Marissa Hentis PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Dr. Marisa Hentis is a physical therapist who specializes in the performing arts. She sees patients clinically at USC Physical Therapy at UPC- Student Health Center. She is board-certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). She is also CAPP-Pelvic Certified for pelvic floor disorders through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). She is currently the Performing Artist Screening Chair for the APTA Performing Arts Special Interest Group (PASIG). She specializes in the treatment of a variety of orthopedic diagnoses, including performing artists, dancers, runners, other sports-related injuries, and pelvic floor dysfunctions.

Dr. Hentis received her Bachelor of Science in exercise science, a minor in psychology, and a concentration in interprofessional education at Saint Louis University in Saint Louis, MO. She received a Doctor of Physical Therapy at Saint Louis University as well. She graduated from the clinical residency in orthopaedic physical therapy through MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA.

Prior to becoming a physical therapist, Marisa danced professionally in the Midwest for more than 5 years. She is trained in a majority of genres but specializes in hip-hop and contemporary. She enjoys continuing to take classes recreationally and getting involved with the community to prevent and assist performing artists throughout their recreational and professional careers.


  • USC – Assistant Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy
  • USC – Assistant Professor of Dance, Kaufman School of Dance
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • CAPP-Pelvic Certified Physical Therapist



  • Clinical Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, MGH Institute of Health Professions, 2015
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, Saint Louis University, 2014
  • Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, Minor in Psychology, Saint Louis University, 2012
  • Certificate in Interprofessional Education, Saint Louis University, 2012