Meet Dr. Hourihan

Ariel Hourihan earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at USC in 2016 after completing her BS in Biological Sciences at University of California, Riverside. While earning her BS, she competed playing Division I Softball where she found her passion for physical therapy through her own athletic injuries and experience.

She has worked in a variety of orthopedic outpatient settings with an emphasis on Sports medicine. She has had varied experiences training with mentors in FMS, tri-planar functional movements, and joint mobilization. Her primary population has ranged from adolescents to elderly, professional athletes, the working population, and your typical weekend warrior. 

Ariel has attended continuing education courses focused on manual therapy including Graston Technique levels 1 and 2, myofascial decompression (cupping therapy), and Rocktape. She also has attended courses on Evidence-Based Evaluation of the lower back, Rotator Cuff Dysfunction/Treatment, BPPV, and Hip/Sacroiliac Dysfunction. Ariel likes to integrate her techniques to maximize patient results with emphasis on joint mobilization, deep tissue massage, and neuromuscular re-education to retrain proper body movements.  She believes in using evidence–based treatment plans that incorporate manual therapy and therapeutic exercises and activities to meet her patients' goals.

Outside of work, Ariel enjoys competing as a Crossfit athlete. She has worked multiple Crossfit Competitions and 5ks; providing stretching, massage, and mechanics training to local athletes. She enjoys spending time hiking, camping, and working out with her husband and two dogs. 

Ariel continues to expand her treatment methods and continuing education to serve her patients’ goals. She approaches treatment with evidence-based knowledge to encourage the body’s natural healing process while promoting general health and wellness with her patients.