Physical Therapist Santo Riva, DPT, OCS, NASM-CPT was born and raised in West Los Angeles. In 2003, he became licensed as a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine so he could share his passion and knowledge for strength training with others. Motivated to expand the population he could work with, he returned to school to complete his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California. He then completed an orthopedic clinical residency, also at USC. This unique experience not only sharpened his clinical reasoning and manual skills, but also put him on the other side of the classroom, where he taught students in USC’s physical therapy and medical programs. In 2013, he became recognized by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist.