Santa Monica Physical Therapy Center at University Foot and Ankle Institute

Updated 10/15/2018

In this video, Cynthia talks about her physical therapy experience at Santa Monica's University Foot and Ankle Institute and how it has greatly helped her recovery.


Experience the difference that expertly focused Physical Therapy can make in your recovery.


Unlike most physical therapy practices that treat every part of the human body, the physical therapy center at University Foot and Ankle of Santa Monica is dedicated to just one thing - the best care for the foot and ankle.

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Santa Monica Physical Therapy Center at University Foot and Ankle Institute

2121 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 102

Santa Monica, CA 90403

(424) 444-3699


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2121 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 102

Santa Monica, CA 90403

About Our Physical Therapy Center, Santa Monica Location

Centrally located on Wilshire Blvd. in the heart of Santa Monica. Our team of physical therapists is committed to making you stronger, relieving your pain and returning you to your full potential as quickly as possible.


Our patients are prescribed physical therapy for a variety of foot and ankle diagnoses: Post operative rehabilitation, chronic conditions, acute and sports injuries, and may include:

  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Tendinosis and tendon conditions (Achilles, posterior tibial, peroneal)

  • Bunion Surgery

  • Ankle sprains and instability

  • Fracture and breaks of the foot and ankle

  • Arthritis (Ankle and Hallux Rigidus)

  • Ankle replacement surgery

  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome


We know that no two patients are alike and our board certified physical therapists work directly with our internationally recognized team of physicians to develop the most effective and personalized treatment plan possible. That’s the UFAI advantage.


Physical therapy strategies are custom designed and very often include:

  • Stability and flexibility exercises

  • Coordination and balance training

  • Joint and tissue mobilization

  • Ultrasound

  • Low level laser

  • Functional electrical stimulation


You can rest assured that your healing doesn’t stop when leave us as your physical therapy team will provide a comprehensive home treatment program for you.


Meet your Physical Therapists:


Gray O'Brien, Physical Therapy Santa Monica, University Foot and Ankle Institute

Gray O’Brien graduated with his Master’s in Physical Therapy from Long Island University, where he completed his thesis on the rehabilitation of the lower back and core strengthening. Gray has been with UFAI since 2006.


Growing up, Gray was in and out of the orthopedic clinic with a variety of tennis and skiing injuries. He was always impressed with his physical therapists and how they made rehab setting so enjoyable.


Since 1999, Gray has been working with weekend-warriors, high school, collegiate, and professional athletes, with a special focus on orthopedic/sports rehabilitation. He specializes in foot and ankle pathologies and post-operative recovery.


He lives in the Santa Monica area and proudly shares “soccer parent” status with his wife and four children.



Lydia Physical Therapist, University Foot and Ankle Institute

Lydia Salinas comes to UFAI with over 30 years of clinical experience and expertise in outpatient orthopedic and sports medicine physical therapy.


She takes pride in getting to know her clients personal needs and taking a hands-on approach to restore functional movement, balance, strength, and conditioning.


Lydia was born and raised in Los Angeles and graduated from UCLA in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. She is a lifelong runner and during her collegiate years, she played rugby for the UCLA Bruins.


Today, she treats several members of some of Los Angeles’s biggest running clubs, including Track Club LA, the LA Road Runners, and the LA LEGGERS.



Santa Monica Physical Therapy Patient Review, In Her Own Words

The following five star review was posted by University Foot and Ankle patient, Rachel...


5 Star review, University Foot and Ankle Institute

Tammi, Lydia and Grey are amazing! They have taken really great care of me and made me feel like I'm in great hands.


They are very patient and thorough in explaining all the exercises. Great bunch of staff all together!




Santa Monica's Premiere Physical Therapy Center for the Foot and Ankle

University Foot and Ankle Institute in Santa Monica is nationally recognized as the home of the best Podiatrists, Physical Therapists and Foot and Ankle Surgeons.


The Foot and Ankle Physical Therapy Center at University Foot and Ankle Institute in Santa Monica serves patients from Santa Monica and the surrounding West Los Angeles areas including Malibu, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Westwood, Beverly Hills, Culver City, Pacific Palisades, West Hollywood, Hollywood, Brentwood, Sherman Oaks, Venice, Marina Del Ray, Playa VIsta and Westchester and more.

A Look at Our Physical Therapy Center, Santa Monica Office:

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Over 200,000 happy UFAI patients and growing
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    I used Gray O'Brien and he was excellent. They're very, very good. Everybody in that office as far as I can tell is very good. He was very consistent, personable and very professional. He did a great job. I think they...
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    I can't express how grateful I am for The University Foot & Ankle Institute! I rolled my ankle a while back, and these guys had me fast on the road to recovery. They have experienced surgeons and therapists and 8 loca...
    Steven K.
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    My experience with the team was wonderful. Thank you very much!
    Shirley F.
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    The therapists are very knowledgeable. It was nice to see how they all helped out where needed. If someone started something, but was busy when a treatment ended, then someone else would finish up. A nice team effort.
    Hunter M.
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    Dr. Baravarian and the Santa Monica office and staff are helping me stride ahead!
    Edward T.
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    I love the professionalism of the doctor's office and his therapy office. They are very caring and they go over and above to get you better!
    Jacqueline F.
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    I love Dr. Gary Briskin, Gray O' Brien & the physical therapy staff in Santa Monica. Super nice people, and very helpful getting me back on my feet!
    Kira L.
  • CustomerSure
    Alex was extremely careful with my foot during the MRI. I appreciated that very much.
    Susan C.
  • CustomerSure
    Exceptional care! The therapist really pays you personal attention. Something I especially liked was being asked my expectations for physical therapy at the onset of the treatment.
    Benji M.
  • Yelp
    "Dr. Bob" is amazing.  I destroyed my tibia in a Pilon fracture a year ago and was having serious difficulty recovering.  No amount of PT would help, so I ended up seeing a sports medicine doc, who referred me to Dr. ...
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