Staff

The building and its’ furnishings, and all the equipment within are important parts of a physical therapy practice.  It all goes nowhere however without the right people.  Each member of our professional staff possesses a deep interest in the science of physical therapy and the art of clinical problem solving.  Most have earned advanced certification in their areas of interest and all are pursuing ongoing improvement.  We encourage collaboration with challenging cases, and provide a weekly study group for ongoing learning. 

Todd%20bust.jpgTodd Soares PT, OCS, cert. MDT, CCTT

Todd graduated from the Physical Therapy program at Cal State University Fresno in 1979, and has resided in Santa Rosa since 1981.  He has been interested in the workings of the nervous system and pain management since early in his career.  Todd founded North Santa Rosa physical Therapy in 1987 with the goal of providing a methodical and one-on-one approach to orthopedic and neurologic problems.  An additional goal has been ongoing professional development.  Todd has earned certification from the McKenzie Institute for the evaluation and treatment of spinal pain (cert. MDT), as well as board certification from the American Academy of Orofacial Pain (CCTT).  Most recently, Todd became a board certified orthopedic specialist (OCS). 

Todd feels very blessed to be living in the beautiful environment of Sonoma County with its’ ample outdoor life.  He enjoys cycling as a sport, a fitness activity, and as a practical method of commuting year-round.  Additional free time interests include running, hiking, backpacking, and reading on a wide variety of subjects. 

 

Marianne%20Bust.JPGMarianne Potts MPT, cert. MDT

Marianne earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of California, Davis in 1999 and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Masters in Physical Therapy from Cal State University Fresno in 2007. Marianne's love of exercise, anatomy, and biomechanics coupled with her desire to help others achieve their personal health and fitness goals led her to this profession.  She is a Sebastopol native and is happy to be living in the beautiful Sonoma County where she can give back to the community she loves so much.  Marianne earned her "cert. MDT" from the McKenzie Institute for Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy in 2011 and completed the APTA Herdman Vestibular Rehabilitation Competency Course offered through Emory University in 2014.  Her special interests include functional exercise training, gait mechanics, sprts rehabilitation, vestibular rehabilitation and balance training.  Marianne is now working toward her Orthopedic Specialty Certification.  In her free time, Marianne enjoys spending time with her family and friends and participating in outdoor activities such as running, hiking and cycling.

 

_Patty%20bust%20NTS6063.jpgPatty Proeme PT

Patty graduated from the University of Puget Sound, in Tacoma WA in 1986.  She first became introduced to the world of physical therapy while working at the SRJC Adaptive P.E. program in the 70’s.  After graduating from her physical therapy program, she returned to Sonoma County in 1992.  Patty’s professional interest is introducing clients to stabilization exercises with the use of the Pilates reformer and the orthopedic gymnastic ball which can be transferred to every individual’s own exercise / movement program.  Her other interests include cranial-sacral techniques and incorporating relaxation, diaphragmatic breat

 

Lauren FriedemanLauren Friedeman, PT, DPT

Lauren received her BA in Exercise and Sports Science from University of San Francisco and initially focused on workplace wellness and fitness. She then returned to school at UC San Francisco/San Francisco State University to earn her Doctorate n Physical Therapy (DPT). Lauren’s experience has focused on lower back pain and sacroiliac joint (tailbone) dysfunction. She sees regaining anatomically appropriate movement patterns as essential to recovery from orthopedic injuries and very much enjoys working with this population. A native of Marin, Lauren has settled in Santa Rosa where she enjoys outdoor athletics, martial arts, and the food and culture of Sonoma County.

 

Lisa BellLisa Bell, PT

Lisa graduated in 1989 with a B.S in physical therapy from Ithaca College in upstate New York. She began her physical therapy career working with stroke and spinal cord injured patients in a long term rehab setting. This experience in neuromuscular training would later influence her work with post surgical and trauma patients at San Francisco General Hospital then as an orthopedic trauma therapist at Aspen Valley Hospital and in recent work in out patient orthopedics. In Aspen, Lisa became intimately familiar with the injured athlete, knee rehabilitation, and ACL surgery (as a therapist and a patient). Lisa is certified Fallproof Instructor with expertise in balance training and has completed the Emory University Vestibular Rehabilitation Competency Course.

Lisa thrives on the science of movement analysis and believes in empowering clients with the knowledge to heal from within and stay healthy. She competes in sprint and long distance racing as a Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe paddler and enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 daughters paddling, skiing, reading and enjoying the beauty of Sonoma County.

 

Julie SmithJulie Smith, PT, Feldenkrais Practitioner

Julie completed her degree in Physical Therapy from UCSF in 1985 after finishing her undergraduate work at UC Berkeley, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. She has been in private practice in Sebastopol for the last 6 years, working in chronic pain, Parkinson’s Disease, balance training and general orthopedics. Julie has been a Feldenkrais practitioner for over 20 years and teaches a weekly Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement class at the Sebastopol Senior Center. In 2016 Julie became a certified clinician in LSVT BIG, an intensive exercise regimen for people with Parkinson’s Disease. Julie is interested in the work of Shirley Sahrmann and Movement Impairment Syndromes as well as the SAIL (Stay Active and Independent for Life) approach to balance improvement.

Currently Julie is studying Tai Chi, learning Yang style long forms and is engrossed in it as a movement meditation. Julie and her husband have three children, all twenty-somethings. She loves, cooking, reading and going to the movies.