Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy @ The Moving Joint The Moving Joint is honored to have a talented Physical Therapist, Pamela J Leitner DPT, OCS, onsite. Clients can consult with and be treated by Dr. Leitner if there are ongoing issues with pain or structural problems that need medical attention. Pam skillfully blends the Pilates system of exercise with orthopedic manual therapy and traditional physical therapy techniques to rehabilitate patients with various physical problems and impairments. Her expertise is demonstrated by the focused attention she dedicates to each patient resulting in her patients consistently reaching and surpassing their goals. 

Injury prevention is critical to successful exercise, fitness, sports and daily routines. With over 35 years of experience as an orthopedic manual therapist physical therapist, and 20 years as a certified Pilates Teacher, Dr. Leitner’s specialized hands on approach educates patients while helping them improve strength, flexibility and performance whether it be sport related or just everyday living. After a thorough biomechanical evaluation, Dr. Leitner will develop a specific treatment plan to address muscle imbalances, restore mobility, increase strength and resolve pain using skilled hands on and exercise specific approach for which she is well-known by local doctors, Pilates teachers and fitness trainers throughout the local area. 

Pamela J. Leitner DPT, OCS 

Dr. Leitner has been practicing physical therapy for over 35 years. She earned her BS in Physical Therapy from California State University, Long Beach. She completed her clinical doctorate in physical therapy from Western University of Health Sciences in 2005. Dr. Leitner has been a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist since 1991 and became certified as a Pilates Teacher by Long Beach Dance Conditioning under the tutelage of Marie Jose Blom in 2000. She qualified as a Pilates Method Alliance Pilates teacher in 2006. After working in a variety of hospital based settings and clinics throughout the area, including Centinela Sports Medicine/Kerlan Jobe Orthopedics and The Pritikin Longevity Center in Santa Monica she went into private practice focusing on orthopedic, sports medicine and manual therapy in and around the Venice/Marina del Rey area. In addition, Dr. Leitner was part time faculty in the Physical Therapy Dept. at Mount St Mary’s College from 1991-1995 and has presented workshops on a variety of topics in rehabilitation and Pilates throughout the Southern California area. Blending traditional physical therapy, best current practices/research based protocols and Pilates based rehab, Dr. Leitner is uniquely qualified to guide her patients from surgery, injury or physical trauma back to their sport, fitness activity or just everyday function. In addition, Pam makes custom foot orthotics using either traditional plaster casting or computerized digital scanner. Once the foot is evaluated, mold taken and appropriate corrections made, the orthotic can address pathological foot and lower extremity malalignments to enhance performance whether it be for walking, running or specific sports. 

Payment & Contact Info: Payment: Cash, Check, VENMO, Discover, MasterCard, Visa Insurance: Dr. Leitner is out of network for most insurance plans. In order for you to submit claims directly, she can provide a superbill upon request. Please contact her office directly to discuss self-pay options. To screen your policy for out of network coverage, please fill out the Insurance Verification Form here

Email: info@leitnerphysicaltherapy.com 

Direct office/voicemail: 310-559-7990 

Website: www.leitnerphysicaltherapy.com

Business Hours: by appointment

Referral While referral is not needed to seek consultation and treatment by a physical therapist in California, some insurance companies require referral to consider the claim medically necessary. Please submit the courtesy insurance verification form to check your benefits. 

As of January 1, 2015, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the US Virgin Islands allow patients to seek some level of treatment from a licensed physical therapist without a prescription or referral from a physician. 

In Calif, the physical therapist shall not continue treating the patient beyond 45 calendar days or 12 visits, whichever occurs first, without receiving, a dated signature on the physical therapist’s plan of care from the patient’s physician, surgeon, or podiatrist indicating approval of the physical therapist’s plan of care. Approval of the physical therapist’s plan of care shall include an in-person patient examination and evaluation of the patient’s condition and, if indicated, testing by the physician and surgeon or podiatrist, except when providing wellness physical therapy services, or providing physical therapy services pursuant to a family service plan or individualized education plan (IEP) and the individual does not have a medical diagnosis. (Effective 1/1/2019)