Gary Souza, DPT, OCS

- Gary Souza, DPT, OCS

Gary Souza, DPT, OCS

"The more I know about the human body, the more effectively I can treat you. And with so many advancements being made each year in physical therapy, I don't think my education will ever end. I plan to continually take classes to learn the latest ways to give you the best care."

  • Doctorate in Physical Therapy: University of Southern California, 2000
  • Master of Science: Biokinesiology, University of Southern California, 2000
  • Bachelor of Science: Physical Therapy, University of Puget Sound, 1981
  • Bachelor of Arts: Biology, University of Puget Sound, 1981
  • APTA Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist, 1997
  • Certificate of Competency: Manual Therapy, Institute of Graduate Health Science
  • Certified: Blankenship Functional Capacity Evaluator, 1993
  • Post-Graduate Training: Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction, Advanced Clinical Rounds, UCSD
  • Continuing Education: Treatment of the Neck and Spine Injuries
  • Faculty Mentor, Orthopedic Residency Program, USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy, USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy
  • Publications:
    • Trunk Stabilization Exercises, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2001
    • Electromyographic activity of selected trunk muscles during dynamic spine stabilization exercises; Souza G, Baker L, Powers C; Arch Phys Med Rehab Vol 82; 11; Nov 11 p 1551-57.

Gary likes the outdoors, the mountains and fly-fishing. He likes to travel, especially to tropical places, snorkeling in the coral reefs and enjoying the relaxed environment. He enjoys visiting his three children and grandkids in New Mexico, Seattle, and Boston. Gary is also very involved in his family fireworks business, Pyro Spectaculars by Souza (, a century old business that has taken him all around the world, producing world class fireworks displays. For over 30 years, he has designed and produced the largest fireworks show in the United States on July 4th for Macy*s in New York, NY, televised annually to a national audience. When not producing fireworks shows or treating patients, Gary has enjoyed teaching physical therapy in the doctoral program at USC, over the past 28 years.

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