At Memorial Orthopaedic Surgical Group Physical Therapy, we are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care, not only to improve mobility and restore function, but to have a lasting impact on quality of life.
While we specialize in orthopedic rehabilitation and sports medicine, we are a diversified group of therapists that is dedicated to treating a wide variety of conditions. We have very close working relationships with our referring physicians which help to create the best patient-centered care available.
Our Physical Therapy team excels at performing comprehensive evaluations to accurately identify the source of pain and/or dysfunction, determine the cause, and develop individualized programs to address the issue in order to help our patients achieve their full potential. We treat your symptoms by addressing mechanical dysfunction and will provide education throughout the process to promote future injury prevention and long-term wellness. Our treatment interventions combine research and clinical expertise in order to ensure the best outcomes for our patients.
Meet Our Physical Therapists
James Gilmer, PT, DPT, OCS
Dr. James Gilmer is the Director of Physical Therapy for Memorial Orthopaedic Surgical Group. He graduated from the Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Southern California. Jimmy is a recognized Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, and a member of the Orthopedic, Sports, and Private Practice Section’s of the American Physical Therapy Association. He specializes in treating patients with orthopedic disorders, sports related injuries, pain management, and post-surgical rehabilitation.
Lisa McWhorter, PT
Lisa was born and raised in Indiana. She received her physical therapy degree at the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences. Lisa has been working as a physical therapist in an outpatient orthopedic setting for over 30 years and has been with Memorial Orthopaedic Surgical Group for over 25 years. She is very involved with her 2 daughters in fast pitch softball and enjoys participating in Zumba classes.
Jason Smith, PT, DPT
Dr. Jason Smith was born and raised in beautiful Southern California. He attended the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California where he received his bachelor's degree in Sports Medicine. He returned to Southern California and graduated from Chapman University's Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Jason has experience in treating a vast array of orthopedic injuries and post-surgical conditions involving the spine, upper extremity, and lower extremity. He prides himself in assisting patients to obtain a swift recovery with maximal outcome. His interests include baseball, football, kayaking, and fishing.
Louie Labial, PT, DPT
Dr. Louie Labial has been practicing physical therapy mainly working in an outpatient orthopedic setting. He graduated with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Azusa Pacific University. He continues to be involved with Azusa Pacific University as an adjunct faculty member for the physical therapy program. Louie also prides himself in helping to instruct and develop physical therapy students as a clinical instructor.
Michelle Sterling, PT, DPT
Dr. Michelle Sterling received her bachelor’s degree in exercise science from the University of Cincinnati. She later graduated from the University of Dayton’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Michelle relocated from Ohio to Southern California to practice physical therapy. The majority of her experience has been in outpatient orthopedics.
Mia Nguyen, PT, DPT
Dr. Mia Nguyen was born and raised in Long Beach, California. She attended Waldorf College in Forest City, IA with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology while playing collegiate basketball. She returned to Southern California to attend Azusa Pacific University and graduated with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy while ending the program with a physical therapy mission trip to Kenya. Mia has experienced firsthand the effects of physical therapy with an ACL repair and subsequent return to sport and understands the rehab process from the patient’s perspective. She specializes in treating patients with orthopedic disorders, sports related injuries, and post-surgical rehabilitation. Her interests include backpacking and hiking with her husband and two dogs, and riding her motorcycle.