I’d like to take a moment introduce myself as I am so grateful to be the newest member of the TherapydiaSF family. My name is Michelle Cotter and I’m a physical therapist. While I specialize in pediatrics, I love treating adults as well.
My passion for helping people heal began as a youngster when I volunteered in the athletic training room at my high school while rehabilitating my own injuries. It was further strengthened when I spent the summer of my junior year in high school helping my mom recover from heart surgery. I received my Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, California and completed my final internship at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, where I learned the intricacies of proving excellent patient care to children and their families. My experience working on the UC Davis Athletic Training team, as well as over 5 years of clinical experience, has helped me develop expertise in identifying movement dysfunction and choosing the best treatment methods for a variety of injuries for all ages.
Over the past 3 years, I have also been treating infants and children, assisting in their gross motor development, so that they are able to play and participate in age-appropriate activities with their peers. I have had particular success in developing effective rehabilitation programs for children with developmental delay, positional plagiocephaly and a variety of sports-related injuries.
My goal as a physical therapist is to provide an individualized framework for healing based on current research and patient education. I aim to facilitate the recovery and prevention of injuries for each patient, no matter what age, so that they may achieve their mobility goals.
I love educating patients about how their body moves and teaching them strategies to change dysfunctional movement patterns. I emphasize educating patients and families on their specific condition and how they will take an active role in the recovery process for optimal health and function. This approach to an interactive plan motivates me to be the best physical therapist I can be. I get great satisfaction in building collaborative partnerships focused on the achievement of life-long health and wellness with my patients
I am very excited for the opportunity to work in such a collaborative and interactive environment that promotes long-term health and wellness and I look forward to meeting each of you! Please feel free to contact me if you would like more information.
Michelle Cotter, PT, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy