Victory Performance and Physical Therapy was founded by Dr. Santo Riva, board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist, sports physical therapist and adjunct instructor of clinical physical therapy at the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy.


Santo Riva, DPT

Owner and Physical Therapist

Dr. Riva is passionate about helping people move pain-free and optimally.  He understands and is sensitive to the emotional toll that accompanies not being able to perform daily activities of living.  He inspires to change the general public’s perception of physical therapy as only sought out when already in pain and he hopes to promote a shift in reactive physical therapy utilization to a more proactive approach.  .


Damien Jackson-Ricketts, DPT

Physical Therapist

Damien is relentless when it comes to finding the source of a patient’s problem. He knows that short term fixes lead to long term problems and is a master motivator (and 5x bicep curl champion).

He enjoys working with people of all backgrounds to help them return to the sports or activities that they love.

In his free time, he can be found talking long walks on the beach, mountain biking, hiking, camping, surfing, weightlifting, playing volleyball or just spending time outdoors.


Manny Maldonado

Massage therapist

Manny is a State-Certified Massage Therapist and FRC-MS, soft tissue therapist and mobility specialist. His passion for the body  and supporting people in moving better is what drives his work. 

Being involved in competitive sports, dance and martial arts since a young age, Manny is experienced in treating many sports related injuries and pains as well as designing simple self-care strategies to support efficient recovery. He believes everyone gets to live their best life and they need to move well to do so.

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