Jason Tanaka

Best experience I've had in a long time at a doctors office. The staff were wonderful and efficient!!!!!! Albert H.
Physical Therapist Jason Tnanka, Univeristy Foot and Ankle Institute

Jason Tanaka, PT, DPT is a doctor of physical therapy based at our Santa Monica office. Dr. Tanaka was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, before moving to southern California to earn his Bachelor’s degree. Fortunately for us, he fell in love with the west coast and hasn’t left since!


Dr. Tanaka competed on the varsity swim team at the University of Southern California, which consistently placed in the top 10 in the NCAA throughout his time there. He swam the 100 Butterfly and the 50 and 100 Freestyle events and obtained a scholarship for his achievements.


During the demands of his training, Dr. Tanaka sustained a severe knee injury. He underwent months of physical therapy, and although the injury meant the end of his swimming career, he set his sights on a new objective: to study physical therapy and help other athletes like him on their path to recovery.


Dr. Tanaka set to work on his new personal mission at Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles, earning his doctorate. He specializes in a therapeutic technique for Plantar Fasciitis and other conditions known as manual scraping (he assures us that it sounds worse than it is!). Manual scraping has helped Dr. Tanaka effectively treat painful conditions in half as many sessions as traditional therapeutic techniques.


Dr. Tanaka is a self-described workaholic who also works weekends at So. Cal. Hospital in Culver City doing acute physical therapy. He currently lives in West Hollywood with his fiancée, their dog, and two cats.



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    I came to University Foot and Ankle Institute after being misdiagnosed by another doctor. I am a runner and foot pain was making even the shortest walks difficult and painful. Everyone at the office is very nice and D...
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    Doc Briskin was a great doctor and a straight shooter in the advice he gave to me. My toe/bone spur problem is greatly improved, and we shall see how far the healing process goes!
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    All went well - tested ankle and requested MRI and therapy.
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    This is my second experience, first plantar fasciitis, now my Achilles, lucky me. :( I would not go anywhere else and my feet are glad. Both times I have totally avoided surgery and for the Achilles, I was REALLY con...
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    Dr. Franson has seen my entire family for foot/ankle problems, and treated and solved all of them. The office staff is incredible. I highly recommend this doctor.
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