Thank you for your interest in physical therapy. If you've made it this far, you must be trying your best to find the perfect physical therapist for you. I'd like to share some information about myself in the hope that it will help you decide if I can be a resource for you.
I started taking gymnastics as a young child and have been in love with performing, observing, and teaching body movement ever since. When it came time to choose a career, I pursued physical therapy because I wanted to be a health professional who helps people improve their mobility using evidenced-based techniques and a deep knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics, physiology, and neuromuscular re-education. I see my role as a physical therapist as one who educates the public about injury prevention, assists people in reaching their goals after injury, and guides people in improving their performance post-rehabilitation.
I grew up in the Bay Area. I went to elementary and high school in San Jose and graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in American Studies, with an emphasis on minority education. I graduated from the UCSF/SFSU joint program with a Master’s of Science and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. I've been involved in research regarding the treatment of hyperkyphosis in the aging population, exercise prescription in the youth population, and the use of sport specific movement screens to prevent sports injuries. I like treating a variety of patients but my areas of special interest include pediatric sports and dance rehabilitation.
I have intimate knowledge on the demands placed on young dancers and gymnasts. I was a competitive gymnast and continue to take dance classes whenever time allows. I have focused the majority of my continuing education on ways to best serve this population. I am a Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist and a Pilates Method Alliance Certified Pilates Teacher with training thru Polestar Pilates. I am trained in Myofascial Decompression using the cupping technique, Kinesiology Taping, Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization, Scolio-Pilates, and Core Align. I hold certificates from Dance Rehabilitation through Harkness Center, The Ballet Blog, Westside Dance’s Dance Medicine Practicum (foot/ankle), Gymnastics Rehabilitation through Gymnastics rEvolution,/SHIFT, and Essentials of Performing Arts Medicine. I am an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, the Performing Arts Medicine Association, and USA Gymnastics. I am the co-founder of gymSAFE, a non-profit organization dedicated to decreasing gymnastics related injuries. I absolutely love attending conferences that focus on my area of passion. Find the list below. I've also been published in the mobile application AgileMD, a library of trusted medical resources.
Treatment plans are always centered on your specific goals - whether it's being able to score a goal, sit at your desk without pain, leap across a stage, carry your child, or blow dry your hair! I often incorporate manual therapy techniques such as soft tissue mobilization, myofascial decompression using the cupping technique, kinesiology taping, passive stretching, and joint mobilizations to help you return to pain-free functional movements. As a Polestar Pilates Rehabilitation Practitioner, my exercise prescription is based on a scientific foundation of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and motor control. Your plan of care will also include guided exercises and a home exercise program. You will leave the clinic-studio with a deeper understanding of how to prevent future injuries.
In addition to treatment at the clinic, I see patients at dance studios, backstage, and at their sport training facilities. I work with professional performers backstage at shows such as Memphis, Anything Goes, Book of Mormon, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Recent developments in my career include teaching and speaking opportunities. Since 2016, I’ve been a guest speaker at UCSF teaching the 3rd year physical therapy students about treatment strategies for gymnasts and dancers. In 2017, I helped create the Healthy Gymnast Symposium and was one of the speakers. In 2018, I took on an adjunct professor position at Notre Dame de Namur University teaching Multicultural Issues in Health Care. In May of 2019, I spoke with Dr. Jen Kinder and Jessica Wickizer at the Female Athlete Conference.
I am passionate about providing opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy movement, stay fit, and become knowledgeable about injury prevention. To this end, I have developed dance and gymnastics classes specifically for kids with special needs as well as Groove Fit - a dance-based fitness class. I travel throughout the Bay Area and abroad to teach these classes.
My personal favorite modes of exercise are dance and snowboarding and I am a mother of two active girls. In my free time, I love to travel.
I speak English and Spanish.
You can reach me directly at email@example.com
My conference favorites:
American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting (2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Pilates Method Alliance Annual Meeting (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
PIlates on Tour - Rehab Summit (2015, 2016, 2017)
Healthy Gymnast Symposium (2017, 2018, 2019)
Team Concept Conference (2018)