I am a Physical Therapist in the San Francisco Bay Area treating private clients with a wide range of orthopedic concerns, with a special place in my heart for dancers and performing artists!
I grew up training in ballet under the watchful eyes of Lareen Fender for 10 years at The Ballet School, and it is a dream come true to return and offer physical therapy services in the very studio which holds such wonderful memories. It is a privilege to be readily available to local dancers who otherwise might wait too long to seek medical attention, and comforting to them to be seen by someone who "speaks their language".
Injury risk reduction, and rehabilitation from injury through strengthening and technique improvement is an important part of my treatment approach. My goal is always to return the dancer to the studio stronger and safer than they were before they were injured. Teaching annual summer intensive workshops for ballet students where they learn anatomy, risk reduction strategies for common dance related injuries, safe warm up, stretching, and technique strengthening exercises has been a fun way to be on the prevention side of medicine. While my passion lies in treating dancers, I do enjoy working with active, motivated people in general.
To enhance my dance medicine program, I became a certified Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) Instructor in 2017. Teaching this program to students is a highlight of my week.
I graduated from San Diego State University with a B.S in Kinesiology, and then from Samuel Merritt University earning a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2007. I gained valuable experience as an orthopedic PT in a women's health clinic before opening my practice in 2012.