10 year anniversary

Krystal Walden is the Founder/CEO of KRYSTAL SPA®, a health and fitness spa devoted to the healing arts. Her remarkable commerce into entrepreneurship resulted from a career boomerang. From the age of 8, Krystal became an accomplished 100 and 200 meter runner. Her execution and excellence in academics and athletics earned her scholarships to the University of California (UCLA), where Krystal earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Psychology.

Krystal also competed as a World-Class and UCLA Track Athlete trained by the best of the best, Brooks Johnson (U.S. Track & Field Olympic Team coach), Bobby Kersee (U.S. Track & Field Olympic Team coach; husband and coach of six-time U.S. Track & Field Olympic medalist, Jackie Joyner-Kersee), Jeanette Bolden (U.S. Track & Field Olympic Team coach and medalist; former UCLA Track & Field head coach), the UCLA athletic weight training staff, and the UCLA athletic diet/nutrition training staff.

While in college, Krystal Walden began her corporate career path in the fashion industry where she soared into an associate buyer position for Guess? Inc. and then Macy*s West. With these rewarding experiences she learned to manage multiple $50+ million prestigious vendor accounts that included Men’s Collections (Claiborne, Perry Ellis, Kenneth Cole New York and Reunion) and Men’s Shoes (Nike, Adidas, Puma, Skechers, Rockport, Sperry, and Stacy Adams). Krystal gained skills in developing and managing qualitative financial/assortment planning, comprehensive analysis, advertising, marketing, and promotional components of a business while continuing study to ensure business growth.

Despite her success, Krystal had reached a point in her corporate career path where her soul and spirit were no longer fulfilled in the fashion industry alone; her athletic nature was craving for attention. That epiphany motivated Krystal towards an entrepreneurship in the health and fitness industry. In 2002, Krystal developed the business concept of KRYSTAL SPA® when she took notice the absence of health and fitness awareness within most spa facilities of today. This awareness created an opportunity for Krystal to integrate a niche of health and fitness services into high quality spa services.

In 2003, Krystal Walden began her intensive Yoga Therapy studies at Bikram Yoga College of India, trained by the world renowned Bikram and Rajashree Choudury. Krystal successfully achieved her credentials as a Certified Yoga Therapist. Krystal continues to deepen her Yoga Therapy studies at Forrest Yoga Institute, trained by the world renowned Anna Forrest. To balance out her knowledge of the human body, Krystal studied Massage Therapy at the Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing (IPSB), a school of holistic body therapy. There she successfully achieved her credentials as a Certified Massage Therapist.

As the years go on, Krystal’s passion and enthusiasm for the creation and mechanics of the human body grows stronger and stronger. In 2008, she joined Forster Physical Therapy and was an apprentice to Robert Forster, an Olympic sports physical therapy specialist.  Krystal is now joined with the Nation’s #1 Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy faculty practice, the University of Southern California (USC) Physical Therapy Associates, as the Clinic Buyer, Medical Records Specialist, Head Physical Therapy Aide, and Research Assistant.

Krystal Walden brings to the health and fitness spa, 25+ years of experience as a competitive athlete; offering her unique fusion of athletic gifts and accreditations. Krystal specializes in helping individuals (from beginners to athletes) get back in touch consciously with their mind, body, and soul. She strongly emphasizes on body awareness and alignment for maximum injury prevention and recovery. With the kind of strength, flexibility, balance and compassions that Krystal possesses there is no doubt that she will meet her goals, to enhance the global image of how to live a stronger, healthier, and balanced lifestyle.

Krystal has had the pleasure to work with the best of the best; Earvin "Magic" Johnson (NBA), Glen "Big Baby" Davis (NBA), Barry Bonds (MLB), Ty Law (NFL), Brendon Ayanbadejo (NFL), Darwin Walker (NFL), Joanna Hayes (T&F), Michelle Perry (T&F), U.S. Track & Field Olympic Team, and UCLA Men's & Women's Track & Field Team, just to share a few.. See what olympians, doctors, scientists, and others are saying about Krystal Walden's heath and fitness expertise in our testimonials.

Krystal Walden currently lives in sunny Southern California.  She enjoys running, yoga, weightlifting, roller-skating, and dancing.

The staff at KRYSTAL SPA® are passionate and dedicated to providing high-quality spa services to help our guest achieve a healthier well-being. Our spa specialists are certified, licensed, and insured.

Dr. Aurelia Nattiv, MD
Dr. Nattiv is a Licensed Medical Doctor and Board Certified Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgeon. She graduated from Washington University of Medicine with a specialty in Sports Medicine. Dr. Nattiv became a full-time faculty member in the Departments of Family Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery in 1994, serving as Director of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Osteoporosis Center.

Prior to joining to UCLA, Dr. Nattiv served on faculty at the University of Utah, and then was in private practice in Santa Monica. Her areas of research include assessment of bone health in young athletes with amenorrhea, eating disorders and stress fractures, as well as risk taking behaviors in athletes.

Dr. Nattiv is a team physician at the University California, Los Angeles (UCLA), U.S. Track and Field, and is the medical representative for the U.S. Gymnastics National Health Care Advisory Board. She has served as a Member of the Board of Directors of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, and is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and the U.S. Olympic Committee Sports Medicine Society.

Dr. Jonathan C. Sum, DPT, OCS, SCS
Dr. Sum is the Director of USC Physical Therapy Associates on the Health Sciences Campus, the faculty practice for the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. He specializes in treating patients with orthopedic disorders, sports related injuries, post-surgical rehabilitation, pain management, and musical performance related injuries. Dr. Sum is double board certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, both as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, and a Sports Clinical Specialist. He is a member of the Orthopedic Section and the Sports Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. He is also a member of ASSET, the American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists, and has served as a Research Committee Member. He is also an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor.

Dr. Sum teaches in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program where he coordinates the shoulder module for the patient management courses. He is also a clinical mentor in the Orthopedic Physical Therapy residency program and the Sports Physical Therapy residency program at USC. In the Sports Physical Therapy residency program, he coordinates the overhead throwing curriculum. He has guest lectured for the Keck School of Medicine and the Thornton School of Music at USC. Dr. Sum also assists the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim professional baseball club with pre-season physicals during Cactus League Spring Training every year.

Along with his clinical and academic pursuits, Dr. Sum has also been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals, and has been an invited speaker at local, state, and national conferences, including the ASSET conference. He has been involved with clinical trials and research examining the shoulder complex, testosterone supplemented ACL-deficient knees, body weight assisted training following knee replacement, lumbar spine disc loading, lumbopelvic manipulation, and Achilles tendinopathy.

Dr. Erica Sigman, DPT, OCS
Dr. Sigman is a Licensed Physical Therapist and Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist.  She earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree at the University of Southern California (USC); where she is also a graduate of the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency program.  Prior she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Medicine from Pepperdine University.   Dr. Sigman is currently an Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy and the Coordinator of the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program at USC.  For the Keck School of Medicine of USC, she instructs the musculoskeletal examination labs for the Introduction to Clinical Medicine courses.  She also serves as a Physical Therapy mentor for dental residents studying oral medicine with an emphasis on orofacial pain, at the USC School of Dentistry. 

Dr. Sigman specializes in treating patients with headaches, temporomandibular joint-related issues, orthopedic disorders, and chronic pain.  She also assists in teaching physical therapy continuing education courses involving the management oftemporomandibular joint related disorders and management of the spine with an emphasis on the cervical region.

Dr. Sigman’s love for physical therapy stems from her passion for human empowerment.  Educating her patients about their bodies, how to care for themselves, and how to be physically efficient are some of her goals for each individual she treats.  Her personal struggles with chronic pain also give her unique insight to her patients and their daily struggles.

Dr. Brian McNeill, DPT, OCS
Dr. Brian McNeill is a Licensed Physical Therapist and Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. He earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California (USC); where he is also a graduate of the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency program. Dr. McNeill is currently an Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy at USC. For the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy he lectures on various of topics including clinical imaging and anatomy. Along with his clinical and academic pursuits, Dr. McNeill has been involved in clinical research investigating the relevance of scapular dyskinesis in patients with shoulder pain and rotator cuff repair rehabilitation.

Dr. McNeill specializes in treating a variety of disorders effecting the musculoskeletal system as well as focusing on sports training and performance. He is a certified Nike Golf 360 Performance Specialist and has worked with several profession, collegiate coaches, and athletes regarding sports performance, pitching mechanics, and sports rehabilitation. Dr. McNeill has also assisted the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim professional baseball club with pre-season physicals during the Cactus League Spring Training for the past 5 years.

Dr. McNeill continues to focus on clinical and performance based orthopedics with an emphasis on restoring function and maximizing patient potential.

Dr. Marisol Martinez, DC
Dr. Martinez is a Board Certified, Licensed Chiropractor. She graduated and received her degree from Los Angeles College of Chiropractic (Southern California University of Health Sciences). In addition, Dr. Martinez received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry from Loyola Marymount University. She is also certified with The Ekaya Institute of Living Food Education as a Raw Vegan Nutrition Specialist and Educator.

Dr. Martinez provides both musculoskeletal and nutritional healing by using both chiropractic care and nutritional guidance that promotes key aspects of the raw vegan lifestyle.  She has worked extensively with a wide variety of patients including athletes such as MMA fighters, surfers, volleyball players, endurance athletes, and yogis. Dr. Martinez also has years of experience in successfully treating the multitude of injuries of longshoreman from the Los Angeles, Long Beach and San Pedro ports.

Dr. Martinez’s passion is helping others maintain and regain optimal health, naturally.  Her chiropractic treatments, bodywork, and private yoga sessions are all designed to channel the body’s inherent healing properties.

Holly Perry, EP
Holly is an Exercise Physiologist who earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science from Indiana University and is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.  She is also a member of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

Holly specializes in metabolic testing via resting metabolic rate, VO2 submax, and blood lactate assessments.  She has coached many runners, cyclists, and triathletes to their success by integrating her vast knowledge of human physiology, metabolic efficiency, and performance nutrition in order to obtain optimum results. Having extensive biomechanical knowledge and experience with injury rehabilitation, Holly not only caters to those who are looking to increase performance and improve appearance, but also to those wanting to improve the quality of their life after recovering from an injury.

With a passion for the human body and education, Holly strives to empower her athletes and clients with knowledge so that they may continue to improve throughout their lives.

Alyson Roux, MS, CNS, MFA
Alyson is a Board Certified Clinical Nutrition Specialist by the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists; she is also a member of the American College of Nutrition. Alyson is currently a health educator who combines a decade in the arts and entertainment industry with her background in science, research and functional medicine to enable people to transform their health.

Alyson specializes in supporting people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and other gastrointestinal disorders, intuitive eating and restoring healthy behaviors around food, and preparing nutritionally for pregnancy.


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