Stacey Smith M.P.T. Bio - Physical Therapy Professional
Stacey Smith is a licensed physical therapist who received her Masters degree in Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy (M.P.T.) from USC in 1996. Prior to that, she graduated cum laude with a B.A. from UCLA in 1992. She enthusiastically supported UCLA Athletics by participating on the esteemed UCLA Dance/Cheerleading Team and continues to be a big fan! Her interest in physical therapy began at the tender age of 16 when she herself spent some time in a wheelchair. It was then that she made a commitment to devote her life to helping others walk again!
Stacey is most proud to be celebrating her 10th year at the coveted Montana Avenue location. She has a wide variety of clinical experience and has enjoyed the orthopedic setting for 15 years. She has worked with everyone from gun shot victims to elite athletes, everyday weekend warriors, teenage athletes, and young children. She believes each patient to be unique in their own healing process. Therefore, she employs many different philosophies, techniques, and skill sets when treating patients. She has been a proud member of the American Physical Therapy Association for 16 years, has been nominated for National Register's Who's Who Executives and Professionals, and is a member of the Better Business Bureau. She is a certified spinning instructor and finds yoga, pilates, outdoor cycling, and hiking a great way to stay strong and balanced. She also finds time to coach soccer for the light of her life, her little girl.
Jill Somerville Diddio Bio - Physical Therapy Professional
Jill Somerville Diddio is a dedicated, thoughtful, passionate, intuitive therapist who joined SSPT in 2014. Jill initially trained with Stacey Smith at an outpatient clinic in Marina Del Rey in 2000. She subsequently graduated in 2003 from Mount St. Mary’s Masters of Physical Therapy Program. Jill loyally returned as a certified clinician to continue practicing and eventually became the managing director of Marina Physical Therapy in 2007. She remained as a full-time clinician and director through 2012.
To accommodate her growing family, Jill transitioned to become an independent contractor with home health care agencies, working with patients in their homes as they recuperated post-hospitalization. In 2013 she once again crossed paths with Stacey Smith and accepted the opportunity to work with the talented team at SSPT.
Jill has studied a variety of techniques over the years and draws on her multi-modal practice in treating each patient. Through her strong hands-on approach, wide base of knowledge, and her passionate advocacy for each patient’s well being, patients experience the most effective and positive rehabilitation. Jill’s personal mission -- “we only have one body, so make sure you take care of it”.