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  The Leaders in Treatment for Dizziness and Balance Dysfunction  

About Us

The Balance Disorders Institute is a licensed Medicare rehabilitation and balance testing facility that specializes in the treatment of dizziness and balance disorders of vestibular, central and postural origins. Our rehabilitation treatment programs are well known in the Southland communities and throughout the United States. Additionally, we are honored to have served clients from as far away as Canada, Mexico, Hong Kong, China, Ireland, the UK, Australia, Central & South America, Israel, and Saudi Arabia to name a few.

"By far the best rehab institute dedicated to patient recovery
I have ever experienced."
-Clark Espy, MD-Neurologist, Cedars Sinai Medical Center

The Balance Disorders Institute is also actively involved in professional education. We have published several studies and many articles on balance disorders and regularly teach academic and continuing education seminars to physicians and rehabilitation therapists throughout the United States and internationally. We also regularly conduct public education lectures, seminars, and fall prevention screenings.

Justin Sandberg, DPT

Justin graduated with a doctorate in physical therapy from Loma Linda University. He brings an athletic background to the Balance Disorders Institute having played NCAA division I baseball at Pepperdine University and worked as a physical therapy aide at Fischer Sports in Arizona. He completed his clinical rotations at UCLA orthopedic hospital, Chicago Children’s Hospital, Little Company of Mary, and Kaiser Permanente. He looks forward to his future in vestibular rehabilitation and balance therapy. His passions are in health and fitness as well as living an active lifestyle traveling, surfing and playing tennis.

Jessica Stern, MPT

Since receiving her Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Mount Saint Mary’s College in 1998, she has worked in a variety of settings with a wide age range of patients from teenagers to centenarians. Jessica’s area of professional emphasis and interest has always been with neurological rehabilitation and she brings that energy to Balance Disorders Institute. Professional experience includes acute hospital therapy treating patients with orthopedic, neurological, and cardiovascular disorders. From 2000-2003, Jessica created the geriatric aquatic therapy program at Midway Hospital’s outpatient rehabiliation center and was the head aquatic physical therapist treating geriatric diagnoses. Recent endeavors have been specializing and exploring Pilates based neurological rehabilitation, focusing on balance, posture and core strengthening.

Jessica is excited to be part of The Balance Disorders Institute where she can incorporate her 15+ years of diverse expertise to help rehabilitate patients with vestibular and balance disorders. She is dedicated to her patients, an excellent communicator, and takes pride in creating treatment plans that are tailored to each patient’s needs. Jessica feels extremely lucky to have a career that serves the community with passion as well as to be the mother of two rambunctious and adorable children.

Stella Levin, DPT

Stella is a graduate of Physical Therapy from Loma Linda University, 1982, and has worked with The Balance Disorders Institute since 2000. Stella has recently obtained her Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy from Western University. Stella has an extensive clinical background in orthopedics, neurology, pediatrics, cranial-sacral therapy, Pilates, and women's health. Additionally, Stella has extensive experience in treating head trauma, and vestibular & balance disorders from the Los Angeles VA hospital working with veterans. Stella brings a skilled, hands-on approach to her therapy that incorporates a holistic perspective.

Kathy Chung, DPT

Kathy is a Southern California native, receiving her bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Social Behavior at University of California, Irvine then moved to Philadelphia, PA to receive her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Drexel University. Her varietal clinical experiences include working in school-based pediatrics, inpatient rehab for traumatic and non-traumatic brain injuries, and home care for the geriatric population. Her professional experience includes acute hospital therapy at Saint John’s Medical Center and home health therapy. She aims to improve her patient’s quality of life through a functional, holistic approach with emphasis on each patient’s personal goals.

Lisa McMahon, PT

Lisa is a graduate of Marquette University, 1984, with a degree in Physical Therapy. Lisa has an extensive and varied background including neurology,vestibular rehabilitation and orthopedics, movement based and manual therapy skills. Her experience in Vestibular Therapy includes having started a concussion rehabilitation program and teaching a community based Fall Prevention program. She looks forward to using her years of experience and skills in helping the patients at The Balance Institute.

Steven Wasserman, PTA

Steven is co-founder of The Balance Disorders Institute, and a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant who comes from an extensive background in vestibular, balance and clinical rehabilitation. In addition, Steven has considerable office administration and management skills in the rehabilitation industry.

Steven specializes in gait and movement disorders. His therapy approach is unique in that the teaching of proper gait mechanics and balance fundamentals utilizes a variety of Feldenkrais and neuro-development techniques with effective results. He is co-creator of the ViewStar™, a computerized vision and VOR training program employed at The Balance Disorders Institute. Steven is happily married to his high school sweetheart, and they are the proud parents of two beautiful girls.