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Alyssa Herrera-Set


Doctor of Physical Therapy

Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist

Certified Pilates Teacher

 

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Alyssa Herrera-Set


Doctor of Physical Therapy

Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist

Certified Pilates Teacher

 

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.

About the On the Move Family


On the Move is a collection of some of the most dedicated, informed, compassionate, and inspirational physical therapists and movement instructors.  To schedule an appointment with any of these wonderful practitioners, please click on their name to be directed to their individual website.

About the On the Move Family


On the Move is a collection of some of the most dedicated, informed, compassionate, and inspirational physical therapists and movement instructors.  To schedule an appointment with any of these wonderful practitioners, please click on their name to be directed to their individual website.

Tanya Goodrich, PT, DPT

Tanya Goodrich, PT, DPT is a highly trained physical therapist with expert knowledge in pelvic dysfunction, pre and postpartum therapy, urinary/bowel/sexual dysfunction, and women’s health. With a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of California, San Francisco, and extensive clinical experience, she is committed to providing the highest quality of care and raising awareness about women’s health issues. Tanya lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two young children.

Joey Salgado, PT, DPT

Dr. Joey Salgado’s primary experience has been in outpatient orthopedics treating patients with a variety of musculoskeletal diagnoses and patients who have undergone surgery. He enjoys the personal interaction with his patients, takes pride on providing high quality 1-on-1 care in order to help his patients return to their normal activities. He utilizes manual therapy to improve joint dysfunction or soft tissue restrictions in combination of a patient-specific exercise program in order to increase their strength, endurance, and/or balance.

Julie BolaÑos, MSPT

Julie Bolaños, MSPT, is a physical therapy professional with over 20 years clinical experience.  Julie received a bachelor’s degree from UCLA, and a Masters degree in Physical Therapy from the University of California, San Francisco.  She was a staff PT at Stanford Outpatient Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Clinic before opening her own practice in 2004.   

Julie specializes in manual therapy, and brings a broad experience to her practice of physical therapy.   Julie has an extensive understanding of injury prevention and recovery, and the musculoskeletal system.   She is a former Bar Method instructor, with 10 years teaching experience.  Julie treats a variety of injuries, and specializes in the design of personalized treatment programs.  Most importantly, Julie values spending time one-on-one with her patients, to ensure they receive the very highest quality of care.

Julie and her husband have two children.  She lives on the Peninsula with her family, and enjoys hiking, yoga, core training, and spinning.

Tony Tran, pt, dpt, scs, ocs, faaompt

Tony Tran is a Bay Area native and has returned after having spent the last 10 years in Los Angeles.  He studied biochemistry at UCLA and received his doctorate in physical therapy at Mount St. Mary's University.  He completed his residency training in orthopaedics at Healthcare Partners in Torrance, CA and his fellowship training in sports at Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles.  He is a board certified specialist in orthopaedics and sports.

Growing up playing competitive tennis and enduring hi fair share of injuries, he understands and can emphathize with the immense challenges with rehabilitation.  This is what attracted him to physical therapy.  

Tony has a specific interest in prehabilitation and prevention.  He focuses on biomechanics and movement and the impact they have on injury. He is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy (FAAOMPT).


Join our team!  Please send resumes to onthemovept@gmail.com.

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About the Facility


About the Facility


On the Move was created to be a meeting ground for therapists and pilates instructors to rent space and collaborate with other medical professionals, athletic coaches and dance instructors - all with one goal - to keep the mover moving!
 
Facility details:

  • 1200 square feet
  • 4 rooms—reception, 2 private treatment rooms, semi-private treatment space, group exercise/education space
  • Mirrored wall and 3 moveable mirrors
  • Sprung floors
  • Balanced Body Equipment (including Reformers, Multi-Chair, Trapeze Table, Ladder Barrel, and Core Align)

 
A maximum of 3 practitioners will work simultaneously at any given time.
 
On the Move is always interested in meeting talented therapists and pilates instructors to join the family. Within this lovely facility, we have the opportunity to create and grow our individual practices while sharing ideas and co-treating as needed.

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Our Mission


Our Mission


  1. To offer wellness services and rehabilitation guidance that respects each patient's unique learning ability, values, and goals.
  2. To work collaboratively with each individual and his/her support team of family members, physicians, and coaches.
  3. To educate with the intention of preventing injury and optimizing performance in everyday activities, sports, and dance.

FAQ


FAQ


Is a prescription for physical therapy needed?

A prescription for physical therapy is recommended for clients and patients who plan to request insurance reimbursement.

Is a medical diagnosis needed?

As of January 2014, individuals are able to participate in physical therapy for 12 visits or 45 days before consulting with a physician. Neither a diagnosis nor a prescription is needed for patients participating in wellness services such as recreational classes, exercises classes, pilates training, and injury prevention treatments.

Do we take insurance?

On the Move Physical Therapy is not contracted with any insurance companies, however, with the superbill/receipt we provide, you may request reimbursement from your insurance company.   Services provided may qualify as a medical expense that can be paid for through Health Care Savings or Flexible Spending Plans. Please check with your insurance plan or employer regarding the details of your health care savings plan.


Why don't we take insurance?

We provide a level of care that is above and beyond the amount that insurance companies are currently willing to reimburse.  The patient's entire treatment time is one on one with the physical therapist allowing for both the manual therapy and the exercise prescription to be individualized.   We feel that this level of care results in faster recovery and reduced chance of re-injury.  In addition, we want patients to have a choice to continue with us after the rehabilitation stage has ended.  We feel passionate about continuing to provide exercise guidance which enhances an individual's performance and prevents injury.  This type of extended care is not reimbursed by insurance.  Fortunately, by reducing the overhead related to processing insurance, we are able to save money and pass the savings to you.  

What are you doing to make your services accessible?

We keep our overhead very low and pass the savings to you.  In addition, we engage in activities throughout the year that make services more accessible -

  • Complimentary Injury evaluations - book a free 15 minute consultation with the therapist to ask questions about your injury and get individualized advice about what you can be doing at home to speed up your recovery.
  • Group Therapeutic Exercise and Pilates classes - these classes are a relatively low cost way to receive guidance with your home exercise program.  
  • Gymnastics and Dance classes for kids with special needs - these recreational classes are a fun way for kids with special needs to stay fit and improve their motor skills.

Throughout the year, we participate in events that offer free pilates or physical therapy to certain populations.  Click here for our current events.  

What is the cancellation/late arrival policy?

When a time slot is saved for you, it's no longer available to other patients or clients.  As such, we ask that you cancel any scheduled appointments as soon as you realize you are not able to attend.  If appointments are canceled less than 24 hours prior to the appointment, the patient will be charged for the entire visit.

It is very much appreciated when patients and clients arrive on time.  If an individual arrives late, his/her session may be shortened but the he/she is responsible for the cost of the entire scheduled session.

To cancel an appointment, please call (650) 701-7686 or send a text message with your name and the time of your appointment.

What should you wear?
 

Please wear clothing in which you can easily move.  Usually, pants with loose legs and elastic waist band, sleeveless shirt, socks, and exercise shoes are the most comfortable attire for evaluation and treatment.

What is Physical Therapy?


What is Physical Therapy?


Physical therapy helps you regain lost mobility and optimize your sport or dance performance.
 
With Alyssa, physical therapy (aka PT or physiotherapy) is a dynamic process which starts with a discussion about your physical challenges and goals and a thorough analysis of your strength, range of motion, flexibility, and activity specific movements.  Through this analysis, we create a personalized perscription of therapeutic tissue mobilization, joint mobilization, exercise, and education about how to apply the knowledge you gain in the clinic to your everyday life. 
 
At On the Move, your treatment time will be one on one and exclusively with the physical therapist because we believe that high level performers deserve high level attention. 
 
She specializes in the treatment of pediatric athletes and dancers but provides the same evidence-based, patient-centered care for people of all ages and movement backgrounds.

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What is Pilates?


What is Pilates?


 

Pilates was originally developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates who called his methodology “Contrology”.  Since Joseph Pilates, his exercises have evolved through the teachings of various training centers.  Alyssa was trained by Polestar Pilates. 

Pilates is a method of body conditioning that helps build flexibility, muscle strength, endurance, and mind-body awareness.  It puts emphasis on spinal and pelvic alignment, developing a strong core or center, and improving coordination and balance. Pilates equipment allows for different exercises to be modified in range of difficulty from beginning to advanced.  

Pilates is used to enhance injury rehabilitation, prevent injury, improve sports performance, and improve posture and mobility.  Pilates exercises can be done on the mat as well as on various equipment common to most pilates studios.   At On the Move we incorporate exercises on the pilates reformer, wall unit, core align, ladder barrel, chair and various specialized pieces of equipment that specifically address the needs of athletes and dancers.