Thank you for your interest in physical therapy and my services. Here's some information about me that may be helpful to you in deciding whether we can work together in reaching your rehabilitation, fitness, and movement goals.
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 Masters of Science and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. I've been involved in research regarding the treatment of hyperkyphosis in the aging population as well as exercise prescription in the youth population. I like treating a variety of patients but my areas of special interest include pediatric development, pediatric sports, and dance rehabilitation.
I have intimate knowledge on the demands placed on young dancers and gymnasts. 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, Core Align, and Dance Rehabilitation through Harkness Center and The Ballet Blog, Gymnastics Rehabilitation through Gymnastics rEvolution. I am an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, and USA Gymnastics. I am the co-founder of gymSAFE, a non-profit organization dedicated to decreasing gymnastics related injuries. I've also recently 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 kick 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 Practioner, 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.
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 to teach these classes and, in the summer of 2012, I started teaching Groove Fit abroad.
My treatment space is equipped with pilates equipment for therapeutic exercise, pain modifying modalities, full length moveable mirrors for movement education, and is located within a sports training facility. For patients who are best served in their natural environment I make home visits. I work backstage with professional performers and I consult with coaches, athletes, and instructors at their training facilities.
My personal favorite modes of exercise are dance and snowboarding and I am a mother of two active girls.
I speak English and Spanish.