Walker Ozar, D.C. serves the Beverly Hills area and the surrounding communities. The seeds for Walker’s career were planted early on as teenage athlete growing up in Los Angeles. He played high school football and baseball—and sustained a few injuries along the way. He has always been very interested in fitness, massage therapy, and nutrition. When Dr. Ozar turned to physical rehabilitation, acupuncture, and chiropractic adjustment to assist in his recovery from a sports injury, he fell in love with all of the healing modalities.
Dr. Ozar went on to study health and science at the University of Arizona, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts. His desire to combine physical therapy and chiropractic care led to a focus on chiropractic rehabilitation and he earned a professional degree from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic. Upon starting his practice in 1996 at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, he continued formulating his philosophy of healing for a few more years.
Dr. Ozar soon realized that whenever he had been going through rehab (for various sports-related injuries), he always found himself driving from offices to gyms and other studios and back and forth again, and thought: “What if I could create a facility where everything could take place under one roof?” The rest is history.
The original Beverly Hills Posture & Rehabilitation Institute was founded in 1999 (now known as: Beverly Hills Posture).
To date, Beverly Hills Posture has become a one-stop wellness center with a team of treatment professionals who work together to diagnose, treat and enhance a patient’s physical, medical and emotional health. Dr. Ozar believes that it is necessary to treat the body as a whole, and thoroughly evaluate the nature and possible origin of a patient’s symptoms. He believes that putting a band-aid on one part of a body and neglecting the less obvious problem areas does not always lead to a successful result.
While Dr. Ozar is confident that spinal manipulation, as an alternative medical practice, is both restorative and less invasive than many medical procedures, he does not believe that is necessary for every patient. If, and when manipulation is necessary, he consults the patient before treatment so that there are never any surprises. Dr. Ozar believes in manipulating the spine only when the muscles and joints are limber, thus all chiropractic treatments are preceded by at least 30 minutes of massage therapy and/or acupuncture to loosen the muscles.
Adam is from Melbourne, Australia, where he obtained his degree in physiotherapy at La Trobe University. His passion for understanding the human body led him to obtain a second degree in physiology from University of Melbourne. His physiotherapy orthopedic program was based in the Maitland approach, which concentrates on strong evaluative techniques followed by advanced manual therapy and retesting to determine efficacy of the different approaches. He is also skilled in Rock Taping (Kinesiotaping) and IASTM (instrument-assisted soft tissue massage) in the Graston style, which is reported to help reduce fascial restrictions and facilitate better neuromuscular function.
The Maitland Australian Approach intentionally and gently provokes the patient’s actual symptoms using carefully graded osteokinematic (physiological) and arthrokinematic (accessory) passive mobilization. This approach is recognized worldwide as an efficient, safe and gentle way to evaluate and treat the orthopedic patient to alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, restore movement, and maximize function.
Adam worked in Australia and Canada before his career took him to the United States (New York and California). In New York, he worked at the prestigious Center for Musculo-skeletal Care, which is part of NYU Langone Medical Center/Hospital for Joint Diseases. He has worked with thousands of patients with many different conditions over his 24-year career as a physiotherapist.
Adam’s expertise is in postural and movement analysis in conjunction with manual therapy as the foundation of the rehabilitation program following injury or disability. His interest in physical wellness is reflected personally in weightlifting and past participation in triathlons.
He is the owner of Bodies In Balance physical therapy clinic, which has been an important physical therapy center in the heart of Beverly Hills, CA since 2005.
- Certified Clinical Instructor – APTA
- FMT-1 – Functional Movement Taping (Rock Taping/Kinesiotaping) RockTape
- FMT-2 – Functional Movement Taping/Selective Functional Movement Assessment (Rock Taping/Kinesiotaping) RockTape
Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Dr. Jay Bulloch, LAc. DAOM (Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Licensed Acupuncturist, Certified in Sports Medicine Acupuncture®) has been a practitioner and teacher since 2001. His professional expertise includes acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, nutrition, manual therapy (Chinese therapeutic massage/tui na, gua sha, cupping, and myofascial therapy), therapeutic exercise and physical rehabilitation, qigong, and meditation for health.
In addition to completing his doctorate degree in acupuncture and Oriental medicine, focusing on Chinese internal and integrative medicine, Dr. Bulloch has undergone comprehensive specialist training in orthopedics and sports medicine. He is one of only a handful of doctors in the U.S.A. fully certified in Sports Medicine Acupuncture®. His integrative approach combines multiple modalities to provide holistic health care for a variety of health issues.
Jay has extensive experience treating chronic pain, acute injuries, and a range of internal medicine conditions–including gastrointestinal complaints, thyroid conditions, immune dysfunction such as autoimmune diseases, allergies, and weak immunity, chronic stress conditions, and adrenal exhaustion. He also provides preventative medicine and wellness regimens for promoting optimal wellbeing.
Licensed Acupuncturist, Oriental Medical Doctor
Jenny Jin, L.Ac, OMD, has been practicing acupuncture for the past 20 years. A graduate of Nanjing Medical University in China and University of Southern California, she began her career working in the Pain Management Clinic at USC. When evaluating for treatment, Dr. Jin goes through a four-step process:
- She first observes the patient’s complexion, eyes, tongues, nails, and physical appearance.
- Next, she listens to her patient’s voice and breathing and looks for any specific odors emanating from the body and breath.
- She then takes history which includes questions relating to pain, sleep, appetite, digestion, bowel movements, bladder, family life, work environment, living conditions, and emotional state.
- Lastly, by touching and taking the patient’s pulse, Dr. Jin can determine temperature, pain, and sensitivity to hot and cold. In doing so, she can ascertain which organs are not functioning correctly.
Acupuncture relies heavily on the principles of internal balance and harmony, and once that is achieved, health can be restored to the organs and systems in the body. As Westerners, we have been introduced to a generic explanation of Yin and Yang, as two opposing energies. Sometimes we think of it as male/female energy. Yin is characterized by cold, dark, stillness, weakness, and emptiness, whereas Yang is considered heat, light, activity, strength, and solidity.
Per Dr. Jin, “Yin and Yang will not always be in perfect balance as there are times when stress or sadness takes over, and other times when relaxation and joy might dominate. Illness occurs when there are prolonged periods of imbalance where the co-existence of Yin and Yang does not return. It is my task to identify the disparity, taking into consideration all the many external and internal forces at work, and then return the body to a state of harmony.”
Dr. Jin treats a range of problems, including sciatica, menstrual cramps, morning sickness, infertility, menopausal symptoms, impotence, prostate issues, digestion, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, cystitis, high blood pressure, insomnia, migraines, poor circulation, varicose veins, asthma, arthritis, psoriasis, eczema, weight loss, allergies, tension, and depression. Aside from the use of needles to stimulate the organs, she also uses herbs to complete the healing process and return each patient to good health and wellbeing.
Certified Pilates and GYROTONIC® Instructor
Gina is certified on the GYROTONIC® expansion system pulley tower and Jump Stretch Board and on all Pilates apparatus. She has been teaching for over ten years and prides herself on being able to train all types of physical abilities.
Certified Yoga Therapist
Wendy Obstler, CYT, E-RYT, is a certified yoga therapist, experienced registered yoga teacher, prenatal yoga instructor, as well as the Certified Lead Teacher and Ambassador of Strong Yoga®4Women. Since 2005, Wendy has worked with countless women struggling with fertility challenges and has witnessed over and again the powerful benefits of yoga on fertility. Having used the practice of yoga therapy to heal her own severe back injury, Wendy is inspired to share the transformational qualities of yoga with other individuals in chronic pain, healing from injury, post-operative rehab and as an awareness tool for injury prevention.
Wendy is a proud member of both The International Association of Yoga Therapists and the Yoga Alliance, as well as the founder of Divine Spark Yoga, an alignment and breath-based approach to the artful practice of yoga.
Certified Pilates Instructor
Beth Pendleton is a certified PMA Pilates and Kundalini Yoga Instructor. She has been teaching since 2002.
Always fascinated by the way the body works and how people connect with their body, she has cultivated specialties in Restorative Exercise, pre-and post-natal Pilates, Thai Yoga Therapy, and Post Rehab Breast Cancer Exercise through the Pink Ribbon Program.
With her broad teaching knowledge, Beth can give a dynamic workout while at the same time modify sessions to help clients connect with and preserve the long-term health of their bodies.
Certified Pilates Instructor
Dawn Saucier-Green is Certified Licensed Massage Therapist and Pilates instructor who started teaching in 1998 after moving back to Los Angeles from New York City. She has been working with Beverly Hills Posture since 2002.
As an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, Dawn discovered Pilates while teaching at the former Angel City Gym–where she studied under the tutelage of Ivan Dahl.
Certified Pilates and Yoga Instructor
- Stott and Physicalmind Certified Pilates Instructor (Carola Trier Lineage)
Physio Rehab Assistant
Registered Yoga Teacher (200 hours)
Thai Yoga Massage Therapist (Level 1)
Cicely Nelson is an experienced instructor and practitioner of Pilates and Yoga. She holds numerous certifications in Pilates and Yoga modalities as well as in Thai Massage; specializing in pre- and post-natal care, scoliosis, osteoporosis, general injury prevention and rehabilitation, and palliative care. Her approach runs the gamut from mindful and somatic to rigorous and athletic, depending on students’ needs and preferences, but alignment and structural and somatic integrity are always priorities. She has served on the faculty at the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle (2010-2012), and has taught at Erika Bloom Pilates Plus in NYC, Turks and Caicos, and Los Angeles (2006-present) and at the Movement Studio and Envision Physiotherapy in Vancouver, BC, Canada (2012-2016). Her training in ballet, modern dance, flamenco, and classical music performance and pedagogy also informs her movement practices.
Certified Pilates Instructor
Julie has more than 16 years’ experience and expertise in ballet, modern and social dance, Pilates, yoga, and myo-fascia release. Her career began as a professional dancer in New York City after she earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. She performed regularly with white road Dance Media, Experience vocal Dance, and from the desk of Sarah Seely. She also performed as the resident dancer in Michael Alan’s living art installation in Manhattan. While in New York, she began to understand the healing powers of movement through her opportunities as a performer and her work as a social dance and Pilates instructor.
Inspired to continue her education, Julie completed teacher training programs in Pilates and dance, studying under Pilates master trainers Lesley Powell, Shelley Studenberg, Teri Steele, Rebekah Rotstein, and Kuan Hui Chew. Her certifications include Pilates Mat with Steele Pilates, a 500-hour comprehensive Pilates with Balance Body University, Myo-fascia Release from Embody Practice Center, Reiki with master Jamie Wozny, and Social Dance with Start Dancing NYC. She also holds continuing education certificates in Body Brain Connect, which links brain science with movement, prenatal/post-partum Pilates, sports conditioning, osteoporosis, scoliosis, sciatica, S-I dysfunction, and multifidi dysfunction.
Always learning, Julie has had the privilege of taking classes and workshops under first generation Pilates instructors Mary Bowen and Lolita San-Miguel, as well as second-generation instructors Elizabeth Larkam and Wendy Le-Blanc Arbuckle. In addition to Pilates and dance, Julie has extensive experience and training in Anatomy, Barteneiff fundamentals, the Feldenkais method, and yoga. She uses her deep understanding of anatomy and vast knowledge of the human form to help her clients achieve their fitness goals.
Julie is passionate about facilitating an improved quality of life through movement. She spent several years as an instructor at Erika Bloom’s prestigious studio in Manhattan, has worked alongside physical therapists, with celebrities, professional dancers, and athletes. She has been a traveling instructor on the sets of Django Unchained, Scandal, and Confirmation. Julie is currently seeing clients in Los Angeles, California and abroad through her coaching series.
Certified Pilates Instructor
A certified instructor through The Whole Body Method, Dionna has been teaching and continuing her education since 2008. With a background in dance and performing arts, she began practicing Pilates as rehabilitation for her own injuries and found the work to be life changing.
Dedicated to authentic Pilates practice and attention to proper form and technique, she also believes a workout should be fun! Additional specialized work includes pre/post-natal care, surgery rehabilitation and weight-loss centered Pilates.
Certified Pilates Instructor
Oxana has been a Los Angeles based, full-time, Pilates training professional for the last 17 years. She received an International Pilates Certification in 2000, with specific training in physical rehabilitation modalities. For the past 14 years her Pilates training practice has exclusively resided in Chiropractic/ physical therapy clinics, where her expertise has helped a wide range of patients with varied physical issues. She has taught Pilates to other instructors in both Los Angeles and in Russia.
Aside from Pilates, Oxana is a licensed Kundalini Yoga Instructor via The Kundalini Research Institute. From this same licensing body, Oxana also earned additional certification as an instructor of the special practice of prenatal yoga. This advanced yoga training provides Oxana with the ability to further enhance her physical therapy work in Pilates with an approach that incorporates valuable aspects of yoga.
Oxana received an undergraduate college degree from the second most prestigious college in Russia, the nearly 300-year old St. Petersburg State University.