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What directed me to this profession?  My pain. And tears. And sense of hopelessness.  I had to get out, to do something meaningful, to do something that my body did not reject.  I was becoming the patient at my old job. I returned to school after 5 years in the “cubicle nation.” Attending the graduate physical therapy program was the best thing I could have done.  But thinking that I was escaping my pain was an illusion.  It stayed with me.  My nervous system had taken a toll and now had “memory” for those sensations.

I thought that yoga would help. And eventually, it has. I  found my personal yoga practice in 2004. However, I began to see that my practice might have been harming me – the physical positions (asana) were not safe for my body and the fast-pace was wreaking havoc on my nervous system. I finally found a practice that complemented me, allowing me to work with those uncomfortable sensations. Through my yoga studies,  I began my own personal journey towards more mindful living and has enabled me to pass this on to my patients. I now use the science of physical therapy bridged to the mind-body-movement of therapeutic yoga to provide my patients / clients with the tools to heal themselves.  I always say that I wish I had found myself back then (when my pain began).  But I know that my experiences have been a bridge to allow me to connect with others. There is a reason for everything.

Presently, I work a modified full time schedule at Alameda Orthopedic & Sports Therapy as a physical therapist, working with those with post-surgical needs, sports and work related injuries, spinal pain and other painful conditions. I am steadily working towards the private practice of Mind-Body Movement Center as my full time operation. I continue to learn–taking classes, from other teachers, mentors, colleagues, family and of course my patients/clients.

I also enjoy hiking, kitesurfing, stand-up paddle boarding, occasionally riding dirt bikes ( I know…so un-yoga), being near water and spending time with my husband.

Curriculum Vitae:

Education:

Professional Yoga Therapy Studies, North Carolina, 2008-2010; Professional Yoga Therapy Certification (PYT)

UC San Francisco/ San Francisco State, 2004-2007; Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT)

Mesa College, San Diego, 2000; Fitness Specialist Certification

UC San Diego, 1994-1998; BS in Animal Physiology & Neuroscience; Minor in Social Health Care

Related Experience:

Alameda Physical Therapy (partner clinic of Pacific P.T.), Alameda- Full time position, outpatient clinic, 01/09-present: Responsible for evaluation and treatment of various populations and pathologies in outpatient setting. Incorporate yoga into treatments when applicable.

Pacific Physical Therapy, Emeryville- Full time position, outpatient clinic, 11/07-01/09: Responsible for evaluation and treatment of various populations and pathologies in outpatient setting.

Mills Peninsula Health Center, Burlingame- Per diem position, 01/07-06/07: Responsible for evaluation and treatment of acute care patients.

Fairmont Hospital, San Leandro- Per diem position, 12/06-10/07: Responsible for evaluation and treatment of inpatient rehab patients (TBI, CVA, multiple trauma)

California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco- Mentored internship, 02/07-04/07: Responsible for evaluation and treatment of inpatient rehab patients 3days/week. Participating in weekly interdisciplinary rounds. (SCI, CVA, multiple trauma).

Professional Affiliations:

American Physical Therapy Association and International Association of Yoga Therapists

Volunteer Efforts:

Winter Special Olympics, Idaho, 2009; Healthy Athletes FunFitness, conducted brief evaluations of athletes and provided healthy tips for flexibility and strength

Susan G Komen Walk for Breast Cancer, 2008 & 2010; Medical Tent, conducted evaluation and treatments for participants for musculoskeletal injuries and first aid

RotaCare Bay Area, Inc, Aug 2012 to Oct 2012; evaluate and treat patients at a free health clinic in San Leandro