Kaiser Permanente, Southern California Region is proud to offer a residency program designed to provide physical therapists with advanced knowledge and skill in a concentrated clinical environment.

The curriculum of this residency program is designed to provide physical therapists with advanced training in examination, clinical decision-making and treatment skills. The small group classroom and lab training sessions and one-on-one clinical supervision allow the clinical faculty to focus their instruction on the individual needs of each resident. This program is recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association as a Credentialed Post-professional Clinical Residency Program.

This residency begins the last Monday in February or March 1st  each year and runs for 52 consecutive weeks. The clinical training in this residency program is fulfilled in three ten-hour days per week and the classroom and lab training occurs during 34 weekend days throughout the residency year. Up to thirty residents are accepted to participate in the program each year. The residents are employed and provide patient care at eleven Kaiser Permanente Physical Therapy Clinics – located in Baldwin Park, Downey, Los Angeles, Ontario, Orange, Panorama City, Riverside, San Diego, South Bay, West Los Angeles, and Woodland Hills. The residents are paid for the hours that they provide patient care at the PT Resident rate (Dec 2023, the rate is $40.78/hr with benefits, $48.936/hr non-benefited). The residents also receive the Kaiser Permanente employee benefits package which includes health, hospital, and disability insurance. The registration fee for the program is $2000.00.

  • Baldwin Park (2)
  • Downey (2)
  • Los Angeles (2)
  • Ontario (0) –
  • Orange County (6)
  • Panorama City (4)
  • Riverside (2)
  • San Diego – (2)
  • South Bay (2)
  • West Los Angeles (5)
  • Woodland Hills (1)


Each resident receives:

  • 1500 hours of clinical practice
  • 288 hours of classroom/lab instruction
  • 150 hours of 1:1 supervision while treating patients
  • 260 hours of resident-directed learning activities

The content of the classroom, lab, and clinical training in this residency encompasses the following areas:

  • Clinical Reasoning
  • Lower Quadrant Physical Examination and Manual Treatment Procedures
  • Lower Quadrant Biomechanical Examination and Treatment
  • Clinical Research
  • Interviewing and Communication Skills
  • Upper Quadrant Physical Examination and Manual Treatment Procedures
  • Upper Quadrant Biomechanical Examination and Treatment
  • Scientific Basis of Orthopaedic PT Clinical Practice

The director of the program is Aleem Dinani MPT.

The coordinator of the curriculum of the program is Jason Tonley DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT.


Prospective Applicants

All applications for the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Residency and Fellowship Programs will now be submitted using the Residency and Fellowship Physical Therapy Centralized Application System (RF-PTCAS).  Additional information and tutorials regarding the use of the RF-PTCAS can be accessed through the ABPTRFE website.

To begin your application, you can directly access  RF-PTCAS using the following link:  RFPTCAS

Letters of Recommendation

Your letters of recommendation will be directly submitted by the author to RF-PTCAS.  You will be required to submit contact information regarding your references into RF-PTCAS.  The author will be sent a link to electronically access and submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf.  Once submitted, the letter will be automatically linked to your application

*** You are encouraged to follow up with the author to ensure the letter is completed and submitted.

Application Evaluative Criteria

The applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee consisting of the Department Administrator(s), Clinical Faculty, and Chiefs of Service of the Kaiser Permanente Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department where your application is submitted and be based on the following criteria:

    1. Academic background
    2. Postgraduate training
    3. Clinical experience in Orthopaedic physical therapy
    4. Teaching experience
    5. Research experience
    6. Community Service

Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, age, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, and disability or health status.

Minimal eligibility requirements for acceptance into the program include:

    1. Licensure as a Physical Therapist by the Physical Therapy Board of California.  (DPT students and PTLA’s may apply, however, you must have licensure completed prior to orientation for the program.)
    2. Comply with all Kaiser Permanente employment requirements.

Desirable applicants include those who…

    1. Have completed a completed an accredited DPT program.
    2. Possess superior verbal and written communication skills.
    3. Have completed long-term affiliations under supervision of a Physical Therapy Residency or Fellowship graduate.
    4. Have experience in data collection, analysis, and publication.
    5. Have participated in activities that have positively addressed a need in the community.

The application deadline for the 2025/2026 cohort is August 1st, 2024

Interview Weeks for 2025-26 Program

  • Sept Aug 26th  – Aug 30th, 2024
  • Sept 16th – Sept 20th, 2024

Applicants must be available to participate in interviews during one of the interview weeks.

Download 2024/25 Residency Handbook




Aleem Dinani MPT | Program Director
Jason Tonley DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT | Program Coordinator



Program Graduation Rate:

  • Since 2000:
    • Enrolled:       489 Residents
    • Graduated:   450 Residents
    • Graduation Rate- 98%

OCS Passing Rate:

  • Since 2015 – 94% –  210/224
  • 2022/23 Class -100% –  18/18
Updated Mar 2024