TherapydiaSF physical therapists have extensive clinical experience, studied at top schools, and are highly trained in a variety of wellness practices. Learn more about our amazing San Francisco physical therapy team and how they can help you start your path to lifetime wellness. We have two locations in San Francisco to better serve our patients.

One Embarcadero Center

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Sydney James, PT, MS, OCS

Owner, Physical Therapist
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“I strive to do my best for every patient by drawing from a variety of techniques, staying current with research, and learning from other rehabilitation specialists. My expertise is in observing and assessing movement, choosing treatment strategies to improve dysfunctional patterns of movement, and educating patients on causes of and ways to avoid injury. I develop treatment plans based on the concept of regional interdependence–impairments that seem to be unrelated in a separate part of the body may contribute to, or be associated with, the primary complaint. In order for physical therapy to be successful, patients must be active participants in the rehabilitation process. This collaborative effort ensures the best possible outcome of improved health.”

Professional Licensure and Certifications:
Licensed Physical Therapist, State of California
Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist (OCS)
Pilates Instructor—ITT and BASI trained
Master Instructor—TRX Sports Medicine
CPR Certified


Education:
Masters of Science in Physical Therapy, UCSF/SFSU, 2003
California Teaching Credential, California Polytechnic State University
Bachelors of Arts, Liberal Studies, California Polytechnic State University


Techniques:
Postural Restoration Institute (PRI)
Dynamic Neuromuscular Stability (DNS)
Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)
Functional Movement Screen (FMS) Certified
TPI Level 1 Certified
Gray Institute Applied Functional Science Method
Maitland (Australian) Approach
Graston Certified
RockTape Certified-FM1, FM2
RunRx assessment


Activities and Community:
Trains and participates in running events—half-marathon and marathon distances
Enjoys cycling and swimming
Teaches and practices Pilates and TRX
Community lecturer for local groups including Team in Training, lululemon athletica, The San Francisco Marathon, Luna Chix, San Francisco AIDS Marathon, See Jane Run, The Run Center at UCSF
Contributing writer to various physical therapy publicationsMember of the U.S. Open Wellness Team
Member of The Loose Interpretations a cappella group
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Joe Cicinelli, DPT, PRC

Physical Therapist
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"As a physical therapist, I feel privileged to be in a position to influence a person’s health and well-being—a commitment I do not take lightly. I have moved to several states across the country solely to learn from highly skilled therapists and have been a part of interdisciplinary healthcare models at EXOS (formerly Athletes’ Performance), I-FAST (Indianapolis Fitness and Sports Training), the Hruska Clinic (Lincoln NE), and the Cantrell Center (Warner Robins GA). After a short college football stint at Florida State University, I decided to pursue a career in physical therapy. My treatment process has a neuroscience foundation through principles taught by the Postural Restoration Institute and modern pain science. All body systems must be accounted for to make the most informed clinical decision for each patient. I have also previously worked as a vision therapist, strength coach, and have had the pleasure to learn from several talented dentists across the country. I am passionate about how healthcare professionals can work together to help the patient achieve their life goals.”

Professional Licensure and Certifications:
Licensed Physical Therapist, State of California
Postural Restoration Certified (PRC)
Myofunctional Therapist (AOMT)
CPR Certified

Education:
Doctor of Physical Therapy, Washington University in St. Louis 2015
Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science, Florida State University 2012

Techniques:
PRI
formal training in Active Release Technique (ART)
treatment of Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD)
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Michelle Cotter, DPT

Physical Therapist
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"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 recovery and prevention of injuries for each patient, no matter what age, so that they may achieve their mobility goals. My experience working on the UC Davis Athletic Training team, at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and during my 5+ years of clinical practice has helped me develop expertise in identifying movement dysfunction and choosing the most appropriate treatment methods for a variety of injuries, in both children and adults. I love educating patients and families about how the body moves and teaching them strategies to change dysfunctional movement patterns. Regardless of their condition, I believe each patient has an active role in their recovery process. I get great satisfaction in building collaborative partnerships with my patients with a focus on the achieving life-long health and wellness."

Professional Licensure and Certifications:
Licensed Physical Therapist, State of California
TRX Qualified Instructor: SMSTC Level 2

Clinical Instructor

CPR Certified

Education:
Doctor of Physical Therapy, Samuel Merritt University 2012

Bachelors of Science in Exercise Biology, UC Davis 2007




Techniques:
Specialty in Pediatrics (Infants, Toddlers, Pre-K and School-Aged Children and Adolescents)
Maitland (Australian) Approach
PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation)
Myofascial Decompression
Functional Mobilization
SASTM (Sound Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization)

Mulligan Technique
Kinesio Taping

McConnell Taping
Sahrmann Approach

Activities & Interests:
Community lecturer on early intervention for infants and children with developmental delay and pediatric injury prevention
Speaker on the medical professional panel at the UC Davis Pre-Medical and Pre-Health Professions National Conference

Enjoys hiking, exercising, running, outdoor activities, Pilates, coaching elementary school basketball and volleyball
Sports Enthusiast: SF Giants, Warriors, 49ers
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Sian Smale, PT, MPhysio

Physical Therapist, Pilates Instructor
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I’m an Australian-trained Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist now based in San Francisco. I am thrilled to be a part of the team at TherapydiaSF, offering both physical therapy and private clinical Pilates sessions. I strive to understand my clients goals, their problems and to empower them with the knowledge to recover as well as continue to manage their conditions in the long term. Growing up, I enjoyed many sports including, indoor volleyball, field hockey, tennis, water skiing and swimming. More recently the snow has captivated my winter seasons both personally and professionally through my work as a physiotherapist for the Australian Winter Olympic Institute. Clinically, I enjoy treating patients with neck and back pain, nerve injuries, headaches, prenatal & postpartum care and lower limb injuries. Combining my love of sport, passion for manual therapy and training in Pilates, I am able to design individualised treatment plans and Pilates programs that truly focus on your goals and problems.

Professional Licensure and Certification:
Licensed Physical Therapy, State of California
APA-titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist (Australia)
Pilates instructor - Dance medicine Australia
Functional Movement Screen (FMS) certified
CPR certified

Education:
Masters of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (Australia) 2013
Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Australia) 2009

Techniques:
Maitland Australian Approach
Postural Restoration Institute (PRI)
Pilates (matwork & Reformer)
Redcord

Activities and community:
Snowboarding, water skiing, cycling, yoga, swimming and hiking.
Volunteer tutor at UCSF for Doctorate of Physical Therapy program.
Rayner & Smale (www.raynersmale.com) - blog for physical therapists focusing on clinical research and evidence-based practice.
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Tiffany Strum

Client Care Coordinator
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A planner and multitasking guru by nature, Tiffany has over a decade of experience with medical administration in many different fields of medicine. After spending so much time in the Western world of medicine in Los Angeles, moving to progressive San Francisco immediately offered her an opportunity to explore more of the world of movement, along with integrative approaches to health, and she has found that there is no going back! A lover of all things movement, particularly Pilates, long-distance running, and cycling, Tiffany is thrilled to be a part of the TherapydiaSF team!

Maiden Lane

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Sydney James, PT, MS, OCS

Owner, Physical Therapist
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“I strive to do my best for every patient by drawing from a variety of techniques, staying current with research, and learning from other rehabilitation specialists. My expertise is in observing and assessing movement, choosing treatment strategies to improve dysfunctional patterns of movement, and educating patients on causes of and ways to avoid injury. I develop treatment plans based on the concept of regional interdependence–impairments that seem to be unrelated in a separate part of the body may contribute to, or be associated with, the primary complaint. In order for physical therapy to be successful, patients must be active participants in the rehabilitation process. This collaborative effort ensures the best possible outcome of improved health.”

Professional Licensure and Certifications:
Licensed Physical Therapist, State of California
Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist (OCS)
Pilates Instructor—ITT and BASI trained
Master Instructor—TRX Sports Medicine
CPR Certified


Education:
Masters of Science in Physical Therapy, UCSF/SFSU, 2003
California Teaching Credential, California Polytechnic State University
Bachelors of Arts, Liberal Studies, California Polytechnic State University


Techniques:
Postural Restoration Institute (PRI)
Dynamic Neuromuscular Stability (DNS)
Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)
Functional Movement Screen (FMS) Certified
TPI Level 1 Certified
Gray Institute Applied Functional Science Method
Maitland (Australian) Approach
Graston Certified
RockTape Certified-FM1, FM2
RunRx assessment


Activities and Community:
Trains and participates in running events—half-marathon and marathon distances
Enjoys cycling and swimming
Teaches and practices Pilates and TRX
Community lecturer for local groups including Team in Training, lululemon athletica, The San Francisco Marathon, Luna Chix, San Francisco AIDS Marathon, See Jane Run, The Run Center at UCSF
Contributing writer to various physical therapy publicationsMember of the U.S. Open Wellness Team
Member of The Loose Interpretations a cappella group
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Andy Tsui, PT, MS

Physical Therapist
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“I love my job! I’m lucky to have a career in which I get to help people be the best version of themselves. Having an integrated body is key—it’s true whether you want to be a top-performing athlete or just want to go up the stairs after surgery. With over 14 years of experience, I’m able to assess the areas where dysfunction and compensatory patterns affect optimal movement and/or causing pain. Having had many injuries in the past from being active, I can attest to the frustration of figuring out how to return to sports and daily life. Using a comprehensive approach that includes manual treatment, neuro-reeducation, movement repatterning, and specific corrective exercises, I am able to help patients return to their preferred level of activity and wellness.”

Professional Licensure and Certifications:
Licensed Physical Therapist, State of California
Licensed Physical Therapist, State of New York
CPR certified


Education:
Masters of Science in Physical Therapy, Columbia University 2002
Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Planning, SUNY Binghamton 1998
Bachelor of Arts in Physical/Environmental Geography, SUNY Binghamton1998


Techniques:
Postural Restoration Institute (PRI)
Maitland Australian Approach
Australian Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy Yearlong Course
Stanley Paris Manual Therapy
Active Manual Release with Manual Stabilization
Linda Joy Lee’s Thoracic Ring Approach
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Ashley Sommers, DPT

Physical Therapist
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"As an active person, I understand the impact an injury can have on your quality of life. I want to help you get back to doing what you love! I use a whole body approach to facilitate optimal movement patterns to decrease tissue irritation, promote healing, and prevent injury. With a strong understanding of neurology and biomechanics, I will address the root cause of your symptoms while emphasizing patient education. Working collaboratively with you, we will develop a plan of care involving manual techniques and exercises that best suit your individual movement goals and lifestyle. I look forward to working with you!

Professional Licensure and Certification:
Licensed Physical Therapist, California and Oregon
CPR certified

Education:
Doctor of Physical Therapy, UCSF/SFSU
Bachelors of Science in Biology, UC Davis
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Bethany Pianca, RDN

Nutritionist
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“I left my job in the corporate world to pursue my passion for good food and good nutrition. I love being a part of the ‘aha’ moment clients have when they realize that eating healthfully and enjoying what they eat go hand in hand. As a mother and former CPA, I understand the challenges busy schedules and long hours pose to a healthy lifestyle. I specialize in finding ways to overcome these challenges, so clients can make eating well a priority in any situation. I also enjoy working with athletes, whether your goal is your first 5K or you are a seasoned triathlete, I can help tailor a nutrition plan to meet your individual training needs.”

Professional Certifications:
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Education:
San Francisco State University, Bachelors of Science with honors in Dietetics
Graduate Certificate in Dietetics

Activities and Community:
Pilates, swimming, and yoga
Community lecturer on nutrition
Travel
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Nicole Mitchell

Office Manager
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Originally from Maine, Nicole Mitchell has been a Bay Area resident since moving to Marin to attend Dominican University of California, where she graduated with dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Art History. After graduating she worked in various fields, but quickly realized that she had a strong interest in health and wellness. She chose to pursue this by becoming a Certified Yoga Instructor for kids, a Certified Infant Massage Teacher and a Certified Postpartum Doula to promote health and wellness in the pediatric population. Nicole is excited to be a part of TherapydiaSF and, when not at work,enjoys yoga, hiking, reading, cooking and spending time with her husband and daughter.