Meet the experienced pros who'll get you functioning again, at home or on the field.
Mark Argento, MPTOwner / Director
Mark Argento is a South Bay native who grew up enjoying the beach, racing bikes and playing soccer. He played soccer at Loyola Marymount University, where he received his Bachelor of Business Administration in 1989. After a few years of investigating the corporate world and searching for the right career, as well as completing his own physical therapy following knee surgery, Mark decided to return to school to become a PT. He earned his Master of Physical Therapy degree from Mount St. Marys College in Los Angeles in 1997 and became licensed in the state of California in early 1998. He worked in Manhattan Beach for about two years before deciding to open a clinic on the peninsula in 2000. Since then Mark has been treating patients from the finest orthopedic surgeons in the South Bay and Los Angeles. Mark strongly believes that manual therapy, focused therapeutic exercises, and patient education, delivered in a friendly and compassionate environment, are the absolute essentials to effective physical therapy. Mark has taken advanced courses in manual therapy, foot and ankle dysfunction, orthotic analysis and casting, the neck and shoulder complex, golf swing mechanics and treatment, and tennis related injuries to name a few.
Eric Dewhirst, PT, FAFS
Eric is a native of the South Bay growing up in the local school system and playing sports. His passion was in soccer where he played throughout club, high school, college and amateur/PDL levels. He graduated El Camino Junior College construction tech program and worked for the family business in residential construction over ten years. He returned to college to pursue study in physical therapy and graduated CSULB in 1998 with a Bachelors degree in physical therapy. Eric has studied numerous manual therapies most notably osteopathic spinal manipulation and has graduated a fellow of the world renowned Gray Institute of Functional Movement. He is a strong believer in corrective therapy in treating patients with orthopedic injuries.
Willam Schopp PT, DPT, CAFS
William Schopp is a native South Bay resident born and raised in San Pedro. He received his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with high honors from Cal State University of Long Beach. He then went on to receive his Doctorate in Physical Therapy with high honors from the University of St. Augustine in San Marcos, CA. He has a background in manual therapy and certifications in Applied Functional Science. He believes integrating a hands on approach to treatment combined with corrective movements results in the highest quality of care for his patients. He spends his free time running the trails of Palos Verdes, surfing, spending time with family, and looking for new craft beers to try. Most of all, he can't wait for the opportunity to help you get back to the activities you love!
Robin Taylor, PTAPhysical Therapist Assistant
Robin Taylor was born and raised in the South Bay, growing up in Manhattan Beach, spending most of her time at the beach and playing club soccer. Robin attended California State University, Fullerton, where she received her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology, with a focus in Clinical Exercise Science. She then received her Physical Therapist Assistant license for the state of California after completing the Physical Therapist Assistant Program from Cerritos College. There she received the honor of Valedictorian and the Clinical Excellence Award upon graduation. Robin is a firm believer in maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle, and takes great joy in being able to help others heal and recover so they can get back to the things they love. In Robin's free time she enjoys participating in half marathons, local sprint triathlons and 10k runs with her father, enjoying the beautiful South Bay beaches, and spending time with her family.
Erik Hernandez, PT, DPTPhysical Therapist
Dr. Erik Hernandez is a South Bay native, who worked for Peninsula Physical Therapy as a PT aide and has now returned as a Physical Therapist. He received his undergraduate degree from Cal State University Fullerton with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Clinical Exercise. He continued his education and received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy with Honors from University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in San Marcos, CA. Dr. Erik has learned a variety of manual techniques and movement-based approaches throughout his formal and clinical education. He utilizes functional movement assessments and current research to formulate a specific rehabilitation program tailored to each individual patient. He is a strong believer in movement re-education and functional therapeutic activities to progress his patients’ toward their goals. When not treating patients, you can find him on the soccer field. He has played for over 20 years, playing for local club teams and semi-professional soccer organizations. Dr. Erik also enjoys playing basketball, rooting for the Lakers, going to the beach, and spending time with friends and family.