James R. Gutierrez

James discovered his passion for the health sciences while attending Pepperdine University as a Sports Medicine major. At Pepperdine, James involved himself not only in research projects in the Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics laboratories, but also took part in extracurricular activities such as the Camp Kilpatrick tutoring program for at-risk youth and Student-led Ministries where he organized weekly convocation services. After graduation, James pursued his other passions, teaching and service, as a Teach For America corps member.

James served students and their families in the East Los Angeles area as a 6th grade Mathematics and Earth Science teacher for three years. During his time as an educator, James received his Masters in Education and teaching credential at Loyola Marymount University. In 2008, James decided to pursue his passion for the health sciences by enrolling in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Southern California. At USC, James was exposed to and trained in the multiple fields of physical therapy, ranging from pediatrics, in-patient orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation, to outpatient orthopedics.

It is in the physical therapy field that James now has the ability to blend his passions for teaching, for service, and for the health sciences together as he works side by side the fellow doctors at BACK 2 HEALTH PHYSICAL THERAPY in the common goal to give patients "the knowledge and tools to get you back to work, back to play, and back to health."