SAN FRANCISCO PHYSICAL THERAPY STAFF PROFILES
HEALTHWELL PHYSICAL THERAPY GROUP consists of talented practitioners fully immersed in evidence-based medicine as well as classical and contemporary movement arts. Trained at top universities, HEALTHWELL’s staff describe themselves as life learners, and have remained at the front edge of orthopedics, sports medicine, and movement analysis. The clinic operates under extraordinarily high standards of care, and is committed to forward thinking and optimal health. Every patient at Healthwell is our most important patient.
Mindy Marantz, PT, MS, GCFP, Director,
OWNER Of Healthwell PHYSICAL THERAPY GROUP
Mindy received her Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Columbia University; her undergraduate degree is from University of California at Santa Cruz. She was Chief of Rehab at the former French Hospital and sat of the Boards of Directors of both the National Pain Foundation and the French American Foundation for Research and Education.
After writing cine MRI research for a biotech firm in the early ’90s, she gathered like minded colleagues to open Healthwell Physical Therapy Group in 1995. Her goal was to bring the health benefits she experienced at her favorite retreat in Mexico, Rancho La Puerta, to an integrated medical setting in San Francisco. Clinically, Mindy completed four years of neuromuscular retraining in the Feldenkrais Method, she has studied Pilates and Craniosacral therapy, and she is skilled in a myriad of sophisticated manual tools including Osteopathic manual techniques, lymphatic drainage, myofascial release, visceral manipulation and Bones for Life. Mindy’s special interest is in hypermobility syndrome and Ehlers Danlos for which she has synthesized her broad reaching skills. Mindy is committed to sharing her wisdom, intuition, and scientific understanding of how the body organizes itself for optimal well being and long-term health. When not at work, Mindy is an avid gardener, plays golf and piano, and shares in growing and making wine in her family’s hobby vineyard!
Karen Cook, Physical Therapist, DPT, CLT
Karen Cook graduated from the UCSF/SFSU Doctorate program in Physical Therapy after studying Psychology at the University of San Diego. She has since continued her learning through osteopathic manual medicine courses, functional manual therapy education and advanced taping for acute sports injuries as well as lymphatic drainage. She excels in Sports Medicine where her experience as a Division I soccer goalkeeper enables her to integrate advanced exercise programs for athletes at all levels. Other techniques she uses include proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation and kinesiotaping to reinforce optimal performance strategies. Women’s Health is another active specialty. Following her fellowship-based lymphedema and breast cancer management training, Karen went on to complete and receive her lymphedoema certification. Treating patients as a whole to enable each individual to reach their specific goals is what motivates Karen's interest in health and recovery. Outside of work, Karen plays soccer on a premier league team and enjoys running through Golden Gate Park in San Francisco and competing in Bay Area sports with her identical twin sister who lives in Alameda.
Physical Therapist, MS, CERTIFIED PILATES INSTRUCTOR
Una was born here in San Francisco and has been working in the field of physical therapy for over 15 years. She has a BA from U.C. Berkeley and an MS from New York Medical College School of Physical Therapy. She trained in Pilates through ITT and Turning Point, and utilizes Pilates techniques and apparatuses to assist in patient rehabilitation. Una also broadens her knowledge with ongoing studies in gentle osteopathic techniques, Craniosacral Therapy, and MELT Method. Her specialties include working with postural dysfunctions, athletes, and active people with hypermobility syndrome (people whose joints are too flexible). She has a special interest in utilizing osteopathic techniques to relieve pain and improve postural alignment. Her goal is to give her patients the resources and tools to help them take charge of their own conditions through exercise, education and other self-treatment techniques. Una enjoys doing capoeira, dance and yoga in her spare time.
GREG MinNIS, DPt
Greg Minnis, DPT, graduated from the University of St. Augustine earning his Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy with a focus in Orthopedic Manual Therapy. Previously, Greg studied at the University of Delaware earning a BS. Greg's work experience includes orthopedic physical therapy, sports medicine, and neurological rehabilitation. Greg also has completed the coursework for his manual therapy certification, covering pelvic and spine assessment, evaluation and treatment. In addition, he has taken advanced coursework on manual treatment of the upper and lower extremities, Mulligan method, and evidence based Pilates rehabilitation. As a former Division I soccer player and competitive triathlete, Greg enjoys working with injured athletes of all ages and abilities. In his spare time Greg loves spending time outdoors hiking, skiing and surfing.
Debbie Isaacson, PTA, Certified pilates instructor
Debbie holds an Associate in Science from the Ohlone College PTA program, Fremont, CA and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Mills College, Oakland CA. She has been a Physical Therapist Assistant since 2004 and a Certified Pilates Instructor since 2000. She was Dance Medicine Specialist at Saint Francis Hospital--one of the first clinics to incorporate Pilates with traditional physical therapy--and directed the Pilates Programs at Physical Therapy Innovation in El Cerrito and Bay Area Physical Therapy in Lafayette. She has completed many continuing education courses in manual therapy techniques with a special emphasis on Myofascial Release. Before her career in physical therapy, Debbie was a popular Bay Area ballet teacher, a principal dancer in the Oakland Ballet Company, and a member of Les Grands Ballet Canadiens in Montreal. Her outside interests are Pilates and gym workouts, hiking, reading, the occasional ballet class, and learning of all sorts.
BONNIE DUNDEE, Certified massage therapist
Bonnie Dundee graduated from Alive & Well Massage School, in Marin, in 2005. Over the last several years her style has grown into a hybrid of deep, myofascial, active release techniques and more subtle neuromuscular balancing. Along with a keen understanding of anatomy, Bonnie brings a curiosity to the table with each client, and is recommended for her calming presence, intuition, and ability to listen. As a runner with more than a few marathons under her belt, she finds great joy in the well-functioning body; her goal in practice is to help people out of pain and into an easier and more fulfilling self awareness. Bonnie is currently training to become a Feldenkrais teacher.
VIRGINIA J. YAO, Ph.D., GCFP
Virginia holds a Doctorate in Anatomy and Structural Biology from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of the Yeshiva University. She is a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner who completed her four year neuromuscular movement re-education training with Jerry Karzen and Dennis Leri in Berkeley, CA. She has taught gross anatomy at UCSF and consulted at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Tx. Since 2008, she has taught Awareness Through Movement Classes at Healthwell Physical Therapy Group in San Francisco. Her approach to the Feldenkrais Method is very much oriented to structure and function. She enjoys working with students who want to optimize their movement and with people who have chronic or acute pain. She also likes working with animals. Virginia’s personal interests include writing, T’ai Chi, swimming, running, ceramics, and cycling.