Janet Yamada Soto, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT
Janet Yamada Soto received her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the Medical College of Virginia, manual therapy certification from the Kaiser Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program in Hayward, and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Western University of Health Sciences. She was a faculty member of the Kaiser Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program from 1983 to 1997. In 1984, she founded Berkeley Community Physical Therapy, a private physical therapy practice specializing in musculoskeletal disorders. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists and on the editorial board of the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter.
Allan Horwitz, PT, FAAOMPT
Allan Horwitz received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy in 1975. In 1983 he received certification from the Kaiser Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program, where he taught from 1985 through 2016. He specializes in musculoskeletal disorders, especially spinal care, shoulder rehabilitation, and foot disorders, including fabrication of orthotics. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapists. He also consults and teaches seminars in office ergonomics.
Negeene Mosaed, PT
Negeene received her Bachelors of Science degree form Mount St. Mary's University in 1994. With more than 15 years of experience as a Registered physical therapist her passion is human movement and integrating her decades long study of yoga to the traditional setting. Most recently, she has completed a long term advanced skills mentorship program at Kaiser Orthopedic Residency Program. She has also completed core course work at IPA manual therapy program (Institute of Physical Art).
Negeene is fluent in Farsi.
Mark J. Poggetti, PT, DPT
Mark J. Poggetti received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from UCSF in 2008. He has worked over a decade in both outpatient and inpatient settings and specializes in treating patients with orthopedic and neurological injuries. To refine his skill set, he completed a year-long orthopedic manual therapy program based in Maitland Austrailian Physiotherapy Approach. Mark is an S.F. native and in his leisure time, he enjoys resistance training, road cycling, hiking, yoga and the arts. He also holds a certification in personal fitness instruction from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. His passion involves treating each patient's injury for an optimal recovery and successful return to their best health, wellness, and sporting performance.
Robert's massage blends the Esalen Massage approach with Thai Massage, Swedish, Breema, and Acupressure. The focus of the massage is deep relaxation, where perhaps true healing begins. If the body is tense, its healing process is weakened.
Esalen Massage was developed at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, overlooking the rolling waves and swaying kelp. At the heart of Robert's massage is a sense of empowerment for regaining your harmony, balance, and ability to heal and relax.
During your massage, you may experience long, flowing strokes that mimic the speed of ocean waves, so the massage is done slowly. Pressure builds gradually as the breath deepens. The massage can be deep, but at the same time comforting, nurturing, and healing - all with a conscious, listening touch. There is a three-dimensional, spiraling effect that adds to the relaxation. This holistic massage allows you to contact the vitality of your body to feel its natural rhythm as the old pattern of tension break free. You will enter a dimension of youthfulness, long meditative breaths, and deep relaxation.
Robert was certified in Esalen Massage in 2004 and then in 2010 at the 500 hour level. He has also completed certifications and workshops in Advanced Myofacial Techniques, Breema, Thai, Reiki, and Gestalt. He continues to hone his skills by assisting and teaching Esalen massage workshops. He is certified to work in the State of California by the California Massage Therapy Council.