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

Sydney McDowell, PT, MS, OCS
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Sydney McDowell, PT, MS, OCS

Regional Clinic Director
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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
Joe Cicinelli, PT, DPT, PRC
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Joe Cicinelli, PT, 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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Marianne Arild, PT, MPT

Physical Therapist
Marianne Arild, PT, MPT
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“I believe each patient’s “story” is unique and I love developing an individualized treatment program specific to their needs and goals. I enjoy teaching patients about their body and their injuries and I find patient education to be essential in the overall success of the patient’s rehabilitation. I use an eclectic approach based on the skills and experience I have gained through 28 years of patient care, continuing education, and peer collaboration. My background in Nutrition as well as my medical knowledge as a Physician Assistant allows me to give my patients a comprehensive approach focusing not only on their rehabilitation but their overall health and wellness. I have had the opportunity to work with some of the highest level athletes through USA Track and Field, USA Decathlon, San Jose/Cleveland Ballet, United States Figure Skating Association, and MLB – San Francisco Giants and it has helped me to fine tune my clinical skills.”

Professional Licensure and Certifications:
Licensed Physical Therapist, State of California
Licensed Physician Assistant, State of California
ACLS certified
CPR Certified


Education:
Master of Physical Therapy, Chapman University, 1989
Primary Care Physician Assistant Certification, Stanford University School of Medicine, 2011
Bachelor of Science, Nutrition, Montana State University


Techniques:
Biomechanical Assessment and Video Gait Analysis
Orthotic fabrication – Casting, heat molding (Vasyli)
Graston/IASTM techniques
K-T and McConnell taping techniques
Myofascial Decompression (Cupping)
Maitland (Australian) and Stanley Paris Approach



Activities and Community:
Former NCAA Division I collegiate gymnast
MLB 2nd opinion Physical Therapist
USA Track and Field, International Medical Team member
Medical Mission (as a Physician Assistant) in the Philippines with Remote Area Medicine (Typhoon Yolanda)
Medical Team volunteer for Alonzo King Lines Ballet
Enjoys traveling, photography, skiing, cycling, Pilates
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Gregory Ohanessian, PT, DPT, MOMT

Physical Therapist
greg Ohanessian sf physical therapist
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"I have an overall interest in orthopedic manual therapy centered on a thorough and accurate evaluation of the injured tissues and optimal treatment of that tissue through manual therapy and exercise treatments. My specializations include golf injury evaluations and performance, TMJ evaluation and treatment and post surgical physical therapy. I have had the pleasure of using my expertise in rehabilitation to consult for various sport teams including, City College of San Francisco Athletics, The Olympic Club Rugby Team and San Francisco Elite Academy. I also act as a consultant at various Bay Area companies where my expertise in musculoskeletal care helps companies optimize health care at companies. I'm a native San Franciscan who grew up in the Sunset district of San Francisco. When I'm not busy helping my patients reach their goals, I love being a husband and parent."

Professional Licensure and Certifications:
Licensed Physical Therapist, State of California
Titelist Performance Institute, Level 1
CPR Certified

Education:
Post doctorate Residency, Ola Grimsby Institute
Doctorate of Physical Therapy, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, 2011
Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology, Washington State University, 2006

Techniques:
Master Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapist
Sports Medicine/Performance
Golf Biomechnaical assessment and performance
TMJ evaluation and Therapy

Activities and Community:
Team Physical Therapist for City College of San Francisco Athletics
Team Physical Therapist for The Olympic Club of San Francisco
Consultant for corporate health and wellness programs
Enjoys spending time with family, golf, Peleton and wine!
Deanna Marinucci, PT, DPT
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Deanna Marinucci, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist
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"Since my first experience with physical therapy as a competitive swimmer with shoulder injuries, I have been fascinated with the rehabilitation process. I have a passion for pursuing the latest techniques and treatment philosophies in order to develop patient-specific treatments. I focus on an integrated, whole body approach to therapy in order to optimize movement. My treatment style consists of manual therapy with an emphasis on therapeutic exercise and improving biomechanics of functional movements. I enjoy treating a diverse patient population with a focus on educating and empowering patients to achieve their goals."
Amy Aguiniga
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Amy Aguiniga

Office Manager
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I was born and raised on the Peninsula and currently live in San Francisco. I love it! I've always been active, starting with competitive, year-round swimming when I was 9 years old. Fast forward a few years to high school when I began playing water polo year-round, an aggressive sport that led to several injuries, including my first (and second) torn meniscus in my right knee. I had two very different physical therapy experiences during my recovery from each surgery and quickly learned the importance of proper rehabilitation. My first PT experience was very poor. I wasn't given any information about how to manage my recovery or avoid future injury. Without a plan or any direction from my therapist, I naturally re-injured myself. I faced the same diagnosis, same surgery, and same path of rehab. I was frustrated! All I wanted to do was to get better and be able to play water polo. My second experience with physical therapy was completely different. I spent one on one time with the physical therapist, had a plan for my recovery and was taught the importance of staying strong to avoid future injury. This experience is what sparked my interest in physical therapy and I began to take Sports Medicine courses in college. I continued my path in physical therapy and became a physical therapy aide. I enjoyed this role because I was able to empathize with patients. I continued my role in healthcare working in patient safety at Genentech but found I missed my physical therapy interactions with patients.I love being a part of TherapydiaSF and everything the company believes in. I enjoy being able to be a part of getting patients the care they need! Outside of work I enjoy going to the beach, listening to music, and going to concerts. I'm always up for an adventure, hanging out with my 100Lb puppy, Teddy and enjoying yummy food!
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Paula Palomarez

Client Care Coordinator/Benefits Coordinator
Paula Palomarez
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Paula Palomarez, a native of San Francisco, has worked in the health field for almost a decade. She helps patients navigate the complicated world of health insurance as well as handling the various tasks that accompany patient care. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and her fur baby, Bella.

Market Street

Sydney McDowell, PT, MS, OCS
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Sydney McDowell, PT, MS, OCS

Regional Clinic Director
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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
Andy Tsui, PT, MS
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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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Lauren Opatrny, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist
Lauren Opatrny, PT, DPT
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“I love helping people and I feel privileged to be in a profession where I can have a positive impact on a person’s health and quality of life. I want to make your goals a priority and I am here to guide and tailor your rehabilitation process to ensure you meet those goals. Blending my experience in physical therapy with my personal background in competitive athletics, injuries, and training, I strive to provide efficient and effective care to aid in each person’s unique recovery process. I understand the frustration and impact pain and injury can have on daily life, having gone through it myself, and it is my intention to make your physical therapy experience productive and enjoyable.”

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

Education:
Doctor of Physical Therapy, UCSF/SFSU
Bachelors of Science in

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

Education:
Doctor of Physical Therapy, UCSF/SFSU
Bachelors of Science in Human Science, Georgetown University
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Deanna Marinucci, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist
Deanna Marinucci, PT, DPT
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"Since my first experience with physical therapy as a competitive swimmer with shoulder injuries, I have been fascinated with the rehabilitation process. I have a passion for pursuing the latest techniques and treatment philosophies in order to develop patient-specific treatments. I focus on an integrated, whole body approach to therapy in order to optimize movement. My treatment style consists of manual therapy with an emphasis on therapeutic exercise and improving biomechanics of functional movements. I enjoy treating a diverse patient population with a focus on educating and empowering patients to achieve their goals."

Professional Licensure and Certifications:
- Licensed Physical Therapist, California and New York
- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS)
- Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) Level 1 certified
- American Heart Association Basic Life Support (CPR and AED certified)

Education:
-Doctor of Physical Therapy from New York Medical College
-Bachelors in Kinesiology and Exercise Science from University of Delaware
-research on running-related injuries and running gait analysis
Kristien Argao
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Kristien Argao

Office Manager
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Kristine was born and raised in the Bay Area. She graduated from the University of the Pacific with a degree in Health, Exercise and Sport Science. She first became interested in Physical Therapy while rehabilitating a knee injury she sustained while playing volleyball in high school. Over the years, she has come to learn and appreciate the wonders of physical therapy and enjoys sharing this information with others. Kristine enjoys building meaningful relationships with patients and watching them make progress throughout their treatment sessions. She hopes to further her career by attending Physical Therapy school in the future. Outside of her career she enjoys playing volleyball, hiking, being outdoors, trying new food and spending time with her family and friends.