Physical Therapy - Walnut Creek


The physical therapy team at The Center for Sports Medicine - Walnut Creek is highly trained and committed to providing each individual with a customized treatment plan. You will receive a physical therapy plan tailored to your needs that will help you reach your top performance goals. Here are some of the Physical therapy treatment options we offer:

  • Orthopedics and Sports-based  Physical Therapy
  • Pilates-based Physical Therapy
  • Manual Therapy and ART: Active Release Technique
  • Dance Rehabilitation
  • IASTM (instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization)
  • Sport Specific Functional Movement Analysis
  • Running Analysis

Walnut Creek Physical Therapy Team

Mari Ball, MSPT, uses her training in Pilates and active release technique (ART) to help rehabilitate her patients. Mari received her BS in biological sciences from UC Davis and her MS in physical therapy from Northwestern University.

Neil Claveria, PT, specializes in orthopedic and neurological functional manual therapy, active release techniques (ART), and exercise training with an emphasis on the lower quadrant, as well as spine treatment. He received his BS in physical therapy at Our Lady of Fatima University, Philippines and his BS in Biology at De LaSalle University, Manila.

Patricia Commer, DPT, specializes in musculoskeletal disorders, pelvic instability, shoulder rehabilitation, foot disorders, and lumbar issues in pregnancy. She has a wide range of experience, from treating athletes at all levels, to having a strong geriatric patient base. She received her doctorate of physical therapy at Samuel Merritt University, Oakland.

Brenton Dowdy, DPT, specializes in manual therapy. Brenton believes in incorporating both joint mobilizations and soft tissue techniques into his treatment. He received his BS in Biology at the University of Washington, Seattle and his doctorate of physical therapy at Texas Woman's University, Dallas.

Micheal Loumeau, DPT, specializes in analyzing movement impairments and incorporating manual therapy, PNF, and Pilates in his treatment approach in order to improve patients’ movement and function. Michael received his Master’s in physical therapy from Boston University and Doctor of Physical Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University. His personal interests include fitness training, jogging and travelling.

Meghann Oakes Rust, DPT, specializes in combining the principles of movement system impairment syndromes (MSI) with Pilates-based physical therapy to identify and correct impairments in movement, alignment, and performance. She received her BA in dance at UC Irvine and her doctorate of physical therapy at Washington University in St. Louis.

Ernie Rodriguez, MPT, specializes in incorporating soft tissue mobilization techniques in conjunction with therapeutic exercises for return to sport or activity level. He received his master’s in physical therapy from Old Dominion University. 

Joyce Warren, DPT, is the physical therapy supervisor. She has experience in orthopedics, musculoskeletal/sports related injuries, work related injuries, repetitive stress and dance injuries. She specializes in Pilates-based rehabilitation. Joyce received her BFA in dance and BA in psychology at UC Santa Barbara and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California.

Walnut Creek Pilates Dance Medicine Specialists

Darcy Heath-Wallace, MA, CPI, is a Sport Psychology Consultant and a Pilates Instructor at the Center for Sport Medicine in both San Francisco and Walnut Creek. Darcy was an elite level and NCAA All-American gymnast with a world ranking in acrobatics pair gymnastics. Darcy earned her Bachelor of Science degree in exercise physiology and master’s degree in clinical psychology/sport psychology. She is certified in Pilates-based Rehabilitation and Conditioning. Darcy is currently a member of the USA Gymnastics National Health Care Referral Network providing support to athletes, coaches, colleges and club sports and she has worked extensively with NCAA college athletes at UC Berkeley, Stanford and San Jose State, with USA gymnastics, USA figure skating, and many high school athletes, professional competitors and artistic performers. She has also served as the women’s gymnastics team sport psychology consultant at the UC Berkeley for 14 years and USA synchronized swimming for two years. 

Kris Halverson, MFA, CPI, has been teaching Pilates conditioning and rehabilitation at the Center for Sports Medicine in Walnut Creek since 1993 where she has worked with a wide range of client injuries, ages, and conditioning levels. Kris received a Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology from Stanford University, then a Masters in Fine Arts, Modern Dance from University of Utah. Kris also has graduate level dance studies at School of the Arts, New York University. Kris has trained in Pilates-based rehabilitation in the Dance Medicine Department at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, and is a certified Pilates instructor from Turning Point Studios. Kris began dancing at age 5 and discovered Pilates as an injured dancer in 1988. As well as performing and choreographing, Kris has taught dance in schools and studios in the Bay Area and at St. Olaf College, Mills College, and West Valley College. 

Mary Reid, MA, CPI, has been on staff at Saint Francis’ Center for Sports Medicine clinic in Walnut Creek since 1996. Mary trained in Pilates-based rehabilitative movement with Patrice Whiteside and Elizabeth Larkham at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital in 1989 and earned her Pilates certification in 1990. Mary received a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from California State University at Fullerton, and a Master of Arts in Dance from UCLA. Mary also incorporates other areas of study and influences include Ideokinesis, Laban Movement Analysis and the Bartenieff Fundamentals. She has studied with Pilates experts such as Mercy Sidbury, Marie-Jose Blom and many others. She enjoys working with patients from all walks of life. Mary has been active in the dance world, forming Mary Reid/Smaller Than Life after moving to San Francisco in 1984. She continues to choreograph and perform with Terrain, a dance and performance collective based in the East Bay.

Learn More About the Center for Sports Medicine Walnut Creek

The Center for Sports Medicine Walnut Creek is conveniently located just off Hwy. 680, near the Hwy. 24/680 interchange. For more information, call us at (925) 934-3536.
.     Walnut Creek
Alpine Square
1777 Botelho Drive, Suite 110
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
(925) 934-3536