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Dr. Michael O'Donnell


Professional Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Health Science from Long Beach State in 1980

  • Master's of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California in 1983

  • Board Certification in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS) in 1992

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California in 1996

  • Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT) in 2006

Professional Affiliations

  • Orthopaedic Section APTA

  • Private Practice section APTA

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists

  • California Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists Special Interest Group

  • North American Spine Society



  • Board Certified Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (1992)

  • Fellow in American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists

  • Functional Movement Screen (FMS) Level 1 + 2

  • Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)

     Michael O'Donnell, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT has been the owner and director of Harbor Physical Therapy since 1986. Highlights in his career include serving as Physical Therapist for the Los Angeles Olympic Committee in 1984 and becoming a member of the first class in the country to earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, from USC in 1996.

     Dr. O’Donnell has served as a faculty in member in the Division of Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy at USC for twenty five years. In that capacity he led courses in advanced patient management in the entry level Doctor of Physical Therapy program. He also served as the director of the Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency. Outside of USC Dr. O’Donnell has lectured nationally and internationally and has presented his research locally as well as at national and international conferences.

     In addition to clinical and academic pursuits, Mike has maintained his status as a recurrent Ocean Lifeguard with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, a position he has held since 1977. He competes regularly in ocean lifeguard events and has won two National Titles for lifeguard surfboat racing and six National Doryman's titles. He enjoys Master's swimming and for several years he coached age group water polo. Mike was born and raised in San Pedro, California, and he lives locally with his wife Peggy and their three daughters, Erin, Kelsey and Colleen.

Dr. O'Donnell presenting his research at the IFOMPT conference in Glasgow, Scotland in July 2016
Dr. O'Donnell and his partner, Jeff, competing in the dory race at Lifeguard Nationals in August 2016
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