• Pamela Froman

Bright Star Physical Therapy

You don't have to live with pain. Physical therapy can help. And Bright Star Physical Therapy is exactly what the name implies – a shining star in the field of pain management and care.

Since 2004, Bright Star founders Savina Kollmorgen and Masha Katz have treated both adults and children with a simple philosophy: Personal, one-on-one attention combined with the latest training and expertise will provide the best results. They have three locations serving Los Angeles: Beverly Hills, Valley Village, and Woodland Hills. There are five physical therapists on staff and they also offer occupational therapy. Savina and Masha are board certified physical therapists, with masters degrees. Masha is currently working on her doctorate in physical therapy.

Each clinic offers comprehensive care from general physical therapy to highly specialized treatment. Bright Star is also one of the very few practices in California that specializes in the treatment of both kids and adults.

With kids there are multiple kinds of disabilities and problems that can be seen early – feeding problems, muscle weakness in the neck, head shape problems. Bright Star works to correct these issues. They work with kids who have developmental delays and disabilities such as Down's Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Spinal Bifida, neurological problems, and problems with gross motor skills. Bright Star offers toys and activities that help them get stronger. The key is the involvement of the parents in teaching them how to do activities at home.

Masha is also a recognized expert in Scoliosis treatment, specializing in the non-surgical Schroth Method. She is one of only three specialists certified in Los Angeles to see these patients.

“It's a very effective method to avoid the very painful and limiting fusion surgery,” says Savina. “We see patients from all ages – Masha is actually working with a three month old baby – all the way to 95 year-old patients.”

Scoliosis is asymmetrical posture of the spine, Bright Star teaches patients to find the symptoms of their posture and to retain that posture during daily activities. That might sound easy, but actually for a person that has long term joint asymmetries, its very difficult. In addition to regular treatments, Bright Star offers weekend Schroth bootcamps once a month.

With adults many patients are recovering from surgery like a knee or hip replacement, as well as patients that have neurological problems due to a stroke. Bright Star also works with the treatment of amputees, as they adjust to life with their prothesis. Through their state-of-the-art treatment programs, they can relieve chronic pain, improve overall fitness, and get you back to your pain-free life. Typically patients take 6 to 12 visits for therapy to relieve their pain.

Bright Star also stays up to date on the latest techniques such as Cupping Therapy, Pilates, and Cranial Sacral therapy.

Michael Phelps created a huge big hype for Cupping therapy treatment after the Summer Olympics. “We said maybe that's another way of trying to help our patients to improve,” says Savina. “So we went and got certified. Cupping therapy has become very useful for decreasing pain, increasing range of motion and improving tissue healing.”

Pilates is a very effective way of strengthening and maintaining symmetry and so Bright Star offers it as one on one therapy for patients. Pilates is great for everyone, with general conditioning, ongoing strength and improving of the core and posture.

Cranial Sacral therapy works to normalize the rhythm of spinal fluid. It treats pain, anxiety, psychosomatic pain disorders, really anything that's in conjunction with the spine.

Physical therapists are trained to help with strengthening, stretching, massage, and exercise. Bright Star offers the knowledge and the skills to find out what is causing the problem and then treat it. With one on one therapy patients can expect effective treatment with long term results.

Bright Star locations are:

6320 Commodore Sloat Dr., Beverly Hills. 5223 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Valley Village. 20501 Ventura Blvd., #380, Woodland Hills.

For more information call (818) 343-3900 or log onto

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