B&C Physical Therapy
Ching Ly and Boris Tong worked together since 2011 at the Pacific Alliance Medical Center, an important community health fixture in Los Angeles’ Chinatown neighborhood.
They built a rapport helping patients recover from major surgery through physical therapy, in the acute rehabilitation unit, as well as the in-patient and outpatient physical therapy departments of the hospital, experience that served them well when the medical center suddenly closed last year.
“All of our patients were really sad that we were leaving,” Ly said. “They didn’t know where they were going to get their medical care.” This motivated Ly and Tong to open a physical therapy clinic in the San Gabriel Valley, where a lot of their patients live. They opened up their new space, B & C Physical Therapy, across from the Edwards Alhambra cinema in March.
“We can continue serving the community,” Ly said.
They’re also part of the community, with Ly growing up in the San Gabriel Valley and Ching and Boris growing up in Glendale. Both speak multiple languages, with Ly able to treat patients who speak Spanish and the Chinese Teo-Chew dialect, while Tong is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin.
Ly studied physiological science at UCLA and earned an MS in Physical Therapy from Cal State Long Beach. He worked at Huntington Rehabilitation Medical Associates before joining Pacific Alliance in 2010, where he served as outpatient clinic manager and then director of physical medicine.
Tong studied integrative biology and public health at the UC Berkeley, before getting his doctorate in physical therapy at USC and receiving his Orthopedic Certified Specialist board certification in 2014. He joined Ly at Pacific Alliance in 2011.
This training is how B & C Physical Therapy are able to offer a wide range of services, like strength training, pain management, post-surgery recovery and sports rehabilitation. Ly and Tong saw every type of issue and injury at Pacific Alliance Medical Center and medicare and bring that experience to the Alhambra clinic.
What sets them apart from other facilities is their comprehensive approach to physical therapy, with both emphasizing changes patients can make to their daily routines outside of their appointments. For example, if a patient comes in with back pain, Ly and Tong will look at ankles, knees, hips and other parts of the body that could contribute to that discomfort. They then recommend changes based on that bigger picture.
“If people are open to exercise and changing the little aspects of life to better themselves, then we can help them with that,” Ly said.