Our Doctors of Physical Therapy
Dr. Beth Fisher, PhD, PT, FAPTA
Doctor of Philosophy, Physical Therapist, Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association
Dr. Fisher is a Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy in the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California. She is the Director of the Neuroplasticity and Imaging Laboratory primarily using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to investigate brain-behavior relationships during motor skill learning and motor control in both non-disabled individuals and individuals with neurologic disorders. She previously worked at Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center on the Adult Neurology and Brain Injury Services and continues to teach nationally and internally. In addition to researching the effects of skill training on functional recovery and brain repair in those with Parkinson's Disease, she is also studying brain changes using TMS in healthy individuals learning complex motor skills as well as long-term brain modifications that have occurred as a result of elite performance in athletes and professional musicians. In 2014, Dr. Fisher became a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association—the highest honor among APTA's membership categories and signifies attainment of the topmost level of professional excellence.
Dr. Sam Franklin, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
Doctor of Physical Therapy, Orthopedic Certified Specialist, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
Dr. Franklin grew up in Sarasota, FL, before attending the University of Miami for his undergraduate and graduate education. He received his B.S. in Exercise Physiology/Kinesiology, followed by his Doctorate of Physical Therapy. He then pursued his specialization through the Orthopedic Residency program at University of Southern California. He is currently an Adjunct Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy in the USC Doctor of Physical Therapy program. He has also given professional seminars on the topic of Movement Analysis and Treatment of CrossFit athletes. Dr. Franklin grew up heavily involved in ballet, until his interests shifted to competitive Olympic weightlifting. In his free time, he enjoys weightlifting, running on the beach, yoga, and meditation.
Dr. Scott McAfee, PT, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy, Orthopedic Resident at Adventist Health
Dr. McAfee believes that physical therapy is the best-kept secret in healthcare. He dedicates himself to helping patients make better health decisions, feel more cared for, and have brighter, more remarkable days. Dr. McAfee majored in Physiological Sciences at UCLA and recently completed his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California. He is currently an orthopedic physical therapy resident at Adventist Health in Los Angeles. Being an innovator at heart, Dr. McAfee's largest aspiration is to build a transformative healthcare company that redefines health for future generations. When not treating patients or advocating for PT, you'll find Dr. McAfee with his family and friends, trail running, enjoying the beach, playing music, and working on exciting new projects.
Dr. Marc Surdyka, PT, DPT, OCS
Doctor of Physical Therapy & Orthopedic Certified Specialist
Dr. Surdyka practices physical therapy in outpatient, orthopedic setting utilizing latest evidence based approaches. Dr. Surdyka graduated with highest honors from Emory University in Atlanta, GA before completing the prestigious orthopedic residency at the University of Southern California that involved treating a myriad of orthopedic diagnoses, teaching in the DPT program, conducing research, and working alongside some of the nation's top surgeons. Although Dr. Surdyka has an extensive background in manual therapy, he believes education and movement are the keys to empowering individuals with the ability to overcome their setbacks. When he's not reading the scientific literature or listening to the latest podcasts, Dr. Surdyka likes to travel, enjoy the great outdoors, and spend time with his wife and their dog, Rosie.