Staff

Dave Powers, PT, DPT, MA, MBA

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Dave has been a Physical Therapist for more than 30 years. He has graduate degrees in Management and Business and his Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy. He has extensive experience and training in management and leadership, yet has maintained his hands on clinical skills throughout his professional career, completing Kaiser’s Advanced Orthopaedic Residency Program. Dave is also certified to do functional capacity evaluations.

Dave is presently the Owner and Chief Executive Officer for CHEAR and Camarillo Aquatics and Rehabilitation Services, LLC in Camarillo California. His clinic provides physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech pathology. His comprehensive rehabilitation programs cover services from pediatrics to geriatrics. He has integrated wellness and fitness programs into his clinic. Dave maintains a home physical therapy practice on the Westside of Los Angeles. He sees patients with mainly orthopaedic and neurological conditions. Dave is also Chief Executive Officer for Ultimate Rehab, LLC that is a health care consulting company specializing in Rehab Management and Practice.

Projects have been done for Acute Care Hospitals, Rehab Hospitals, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Universities, Health clubs, Private Practices, Medical clinics, the State of California, the City of Los Angeles, the City of Monterey…etc. Dave has also consulted on more than 300 legal cases involving rehabilitation. He is a Rehab Adviser for CNA Insurance company out of Chicago, having worked on cases across the country. He has been an investigator for the State of California Licensing Board for the last 15 years.

Dave holds clinical faculty position at Mount St. Mary’s College, where he teaches Health Care Administration for the graduate students. He has taught at Loma Linda University, Western University, California State University Northridge, University of Southern California and University of California Los Angeles School of Public Health. Dave has stayed actively involved in the American Physical Therapy Association and the rehab community, holding local, state and national offices.


Bernadette McDonnell, PT, LCCE

Bernadette graduated in Physical Therapy from the National University of Ireland, University College, Dublin. She then moved to Los Angeles and has spent over 30 years specializing in Sports Medicine and Orthopedics. She has worked closely with many of the top orthopaedists of Los Angeles. She has significant expertise in post op rehab, including hip, knee, shoulder and spinal surgeries.

Since Bernadette became Pilates Certified she has seen great results from incorporating Pilates into her rehab. She is also a LaMaze Certified Childbirth Educator and has been teaching childbirth preparation classes. Many of her obstetric clients have benefited from Pilates based physical therapy both pre- and post-natally.

Bernadette resides locally in Pacific Palisades with her 2 daughters Samantha and Natasha. She loves to dance, exercise, hike and enjoy a good wine and gourmet food with friends.


Parivash Kashani, OTR/L, CHT

Parivash is an Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist. Born in Iran, and a graduate of the University of Chicago. She moved to Washington D.C., and worked at the National Rehabilitation Hospital for two years. Later she became NDT Certified in 1987 and has been a Certified Hand Therapist for over fourteen years.

Currently Parivash works part-time at UCLA Medical Center Rehabilitation where she has been working since 1989. In addition to her expertise in treating patients with neurological and orthopaedic conditions, Parivash has been performing ergonomic evaluations for clients with upper extremity problems.

When she is not rehabilitating hand-injury patients, Parivash loves to travel, garden and read.


Ellen Kohler, PT, OCS

Ellen graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1975. After 16 years of practice she attended the Kaiser Permanente, LA Advanced Orthopaedic Residency Program. Subsequently she became Board Certified in Orthopaedics and continues to treat patients with various orthopaedic disorders.

Ellen is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the Orthopaedic Section and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapist (AAOMPT).


Elisa Marks, OT, CHT

Elisa is currently an Occupational Therapist, certified hand therapist and certified ergonomic assessment specialist. Previously she has held he positions of Outpatient Therapy Supervisor at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills California and Clinical Specialist II in hand therapy at Kaiser Permanente in Woodland Hills California. She is co-author of ASHT’s Treatment Guidelines for Tendon Transfer as well as chapters in several different occupational therapy textbooks. Elisa is also the owner of Fearless Seminars, a continuing education provider for Occupational Therapists. Nationally, Elisa has served in leadership positions for the American Occupational Therapy Association. Elisa is a frequent speaker at national, state and local conferences.

A resident of Pacific Palisades, Elisa has two young sons she enjoys taking to the playground when she is not helping clients.


Julia Castillo, Office Manager

Julia has been working in the medical field for 10+ years as an office manager, medical assistant and and medical biller. In 2010 she became licensed in phlebotomy.

Julia has been working with CHEAR for 3+ years with a focus on patient relations and our billing system. She can answer your questions by contacting her at (310) 454-0060 or ptchearla@gmail.com.

Julia is a native of Los Angeles, born and raised in Venice California. Married and the mother of two children, Isabella and Ricky.