Staff

Dr. Jen Ballentine Evans, PT, DPT, WCS, CPI

Dr. Jen Ballentine Evans is a Los Angeles native who graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a BA in Kinesiology in 2002. After a year working in clinical research, she entered Mount St. Mary’s College where she received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) in 2006.

Dr. Ballentine Evans is proud to be the only board-certified Women’s Health Clinical Specialist (WCS) in Ventura.

Dr. Ballentine Evans has completed the Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training program (CPI) with Body Arts and Science International.

Dr. Ballentine Evans specializes in manual therapy for the orthopedic population, pelvic pain, incontinence management, pregnancy, and post-partum dysfunction, and Pilates for rehabilitation. In the last 14 years, she has attended multiple pregnancy, postpartum, Pilates, and pelvic physical therapy continuing education courses.

Dr. Jen Ballentine Evans has been trained in the mobilization of the visceral fascia of the urinary system, gastrointestinal system, and reproductive system of both men and women. She has also been trained in hypopressive (low pressure) exercise.

Dr. Ballentine Evans enjoys Pilates, hiking, snowboarding, wakeboarding, spinning, and helping patients improve their health and well-being.


Dr. Matthew Evans, PT, DPT

Dr. Matt Evans is a Ventura County native that graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology/ Exercise Science from Cal State University Northridge in 2005. During his studies at CSUN he worked in both land and aquatic based rehabilitation settings.

After graduation, Dr. Evans entered Mount St Mary’s College Physical Therapy program. During his doctoral education, he found time to accomplish a certification in massage therapy. Matt graduated with a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree in 2008.

Matt then continued his post-doctoral education by completing an extensive, hands on, year long manual therapy course with Michael Miller PT, OCS out of Long Beach, California.

In 2019 Dr. Evans began a residency program with the American Academy of Clinical Electrodiagnosis. He has found a passion for electromyography and has enjoyed the addition of nerve conduction studies into his current practice.

Dr. Evans’ clinical interests include electromyography, manual therapy, and therapeutic exercise for orthopedic disorders and sports-related injuries.

Matt’s recreational interests include surfing, snowboarding, wakeboarding, and physical fitness.


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Dr. Victoria Hofius Pepper, PT, MPT, DPT

Dr. Pepper is a Ventura County native who graduated with a BS in Kinesiology from San Jose State University; a Master’s in Physical Therapy (MPT) from Cal. State University, Northridge; and a Doctorate is Physical Therapy (DPT) from Arcadia University.

Dr. Pepper has training in progressive physical therapy treatments including Pilates, Aquatic Therapy, Myofascial release, and Neurac (Neuromuscular Activation); as well as traditional techniques including Manual Therapy, Strength and Flexibility training, and Vestibular Reeducation.

Dr. Pepper is pursuing her post-doctoral education with a Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification from the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute.

Dr. Pepper specializes in pelvic pain and incontinence management; surgical rehabilitation; chronic pain treatment; pregnancy and post-partum related conditions; postural, gait, and balance training; and return to sport after injury.
Recreationally, Dr. Pepper enjoys playing softball, volleyball, hiking, Pilates, and crafting.


Dr. Lauren Hartnett PT, DPT, MPT, ATC

Dr. Lauren Hartnett was born and raised in Ventura County where she grew up playing volleyball. Her love for the sport took her to play collegiately at Graceland University in Iowa. While rehabilitating a sport’s injury of her own, she decided to pursue a degree in athletic training and received her B.A and credential as an athletic trainer (ATC). Returning to California, she attended California State University Northridge where she received her Master of Physical Therapy degree (MPT) and then went on to get her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (DPT) from Arcadia University.

Dr. Hartnett shares POW Physical Therapy’s passion for a hands-on treatment approach with an emphasis on restoring functional movements and helping patients return to the activities they love. Her training includes manual therapy techniques, therapeutic exercise (including Pilates), and neuromuscular re-education for orthopedic disorders, surgical rehabilitation, chronic pain, and the management and rehabilitation of sports or athletic injuries. Additionally, Lauren continues to pursue further education and specialized training in women’s health/pelvic floor dysfunction including pregnancy, post-partum recovery, pelvic pain, and incontinence.

Lauren enjoys volleyball, travelling, reading, and spending time with her family, friends, and Australian Shepherd named Kobe.


Dr. Christian Leonakis

Dr. Christian Leonakis was born and raised in Northwest Indiana. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology & Exercise Science from Purdue University. Christian then went on to Seton Hall University where he received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy.

Prior to pursuing his degree in Physical Therapy, Christian was a certified personal trainer and clinical assistant. Dr. Christian Leonakis also has experience working with collegiate athletes at Purdue University Northwest.

Dr. Christian Leonakis has completed extensive training in manual therapy and Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization.

Dr. Christian Leonakis specializes in manual therapy and movement therapy for the orthopedic population. He has a passion to improve the physical abilities and well-being of his patients.

Dr. Leonakis interests are watching Chicago sports, exercising, hiking in national parks, live music, and dog sitting on the weekends.


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Heather Gilliam MPH, RDN, CSOWM

www.nutritiontransformation.com

  • CSOWM, Certified Specialist in Obesity and Weight Management, The Commission on Dietetic Registration, 2019
  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, The Commission on Dietetic Registration, 1994
  • Master’s Degree in Public Health, UCLA, 1994
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Nutritional Science, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, 1991

For the first decade of Heather’s career, she worked as part of the medical team in hospitals taking care of patients, as well as counseling in several specialty outpatient clinics. As she defined her interests, the bulk of her career has been spent specifically doing outpatient nutrition counseling & workshops, research, community outreach, developing educational materials, and precepting interns. She loves sports and fitness, organic gardening and cooking, learning and trying new things.


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Lisa Turner L.Ac

Lisa C Turner is a Ventura County Native, growing up in Ojai. She is Ca State Board and National State Board Licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese Medical Herbalist. She completed her Masters Degree in Chinese Medicine from Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine, graduating in 2008. She has been practicing Acupuncture in Ventura since 2009, and has been with POW Physical Therapy since 2014.

Before completing her education in Chinese Medicine, Lisa was a Licensed Massage Therapist in Ventura, Santa Monica, and Santa Barbara County. She still practices massage therapy today, specializing in myofascial release and musculoskeletal disorders, sports therapy and injuries, combined with Acupuncture. She has extensive training in Kinesiology and Physiology from Adams State University in Alamosa, Co and Cal State Northridge. She is also a certified Steam Therapist from Steamy Chick Inc., helping women with various gynecological disorders and pain.

In her free time, she loves spending time with her family and friends. She has two wonderful dogs, and an outdoor aviary with finches. She is an avid sports fan, enjoys taking walks, going to the beach, hiking, camping, reading, building rustic furniture, and painting.