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We strive to help people restore motion, optimize strength, prevent injury and enhance life.

Our Team

Jeff Cooper, MPT

Master of Physical Therapy

Jeff Cooper has been a resident of the Conejo Valley since 1976, attending elementary through high school in Westlake Village, CA. Jeff now lives in Moorpark with his wife and four children.

Always fascinated with human behavior and brain function, he graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Interested in fitness, athletics, and wellness, he pursued his master’s degree in physical therapy graduating with honors from California State University, Northridge.

Jeff Cooper has been in the physical therapy industry for 20 years working in environments spanning aquatic therapy to in-patient rehabilitation; but he has spent the majority of his career in out-patient orthopedics treating men and women of all ages.

Jeff Cooper is the leader of Recooperation Physical Therapy and has one very specific business model: “THE PATIENT COMES FIRST”. Passionate about physical therapy, Jeff isn’t just the owner of Recooperation PT; he is also in the clinic everyday treating a variety of patients from seniors to high school athletes, from working class individuals to weekend warriors.

Fernando Valladares, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy

Fernando lives in Simi Valley and attended Oaks Christian High School. He graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara with a B.S. in Kinesiology. He later went on to study physical therapy and graduated with his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Loma Linda University. 


Prior to pursuing physical therapy school, Fernando had the amazing opportunities to work as an academic tutor, go abroad as a physical education teacher volunteer in Perú, and work as a personal trainer at his local gym.


Fernando’s interest in physical therapy grew out of a passion for health and natural ways to help people heal themselves using movement. He also has a great interest in the role of nutrition in physical therapy. He is excited to help patients through their recovery journeys.


Fernando enjoys living an active lifestyle and enjoys surfing, tennis, soccer, hiking, and working out in his garage gym. He also enjoys playing the guitar, amateur astronomy, and traveling. When in the kitchen, he enjoys cooking and preparing healthy foods.

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Joe Lucas, MPT
Master of Physical Therapy

Joe is a UK registered physical therapist who relocated to the United States in 2018 and resides in Newbury Park. Having passed the national PT board examination in 2019, he completed a period of clinical service under the supervision of Dr. Gavin Smith, with the issuance of his California PT License in March 2021.

Born in Birmingham, England, he graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2011 with a BSc in Physiotherapy. In 2016, Joe received advanced postgraduate teaching from the University of Birmingham, graduating with an MSc in Advancing Physiotherapy Practice.

He has spent 8 years providing physical therapy in public and private hospitals across the North West of England. He is dedicated to ensuring his patients receive high-quality treatment allowing them to achieve their goals as quickly as possible.

Joe is an advocate for maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle and is a keen runner and fitness enthusiast. Having been involved in professional soccer from a young age, Joe is currently playing in the Western Conference of United Premier Soccer League (UPSL). 

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Gavin Smith, DPT, OCS

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Gavin was born and raised in Thousand Oaks and is an alumni of Thousand Oaks High School. He completed his undergraduate studies at UC Santa Barbara and his doctorate degree at University of Washington. Following his degree, he worked in numerous rehab settings throughout Washington, Oregon and California before returning to his hometown.


Gavin’s interest in physical therapy developed through a lifelong passion for personal fitness, healthy living, and preventative care. Since graduating with his doctorate degree, he has completed two year long manual therapy certification programs and achieved board-certification as a clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy.


A lifelong learner, he continues to seek out new education opportunities to improve his understanding of the human body to better serve his patients and clients. Outside of work, Gavin is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys spending his free time rock climbing, trail running, cycling, gardening, and playing guitar.


Louisé Florenca

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Louisé was born and raised in South Africa, where she met her husband. They immigrated to the U.S. in 1996 with their newborn son, and shortly after making California their home, they had their daughter. 


Both children graduated from Newbury Park High School, her son recently graduating with his Master of Architecture degree from UOI and her daughter pursuing an English degree and teaching credentials from APU. Louisé is happiest spending time with her family and golden retriever, Tasu. She enjoys beach days, hiking, cycling, and traveling because it allows her to explore different cultures and places. Besides her family, one of her favorite things is connecting and building relationships with people.


As one of the two receptionists and administrative staff, she will be one of the welcoming faces you see when you visit the clinic. She loves her Recooperation family and its patients, finding it especially rewarding to see the progress and healing that comes from within the clinic.

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