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.

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
Lauren Opatrny, PT, DPT
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Lauren Opatrny, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist
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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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Jonathan Lim Sze How, PT, MS

Physical Therapist
Jonathan Lim Sze How, PT, MS
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As physical therapists, we are in a in a very unique position to educate our patients on how their bodies work and provide them with the tools to achieve their health goals and lead pain-free lives. I am very excited to be in a profession where we can make such an impact. My background as a massage therapist enables me to bring a very hands-on approach to my physical therapy treatments. I believe in a comprehensive approach to my practice, starting with a thorough evaluation and making use of all the tools at my disposal to help my patients, e.g. manual therapy, soft tissue mobilization, movement pattern correction etc. I enjoy working with people from all walks of life, with different conditions. In addition to having a focus in outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation, I spent a lot of time working with a more acute patient population with strokes, burns, trauma, amputations and other complex conditions. This gave me a great perspective of the impact physical rehabilitation can have on one’s daily life. I recently moved to San Francisco from Toronto, and had a very pleasant time readjusting to the much milder weather and beautiful landscape. I love exploring what the Bay Area has to offer. Professional Licenses: Licensed Physical Therapist, California Licensed Physical Therapist, Ontario, Canada Registered Massage Therapist, Ontario, Canada CPR Certified Education: Masters of Science in Physical Therapy - University of Toronto, Toronto Canada Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology and Health Science - York University, Toronto, Canada Diploma in Massage Therapy - Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy, Toronto, Canada

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
Marianne Arild, PT, MPT
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Marianne Arild, PT, MPT

Physical Therapist
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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