About Us

Welcome to Insight Wellness Clinic, where we believe in a holistic approach to healing and well-being. Founded in 2004 by Derek Plonka, has been dedicated to providing exceptional care and innovative treatments to our patients. With a humble beginning in a small office in Santa Monica, we have grown to become a leading center for integrative therapy and Eastern Medicine.


Derek Plonka began with a passion for physical therapy and a desire to make a difference in people's lives. As he expanded his knowledge and experience, he recognized that something was missing in the traditional approach to patient care. Determined to find a solution, he took on a new path of learning, by immersing himself in the study of Acupuncture and Herbal medicine. Through his studies, Derek Plonka discovered that the principles and practices of traditional medicine complemented and enriched the field of physical therapy. It became clear to him that integrating acupuncture, herbal medicine, and traditional Eastern Asian philosophy into treatments, could offer a more comprehensive and effective healing experience for patients. With this realization, Insight Wellness Clinic was born.


Our unique approach combines the best of both worlds, blending the latest advancements in physical therapy with the wisdom and insights of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine. By addressing not only the physical symptoms but also the underlying imbalances within the body, aiming to promote true holistic healing and lasting wellness. At Insight Wellness Clinic, we strive to create a warm and welcoming environment where our patients feel comfortable and supported. Dedicated to fostering a strong sense of trust and open communication, ensuring that you feel heard, understood, and cared for throughout your entire experience with us. 


Your well-being is our priority.

-Derek Plonka DPT, L. Ac., SCS, CSCS

Our Team

Derek Plonka

Acupuncturist | Physical Therapist

Kevin Cooper

Certified Stretch Therapist | Physical Therapy Aide

Lan Kao

Eastern Medicine

Mindy Rodriguez

Office Coordinater


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