Meet our Specialists
David E. Johnson PT, MPT
Movement Links Certified Practitioner
APU Movement and Performance Fellow
Evergreen Physical Therapy Specialists, Pasadena
- BS: Azusa Pacific University, Biology
- MPT: USC, Physical Therapy and Kinesiology
- Neuro Rehabilitation
David has over 40,000 hours of experience in the evaluation and treatment of youth and teenagers, adults, and seniors with a wide variety of diagnoses. Early in his career he completed a one year residency in rehabilitation at Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation in Pomona, California. He stayed on as a staff PT another 12 years treating both children and adults with catastrophic conditions, chronic conditions and eventually directing clinical staff of Children's Services. He has spent the last 12 years treating primarily orthopedic conditions with a manual therapy and functional movement approach. Over the many years, David has developed a passion for the unique demands on the swimmer's shoulder/thoracic spine and enjoys helping athletes of all ages and skill levels compete with optimal movement patterns. He opened Evergreen Physical Therapy Specialists, Inc. in his home town of Pasadena in 2005.
David lives with his wife and 4 children in Pasadena. Through his kids participation in athletics, David has been involved in sponsoring and/or holding board member positions in community youth sports programs including Pasadena Pop Warner, Little League, Brotherhood Crusade, and area volleyball clubs, and local high schools.
Elisabeth “Liz” Ashoff PT, DPT
- BS Master's College, Kinesiology/Pre-Physical Therapy
- DPT University of Pittsburgh: Doctor of Physical Therapy
- Sports / Orthopedics
- Post-concussive Management
- Vestibular Rehabilitation
Elisabeth received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the nationally ranked University of Pittsburgh. She played collegiate soccer while she attended The Master’s College for undergraduate studies. Her doctoral program provided her with a strong background in manual and orthopedic physical therapy as well as vestibular and concussion rehabilitation. She has gained most of her clinical experience within the orthopedic and sports medicine settings, but has had specialized training within concussion management, vestibular, and neurological rehabilitation.
Elisabeth was a multisport athlete in high school competing in basketball, soccer, and track. She continued on to play collegiate soccer at The Master’s College. Coming from an athletic background, she quickly learned the value of physical therapy and enjoys working with athletes across the lifespan from the competitive athlete to the weekend warrior. She is excited to be a part of the Evergreen team collaborating alongside specialized clinicians in order to provide an effective approach to treatment for each individual patient.
In her free time, Elisabeth continues to enjoy playing a variety of sports and competing in an occasional century, triathlon, or half marathon. She enjoys volunteering and exploring the outdoors.
Chris D Wong DPT
- BS CSULB, Kinesiology NCAA D1 Volleyball
- DPT Western University of Health Sciences, Doctorate of Physical Therapy
- Orthopedics / Sports
- Health / Fitness
- Olympic Weightlifting / Strength Training
Chris grew up locally and attended San Gabriel High School. From there he pursued a dream of college athletics playing volleyball as a defense specialist for the CSULB 49ers. He has since that time, coached and provided PT for amateur to Olympic level in various sports. Participating at high levels of competition has given him the passion to help athletes stay healthy by volunteering as USA Volleyball National Team Physical Therapist and for Team USA Weightlifting Medical Staff. He somehow finds time to give back to his high school, San Gabriel High, as volunteer volleyball/strength coach. After all of that, you would think that he has no time for hobbies or community involvement. But he does. Chris is a "USA Weightlifting University Championship Top 20 Heavyweight", Competitive weightlifter for SENSE Gym, coached by multiple time national medalist Nghiep Dinh, an avid CrossFit junkie and attends Rock Church right here in Pasadena. Chris lights up the Evergreen clinic with laughter, YouTube videos of weightlifting gone wrong, and sometimes seen napping on a plinth late in the day.
Anne Ellis DPT
- BA UNLV, Dance Studies
- DPT Western University of Health Sciences
- Women's Health, Pelvic Floor
- Dance Medicine
Anne Ellis, PT, DPT, is a graduate of the doctorate program in physical therapy at Western University of Health Sciences. There she was able to pursue her interest in three specialties - pelvic health, dance medicine, & orthopedics; her dance medicine rotation was completed right here at Evergreen when she stood out as an exceptional clinician. In her undergraduate work at UNLV, Anne was recognized for her outstanding performance as summa cum laude in dance studies. She went on to work as a professional dancer. Additionally, she is a certified Pilates Instructor with 10 years experience working with dancers at UNLV, at a private Pilates studio, and for the performers of Le Reve, an aquatic Cirque-like show.
Anne is currently a member of the American Physical Therapy Association - Women's Health special interest group (SIG), Performing Arts SIG, & Orthopedic Section SIG; International Association of Dance Medicine & National Strength and Conditioning Association. She is very excited to bring her expertise and passion to Evergreen, and to be able to call Pasadena her home. Anne enjoys staying physically fit, discovering LA, and spending time with her family.
Annette Karim PT DPT OCS FAAOMPT PhDc
- BS Physical Education UC Berkeley
- DPT Texas Woman's University
- PhDc Texas Woman's University
- Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
- Dance Medicine
- Wellness, Injury Prevention
Annette is a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist as well as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy. She received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman's University. A native Californian, she returns to Pasadena as an active professional in the field of physical therapy and dance medicine. She has taught ballet, pointe, jazz, and tap for over 25 years in California and Texas, and was the dance director for Break the Barriers and the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company's Met Too. Prior to moving to Pasadena, Annette was the on-call Physical Therapist for the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company and provided backstage PT for traveling Broadway shows. Her burden for healthcare and wellness in the dance population began with her own experience as a former soloist, guest choreographer, and rehearsal assistance with Central California Ballet Company and the Pacific Dance Company. Annette's experience with students and other professionals drive her passion for dancer and performing artist wellness. She is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Orthopaedic Section and serves as the current president of the Performing Arts Special Interest Group. Additionally she is member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS), the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT), and the National Center for Human Performance (NCHP), and the Taskforce for Dancer Health-Dance USA.
Annette is married to Reverend Mike Karim, and the mother of 2 professional dancers. In her "off time", Annette enjoys a good hockey game, time at home with family and her dog, Zoe.
Beate Carriere PT, CIFK
- Lubec Germany
- Certified Instructor in Functional Kinetics
- NDT/ Bobath Certified
- CAPP Certified Achievement Pelvic Pain
- Fluent in German, French, Swedish, Spanish, Icelandic
Beate is an internationally acclaimed PT having 45+ years of experience in physical therapy and teaching covering most continents. She has published texts and extensively lectured on the therapeutic uses of the swiss ball, women's health concerns of pelvic pain and incontinence, and thoracic spine-postural dysfunctions. She is a certified Functional Kinetics practitioner (S. Klein-Vogelbach trained), NDT trained by the Bobath's in London, Kaltenborn Manual Therapy and Lymphedema trained in Germany, and has served as an invited speaker by the APTA on topics such as motor learning swiss ball exercises, pelvic floor pain, and continence dysfunctions. Beate is fluent in Spanish, French, and German and loves to cook, bake, hike, camp, and travel. She has friends all over the world and brings a true international flare to Evergreen PTS. We all think that if we could do half of what she can on the Swiss ball, then we'll be in good shape for years to come.
Carlos Isaac Roel PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS
- BS California State University, Northridge, Kinesiology, emphasis in Athletic Training
- DPT Western University of Health Sciences: Doctorate in Physical Therapy
- CSCS Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
- Neuro Rehabilitation
Carlos grew up in Pasadena and is a Blair High School graduate. He comes to Evergreen with experience in providing emergency medical coverage and rehabilitation services to individuals ranging from kids and young adults in local primary and secondary schools to professional and elite athletes in domestic and international sport competitions. He completed the Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) residency in the Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center in Vallejo, California.
During his training in the residency, Carlos worked with individuals suffering from neurological and/or multitrauma conditions. Currently, he is on the medical support team locally as well as travels around the world providing services for:
- USA Volleyball - Beach Teams,
- US Soccer Federation – Paralympic Team,
- US Fencing Association,
- Kreiswirth Sports Medicine/International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation, and
- Verdugo/Glendale and San Gabriel Valley Fire and Police Departments.
When he isn't in the clinic or traveling the world, Carlos is at Western University of Health Sciences working in labs, primarily the anatomy cadaver lab, as adjunct faculty. He is also a member of the American Physical Therapist Association, and the National Athletic Trainers' Association. In his spare time Carlos enjoys traveling, experiencing different cultures, and being physically active.
Anna Saunders, PT, DPT
- BS Indiana University- Classical Ballet Performance
- DPT University of Southern California
- Dance and Performing Arts
- Men and Women’s Pelvic Health
Anna Saunders, PT, DPT, received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California in 2006. She has a Bachelor of Science in Classical Ballet Performance from Indiana University and was a professional dancer and musician (harpist) before going into the profession of physical therapy. She has had the unique opportunity to study abroad, intern and also dance in both France and Spain. She was a member of the Pasadena Dance Theater as a Company soloist 2004-2013, and continues to remain involved with Pasadena Dance Theater as a board member. Her unique background as a dancer and musician has helped her to gain further insight into the biomechanics of movement and movement analysis, enabling her to apply these skills directly with dancers and performers throughout Broadway in New York City and she currently provides onsite theater physical therapy for many of the Broadway productions and dance companies here in LA. Anna was the on-site physical therapist for Cirque du Soleil’s “Iris” show and currently works on-site with the Cal Arts Dance Department. In addition to her expertise in the performing arts, Anna has also specialized training in Women’s and Men’s Pelvic Health. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Performing Arts Special Interest Group, Women’s Health Special Interest Group, the Orthopedic Section, and the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science.
Elena Akhbari PT, DPT, OCS
- BS Cal State University, Northridge, Kinesiology, emphasis on Exercise Science
- DPT Mount Saint Mary's University
- Kaiser Orthopedic Residency
- Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
- Health/Fitness, Pilates
Elena Akhbari PT, DPT, OCS received her Doctorate in physical therapy from Mount Saint Mary's University in Los Angeles. Shortly after, Elena completed her Orthopedic Residency Program in the highly acclaimed program at Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles. She fell in love with physical therapy early on, recognizing that without good health and the ability to move, life is limited. Helping individuals with getting back to doing what they love is something she holds in high regard.
Compassion comes natural to Elena, demonstrated in her volunteering as a camp counselor for children with cancer at Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times Los Angeles, going on medical missions to Honduras to provide clean water, and in providing physical therapy to homeless individuals in Skidrow Los Angeles. Her interest in Evergreen started as a PT intern studying under our very own Annette Karim working with professional dancers and performers.
In her free time, Elena loves to travel whether it be making a day out of beautiful southern California, or traveling internationally. She also practices what she loves in staying healthy through running, swimming, pilates, yoga, and martial arts.
Nicholas Tavoukjian, MS, ATC, CSCS, TSAC-F
- BS University of California Irvine, International Studies/Middle East Studies
- MS Azusa Pacific University, Athletic Training
- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
- Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator
- Injury Evaluation and Rehabilitation
- Strength Training and Conditioning
- Tactical and Athletic Populations
- Youth Athletic and Pediatric Populations
Nick is a Certified Athletic Trainer and earned a Master of Science in Athletic Training from Azusa Pacific University. Nick specializes in injury management and rehabilitation with special training in performance strength and conditioning for athletes of any level. His ultimate desire is for the athlete to remain uninjured, stay competitive and perform optimally. Should an injury occur Nick has the skill set and knowledge for the athlete to rehabilitate fully, efficiently, and with confidence. " Tactical" strength training and conditioning is another passion and certification Nick holds which is programs designed for the unique needs of law enforcement, fire and rescue, military, and other emergency personnel. Using their bodies, sometimes, dangerously, for the well being of our communities and country, 1st responders require a unique program to stay fit. Nick is that person to provide guidance and implementation.
Nick donated much of his time and effort to lecturing and providing treatment in Armenia for underprivileged patients, olympic level athletes, and wounded soldiers. He has lectured both at Yerevan State Medical University and the Armenian State Institute of Physical Culture. After graduation, Nick founded the Armenian American Sports Medicine Coalition (AASMC) to continue his work in Armenia and to be a driving force for sports medicine and athletic training in local Armenian-American high schools and athletic organizations. Nick is an avid LA sports fan, with a huge love for Kings hockey and Dodger baseball. Nick is the oldest of four brothers and is happily engaged to his fiancée, Mary, a registered nurse at UCLA. He has a special place in his heart for youth hockey and attends as many of his youngest brother's games as he can. Nick wants to continue his education by pursuing a PhD in rehabilitation science.
Jeffrey Karlik PT, DPT
- BS Azusa Pacific University, Applied Health, emphasis in Physical Therapy
- DPT Azusa Pacific University
Jeffrey received his Doctorate in physical therapy from Azusa Pacific University. He is currently completing an Orthopedic Residency Program with Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles. He discovered an interest in physical therapy that eventually grew into a passion through his love for sports. Injury is a regular part of sports and the process of rehabilitation and prevention is critical not only in returning to competition, but to competing at a high level. This principal applies to athletes and the general population. People who have experienced loss in their function lose a part of their identity. Jeffrey's passion is to walk alongside people during a challenging time and guide them to return to the activities they love. Jeffrey also has a love for providing care to those who have limited resources and access. This love was realized and strengthened during a medical mission trip to Kenya as he completed his DPT. With a group of DPT students, including his wife Allison, Jeffrey spent one month doing life with the people of Kipkaren (a village in Kenya) and bringing physical therapy to those with limited resources and access. He hopes to continue medical mission work on a regular basis. His connection to Evergreen came from fellow students and professors from APU. He quickly found the team at Evergreen to be a group of amazing people providing high quality care with evidence-based practice. Jeffrey is excited to be a part of this great team.
Dustin Willis PT, DPT, OCS
- DPT Loma Linda University
- BS Cal Lutheran University, Exercise Science
- Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
Dustin grew up just down the 210 freeway in in the San Bernardino and Redlands areas of the Inland Empire. He received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Loma Linda University, where he was given the Dean's Award. Immediately after graduating, Dustin went on to complete the Orthopedic Residency Program at Rancho Physical Therapy in Murrieta, CA. Dedicated to his profession, Dustin completed two fellowships in the same year, both Kaiser Permanante's Sports and Manual Therapy Fellowship and USC's Chis Powers' Lower Extremity Biomechanics Fellowship at the Movement Performance Institute in Los Angeles. If all of that wasn't enough, Dustin is currently finishing up Azusa Pacific University's newly established Movement Performance Fellowship (along with Evergreen founder, Dave Johnson), and has also began his PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences back at his alma mater, Loma Linda University. When Dustin's life isn't fully consumed with all things "physical therapy," he enjoys spending time with his wife Katrina and their newly born boy, Dorian Kahlil, as well as watching/playing basketball, running, exploring the city for fun new places to eat, and reading/writing poetry.
Louise L. Nagahori PTA
- BS UC Irvine, Biological Sciences
- PTA Professional Skills Institute of Santa Barbara
- Pelvic Floor Dysfunction - Women and Men
- Gait / Balance
- Posture & Body Mechanics
Louise has 15 years of clinical experience and has come to Evergreen with extensive background in pelvic floor dysfunctions. She is certified in Tecnica Gavilan for instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization as well as pursued continuing education in kinesiotaping, and functional movement approach to gait, balance and body mechanics. Louise played softball at Taft High School, and Irvine Valley College and was a scholar athlete. Now, an avid snowboarder, Louise and her husband lead a Big Air Snowboarding ministry providing free snowboarding lessons and equipment to individuals unable to participate in the sport otherwise. Louise has taken her passion for being active and developed an interest in orthopedics and movement science keeping people fit and healthy for their sports of choice. She is currently in course work under Clare Frank, DPT, MS, OCS, FAAOMPT and Movement Links which is a management approach to musculoskeletal pain and dysfunctions based on developmental kinesiology, which is the foundation of the human movement system.
Away from Evergreen, Louise spends time with her husband and 2 daughters, teaches rubber stamping and scrapbooking for Stampin' Up, plays guitar, camps, backpacks, snowboards, and has led several mission trips for the development of schools and empowering women in Mozambique, Kingdom of Swaziland. Her next project involves taking a team to Kenya to provide physical therapy training for therapists.