Phase IV Professional Staff

Robert Forster, PT, Founder & CEO
Robert Forster P.T. has practiced Sports Physical Therapy in Santa Monica, CA, for 31 years. Robert has lectured throughout the States and Europe on Sports Rehabilitation and safety in exercise. He has worked with leaders in the Exercise Industry such as Jake “Body by Jake” Steinfeld and Kathy Smith. Robert has served on the California Governor’s Council of Physical Fitness Advisory Board.

Robert served as a private physical therapist at the 1984, 1988, 1992 and 1996 Olympics for Olympians Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Florence “Flo-Jo” Joyner, Alyson Felix and their teammates who have won a combined 32 Olympic Medals under his direct care. He also worked with tennis great Pete Sampras over the last 5 years of his career to help him come back from several injuries and achieve his unprecedented 7th Wimbledon Championship and 13th Grand Slam title. Robert has worked with basketball all-stars Kobe Bryant and Elton Brand and tennis phenom Maria Sharapova as well as M.M.A. champions including B.J. Penn.

Los Angeles Magazine featured Forster Physical Therapy as offering the “Best Physical Therapy in L.A”. Also Forster Physical Therapy has been voted “Best Place to go for a Sports Injury”, “Best Place for a Massage” and his Phase IV Scientific Health and Performance Center was voted “Best Gym/Triathlon Club” by readers of Competitor magazine.

Robert has published several articles in the scientific press and co-authored The Complete Water Power Workout Book published in 1993 by Random House. He has also written a regular column in Triathlete Magazine, appeared in several episodes of the popular Fit to Hit series on the Tennis Channel and recently created the Herbalife 24 Fit Exercise Video for the world’s leading weight loss company.

In July 2002 Bob founded Phase IV Scientific Health and Performance Center. Phase IV is a training Mecca for goal-oriented athletes. Utilizing techniques previously reserved for professional and elite athletes, Phase IV is an athletic think tank offering the same in-depth assessment and instruction to competitive amateur athletes.

Phase IV is a physical rehabilitation center, a personal training gym and a health and fitness laboratory all in one. Utilizing the hard earned experience that can only be gained from 31 years in the high stakes and results driven arena of elite athletics, Phase IV has thousands of success stories. Clientele ranges from student athletes to grandmothers with osteoporosis to age group competitive tri-athletes and Olympic and Professional Athletes.

Phase IV is staffed by Physical Therapists, Exercise Physiologists, Registered Dieticians, Psychologists, and Ph.D. Research Specialists from a multitude of backgrounds and disciplines. The staff has the skill set to evaluate and solve difficult physical, physiologic and psychological barriers to performance. Phase IV have also conducted research in conjunction with the UCLA Geffen School of Medicine, The National Institute of Health and private label equipment manufacturers including Skechers.

Robert is active in the community sponsoring the Velo Club La Grange Bicycle Club and Los Angeles Triathlon Club as well as providing free treatment for patients of the Venice Family Clinic. He has also founded and coaches The Santa Monica Kids Wrestling Program to introduce this great sport to children in the community. He has personally completed the 6 of the toughest mountain-bike stage races in the world including La Ruta de Conquistadors in Costa Rica, the TransAlp Challenge, the B.C. Bike Race and the Brian Head 100.

Ron Berry, PT, Director Rehab Services
Ron has been a Physical Therapist since graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from California State University, Long Beach in 1990. Prior to that, he attended U.C. Santa Cruz and worked as a massage therapist.He has worked with Robert Forster since 1993 treating a variety of diagnoses. Upon the opening of the new clinic in 1996 he helped develop the aqua therapy program. He has also worked on developing periodized training programs with athletes at Phase IV, the Scientific Training & Performance Center, since it’s inception in 2002. Since then he has returned to treating a variety of diagnoses out of the water, as well. Ron keeps active and fit through a variety of sports and hobbies. He is an active member of the physical therapy professional association, the APTA, and continues to enhance his skills through educational seminars.

Rachel Suson, B.S. - Exercise Physiologist
After graduating from UCLA with a Bachelors of Science in Physiological Sciences, Rachel gained her first formal experience working with clients as a physical therapy aide at Forster Physical Therapy. From there, she moved on to Phase IV applying her education to practical application of exercise physiology. Rachel is a weight loss and performance specialist working with both weekend warriors and professional athletes to reach their optimal performance. She has helped her clients realize their goals of completing a marathon for the first time as well as setting personal records in running, cycling, and triathlon events. Rachel’s clients range in age from 10 to 90 years old as she heads both the Student Fitness Academy and Women’s Weights Programs. Rachel will be continuing her education at Mount St. Mary’s College to achieve her Doctorate of Physical Therapy.