Our Staff

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.

Stewart Lin, PT, DPT

Stewart received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Samuel Merritt University graduating with honors. He has worked in a wide variety of settings ranging from inpatient, acute rehabilitation, and outpatient. Upon graduating from PT school, Stewart did a residency in Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) which helped him further learn how to treat people with neurological issues. He has also taken multiple continuing education courses in a variety of techniques related to musculoskeletal physical therapy. During his free time, Stewart enjoys learning about other cultures by reading, traveling, and exploring their cuisine and customs.

Robert Nizza

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.

Janette Cariad, PT, CLT-LANA

Janette Cariad, PT, CLT-LANA specializes in Orthopedic, Pelvic and Lymphedema Physical Therapy. With over 30 years of experience, she has a passion for helping her clients find personalized solutions to resolve pain issues and improve function. She is known for her caring, respectful, and inspirational approach, her deep listening ability and creative problem-solving. She enjoys teaching whether it is one-on-one with clients or assisting other Physical Therapists in learning new Manual Skills. Janette received a B.S. in Physical Therapy from CSU Fresno in 1986. She has also taken numerous additional PT courses in Manual Therapy (including Soft Tissue Mobilization, Joint Mobilization, Myofascial Release, Muscle Energy Technique, Strain Counterstrain, Visceral Manipulation/Mobilization), Exercise and Movement Re-education, including Movement System Impairment Syndromes, and Aston Patterning, and became certified in Complete Decongestive Physical Therapy for the Treatment of Lymphedema in 1999. She is one of the Research Investigators who will be participating in MISS (Mechanical Infertility Systematic Study).

Janette spent much of her PT career practicing in the beautiful Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon for a regional hospital organization. She is enjoying the Bay Area’s year-round Farmers Markets, dancing Argentine Tango, exploring local food and music, ecstatic dancing, and being closer to family.

Front Office Staff

​Zena Keobounleuang, Lorelei Valencia and Donise Adair