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Our two physiatrists, Dr. Andrei Dokukin and Dr. Hubert Gulak, specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation and lead the team in creating personalized goals for each patient to restore function, decrease pain and improve quality of life after an illness or injury.
Dr. Dokukin is board-certified in Physical Medicine, as well as Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine, and currently serves as the Medical Director of Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Services at St. Mary Medical Center. Dr. Dokukin treats a variety of diseases of joints, nerves, bones and muscles, and specializes in treating painful conditions of the spine.
Dr. Dokukin earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from City University of New York Hunter College and received his medical training at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, where he also completed one year of training in Internal Medicine. His received his residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Montefiore Medical Center Albert Einstein School of Medicine in the Bronx, New York, where he also served as Chief Resident of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for Jacobi Medical Center. He then completed his Pain Fellowship at Lags Spine and Sports Care Medical Center in Santa Maria, Calif.
A former professional ballet dancer, Dr. Dokukin has a special interest in Performing Arts medicine and volunteers his time and talent to treat dancer students with the Orange County Ballet Theater at California State University, Long Beach. Prior to becoming a physician, Dr. Dokukin trained in the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, and the Julliard School in New York, and toured and performed with the American Ballet Theatre. His experience as a professional athlete and dancer adds to his intimate understanding of musculoskeletal disorders and the rehabilitation process.
Dr. Gulak is a board-certified Physiatrist (MD Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation) who is also certified in testing for the disorder of nerves and muscles by using Electrodiagnostic Medicine and Electromyography.
He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Duquesne University and received his medical training from The George Washington University School of Medicine, where he also completed one year of training in Internal Medicine. His residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation took place in Wadsworth Veterans Administration Hospital, and he completed his Pain Fellowship at UCLA Medical Center.
After serving in the United States Army as Assistant Chief of Medicine, 43rd Surgical Hospital, and then Chief of the Department of Hospital Clinics at the U.S. Army Hospital in San Pedro, California., Dr. Gulak became Chief of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at what was then Harbor General Hospital in Torrance, California., where he served for 13 years. He has also served as the Medical Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Doctor’s Hospital of Lakewood.
Dr. Gulak started the Acute Rehabilitation program at St. Mary Medical Center over 40 years ago and has been dedicated to the program ever since. He has treated thousands of patients and is well known in the Long Beach community for being a skilled physician and patient advocate.
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