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Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Dr. Andrei Dokukin, M.D.

Dr. Andrei Dokukin, M.D.

Medical Director

Dr. Andrei N. Dokukin is a Board Certified Physiatrist (MD Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation) who also has been fellowship trained in Spine and Interventional Pain Medicine as well as Musculoskeletal Medicine.

Dr. Dokukin earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from City University of New York Hunter College. He received his medical training at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, where he also completed one year of training in Internal Medicine. His residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation took place in Montefiore Medical Center Albert Einstein School of Medicine in the Bronx, NY where he also served as a Chief Resident. Dr. Dokukin completed his Pain Fellowship under Dr. Francis P. Lagattuta in Santa Maria California.

Dr. Dokukin uses minimally invasive techniques with the help of ultrasound, fluoroscopy (X-rays), and electromyography guidance to treat vast variety of diseases of joints, nerves, and bones and muscles that produce pain. He also specializes in treating disease and painful conditions of the spine. His scope of practice includes testing for the disorder of nerves and muscles by using Electrodiagnostic Medicine known as Nerve Conduction Studies and Electromyography. His expertise in Rehabilitation medicine gives him an edge on treating people with disabilities that may result from amputation, strokes, or brain injuries.

Dr. Dokukin also has a special interest in Performing Arts medicine, and has experience in treating dancers and musicians. Dr. Dokukin’s special interest in Musculoskeletal Medicine and Performing Arts Medicine originates from his previous career of a professional ballet dancer. He experienced many of the injuries firsthand during his training in the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia and The Juilliard School in New York, as well as touring and performing with the American Ballet Theatre. This experience adds to his understanding of musculoskeletal disorders and their impact on patient’s career and lifestyle.

Dr. Michael Z. Aquino, P.T., D.P.T., T.P.S.

Dr. Michael Z. Aquino, P.T., D.P.T., T.P.S.

Functional Restoration Director

Dr. Michael Zabala Aquino is a licensed physical therapist with a focus in orthopedics and pelvic health. He attained his BA of Sociology at UC Santa Barbara and his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Chapman University in Irvine, California. Due to his own personal experience with chronic chest and pelvic pain and the lack of guidance and help he was given, Dr. Aquino pursued further specialized training in complex chronic orthopedic and pelvic pain conditions in order to provide others suffering from complex chronic pain conditions with optimal, evidence-based care. 

Dr. Aquino underwent a chronic pain mentorship at Rehab Specialists Inc., a clinic affiliated with the multidisciplinary chronic pain program at the California Pain Medicine Center where he worked with conditions such as CRPS, severe chronic low back and neck pain, amplified pain syndrome, and chronic pelvic pain conditions. He went through further mentorship with the Modern Pain Care group, where he received tutelage from a variety of healthcare providers that specialized in a modern evidence-based approach for the treatment of chronic pain. Concurrently, he completed the Therapeutic Pain Specialist Certification program through the International Spine and Pain Institute, a program developed by Adriaan Louw, Phd, a leader in research for the treatment of pain. Dr. Aquino loves to share his knowledge in pain with his patients and the general public through teaching pain workshops and lectures.

 Dr. Aquino also provides inclusive care for the LGBTQIA+ community and has a background and specialized training in providing inclusive care for this population. He received further education specifically in preoperative, perioperative, and postoperative physical therapy care for the transgender and gender non-binary population.

 Dr. Aquino practices through an affirming, positive approach that is rooted in body positivity. He believes optimal health is attained through a collaborative effort between the patient and their healthcare provider. His philosophy of clinical practice involves taking an active approach, centered around reclaiming your health through movement and lifestyle modifications in order to decrease your pain and improve your function.  He views the health of his patients and clients holistically by addressing not only the physical factors, but psychological, social, and environmental factors that can also affect a person’s pain experience. His goal is to not only improve your health, but to provide you with tools and knowledge that will allow you to be independent in managing your health.

Dr. Diana Kang, Psy.D.

Dr. Diana Kang, Psy.D.

Clinical Director

Dr. Diana Cho Kang is a licensed Psychologist and comes to Roots Through Recovery with a strong clinical background specializing in all levels of care in various settings. Dr. Kang has managed and developed several programs for both residential and outpatient programs. Most recently, she served as the Chief Clinical Officer for a nonprofit organization and has treated and overseen the clinical services for clients with substance use disorders, co-occurring disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders and personality disorders. The wide range of settings in which she has provided high quality clinical treatment includes residential and outpatient treatment centers, state hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and rehabilitation centers with young adult, adult and geriatric populations.

 

Dr. Kang received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University.

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