Structural Elements® Milwaukee is an orthopedic wellness clinic that focuses on balancing the structures of the entire body to reduce pain, optimize performance and prevent injury. Luke Laga and his team look forward to working with you on your wellness journey.
Luke Laga, L.Ac.
Owner and Acupuncturist
Luke is the owner of Structural Elements™ Milwaukee. He has been assessing and treating orthopedic disorders for the past ten years. He completed a three-year medical program in Traditional Eastern Medicine at Midwest College of Oriental Medicine, earning a Masters of Oriental Medicine and a becoming a Licensed Acupuncturist in the state of Wisconsin.
Shortly after completing his Master of Science at University of WI-Madison, Luke met Doug Bertram, Founder of Structural Elements, and his career shifted dramatically. Focused on working in school settings with boys with Emotional/Behavioral disorders, Luke took an immediate interest in the work Doug was developing and practicing and its possible use with kids. Quickly the work became Luke’s focus, leaving his career to study under Doug and return to school for Oriental Medicine. Luke has practiced in multiple clinical and private settings, and has worked with athletes at all levels from youth to professional, including his ongoing role as head of the preventive care/soft tissue in-house team for the Milwaukee Brewers.
In addition to his private practice, Luke is the Midwest Area Developer of Structural Elements Franchising, LLC. When away from the clinic you can find him running through the woods and over mountains when given the opportunity. Coming off a successful Western States 100, Luke continues to push himself to new and exciting ultramarathon goals. Whether you are an elite athlete or suffer from chronic pain, Luke takes the same great pride in working with all populations.
Jonathan Ferris, L.Ac, C. Ped
Acupuncturist and Certified Pedorthist
Jonathan Ferris, L.Ac., C.Ped, is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Certified Pedorthist. He has been practicing and studying Acupuncture and various bodywork techniques for over 15 years and is a Licensed Acupuncturist in the state of Wisconsin. Jonathan has combined his acupuncture training with the study and application of structural alignment and biomechanics, and has earned his national Certification in Pedorthics, where he specializes in the design and manufacture of custom foot orthotics for athletes and active individuals.
Jonathan has completed a four-year Master’s Degree program in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, CA where he earned special certificates in orthopedic acupuncture and tuina (Chinese massage). He has completed an acupuncture and tuina internship program at Liaoning University in Shenyang, China, as well as the Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification Program. Most recently, Jonathan graduated from the Palmer Institute of Biomechanics and earned his national Certification in Pedorthics.
Jonathan works with the same attention, focus and enthusiasm while working with collegiate athletes at Marquette University, professional athletes in MLB, NFL and NBA, as well as anyone who wants to stay active and healthy.
When not treating patients, Jonathan maintains a practice of Yoga, Qi Gong and Tai Chi, enjoys running, hiking, traveling, and spending time with his family, especially in nature.
Paula Trusky, MFA, PTA, CPT, CYT
Paula has a great curiosity for movement mechanics and the art of moving. She has pursued this interest on many levels. A childhood of dancing, swimming and competitive power tumbling led to lifelong curiosity and love for movement.
Paula earned a Bachelor of Arts in Dance with a minor in Holistic Health from Prescott College in Arizona, a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from UW-Milwaukee and went on to dance professionally in Milwaukee and NYC. Her interest continued as she became a Certified Yoga Teacher and then a Certified Pilates Teacher. She has spent many years teaching dance, yoga and Pilates at the studio, community and university level. Her interest in anatomy, kinesiology and movement mechanics led her to pursue a degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant. She has worked extensively in outpatient orthopedics and honed strong manual therapy skills.
Through her teaching she hopes to help others to have a better human experience through movement. She is especially interested in efficient movement mechanics to reduce pain and increase the longevity that we have in our daily lives, activities and sports.
Structural Elements works with local businesses, schools and teams to develop meaningful relationships. We love to create educational opportunities, incentives and mutually beneficial programs that will keep our Community Partners healthy and performing at the top of their game. If you are a business owner or director of an athletic program, we would love to discuss how we could work together. For more information, contact us.