Scott Dreben, MPT
Scott Dreben, MPT, the Founder of Touch of Life Physical Therapy, holds a Master's degree in Physical Therapy from Chapman University. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Northridge with a major in Nutrition. After working with a fantastic physical therapy practice for several years, Scott went on to open his own practice with his wife, Deanna, in 2005. Touch of Life Physical Therapy was born. Since then, Scott has dedicated himself to enhancing his skills through continuing education coursework that emphasize a comprehensive, holistic approach to treatment. His extensive knowledge has enabled him to use a variety of different techniques to care for his patients including, but not limited to, Strain-Counterstrain, Fascial-Counterstrain™, Myofascial Release and Primal Reflex Release Technique™. Scott is a firm believer in the ever expanding knowledge that Physical Therapy has to offer and is committed to keeping pace with the newest research and professional techniques in his field. Further, he maintains an active professional dialogue with colleagues in related disciplines in order to ensure that his patients receive the highest, and most thorough, standard of care.
Amanda Stuart, DPT
Amanda Stuart, DPT, received her Bachelor of Science Degree at Sacred Heart University, completing her undergraduate career a year early through an accelerated program. She went on to receive her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Since graduating, she received a certification to utilize Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) and completed a course specialized in Muscle Energy techniques for the Pelvis and Sacrum. Amanda then attended an intensive course to treat Pelvic Pain & Dysfunction and continues to expand her Pelvic Floor education through the Herman Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute. She also specializes in pediatric and orthopedic conditions, and is now incorporating Counterstrain into her practice. What Amanda enjoys most about her job is improving the quality of life for her patients. She is very passionate about fitness and overall health. Outside of the clinic, Amanda finds joy in exercising - whether it be a long run outside or strength training in the gym. She enjoys being outdoors, traveling and spending time with friends and family.
Katja Sola-Pughe, DACM, L.Ac.
Katja Sola-Pughe, DACM, L.Ac. is from Helsinki, Finland and moved to California in 2008 to pursue her studies in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) from which she obtained a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) from Pacific College of Health and Science. Dr. Sola-Pughe has 25 years of experience in holistic health care, having owned and operated clinics in Helsinki, Finland and Marbella, Spain. Prior to studying TCM, she studied Clinical Nutrition and Reflexology in Finland and Ayurvedic Medicine in Kerala, India. While studying in India, she met her Japanese Ki (energy) Therapy instructor, Master Iwamoto, and embarked on a nine-year apprenticeship in Japan and abroad. Her studies with Master Iwamoto inspired her to seek a formal education in TCM and now, Dr. Sola-Pughe combines all of her acquired knowledge and training to provide personalized dynamic treatments in order to achieve the best possible outcomes for her patients.
Jana Metken, Office Manager
Jana Metken started with Touch of Life as a patient and came on as our Office and Billing Manager in 2009. Coming from a background in finance and business, she easily transitioned into a medical setting. Jana employs a personal and comprehensive approach with each and every patient ensuring that they are fully informed and taken care of on every level. After dealing with her own medical issues for several years and observing the process from both the patient and provider's perspective she became interested in transitioning into healthcare. Her unique and holistic perspective on patient care has prompted her to pursue a degree in Naturopathic Medicine with an emphasis in biological nutrition. Further, Jana is passionate about clean eating and food transparency and hopes to share her extensive knowledge with the world in her own healthy holistic eating blog.
Jazmin Lopez, Lead Aide & Administrator
Jazmin Lopez holds a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology, Exercise Science from California State University, Northridge. Exposed to physical therapy through an ACL injury, Jazmin's passion for this field began to unravel. She has experience both in clinical and community settings. Through these experiences Jazmin has gained the ability to work with athletes, children, adults and senior citizens. She is expected to apply to DPT programs this Fall. She enjoys sunny California hikes, cooking, traveling and spending time with family and friends.