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 Hodges, Physical Therapist, DPT, CFMT, CLT
Karen Hodges graduated from the UCSF/SFSU Doctorate program in Physical Therapy after studying Psychology at the University of San Diego. She then went on to get her Certification in Functional Manual Therapy through the Institute of Physical Art. She has a passion for women's health, specifically prenatal and postpartum care. After personally experiencing the pregnancy process, she sees both the challenges and needs of the postpartum mom in receiving care to avoid unnecessary pain and dysfunction. 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. Following her fellowship-based lymphedema and breast cancer management training, Karen went on to complete and receive her lymphedema certification. Treating patients as a whole to enable each individual to reach their specific goals is what motivates Outside of work, Karen runs marathons, soaks in time with her red-headed son, and enjoys the deep community she has at Reality SF.
Una Stoddart, MS
Physical Therapist, 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.
Kevin Fong, DPT
Kevin Fong earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University of St. Augustine, where he graduated with High Honors. He offers an Orthopedic Manual Therapy approach to PT for a gamut of diagnoses, including chronic pain, sports related and repetitive stress injuries, and degenerative conditions. Kevin provides individualized care by leveraging advanced coursework in spine mobilization, management of the lumbo-pelvic-hip complex, the Mulligan Method, fascial release and postural rebalancing. He believes empowering patients with the self-awareness for optimal movement remains paramount for both injury recovery and prevention.
Kevin is a Bay Area native shaped by a colorful background that includes working in the Corporate sector for Yahoo!, earning a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and providing transitional training to semi-pro athletes. Overcoming his own low back injury, Kevin is a testament to the effectiveness of PT. Some additional interests of his includes cooking, exercising at the gym, and all things related to the Golden State Warriors and SF 49ers.
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, neurological rehab and advanced assessment/treatment of running injuries. Greg has also completed the coursework for his manual therapy certification, covering advanced treatment of the pelvic complex, spine and extremities. As a former Division I soccer player and competitive athlete, Greg enjoys working with injured athletes of all ages and abilities. In his spare time Greg loves spending time outdoors biking, skiing and surfing.
EMILY NOONAN, DPT, CFMT,
Emily Noonan, DPT, CFMT, graduated from the UCSF/SFSU Graduate Program in Physical
Therapy in 2011. She received her undergraduate degree in business from The University of
Notre Dame and worked in management for several years before becoming a physical therapist.
She has spent her time since graduation working in a myriad of settings inpatient
neurorehabilitation, acute inpatient, outpatient sports and orthopedics, and pediatrics. She
completed a 3month
residency in Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation at Kaiser Vallejo
and an over one year long residency through the Institute of Physical Art (IPA) in Functional
Manual Therapy. In August, 2014, Emily passed her testing with the IPA to become a Certified
Functional Manual Therapist. She has since then become mother to boy/girl twins and out of
both personal and professional interest is focusing her continuing education on pelvic floor
rehabilitation and women’s health. In her free time she enjoys playing with her twins and
husband, downhill and cross country skiing, snowshoeing, water sports, triathlons, hiking, and
Debbie Isaacson, PTA
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.
LINDA SOUDERS, CMT, RYT
Linda is a State of California Certified Massage Therapist, with
additional credentials as a registered yoga teacher, RYT. She uses a
wide variety of Eastern and Western modalities — both, relaxation and
therapeutic, including Swedish, Shiatsu, Myofascial Release, Trigger
Point, and Energy massage — learned in the extensive 900-hour core
program at the National Holisitc Institute in San Francisco, California.
Linda combines the arts of many styles for optimal benefit on each
individual client and their own specific needs. She believes that the
healing power of sacred touch is invaluable to our fast- paced society.
Her style of bodywork offers nurturing touch, authentic presence and
intention to engage the whole person into deeper levels of relaxation.
She targets the soft tissues of the body to expand contraction, thereby
relieving accumulated stress from misalignment, repetitive muscular
contraction and past lingering injuries. Linda encourages clients to be
active participants in their healing process through breath and vision.
And as a practitioner helps bring balance and harmony to mind, body and
Bonnie Dundee's practice is guided by an understanding of kinesiology culled from a decade of work as a massage therapist. As a runner and ocean swimmer, she finds great joy in moving with awareness, and, through Feldenkrais, loves to guide others into a more fulfilling experience of themselves. Bonnie completed the Semiophysics Feldenkrais training in Marin, in 2015, and is currently completing a Master's degree in occupational therapy from San Jose State University.
Niles Freebury is inspired by Feldenkrais's approach to use learning as
the method of helping movement and health. Niles's teaching emphasizes
coordination and tempo; connecting movement with breath, and visual
focus. Niles completed the Semiophysics Feldenkrais Training in 2015 and
draws on his background as an athlete, actor, and cook to inform his