AJ Levinger graduated with Bachelor of Art in General Education from Tel Aviv University in 1988. He graduated from Sakler Physical Therapy School with a BPT Degree in 1992. AJ specializes in the Maitland Therapy (Australian Approach) for the spine and extremities. He’s also trained in the Mulligen concept and the MET (Scandinavian Exercise Therapy). For nine years, he was treating elite athletes in Europe including four years of being a Lead Physical Therapist of the Macabi Tel Aviv Basketball Team (The championship team in Europe). He was managing outpatient physical therapy for the last twelve years. In 2002, he was certified as a Registered Physical Therapist by the Board of California and is currently managing his outpatient Physical Therapy facility in Encino, Los Angeles, CA.
Barak Kraus, D.P.T.
Barak Kraus was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. After finishing his bachelor’s degree in San Francisco (SFSU), Barak moved to Maryland to begin work on his doctoral degree. Upon graduating in 2005 with his Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), he returned to Los Angeles and quickly began his career working alongside some of the best orthopedic surgeons in the area. Barak partnered with AJ Physical Therapy in 2012 to help establish Encino’s top Physical Therapy Clinic. Barak has a strong background in manual orthopedics, sports medicine, and geriatric care including total joint replacement. With a background in strength and conditioning where he served as UMES’s head strength and conditioning coach, Barak prides himself on motivating and progressing his patients with new and creative programs to regain full function. As a father of two, Barak enjoys playing sports and relaxing at home with his family. When not in the office, he can be found running in and around Encino.
Sally Clark-Ives, P.T.A.
Sally Clark-Ives has more than 30 years experience in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. Treatment expertise in joint replacement, balance training, and geriatric strengthening are her specialties. Sally has a high interest in sports-related injuries, having spent many years participating in sports, including many years as a sports-mom. Sally has worked 25 years with the premier SF Valley Orthopedic Group, which included pediatric to geriatric specialists. Sally lives in Agua Dulce with her husband of 25 years, they have two grown sons. Her interests include spending time with family and friends, competing in Rodeo, hiking, and exercising.
Matt Cerone, D.P.T.
Matt is a Los Angeles native who earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Florida Gulf Coast University in Naples, Florida and a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology from Cal State Northridge. While preparing for graduate school he spent a few years building relationships at AJ Physical Therapy. That time served to not only enhance his practical knowledge but also to further his passion for the profession. Matt is excited having returned to AJ Physical Therapy to be a part of such a dynamic, encouraging team dedicated to serving the community and promoting wellness. During his time in Florida, Matt greatly enjoyed working in skilled nursing helping people to regain their independence and to return home. Matt and his wife returned from Florida with 2 young children and their family enjoys the outdoors together, serving at church, hiking, camping, and DIY projects.