About Us

Meet the Pasadena PT team.

Why Choose Us? Because we ARE different.

As a physical therapist-owned physical therapy clinic, our ability to deliver the care we want to the patient comes first. No triple-booking, no cookie-cutter approaches, and no servitude to the insurance companies.

As a clinical training site for the USC Physical Therapy program, the top-ranked Physical Therapy program in the country (if not the world), we take great pride in staying up to date on the latest in rehabilitation and movement science.

If you have had disappointing or even mediocre results with outdated, insurance-driven physical therapy treatments (i.e., 10-minutes with the PT, a handout of generic exercises, then ultrasound, hot packs and electrical stimulation) at other clinics, or value your time and want to rehab it right the first time, our caring and highly-skilled PTs will get you back to the life you want.

We will work with you to find out the WHYs of your complaints so that you can get back to the WHYs (work, play, leisure) of your life.

Dr. Locatelli Rao, PT, DPT, OCS, MLS, FRAs, FRCms

Founder and President

  • Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
  • Certified Movement Links Specialists
  • Functional Range Assessment Specialist
  • Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist
  • Functional Range Release Practitioner

Dr. Rao’s educational and career paths were driven by 2 simple questions:

  1. What did he want to study, which led to an Exercise Science degree from USC in 1999.
  2. What did he want to do for the rest of his life, which was to help and care for others, and found Physical Therapy to be the medium in which allowed him to do that. In 2002 he received his Doctor of Physical Therapy from USC.

On January 4, 2004, he opened Pasadena Physical Therapy as a destination where patients could experience the true power of manual medicine and the body’s own ability to heal itself when properly guided.  The clinic was also designed to be a learning environment for everyone who walks through its doors:  patients, fellow PTs, students, aides, volunteers and all others involved.

Today, he is proud of what Pasadena Physical Therapy, PC, has become:

  • a professional clinic that is a key member in Pasadena’s healthcare community
  • a professional clinic that provides its community with access to state of the art equipment, such as the Alter-G anti-gravity treadmill and programs, such as the Aquatic Therapy program
  • a professional clinic that promises to provide its patients with the highest standards of care in specific manual therapy, exercise prescription, and most importantly, RESULTS

Dr. Rao is one of the few orthopedic clinical specialists (OCS) in the country (about 5% of all PTs earn that distinction), and he and his staff provide the most skilled, most comprehensive physical therapy services in the area.

A San Gabriel Valley native who attended local schools, and has strong ties to this wonderful community, Dr. Rao is committed to hiring and maintaining only the most qualified staff available so that Pasadena will continue to be taken care by these professionals.

Dr. Rao’s Clinical Approach

“I do not chase symptoms (WHATs) but rather treat the person (WHO) and the underlying cause(s) (WHYs) of their symptoms. In my 16 years of practice I have found that a comprehensive approach will lead to the best results of healing the person, and not just curing the ailment.

 As a lifelong student, I do not follow one particular approach as dogma, and will happily admit that my toolbox is an eclectic collection of various schools of thought and techniques.  Ultimately, all I care about is that my patient gets better.

 I am very grateful for all the difficult, complex, or rare conditions that have presented in our clinic, for the difficult questions that patients, students, and fellow PTs have asked, for they have all made me both a better clinician and a better person.”

In his free time, Dr. Rao enjoys the game of golf and spending time with his wife Onelia and their sons Benjamin and Jonathan.

Dr. Charles Benandi, PT, DPT

Dr. Benandi received his Doctor of Physical Therapy from USC in 2017, after having earned his undergraduate degree from Miami University in Ohio.  Dr. Benandi spent his final clinical rotation training under Dr. Rao and enjoyed the learning environment and patient population that he transitioned into a staff position after finishing his rotation.

Dr. Benandi’s clinical interests include patients with complex medical histories, including those with neurological diagnoses.  He is also the Director of the Aquatic Physical Therapy program and provides PT services in the medium of warm water for those who in need.

In addition, he keeps his clinical skill set sharp and diverse by taking care of acutely ill patients at California Hospital in Downtown LA.

Personally, Dr. Benandi is active lifestyle and is very fond of the game of golf.  He is also an avid chef and constantly looking to improve his skills.

If you have any history of pain, cannot move well because of an old injury, or simply want to improve your function, Dr. Benandi will work with you to help you #ReachYourPeak.

Dr. Joshua Schwartz, PT, DPT

Dr. Schwartz received his undergraduate education at Temple University where he learned the sciences and built a love for the body’s structure and function.  He then went on to earn his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia in 2015.

Dr. Schwartz is a devoted learner and reader. He loves to travel and learn new cultures. A native of Philadelphia, he is settling into Southern California life, enjoying the outdoors, and beautiful landscapes on hikes with his dog and wife.

Athletics has been a constant in his life. Cycling, basketball, golf, and football are his sporting passions, and he enjoys the art of movement in other creative forms including dancing and drumming.

Understanding your individuality as a person and your presentation as a patient is the most exciting aspect to his life experience.  What makes you special is not your problem, it is your potential, and that is what Dr. Schwartz is excited to actualize with you.

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Pasadena Physical Therapy
95 W. California Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91105

(626) 304-0565

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95 W. California Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105

(626) 304-0565

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Our Hours

Clinic:
Monday - Friday
7:00 AM-6:00 PM, Closed 12 Noon to 1:00 PM