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Who to See When Your Body Needs Support: Health Resources for Dancers

This list of health care providers has been compiled in part with the help of dance companies in the Bay Area who provided recommendations, with additions from Dancers’ Group. It is neither complete, nor is it an endorsement of any of the practitioners listed. Official dance medicine programs exist at St. Francis Center for Sports Medicine in San Francisco and Walnut Creek as well as the Healthy Dancers’ Clinic in San Francisco (associated with the University of California, San Francisco). The practitioners below are found in group or individual practices. Please use this list as a starting point.

St. Francis Center for Sports Medicine in SF and Walnut Creek offers a dance medicine package for uninsured dancers. This includes a one-time $25 fee for one doctor visit (consultation), which may also include a quick visit with Pilates instructor or physical therapist. Additional Pilates sessions are available through the uninsured dancer program at the following rates: one-hour private, $220/5 sessions; duet, $130/5 sessions. For more information or to schedule a session please call 415-353-6410.

The Healthy Dancers’ Clinic at ODC is a free dance medicine advice center.  Please see accompanying article on page 10.

Physicians

Ken Akizuki, MD (SF, orthopedic surgery)
(415) 213-3781
soarmedical.com

Sonia Bell, MD (SF, physical medicine and rehabilitation)
Avanti Sports Medicine and Fitness
(415) 724-2026
avantifitsportsmed.com

Peter W. Callander, MD (SF)
CPMC Orthopedics
cpmc.org

Richard Coughlin, MD (SF, orthopedic foot and ankle)
University of California, San Francisco  (UCSF)
(415) 353–2808
ucsfhealth.org

Richard Gibbs, MD (SF)
USCF School of Medicine, San Francisco Free Clinic
(415) 750-9894
sffc.org

Jeffrey A Mann, MD (Oakland, orthopedics)
Oakland Bone and Joint Specialists
510-451-6266
oaklandboneandjointspecialists.com

William Ross, MD (Walnut Creek)
St. Francis Center for Sports Medicine
925-934-3536
Dignityhealth.org

Coleen Sabatini, MD, MPH (San Ramon, Oakland, Walnut Creek, pediatric orthopedics)
UCSF
925-866-2660
orthosurg.ucsf.edu

Selina Shah, MD, FACP (SF, Walnut Creek)
St. Francis Center for Sports Medicine
925-934-3536
dignityhealth.org

Kevin Stone, MD (SF, orthopedics)
The Stone Clinic
(415) 563-3110
stoneclinic.com

Thomas Parker Vail, MD (SF, orthopedics)
UCSF
(415) 353-2808
Orthosurg.ucsf.edu

Kristen Wingfield, MD (SF, Corte Madera, sports medicine)
Golden Gate Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Surgery
(415) 409-1367
goldengatesportsmedicine.com

 

Podiatrists

Remy Ardizzone, DPM (SF, surgical podiatry)
St. Francis Memorial Hospital
415.353.6400
dignityhealth.org

Jane Denton, DPM (SF, non-surgical podiatry)
St. Francis Center for Sports Medicine
415-353-6400
dignityhealth.org

Jason Hiatt, DPM (Walnut Creek, podiatry)
St. Francis Center for Sports Medicine
925-934-3536
dignityhealth.org

 

Physical Therapists

Kendall Alway, DPT (SF)
SF Performing Arts Physical Therapy
415-617-5351
sfperformingartstherapy.com

Steven Anderson, PT (San Mateo)
ABAA Physical Therapy Associates
650-558-0247
Abaphysicaltherapy.com

Devon Chen PT, DPT, MS, OCS (SF)
St Francis Center for Sports and Dance Medicine
415-353-6400
dignityhealth.org

Bevin Daniels, PT, DPT, OCS (SF)
UCSF
415-353-7598
ucsfhealth.org

Michele Dierberger, PT (SF)
California Pacific Medical Center
415-600-3395
cpmc.org

Gina Giammonco, PT (SF)
Red Hawk Physical Therapy
415-788-2100
Redhawkpt.com

Lisa Giannone, MPT (SF)
Avanti Sports Medicine and Fitness
415-363-0466
avantifitsportsmed.com

Michelle Harui, PT (SF)
San Francisco General Hospital
(415) 206-8014

Alyssa Herrera-Set, PT, DPT (San Carlos)
On the Move Physical Therapy
650-701-7686
Onthemovept.net

Katrina Herskedal (SF)
Active Care
(415) 387-6564
activecare.net

Shirley Kollmann, PT (SF)
Pilates & Physical Therapy
415-699-4232
ptpilates.net/ptpilates

Deena Leevy, PT (Berkeley)
Move Easy Physical Therapy
510-540-7816
moveeasypt.com

Suzanne Martin, PT, DPT (Alameda)
Total Body Development
510-769-2917
totalbodydevelopment.com

Karl Schmetz, PT (SF)
Financial District Physical Therapy
415-546-4926

Julie Schottland-Cox, PT (SF)
Core Pilates and Physical Therapy
415-553-7722
corepilatesandpt.com

Joyce Warren, DPT (Walnut Creek)
Alpine Square
925-934-3536
https://www.dignityhealth.org

Frances White (SF)
The Corner Studio
415-550-1673
https://thecornerstudiosf.com/

Joyce Zinski, PT (SF)
Kaiser Permanente
415-674-7033

 

Chiropractors

Rachman Chung, DC, DACNB (SF) (updated July 2018)
415-776-7040
sfchiro.com

Nick Cruze at Cruze2Health (SF)
San Francisco Chiropractic and Sports Performance Care
(415) 329-5858
cruze2health.com/Chiropractic

Lonna Denny, DC (SF)
San Francisco Spine Pain Relief Center
415-775-9100
sfchiro.org

John DeRoy, DC (SF)
415-864-7860
johnwderoy-dc.com

Kathy Doyle, DC (Oakland)
Doyle Chiropractic
510-601-6325
doyledc.com

Gregory J Gorman, DC (SF)
415-439-3671
evolutionarychiropractic.com

Peter Grimes, DC (Berkeley)
Avanti Sports Medicine and Fitness
888-841-8455
avantifitsportsmed.com

Keith Modenbach, DC (Walnut Creek)
925-944-1478

Jaimila Neyon, DC (Oakland)
Balance Point Chiropractic
510-547-1140
balancepointchiropractic.com

Brian Rizzo, DC (SF)
Rizzo Chiropractic
415-536-5950
rizzochiro.com

Eric Rubin, DC, CMT, Reiki Master (SF)
Northpoint Chiropractic and Family Wellness Center
415-931-9355

Lindsay Stephens, DC (SF)
Motus Rehab Clinic
415-495-2225
motusclinic.com

Leonard Stein, DC (SF)
Ultimate Sports Medicine
415-563-1655
ultimatesportsmedicine.com

 

Acupuncture

Brian Barlay, LAc (Oakland)
510-654-7040
brianbarlay.com

Andrew Castellanos, LAc, CMT (SF)
Acupuncture for Athletes
415-377-5863
acuforathletics.com

Berkeley Community Acupuncture (Berkeley)
510-704-0593
bcaclinic.com

Stephen Coleman LAc, CMT (SF, Marin)
415-377-6022
steveacupuncture.com

Community Acupuncture of Marin (Marin)
415-250-4009
communityacupunctureofmarin.com

Living Room Acupuncture (SJ)
408-260-2458
lracu.com

Oakland Acupuncture Project (Oakland)
oaklandacupunctureproject.com

San Francisco Community Acupuncture (SF)
415-675-8973
missionsfca.com

Vita Yee, LAc (SF)
Portrero Chiropractors and Acupuncture
415-431-7600

Devin Wu, DAOM, LAc, PT (SF)
Wu’s Wellness Center
415-750-5050
wuswellnesscenter.com

 

Massage Therapy

Edward Brett, CMT (Walnut Creek)
510-581-0121

Eryn Lauckern, CMT  (SF)
415-742-1842
http://www.illuminatebodywork.com/

Salvatore Manzi, CMT (SF)
415-244-2543
salvatorebodywork.com

Raymond Meyer, CMT (SF)
415-615-2424
therapeutic-massage-with-raymond-meyer-san-francisco-ca.placestars.com/

Jan Sobel, CMT (SF)
Samadhi Massage
415-845-6728
Samadhisf.com

Patrick Spaulding
Body Luminous – 2133 Grove St, SF CA 94117
(415) 933 – 8303  
http://bodyluminous.net/

Health Care Volunteers Work to Keep You Dancing

Are you aware that there is a Healthy Dancers’ Clinic (HDC) at ODC Dance Commons for the Dance community? The clinic is open to all ages, disciplines of dance and all levels of experience. The clinic is free, advice-based and staffed by volunteer licensed physicians and physical therapists, many of whom are (or were) dancers.

Dancer being treated at The Healthy Dancers' Clinic

Photo by Steve Maller

The HDC was founded in 2005 by Richard Coughlin, MD, an orthopedic surgeon with a passion for community-based medicine in underserved communities. He was awarded the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Humanitarian of the Year Award, which is given to one surgeon worldwide annually, for care of disadvantaged populations both at home and abroad. As the Dance Commons was in the design process, Dr. Coughlin, a longtime ODC/Dance board member, began brainstorming with Brenda Way, Artistic Director of ODC, about ways to keep the dancers dancing. Together they found a shared vision of wellbeing for dancers and what became the HDC. Grant money was secured and a fully equipped treatment room set aside in the heart of the Dance Commons (the Town Hall), and in 2005 the HDC opened within the Dance Commons.

Nancy Kadel, MD joined the HDC 2006-2009 as the Medical Director and remains a great friend and consultant for the HDC. She is a foot and ankle orthopedic surgeon and internationally recognized as one of the leading dance medicine specialists in the world. She is currently the chair of the Performing Arts Medicine Association, co-chair of the Dance/USA Task Force on Dancer Health and on the board of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science. She remains an avid supporter of the HDC and since her return to Seattle, WA founded the Seattle Dance Medicine Free Clinic based on the Healthy Dancers’ Clinic model and organizes a monthly Dance Medicine journal club meeting in Seattle. Dr. Coughlin resumed the role of Medical Director in 2009, and I, Kendall Alway, DPT, started with the clinic in 2006 remain as Associate Director.

The main objectives of the clinic are to provide guidance and advice to dancers/performance artists on injury management, recovery and longevity. Licensed clinic volunteer physicians and physical therapists advise dancers on injury management, make referrals to other practitioners and train dancers on strengthening programs. If your treatment plan requires an immobilization boot, crutches, braces or even an ace bandage, these items have been donated by former patients and physicians involved with the clinic and are available to you at no cost.

Since 2005, the clinic has tallied well over 2,000 visits. At this time, the clinic sees about 350 patient visits per year and is staffed 100% by clinical volunteer physicians and physical therapists with the help of two very part time work exchange administrative helpers. The HDC currently operates 4-5 times a week, and provides additional care in the form of backstage coverage for the ODC/Dance performances.

Online appointment scheduling is available through the ODC website.

Our mission

The Healthy Dancers’ Clinic at ODC, through the volunteer collaboration of academic health care professionals, strives to improve the well-being and healthcare of the dance community through education, musculoskeletal screening, integration of health services, enlightened treatment protocols and injury data analysis, hoping to culminate in prevention.

Why is a Dancers’ Clinic needed?
The most dynamic factor is health insurance (or the lack thereof), and while this should be changing with the Affordable Care Act, how much, we do not yet know. Traditionally, dancers have worked multiple part-time jobs, none of which provide health insurance. If dancers are insured, they frequently have high deductible plans that are too expensive for them to use if they are unable to save enough money to pay out of pocket for treatment, or if they do not have a health savings plan of some sort. This problem may persist with healthcare reform. The other insurance related problem frequently encountered by HDC patients (collected from our own data in 2012) is a lack of access to a healthcare provider covered by their insurance that the dancer believes is skilled in treating dancers.

Dancers have also been shown to have a great deal of anxiety about healthcare providers and seeking help for injuries. The problem is so widespread that the latest Journal of Dance Medicine and Science featured an article entitled “Psychological Distress Among Dancers Seeking Outpatient Treatment for Musculoskeletal Injury,” by Mary Elizabeth Air, MD. The article underscores the need for healthcare professionals who understand the needs of the dancer and can anticipate the stress an injured dancer is facing. For dancers, not only are they at an economic disadvantage in pursuing medical care, they are also psychologically fragile due to the fear of losing their ability to dance (and therefore their identity). Dr. Air found increased rates of depression in injured dancers when compared to similarly injured control groups. These findings come as no surprise to most dancers. Although dancers sustain an exceptionally high rate of injury, fewer than 50% of dance-related injuries are thought to receive treatment by a physician.

Data from the Healthy Dancers’ Clinic collected in 2012 has demonstrated that although 59% of our patients are insured, only 54% of our patients have a primary care doctor. At this point the cause of this is unknown, but may in part be explained by a fear of engagement with healthcare providers as outlined above. The goal of the HDC is ultimately prevention. Being embedded within the dance community and providing help from dancers to dancers, the HDC has made some progress, as the data demonstrate dancers who may not otherwise have had help for their injuries have been seen at the clinic. How well injuries have been prevented is a harder thing to measure.

The clinic will continue as it has under the Affordable Care Act, as dancers will continue to need specialized advice. It will still operate on a volunteer model and will not charge for services.

How can I help? (Ways to support the Clinic)
If you are a licensed PT, MD, DO, NP, nutritionist, or mental health professional specializing in orthopedics and dance medicine, and would like to volunteer to assist the dance community, the HDC would love to speak with you about volunteering your time. A great way to start your clinical involvement is to come to the Monday night meeting at the ODC Dance Commons where we enjoy sharing clinical academic information through guest lecturers and a journal club. We have often had the assistance of medical and physical therapy students, acupuncturists and Pilates instructors and have guest presenters visit our group.

Of course, donations are always helpful.

Healthy Dancers’ Clinic FAQ

I am dancing but not professionally. What are the criteria to be seen at the HDC?

Anyone who says they are a dancer is welcome to be seen at our clinic. We welcome all ages and all dancers.

I have had a cough for weeks; can I come to the HDC?
At this time the physician with the HDC is an orthopedic surgeon and the other volunteers are physical therapists. We are looking for more physicians and nurses to volunteer so we will be able to handle things like respiratory problems,
but are not staffed for them at this time.

I don’t know the difference between having an injury and having my “normal” pain. Could you help me out?   
We hear this all the time. Please come in to have it looked at. A “normal” pain really should not be normal and you should have it checked out. Aches and pains that become chronic can quickly become more serious and can take you out of dance.

I don’t dance at ODC, am I still eligible to be seen at the HDC?
Absolutely, we would love to help you. We have seen dancers from out of state, out of the country, and from studios and dance companies all over the Bay Area.  The HDC is a resource for all dancers.

I have a lot wrong. Can you help me?
Appointments are 15 minutes. That said, we will do the best we can to prioritize, triage and advise you on your most pressing concerns; basically, one concern per visit, but as always, will take into account the rest of your body. In some cases, we find dancers don’t actually have as much wrong as they think they do, in other cases, we will work with you in trying to help you find the care you need.

I can’t wear my dance shoes any more. What’s wrong?
We may be able to help you figure out footwear issues with pointe shoes, ballroom, tap, jazz, etc.

How about my shoulder? I have this strange bump.
See your doctor. We can check out your shoulder, but if we think you have the possibility of having a medical problem, we will refer you to a physician.

What about my pointe shoe readiness?
We frequently see dancers for pre-pointe assessment. If you are looking for a quick pre-pointe assessment, please indicate that in your appointment request so one of our helpful work-study staff can get you scheduled in the right time slot.

Director Volunteers:
Richard Coughlin, MD – Medical Director
Kendall Alway, DPT  – Associate Director

Current Active Clinical Volunteers:
Kendall Alway, DPT
Margaret Anderson, PT
Kristen Belcastro, DPT
Richard Coughlin, MD
Julie Cox, PT
Michelle Dierberger, PT
Kim Holt, PT
Shirley Kollman, PT

Other Volunteers/Contributors:
Helena Bireki, Pilates instructor
Nancy Kadel, MD
Deena Leevy, PT
Suzanne Martin, PT
Augusta Moore, Director of Ballet, ODC
Selina Shah, MD
Vita Yee, Lac.

44 Gough St, Suite 201
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 920-9181 phone
(415) 920-9173 fax