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This is my second time using Core Performance PT for rehab after a surgery and they are awesome. All the staff is extremely courteous and make going to PT as enjoyable as possible. I primarily worked with Dr. Adam Javate as my physical therapist and he is INCREDIBLE. He truly has a passion to help all his patients recover as quickly and effectively as possible accompanied by the skill to do so. One of those “you were definitely meant to do this as your career” type of person. I worked with Dr. John Kwon as well who is also beyond competent and truly wants to help his patients as if they were his friends or family. There is a very friendly accommodating vibe at Core Performance that quickly provides patients an extremely comfortable environment during what might otherwise be an extremely uncomfortable time in their lives. I’ve seen more health care providers, physical therapists, etc… than I’d ever hoped for but I can strongly say that Core Performance PT is easily near the top of list in terms of overall benefit and experience. I  would recommend it to ANYONE in need of physical therapy.  Chasen B., Newport Beach

I can’t say enough about Core Performance PT, with the professionalism and care taken by the physical therapists and their aides in helping patients like myself to recover full use of an injured joint.  Dr. Adam Javate was my physical therapist at the Irvine location but twice I worked with Dr. John Kwon who is equally as knowledgeable and helpful.   I started PT before surgery to repair a fractured shoulder with avulsion (displacement) and a partial rotator cuff tear and then, a few weeks after the surgery, returned for several months of progressively more intensive PT.  Thanks to the patience and skill of staff members at Core Performance, my recovery was quicker and more complete than expected by my surgeon.  The shoulder is a complicated joint that requires stretching, manipulation and strengthening in many different directions to regain full use, but this team understood the challenge well enough to guide me, progressing from passive to active, more and more challenging exercises, to maximize my rate of improvement.  (And yes, I did my homework!)  I am happy that I signed up for a facility that uses manipulation/mobilization, which made a tremendous difference in improving the range of motion in my shoulder.  I have heard patients from other PT facilities complain of pain or regression after being pushed too hard, too fast.  That never happened to me, as the staff listened and understood my tolerance level and what movements presented an extra challenge.  For example, with the shadow boxing exercise, they left it up to me to increase the weights whenever I felt ready.  In addition to Adam, I especially want to thank Emily, Lena, Chloe, Nicole and Rylan, the aides who most often coached me through my exercises, correcting my form as needed. I felt that Core Performance PT treated me as a whole person, not just an injured shoulder.  My exercises included core strengthening (who doesn’t need that??) and, when I complained of hip stiffness, they added exercises to target that area.  When I came in one day in the midst of a vertigo episode (BPPV), Dr. Javate and Kelly, one of the students, guided me through the repositioning Epley maneuver.  I also want to thank Dr. Martin Bui at the Newport Beach location who made time for my pre- and post-op evaluations (and welcome massages!), allowing me to begin focused physical therapy right away.  Great staff, including Rachel who manages the front desk in Irvine and another helpful student, Stephanie, plus well equipped facilities!  You are the best, Core Performance!  Marie R., Irvine

This is the premier physical therapy practice in Newport Beach. It has ample space, all the equipment necessary and is large with lots of glass line. So it has lots of natural light.  They use lots of technology which I like, and most importantly, I am seeing results.  Pete E., Newport Beach

I wanted to note the outstanding care I received by the Physical Therapy staff at Core Performance Physical Therapy over the past four months.  I recently completed 54 sessions of Physical Therapy to rehabilitate my right shoulder and rotator cuff, repaired by Dr. Russell S. Petrie, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon with the Newport Orthopedic Institute on January 2nd, 2018.  While greatly improved, the effort continues at home.  Specifically, I want to thank my primary therapist, Dr. Evan Jeffries, he was outstanding!  Also, his replacement, Dr. Christie Warner, who filled in when he was off on paternity leave, also exceptional!  In addition to the therapists, all of the staff were attentive to my exercises and would fill in when my primary assistant was occupied.  A smooth operation and all so friendly and likable.  Hoping I did not miss anyone, but Lena Parker, Eric Lai, Amanda Payne, Michael Davis and Rylan Ensley in particular, were great!  Daniel C., Laguna Beach

“My physical therapy for my frozen shoulder went from March 7 – June 19.  John and Adam were wonderful at getting my shoulder moving and strong again. They also helped me stay motivated on doing my exercises at home. The team work among John, Adam, Kristina (athletic therapist) and all the techs (Nikki, Emily and Rylan) was so awesome!! Rachel was always on top of all my appointments and always very friendly every time I walked into the office!! I definitely recommend Core Performance in Irvine!!”  Kristin H., Irvine

“AMAZING! Core Performance takes great care of me. Adam, Kurt, and Nicole are the BEST. They listened to my concerns, worked up a plan, encouraged me and my progress has been quick. They are really knowledgeable in treatment and use the latest in equipment and techniques. Adam is very intelligent and extremely professional. Upon seeing my shoulder and reading my report, he knew exactly what was wrong. I especially love his manual skills, which greatly reduced the tightness and relieved the pain. The front desk is very friendly and professional too. I enjoy my time there!”  Lina A., Newport Beach

“The team at Core Performance helped me restore more physical mobility than any of the other three facilities I tried.  Each time I’d explain the physical limitation, Evan would locate the group of muscles that needed attention, massage them with the perfect amount of pressure (not painfully hard or too soft) and create a program that would increase my mobility.  Having gone to other facilities, I was a little skeptical at first but after the second week, my mobility improved 2x.  Once Evan left for paternity leave, I was skeptical again, but Morgan stepped in with more of a concentration on stretches than massages which was perfectly timed as my mobility improved another 2x.  After that I was sold on the entire team and followed all direction given.  I did not work with all the aides but Paolo, Lena, Rylan, Amanda and Nicole were like spokes on a wheel, no need to remind them of my routine.  Mike and Chloe had great tips on improving form.  Expect to laugh with Eric, for him jokes and resistance go hand-in-hand.”  Tony R., Cypress

“Wow where do I even begin? I’ve never been to a facility where the ENTIRE staff was absolutely welcoming and catered to my needs. I was going through a rough knee injury and Adam really helped me through this difficult time. Adam is the best of the best! I would recommend everyone to go to CORE! Big thanks to Adam and the staff for improving my quality of life through physical therapy. Best care I’ve ever received!”  Gianna J., Las Vegas

“I was sent here before and after hip surgery and everyone was super great!  Adam did an awesome job helping me rehab my hip especially since I was a bit unique with some other limitations. He took the time to listen and understand my particular situation and was creative so we could still rehab my hip without making other issues worse. I’m going into another surgery and will most definitely be back here to rehab as soon as I’m cleared for PT. I don’t want to be super redundant with what other reviews say, but this place is just awesome all around. From the front desk to the physical therapists to the aides, everyone is super friendly, most definitely competent and the whole team works well together to make sure their clients receive the best care!”  Brittany F., Newport Beach

“John Kwon and his team of professionals are beyond impressive.  After a severe elbow fracture three months ago I found myself practically handicapped.  As a professional business owner in the healthcare arena, I wasn’t sure what my future might look like.  Dr Desai referred for PT but simply had his staff hand me several in the area.  After three weeks with obviously the wrong choice I had little improvement.  After my follow up with my surgeon, he asked me why I wasn’t going to Core Performance and told me that John Kwon is the best.  I barely left his office and already got in to see John.  I am on my third week with him and he has taken me from practically being crippled at a locked 40 degree extension to an almost normal range , I am now at 9 degrees from being back to normal.  Professional, knowledgeable , personable and just on top of their game is the best description of Core Performance’s incredible team.”  Pamyla L., Irvine

“I had a complex tear of my knee ligament, which gave me a lot of pain for the past 5 years.  When I walked, my knee caved in and caused pain inside my kneecap, neck, and shoulders because I was off balance.  I gave Core Performance a specific goal.  That is to enable me to dance while wearing high heels for at least 2 hours because it is my social life.  I now can dance for many hours wearing my 5″ heels, and my knee stopped hurting.  I am physically stronger, sexier, and slimmer from all the hard-core exercises that they gave me.  They gave me back my life.  All the Core Performance staff are nice.  John Kwon is a hand-on owner who keeps all his clients happy.”  Lynn D., Huntington Beach

“Dr. Evan Jeffries was an outstanding physical therapist and encourager!  I am much stronger and more confident as a result of his training program.  Everyone at Core Performance PT did an outstanding job during my recovery.”  Leora T., Newport Beach

“Everyone at Core Performance PT has the most positive and up-lifting energy from the moment you walk in till your ready to passout at the end of your physical therapy session.  This energy is what kept me going when I wanted to give up.  The entire staff kept a smile on and continuously flooded me with words of encouragement.  I was barely able to walk on my first day and I am now leaving the clinic in my running shoes ready to go for a run and be myself again!  I want to thank everyone for keeping my goals in line and ensuring that I achieved beyond them.” Sean K., Newport Beach

“I am so grateful to Core Performance PT for their amazing work.  My back, knee and shoulder were so painful.  My doctor sent me here for physical therapy.  Even after the first session, I felt so much better.  Everyone here is very professional and caring!  Thank you!” Frances G-L., Irvine

“Struggling to overcome a difficult and painful injury, I embarked on my first physical therapy appointments with much trepidation and worry.  Would I heal properly and be back to my normal self?  How painful would the process be?  Would the therapists on staff be gentle and pleasant with my slow healing process?  All my worries were put aside after my first physical therapy appointment here.  Everyone from the aides to the receptionists were there to greet me with a smile and a helping hand.  I’ve never witnessed a workplace that is so harmonious for all people on staff.  My therapy has helped me get back to about 95% of my daily activities thus far and I still have a couple of weeks left.  I feel totally relaxed that they will help me get back to 100% and I always look forward to going to my appointments.  If you need physical therapy for anything I would definitely recommend this establishment.  They are all very knowledgeable and friendly.”  Lauren W., Irvine

“Dr. John Kwon diagnosed my problem and set up my exercise routine perfectly.  His staff, Dr. Evan Jeffries and company, were very thorough carrying out the routines.  I’ve now met my objectives and am very pleased. Thank you!”  Mike H., Newport Beach

“These guys are superlative.  I’d been gimping around with an injured shoulder for two years. Dr. Kwon and Co. fixed it in three months. The entire staff there is expert, professional and friendly.  Go see them; you’ll be glad you did.”  Tad C., Newport Beach

“A few months ago I suffered a severe case of pinched nerve in my back and leg that happened suddenly and resulted in severely limiting my ability to walk, have any decent range of motion or balance.  My doctor suggested physical therapy at Core Performance Physical Therapy and my sessions there have made all the difference!  I am now back to walking normally and even playing tennis.  The staff at Core Performance make all the difference!  They are knowledgeable and very tuned to help and make people feel and perform better.   Really impressed with their dedication, energy, enthusiasm, and caring.  I worked with most of them and it has been a very positive and motivating experience!  Core Performance Physical Therapy has a fun vibe that makes you want to work out more and get positive results.  I appreciate all their care and highly recommend them!”  Emile P., Newport Beach

“I had a great experience at Core Performance Physical Therapy.  The staff is wonderful.  Everyone I dealt with was very professional and personable.  Special thanks to Sara, Martin, Sarah and Daniel!  I improved vastly over the 6 months I worked with them.  The front desk staff was  very helpful and professional too.  A “GREAT” place”  Magda E., Irvine

“Best physical therapy group ever! The front office was great, especially Carolyn!  Thank you!!!”  Charles F., Newport Beach

“Huge thanks to Core Performance for getting me back on my feet after hip issues and a torn ACL.  Also a huge thanks to Adam for all the time he put into treating me.  Such an amazing staff and I have really enjoyed coming here through the past year.  Thank you so much! ”  Leila M., Newport Beach

“Everyone here at Core Performance is great!  All of the therapists are extremely qualified and take the time to provide very expert therapy.  The whole staff is a very caring group!”  Sue M., Newport Beach

“Wonderful experience!  I would not have guessed that recovering from an injury could be enjoyable.  Everyone at Core Performance work well together, they are professional and upbeat!”  Robert M., Newport Beach

“John and his team did an excellent job!  My shoulder had been sore for 2+ years despite completing physical therapy at another location.  I highly recommend Core Performance as my shoulder has recovered fully.”  Gail M., Irvine

“Core performance PT is a great place to go if you need therapy. I have been going there for several different reasons; for my knee twice, my hips and my shoulder. Martin and Adam are the primary therapists who work on me and every time I leave the clinic, I leave with less pain. They are helping me get stronger, and as much as I love going there, they are trying to make it so that I don’t have to come back. My knee is as good as it could ever be after my injury, my shoulder is a lot stronger then it was before. They are kind and friendly.”  Lizett R., Fountain Valley

“I was treated at Core Performance last year when I had my left knee replaced. I came here because I’d previously been treated by Martin for 2 of my 7 knee scopes with meniscus tears, that, when I had my TKR, I knew I had to find where the best PT was. I was very happy with the treatment I received and when it came time to have my right knee replaced this March, I knew exactly where I was going to get my other knee into shape.  I’m currently receiving treatment again from Martin, Jason & Adam. All three therapists are awesome, my knee is doing great and I’ve only been going for 12 weeks. I love Core so much that when I needed treatment for my TMJ, I had been seeing another PT clinic in Newport.  They were ok but just not convenient in their hours of operation; only open until 5 pm.  Where as Core is open until 7pm which was much more convenient to my 8-4:30 work schedule. Adam gave me a much more thorough eval for my TMJ, I was very happy.  So I now go to Core 5 days a week. After my first week of treatment for my TMJ, I’m very happy. On Tuesday, I came in for my knee treatment, Adam saw me and asked how I was doing as he could see I was having a migraine.  He told me he would take care of it, even though I was there for my knee.  So after treating my knee he messaged my neck and jaw to loosen it up and it helped make my migraine go away. That’s how all of the employees are at Core; they care about you, your health and well being. It’s a great place! I’m so happy with the treatment & my headache specialist from UCLA was so impressed he kept their info so he can refer other patients… It’s truly the best place for treatment of any kind of condition, everyone is so friendly and caring…”  Michelle E., Westminster

“I want to say that I had a great experience here at Core Performance Physical Therapy.  I could not have gotten back to normal athletic function without the great staff.  Continue the great work!”  Carl S., Newport Coast

“Dr. John Kwon, DPT was referred to me to assess and treat my neck pain.  John conducted a complete evaluation of my neck movement, body alignment and basic mechanics.  He designed a customized program to stabilize, strengthen, and provide more flexibility in my neck.  I was very impressed at how everyone worked as a team to continue my plan.  Once I completed the physical therapy program for my neck, I worked with Alex Riegle to strengthen my core muscles associated with golf in the Core Golf Performance program.  The actual space at Core Performance is beautiful with state of the art equipment.  My neck pain is much less and my golf game has improved thanks to John and his team.”  Sharon G., Long Beach

“These folks rock, great reception and scheduling, very polite and accommodating.  The physical therapy is the best I’ve had, I’ve had six knee surgeries, been to numerous physical therapy facilities and this one is the best hands down.  Keith, Martin, Danny and my favorite, Devon, aka “Q” or the “Ambassador of Pain” (and I mean that in the highest regard).  The vibe is nice and folks are real pleasant.  All these folks monitor your form, don’t push you too hard if you’re hurting too much.  They have far better high-tech equipment and their overall “hands on” approach is the best.  I am six sessions in and seeing demonstrable improvement.  Top Notch outfit!”  C.J. R., Newport Beach

“I am very thankful that I found John and the team at Core Performance after trying two other Physical Therapy places in Newport Beach. They really took the time to understand my condition and have done a great job of helping me manage it. They are flexible with scheduling and treat all their patients very well.  All the therapists that have helped me – John, Martin, Sara, Jason, Aly, Sara and Alex have been great. I recommend them very highly!!!” Rishi K., Newport Beach

“I personally have been battling a locked shoulder for a little over 6 months now. I have visited numerous therapeutic offices ranging from massage therapists, chiropractors, sports medicine specialists, family doctors; I went the whole 9 yards. Wherever I went, they could only diagnose a problem that they actually had knowledge about. For lack of a better way to describe it, a chiropractor would suggest a chiropractic problem and solution, same with every “specialist” I visited. Then I came to Core Performance Physical Therapy where they took the time, effort and energy to actually figure out what was going on. Turns out my shoulder wasn’t dislocated like the massage therapist suggested, or a partially broken rib like the chiropractor had insisted; I had a knot. A knot that by not stretching or working out was made worse by physical labor. They figured it out quickly and not 2 weeks removed from my first visit I am almost healed. EVERY single time I am in there I see everyone stretching, working out, getting their injured areas stronger; muscle stabilizers are worked, massage therapy, electro therapy and stim, and your own personalized regimen to get you back to 100% healthy. Thank you Dr. Martin Andrade and the rest of the staff. Thank you, thank you, thank you!” Sean D., Santa Ana

“We found Core Performance on Yelp and found the reviews to be “right on”. My son had a sports injury and Dr. Martin Andrade and the entire staff were pleasant and amazing to work with. Martin was VERY detailed and took the time necessary to correctly identify the issue/injury.  Other places seem to be more like a factory or production line…  Not Core! They give focused attention and take the time to treat and rehabilitate the injury. We are very pleased and will use them again if needed.”  Chris W., Newport Beach

“So glad to have found Core Performance Physical Therapy.  The staff is very friendly and extremely helpful.  My daughter worked with Dr. Adam Javate.  I brought my daughter in with a knee injury – slight MCL tear.  Adam was excellent in helping my daughter regain her strength and teaching her proper movement to avoid future injury.  She injured her knee in rehearsal for studio dance competition and she also dances competitively for her high school.  So not dancing for over two months, missing 2 studio competitions and 2 school competitions for a teen that dances over 20 hours a week was a big blow.  I initially chose Core because they have Pilates equipment and a Pilates instructor with a dance background.  Now that my daughter’s knee is ready we are looking forward to taking on Pilates here as well.”  Lena P., Orange

“Finding an amazing physical therapist had truly been painstaking after many severely disappointing experiences over the last year with little to no results until I discovered Core Performance Physical Therapy. I have been extremely fortunate to have found Dr. Martin Andrade. His expertise and credentials, along with the entire team at every level, has been exceptional delivering the crucial results and hands on healing techniques I greatly needed to resume my very active life prior to my critical injury. I cannot convey my deepest thanks and appreciation for their complete excellence, extreme knowledge, outmost professionalism, incredible aptitude and positive care. They consistently go above and beyond and always put their patients’ recovery, healing and overall well-being at the helm of all they do. I want to take the time needed to greatly recognize and truly commend Core Performance Physical Therapy. I have been consistently impressed and would highly recommend them to anyone seeking results.”  Mary O., Newport Beach

“Dr. Kwon, thank you for helping me improve my strength and flexibility. My drives are longer than ever and I’m hitting more greens in regulation. You’re the best in the business!”   Sammy Cole, Division1 College Golfer at South Utah State

“ I was an avid runner and jogger for 30 years. After I learned that the last four discs in my vertebrae were gone, I began being treated by Dr. Kwon. My Orthopedic Doctor said that it is basically “bone on bone”. I am an attorney and have been the founder or partner in several medical companies in the U.S., including Cardiac Treatment Centers, Inc., which pioneered and opened Cardiac Rehabilitation throughout the country. When I started with Dr. Kwon, my pain was quite severe, and I needed anti-inflammatory injections and medication to control the inflammation and irritation in my lower back. Dr. Kwon treated my back, and importantly, taught me procedures and exercise regimens that I could do at home to assist. He was understanding and patient, and even drew pictures for me to follow, making sure I did things correctly at home. I now have much less pain, some days pain free, and am able to resume my life knowing I have a dedicated and professional partner to assist me when needed. I have referred many of my friends and associates to Dr. Kwon and will continue to do so.”  Jerry B. S., Newport Beach

“I came to see Dr. Kwon for my knee issue that surfaced while training for a marathon. My knee was not able to tolerate the impact of running 20 plus miles a week. He assessed me and noticed that my knee pain was attributed to muscle imbalances that existed around my hips and ankle. He implemented some manual therapy and corrective exercises to address my imbalances. I was able to continue my running regimen and complete the Huntington Beach marathon. Thanks Dr. Kwon!” Jeanine S., Huntington Beach

“I’ve had chronic low back pain for 10 plus years and had extensive physical therapy and treatment. I was able to manage my pain but it became a nagging problem that never resolved. I was referred to Dr. Kwon for some Pilates core strengthening and some manual therapy by my orthopedist. Together, this treatment approach was able to get my back stronger than ever while releasing the tension and tightness I’ve been battling for years! My pain is now completely under control and I’m able to get back to playing golf again!” David M., Irvine

“Dr. Kwon is a physical therapist that I highly recommend to anyone dealing with shoulder pain. His knowledge of rotator cuff injuries and the intricacies of managing a torn rotator cuff tendon is pretty amazing. My orthopedist told me that my MRI revealed 3 partial tears of my rotator cuff. He recommended that surgery was inevitable. He sent me to Dr. Kwon for pre-surgery strengthening of my cuff musculature. I underwent six weeks of therapy, three times a week for strengthening, muscle re-education, and pain management. To my doctor’s surprise and mine, my pain became completely resolved and I was able to get back to playing golf four times a week without any limitations. I’m stronger than ever and I feel so fortunate to have avoided surgery!” Mark V., Newport Beach