilitation. During his time in undergraduate studies, he worked closely with teams from both Cal Poly Pomona and Mt. San Antonio College and has been involved in numerous research studies examining biomechanics of the lower extremity and muscle typing. Jason enjoys treating a wide variety of diagnoses ranging from spinal disorders to the common ankle sprain.

Jason has extensive experience in Sports Medicine rehabilitation and has worked in the past as a team assistant with the Los Angeles Kings. He currently provides physical therapy for all levels of competition including high school, collegiate, and professional athletes as well as many club local teams. His treatment philosophy includes manual therapy and exercise based components to restore both joint mobility and strength to individuals in order to reach greater clinical and functional outcomes. Jason has extensive experience with Performance Enhancement Programs as well as community outreach programs for local city leagues and high school athletics.

Jason was recognized as the Sports Medicine Graduate of the Year at Cal Poly Pomona. He is married with 2 children and continues to coach and participates in a variety of sports which includes baseball, soccer, golf, and ice hockey over the past 30 years.

Jonathan Lu, PT, DPT, OCS

EDUCATION

  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy, University of Southern California
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Integrative Biology, Minor in Nutritional Science, University of California, Berkeley
  • Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) Level I Certification

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • California Physical Therapy Association

SPECIAL INTERESTS

  • Balance Training
  • Post-Surgical Orthopedic Care
  • Elbow and Hand Rehabilitation
  • Manual Therapy

OTHER LANGUAGES SPOKEN

  • Mandarin

Jon’s interest in physical therapy grew after performing extensive volunteer work at a local rehab hospital while completing his undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley. He then attended the University of Southern California, obtaining his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2012.

While Jon enjoys treating patients of all ages and diagnoses, he has a special interest in balance training and fall risk. His treatment philosophy includes a combination of manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, and neuromuscular re-education in order to improve his patients’ mobility and functional capacity. Jon has attended a wide variety of continuing education courses, including fall prevention and geriatric rehabilitation, to further expand his knowledge base. He obtained his Orthopedic Clinical Specialty in 2017, and is also certified in the SFMA method of diagnosing movement pattern dysfunction, allowing him to more systematically identify and treat musculoskeletal impairments.

In Jon’s free time, he likes to play his guitar and piano and cheer on his Cal Bears and the Oakland Raiders in hope that they will eventually win something substantial.

Michael Bender, PT, DPT


Michael Bender, PT, DPT, received his Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from California State University Long Beach. He earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree in 2007 from Mount Saint Mary’s College. Dr. Bender is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association Sports and Orthopaedic Section. He continues to serve as a credentialed clinical instructor for several physical therapy universities, and is currently an adjunct faculty professor for the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona. Dr. Bender’s research, “The immediate and 1-week effects of mid-thoracic thrust manipulation on lower extremity passive range of motion” has been published in the Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, An International Journal of Physical Therapy. Dr. Bender is dedicated to utilizing his knowledge and experience as well as the latest evidence-based research to facilitate a quick and complete recovery for each and every patient.

In 2013 the Chinese Olympic Committee invited Dr. Bender to China treat numerous members of China’s Olympic team in Nanjing and Beijing.

Hilary London, PT, DPT

EDUCATION

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science, Point Loma Nazarene University

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • California Physical Therapy Association

SPECIAL INTERESTS

  • Manual Therapy
  • Sports Medicine
  • Vestibular Dysfunction
  • ACL Reconstruction

Prior to receiving her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from University of St. Augustine, Hilary worked as a PT Aide at an outpatient physical therapy clinic in San Diego, CA. Her interest in physical therapy began while playing sports and sustaining injuries of her own playing soccer and basketball. Hilary has since then spent some time during her clinical rotations working in two other outpatient facilities and a skilled nursing facility in Denver and Colorado Springs. When she’s not working with patients she enjoys going to the beach, hiking, spending time with her family, and cheering on her favorite sports teams the Los Angeles Dodgers, Lakers, and Denver Broncos.

Naomi Myers, PT, DPT

EDUCATION

  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Loma Linda University
  • Bachelor of Science in Pre – Physical Therapy, California Baptist University
  • Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program, Loma Linda University (Completion in 2019)

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • California Physical Therapy Association

SPECIAL INTERESTS

  • Sports Rehabilitation
  • Injury Prevention
  • Upper and Lower Body Biomechanics
  • Post-Surgical Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Naomi’s interest for Physical Therapy was piqued after rehabilitating from a minor injury during her undergraduate career as a student athlete at California Baptist University. Naomi achieved All-American honors in both Cross Country and Track, leading her to spend numerous hours preventing and rehabilitating from various injuries. After her undergraduate studies, Naomi continued in her education to obtain her Doctoral degree at Loma Linda University. Though Naomi is drawn to the athletic population, she also has a strong passion for the general outpatient orthopedic population. Naomi is presently continuing to further her knowledge through the completion of a residency program. Upon completion of this program, she will obtain the title of Orthopedic Clinical Specialist to best serve each patient she encounters. Naomi’s treatment philosophy is rooted in evidence based practice – incorporating therapeutic exercises, manual therapy, modalities, and a skilled eye as proven best through current research.

Naomi enjoys nature and being outdoors as frequently as possible; camping, hiking, and backpacking are high on her list of weekend adventures with her husband and their Weimaraner puppy.

Steven Moreno, PTA, CSCS

EDUCATION

  • Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant, Cerritos College
  • Master of Science in Kinesiology, California State University of Fullerton
  • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

SPECIAL INTERESTS:

  • Sports Performance Rehabilitation
  • Corrective Exercise
  • Manual Therapy
  • Strength and Conditioning

Steven earned his Master of Science in Kinesiology from California State University, Fullerton in 2013. After graduation, Steven worked as a personal trainer for over 3 years. In that time, Steven worked with an array of clients, ranging from adolescents to adults. Many of his clients had current or past injuries, which required modification of exercise routines. Over the years of working as a personal trainer, he decided to return to school in order to become a Physical Therapist Assistant. Steven graduated from Cerritos College in 2017 after which he soon began his employment at Rozina & Smith Physical Therapy. Steven also has experience teaching fitness and health related courses and plans to continue pursuing teaching opportunities in the future.

Kevin Tiu, CSCS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with an Emphasis on Fitness, California State University, Long Beach (2015)
  • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • NASM Certified Performance Enhancement Specialist

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION:

  • Corrective exercise, performance enhancement, strength and conditioning
  • Weight management
  • Sports specialization training

Kevin joined Rozina and Smith Physical Therapy in 2012 as a physical therapy aide and has since transitioned to being the clinic’s certified personal trainer. He has been certified as a personal trainer since 2010 and has continued to grow his training philosophies through his experiences working with clients, completing continuing education courses, and learning from other professionals in the health field.

Kevin’s experience includes with working with varying levels of athletes from Club/High School to Collegiate and Professional athletes. Kevin utilizes his education and background in the development and implementation of client and sport specific training.

Marisa Munoz
Practice Administrator

Marisa joined the team at Rozina and Smith Physical Therapy as Practice Administrator in June, 2012. Since that time she has been instrumental in promoting unparalleled customer service, operational efficiency, integrity and the spirit of teamwork throughout our practice. Marisa has been in the medical field for over 20 years with a vast medical billing/collections and administrative skillset.

Norma Soto
Accounts Receivable

Norma joined Rozina & Smith in 2014 as our Collections Specialist. Norma has over 10 years of experience in the field of medical and billing collections. Norma is an integral part of managing patient accounts, receivables and collections.

Julaine Taylor
Medical Receptionist

Julaine joined Rozina & Smith in 2009 and is responsible for our daily front office operations. Julaine came to Rozina & Smith with over 20 years of experience working in a healthcare office setting.

Casandra Ruelas
Medical Receptionist

Casandra joined Rozina & Smith in 2012 in the capacity of Front Office Customer Service Representative. Cassie is instrumental in ensuring prompt and efficient management of front desk operations.

Ericka Valdez
Front Office Customer Service Representative

Ericka joined Rozina & Smith in 2017 in the capacity of Front Office Customer Service Representative. Ericka brings an array of experience in the medical field as a Medical Authorization Assistant for an Orange County based Healthcare Organization. Ericka has knowledge of patient services in Long Term Care facilities; authorization processes for in/out of network eligibility, and is dedicated to providing excellent customer service.