IASTM Instructors 2017-09-18T22:46:51+00:00

IASTM INSTRUCTORS

Davis Koh, DPT, MBA, GCS, CSCS
Davis Koh, DPT, MBA, GCS, CSCSChief IASTM Instructor

Dr. Koh is a sports and orthopedic physical therapist with over 20 years of experience. He earned his B.S. degree in Physiological Sciences from the University of California at Los Angeles, as well as his Master and Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California. In doing so, Dr. Koh became the youngest graduate ever to earn an advanced Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy in USC’s history. While at USC, Dr. Koh served on the faculty as a Teaching Assistant in Orthopedics. In 2007, Dr. Koh earned a Master in Business Administration from USC’s Marshall School of Business. Owner of KOH Physical Therapy Lab, an outpatient sport and orthopedic clinic in Irvine, CA.

Dr. Koh’s career began as a staff physical therapist at UCLA Medical Center specializing in orthopedics, cardiac and neuro-rehabilitation. He was then accepted to Kaiser Permanente Orthopedic Residency Program which he completed in 2000. Dr. Koh is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), where he served as the State and Regional Director for the NSCA, overseeing more than 6,000 members. Dr. Koh was the first physical therapist certified in Active Release Techniques and Graston Techniques in Orange County and the first Masters Level Certified Active Release Techniques physical therapist. He is also a Lead Instructor for Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) Techniques with Fibroblaster, Inc. In addition, Dr. Koh is one of very few physical therapists certified as a Russian Kettlebell Instructor (RKC) and is one of 14 PT’s certified in Fascial Manipulation Techniques in the U.S. His extensive training over the years has included studying different treatment techniques originating from Russia, Norway, France, Great Britain, Italy, South America, Korea and Australia.

Dr. Koh has been invited as a guest speaker for various organizations including the University of California- Irvine Dept. of Sports Medicine, USC School of Physical Therapy, Sacred Heart University School of Physical Therapy, California Physical Therapy Association, New York Knicks NBA Team, New York Liberty WNBA Team, Jacksonville Jaguars NFL Team, multiple NSCA State Conferences, Naval Special Warfare PT Department, US Army Med Dept. – Fort Bragg, Elite Sports and Spine Expo, and COPA World Conference.
In addition to working with individual athletes from the NFL, NBA, WTA, AVP, LPGA, UFC, MLB, WCAA, Olympics, and Canadian National Track & Field Team, Dr. Koh has enjoyed being a member of various medical teams for organizations including the Ironman Triathlon World Championships, Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) Tour, the BMX Pro Tour, Vans Pro Skateboard Tour, and the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Tour. Dr. Koh is proud to have served on medical teams at various U.S. Olympic Training Centers working with athletes from Team USA Weightlifting, USA Beach and Indoor Volleyball, USA Boxing, USA Gymnastics, and USA Tae Kwon Do. Dr. Koh was part of Team USA Medical Team for the Pan-American Games. Dr. Koh has served on medical teams for Team USA Volleyball, USA Weightlifting, USA Sailing, USA Bobsled & Skeleton, and USA Track and Field. Dr. Koh has also worked on national & international tours for So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars, Ringling Bros, Black Sabbath, Beyonce, and Carrie Underwood.

In addition to his sports/orthopedic credentials, Dr. Koh is also a nationally Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist (less than 1% of all physical therapists in the U.S. have this classification). This distinction is earned, in part, by demonstrating years of experience and expertise in age-related diseases and injuries common to the geriatric population.

Because of his expertise, Dr. Koh is currently contracted by the U.S. Government as an expert witness in physical therapy for lawsuits in Medicare and for the U.S. Department of Health. Dr. Koh was elected by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) to become a member of the Specialization Academy of Content Experts (SACE), the governing body responsible for writing national board exam questions. In addition, Dr. Koh has been a consultant and researcher for Sketchers, Inc., Taylor-Made Golf, Inc., NBA Head Trainers Association, US Olympic Sports Med Dept., Muscle-Aid Tape, Inc., and Aspen Medical Products, Inc. He has published various articles for national physical therapy publications such as Advance Magazine and In Motion Magazine.

Dr. Koh was recently awarded one of the “Best Physical Therapists in Southern California” by KCAL9/KTLA5 Television Stations in Los Angeles.who are preyed upon by criminal or terrorist elements, and to train the professionals who are authorized to protect those citizens.

Nick Perkins, PT, DPT
Nick Perkins, PT, DPTIASTM Instructor

Dr. Nick Perkins was born and raised in San Diego, CA. Dr. Perkins was also a youth sports coach where he promoted self-esteem and confidence through fitness at multiple elementary and middle schools in San Diego. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Public Health Science from the University of California Irvine.

Dr. Perkins received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy with high honors from the University of St. Augustine in San Marcos, California. The University of St. Augustine’s comprehensive curriculum provided him with a strong background in physical rehabilitation of various patient populations with an emphasis in orthopedic and manual physical therapy. Dr. Perkins is also an assistant instructor in Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization Techniques with KOH Education.

Dr. Perkins, received certificates in the Evaluation and Treatment of the Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbar Spine, Lumbo-Pelvic-Hip Complex, Extremity Integration, and Myofascial Manipulation in his final trimester. His clinical experiences allowed Dr. Perkins to treat a diverse patient population ranging from dependent geriatrics to advanced athletes in both land based and aquatic settings.

Since starting his career with KOH Physical Therapy, Dr. Perkins has continued to expand his practice by becoming certified in Graston Technique, Certified IASTM Practitioner using Fibroblaster, Muscle Aid Taping, and Fascial Manipulation®. Dr. Perkins also completed continuing education coursework in Total Motion Release Spinal Manipulation as well as a year-long Orthopedic Manual Therapy Seminar Series. Following his passion for teaching Dr. Perkins became a Certified Clinical Instructor and has accepted multiple Physical Therapy Students for clinical internships. Dr. Perkins hopes to continue expanding his practice and integrate his passion for athletics and fitness with his therapeutic interventions to bring out the inner athlete in all his patients.

Erwin Valencia DPTIASTM International Instructor

Erwin is in his second year with the Knicks, first in his current position (promoted in Summer ’15)…Joined Knicks in 2014-15 as team physical therapist and assistant athletic trainer…Takes leadership role with team’s medical and performance staff; accompanies Knicks on all road trips.

Raised and educated in the Philippines, Erwin is the first Filipino to be on the medical staff for both an NBA and MLB team…Prior to joining Knicks, was Rehabilitation Director of the Pittsburgh Pirates for eight seasons…In 2012, founded the socially-responsible global education company KinetIQ, providing “next step” knowledge in sports medicine, wellness and performance art to institutions around the world…Remains Director of Medical & Performance Services for Baseball New Zealand and is a consultant to several teams internationally.

Holds Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of the Philippines-Manila, a Masters of Education in Athletic Training & Sports Medicine from Plymouth State (NH) University, and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree with a concentration in Manipulative Therapies from the University of St. Augustine…Fulfilled requirements for post-graduate fellowships at Yale University and Regis University (for AAOMPT)…Begins every day in gratitude – and has made it his personal mission to be an inspiration to young Filipinos everywhere.

Jacob Fey, PT, DPT, CSCS
Jacob Fey, PT, DPT, CSCSFIBROBLASTER™ Chief Designer

During undergrad I first heard of IASTM, from a friend and former classmate that was attending chiropractic college; he talked about Gua Sha, Graston and SASTM. He went into their use and cost (how he was going to try to even pay for it). He sparked my curiosity and I started to look into IASTM, particularly the major marketers (Graston, SASTM, and ASTYM) and how it was theorized to work. Also, during my extremities orthopedic class in DPT, an adjunct clinical professor showed us a tool that he had been using. This was my first hands on exposure to an instrument. He also talked about some of the IASTM tools on the market. Most of us were interested in the tools but not the price. I joked to a couple of classmates that day in class that I could make them less expensively and they said they would buy one if I could pull it off.

I started talking with the Machine Shop staff in the Engineering Department at the University at Buffalo. Since I was a student I had access to the university’s facilities to do the project at a substantial savings. I learned to use CAD software to save money by doing the designing and prototyping myself. Once I had the design, I also figured out the whole machining process and related costs. It was pitched to my current and former classmates getting enough interest to move forward. About 75% of the class pre-ordered to fund the project and the first run of Fibroblasters was made in late Fall ’09 (entire project was not-for-profit).

As with all good stories, I have to give a shout out for my mom. She went online to be the first to purchase a Fibroblaster from the website, at retail price no less. She proudly displays it next to the clay knickknacks that were made in elementary school. For the financially strapped graduate student, there is a student discount for those willing to supply me with their advisor’s name, email, contact number, school name and grad date. Once status is verified, they receive a discount via email. Since the start sales have been steady and there has been lot of positive feedback from those who have purchased. The goal of Fibroblaster is to make a quality soft tissue mobilization instrument without the high price tag that is associated with other stainless steel IASTM tools on the market.