The Core Team

Lisa Hedien, B.Sc. (Hons) P.T. Graduated in 1998 from Physical Therapy in Aberdeen, Scotland at Robert Gordon University. She has over 19 years of diversified experience in Physical Therapy. During her career she has worked within sports organizations and participated in multidisciplinary sports medical teams. Ms Hedien is committed to increasing her knowledge and skills to further assist her patients and athletes. 

  • Currently an official medical provider and member of the medical support team for USA Volleyball Beach.
  • 2009 Physical Therapist for the All American Heavyweight Pro and Amateur Boxers.
  • Physical Therapist for the 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist, USA Men’s Indoor Volleyball Team in Beijing, China.
  • Member of the AVP Medical Board. Developing medical protocols within the scope of Physical Therapy.
  • Traveled with the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball organization providing medical treatments for the athletes during their out of state competitions.
  • AVP Medical Director for Manhattan Beach Open.
  • Volunteered for the FIVB (Federation of International Volleyball), in Carson, CA

Rio de Janeiro 2016 Summer Olympics

Tony Poland, a Certified Massage Therapist with the state of California, is an IPSB trained Sports and Rehabilitation Massage Therapist with eighteen years’ experience in sports related bodywork up and down the California coast.

Tony has participated for fourteen years on the AIDS/LifeCycle Ride’s Sports Medicine Team, co-captain for three of those years, working with a seasoned team of Athletic Trainers, Physical Therapists, Chiropractors and Occupational Therapists.

In private practice, Tony works with professional and Olympic athletes in the Los Angeles area including the National USA Volleyball Teams, both Indoor and Beach. He participated on the Medical Support Team for USA Volleyball at the 2012 London Summer Olympics. He also participated as one of three massage therapists on the US Olympic Committee’s Medical Support Team in the Athlete’s Village at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics.

He has written and taught various levels of curriculum, from entry level Massage Technician to Advanced Massage programs at schools in California, Georgia, and Florida. Currently he teaches the Sports Massage and Trigger Point Integration Programs at IPSB ( in Culver City, and a variety of stretching programs for the AIDS/LifeCycle Ride participants around Southern California.

Tony leads volunteer and paid sports massage teams throughout the year in support of athletes of all shapes and sizes with a variety of nonprofit organizations.

Yvette Hamaya is a yoga and stretch instructor at Core Objectives Physical Therapy. Yoga opened up a new world for Yvette. What started out as a way to gain and maintain strength and flexibility physically became a path that has transformed her life. Yoga furnished Yvette a sense of freedom to accept and live “in the now” but at the same time give her courage and confidence to make changes that feels needed.

Yvette’s foundation of training is from YogaWorks completing 500 hours of teacher training and LMU Yoga Therapy. She continues to build her training studying with Yin Yoga teacher Paul Grilley.

Yvette speaks and teaches from her life experiences honestly and passionately. She emphasizes how important it is to let go of the appearance of what you are doing and pay attention to the sensations of the body so that you can customize the Yoga pose or movements to fit that person’s unique body.

Aimee Miyazawa, ATC, M.ED., PRT, CSTT, HGP Level 1&2, is a Certified Athletic Trainer, a Postural Restoration Trained Therapist and a manual therapist who works with athletes of all ages to identify, treat and rehabilitate injuries, assess and correct faulty movement patterns, dysfunctional posture and provide education and strategies to help get them back to their sport and active lifestyle.

Aimee provides a caring approach and believes in treating the whole person and not just the site of injury and is passionate about helping them get better and achieve their rehabilitative and performance goals.

She was the former Head Athletic Trainer for USA Volleyball Beach National Teams and supported the men’s and women’s Olympic Beach Volleyball Teams in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at the 2016 Olympic Games.  Prior to her stint with Team USA, she served the University of Kansas as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Women’s Indoor Volleyball Team.  Along with her extensive experience with both indoor and beach volleyball, she also was a member of the USA Wrestling Medical Pool and has experience with a variety of other sports.

Aimee has over 17 years of experience as a certified athletic trainer in the NCAA collegiate setting, the professional and Olympic sports settings and is also a Postural Restoration Trained Therapist through the Postural Restoration Institute in Lincoln, NE.

Rachel Atkinson is a physical therapy aide at Core Objectives Physical Therapy. She is currently a student at California State University, Northridge majoring in Kinesiology. She grew up in Torrance and attended West Torrance High School. Growing up she played soccer and had a couple of injuries which lead her to go through physical therapy. It was at this time that she realized this is what she wanted to do. During her free time, you can find her at the beach with friends and family or hiking in Malibu. In the future, Rachel wants to be a Physical Therapist to be able to help people from injuries and be able to return to normal activities.




Jenna Marshall is a physical therapy aide at Core Objectives Physical Therapy. She grew up in Redondo Beach and graduated from Northern Arizona University in the Spring of 2018 with a Bachelors in Exercise Science. She plans on applying to Physical Therapy schools Fall of 2018. In her free time, she loves to go to the beach, play soccer, run, and spend time with her family.

Since she is an athlete herself, her goal is to establish her career as a Physical Therapist to help rehabilitate athletes to get them back to playing to their best abilities.




Donna Lofgren is one of our receptionists at Core Objectives Physical Therapy. She was born and raised in the South Bay and attended all local schools including El Camino Community College and California State University Dominguez Hills. Aside from a few years in Aerospace she has spent all of her working career in some aspect of orthopedics. Semi-retired, she is very happy to be joining the Core Objectives Team and finds it immensely rewarding to witness athletes, weekend warriors, and community members returning to full function and athleticism. A former runner and competitive triathlete, she now considers herself more of a jogger and recreational cyclist who would gladly trade in her googles for a stand up paddle-board.

Donna resides in South Torrance with her husband, Dean, the Track and Cross Country Coach at El Camino College, whom she met at a local 10k. Their son and proudest achievement, Nick, is a junior attending University of California, Berkeley majoring in Industrial Engineering.

When not at Core Objectives you are almost guaranteed to find Donna, at some point in the day, exploring the trails of Palos Verdes or Southern California’s local mountains with her best friend and hiking partner, Ben, 8 year old Beagle mix.

Marjorie Santos is one of our receptionists at Core Objectives Physical Therapy. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology at California State University, Northridge in May 2016. She is a Los Angeles native, and grew up in the city of Carson. Marjorie is currently applying to several Masters of Occupational Therapy programs and hopes to become a licensed Occupational Therapist in the future. She has a passion for helping others and giving back to the community. In her free time, she volunteers at Providence Little Company of Mary in Torrance. Marjorie loves to cook, travel, and go on food adventures with her family and friends.