Marisa Hentis

Assistant Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy and Dance

Dance Science, Conditioning, Wellness

Dr. Marisa Hentis, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, is an assistant professor of physical therapy and dance. She sees patients clinically at USC Physical Therapy. She is board-certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialities as a Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). She is the Screening Chair for the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Performing Arts Special Interest Group (PASIG). She specializes in the treatment of variety of orthopedic diagnoses including performing artists, dancers, runners, other sports related injuries, and pelvic floor dysfunctions. She works as a physical therapist backstage for performances at various theaters in Los Angeles, CA in her spare time. Dr. Hentis also has presented at local, national, and international conference about dance medicine with an emphasis in university level dancers.

Dr. Hentis received her Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science, a minor in Psychology, and concentration in Interprofessional education at Saint Louis University in Saint Louis, Missouri. She received Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Saint Louis University as well. She graduated from the Clinical Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy through MGH Institute of Health Professions.

Prior to becoming a physical therapist, Marisa danced professionally in the Midwest for over 5 years. She is trained in majority of genres but specializes in hip hop and contemporary. She enjoys continuing to take classes recreationally and getting involved with the community to prevent and assist performing artists throughout their recreational and professional careers.