Exceptional Care, Phenomenal Results
Our physical therapists are some of the most skilled and educated manual physical therapists in San Francisco. Charles is one of a handful of Fellows of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) and the only Bay area Fellow of Functional Manual Therapy (FMT). Lauren is one of just a handful of physical therapists with advanced training in Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) and Functional Manual Therapy.
Charles King earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Charles had the privilege of studying Functional Manual Therapy under the direct tutelage of his mentors Gregg and Vicky Johnson, the founders of the Institute of Physical Art (IPA).
In his early career, Charles worked in Manhattan at a center devoted to the treatment and rehabilitation of world famous Broadway performers. Continuing to study with the IPA, in 2010 Charles earned the distinction of being awarded his Functional Manual Therapy Certification faster out of school than any other Physical Therapist, and he earned it with Honors.
In 2011, Charles was invited to direct an FMT initiative in India. He spent two years as the Clinical Director of the Vardan Physiotherapy Center, where he was responsible for the teaching and direction of many talented PTs. Following his return to the USA, he completed his Fellowship with the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists at the prestigious IPA Manhattan center.
Lauren VanCitters, PT, DPT, CFMT utilizes her experience treating a variety of patients with orthopedic and neurological injuries to provide a comprehensive treatment approach involving manual therapy, neuromuscular re-education, and exercise. Lauren listens closely to her patients and collaborates with them to achieve their goals, whether they are looking to improve their athletic performance or to perform basic activities of daily living pain-free.
Lauren earned her Bachelor’s in Biology and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from the University of Nevada, Reno and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of California, San Francisco/San Francisco State University. She completed a post-graduate training program in Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) at an acute rehabilitation facility.
Lauren is recognized by the International PNF Association as a certified PNF therapist. In 2016, she became a Certified Functional Manual Therapist through the Institute of Physical Art, earning it with Distinction, the highest level a PT can achieve for this demanding certification.
Lauren is originally from Reno, Nevada. In her free time, Lauren likes to stay active by running, hiking, and doing yoga. She has run several marathons and half marathons and has qualified to run the Boston Marathon the past three years. In college, Lauren was a founder, team captain, and president of the Nevada Women’s Lacrosse Club Team, earning honors as first team all-league.
Britt Van Hees PT, DPT
Britt Van Hees, PT, received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from from Samuel Merritt University. She graduated with honors and received the Peter Edgelow Award for Outstanding Clinical Practice Britt also practices as a Pilates rehabilitation specialist. She is currently a staff therapist at Beacon Physical Therapy and plans to complete her Certified Functional Manual Therapist credential in August 2017. When not working with patients, Britt teaches in Samuel Merritt University’s DPT program as an Adjunct Faculty member in their orthopedic, cardiopulmonary and pelvic health curriculum.
Britt specializes in both orthopedic and pelvic floor physical therapy. She is consistently involved in learning, whether it is developing coursework for higher education, teaching patients about their bodies, or attending conferences on best practices and treatment. She enjoys working alongside patients, developing their understanding and ownership of functional movements. Britt believes that when patients can have true ownership, they can make lasting and meaningful change.
When Britt is not treating or teaching she enjoys spending time hiking, dancing, traveling and having tea with friends.
Pilates with Erin King is available at Beacon Physical Therapy.
Because of its therapeutic qualities, Pilates can be a great tool on the road to recovery after or coinciding with PT.
Therapists will often give “exercise homework” to their patients to help retain the work done during the PT session. This homework can be enhanced and expanded upon during the Pilates session.
There is an open dialogue between each therapist and Erin about a patient’s particular need, whether it be stabilizing, stretching or strengthening with regard to their injury or weakness.
Besides traditional Pilates, Erin — as a dancer — has explored many other different forms of movement so she can tailor each client’s exercises to fit individual needs.
Of course, you don’t need to be in PT to take Pilates. Many clients come solely for a great workout that strengthens their core, improves posture and flexibility and stabilizes joints.
For more information, check out Erin’s website: www.erinkingpilates.com
In case you don't like to read long reviews, here is the most important thing up front: Beacon Physical Therapy allowed me to return to running after 12 years of frustrating chronic running injuries.In 2004, I suffered a left foot injury during a collegiate XC race. Unfortunately, I received limited physical therapy and the injury affected my gait, which led to a lot more pain up and down my left leg. After graduation, I worked throughout the country. I visited numerous physical therapists, chiropractors, podiatrists, and orthopedic specialists. I even bought a lot of contraptions online to help with the pain. Ever hear of the sacro wedgy!? Well, I even tried that. Unfortunately, nothing really seemed to help.I moved to the Bay Area and stumbled up Beacon PT in late 2015. I feel incredibly fortunate that I took one more chance on PT because of the care I received from Lauren. Her in-depth knowledge of running mechanics, exceptional manual therapy, and superb attention to detail allowed me to pursue a long lost passion. I wholeheartedly recommend her.
Can’t say enough good things about Beacon PT. For the first time in years, I’m able to play golf all day without any aches and pains, I even improved my handicap. A friend recommended Ali and I can’t thank them enough for connecting me with Beacon. Ali didn’t just treat my neck and back but looked at the BIG picture about what I was doing in my day-to-day life that was aggravating my body. I’ve been dealing with mostly neck and back pain for years and Ali gave me peace of mind knowing that I don’t have to go through life living in pain.
If you’re on the fence about going to physical therapy, give Beacon PT a shot. They helped me and I they can help you too.
I've been to a lot of physical therapy in my life and can honestly say that Beacon Physical is special and I HIGHLY recommend them. I would give 6 stars if I could. Although I've also suffered from chronic low back pain and other issues, I came into seek help specifically with a knee and shoulder injury. Other PT's I've been to will only treat your one specific problem... instead, at Beacon PT they take a holistic approach. During the intake, I immediately knew I was in good hands because they took the time to ask me detailed questions about my complete medical/injury history, and took the time to really understand the progression of my symptoms. I've been struggling with complex issues (chronic low back pain, hip pain, as well as recovering from impact injuries to my knee and shoulder), and they took the time to come up with a plan to address all of these issues. I am so grateful to their care and again highly recommend them. I've particularly worked with Leah and Charlie and can't say enough about their professionalism, the high level of care, and the extraordinary quality that they provide. Their office administrators, including Quintin, are also incredibly kind and generous people and give the office an incredible sense of community. I would recommend them to anybody. Especially if you are struggling with complex chronic issues PLEASE go here.
Charlie says he's a physical therapist, but I'm pretty sure that's just a disguise so that he can move freely in society. He's actually a wizard.I was hit by a car while biking to work in October 2014. When I went to my doctor about my injury, I was told to wait it out, since "it might get better on its own." Well, it didn't, so after two months of pain and reduced activity, I asked my friends for physical therapy recommendations.One of my friends, herself a physical therapist, recommended Charlie. She said he saved her from another hip surgery. She raved about him. And she was right.1) Charlie is incredibly kind, humble, and approachable, and he bends over backwards to make sure you are aware of and comfortable with what's going on. In the simplest terms, he is a good person.2) Charlie is amazing at what he does. There's a reason he's the physical therapists' physical therapist.In our very first appointment, he was able to quickly assess what was going on with my body, and do a few quick adjustments/magic tricks that immediately brought me pain relief, increased flexibility, and increased strength. That's obviously a case-by-case thing, but after months of being demoralized by my injuries and dismissed by my doctor, it felt like a miracle that Charlie listened to me, listened to my body, and got to the bottom of things on our first session.I wasn't completely fixed after one session, but a few weeks with Charlie got me to a point where I felt comfortable following through with my plans to fulfill my dream of cycling up to the summit of Haleakala.I've been seeing him for a while now as we work to get my body back to pre-collision levels (and expand to treat some preexisting issues), and I look forward to every session, both because of the quality of the treatment, and also because I just enjoy Charlie's company.
I came here on a recommendation from a friend. Absolutely talented staff who perform an outstanding job with their clients. Each individual gets a full hour working with their therapist. Although it is private pay, it is well worth the money. I am working with Britt & I can't say enough about her superb abilities, warm & ease to work with for my shoulder & upper arm issues.
My PT recommended I see Charles King after unsuccessfully reducing my hip bursitis pain. He raved about Charles and how he treats from a more holistic (not the crunchy granola kind) approach vs localized treatment. He said he was/is a 'next level' PT and that I needed that. He was right! I've been to 3 sessions with Charles and I am already feeling a difference - less pain, walking better and dancing with minimal pain. My hips have been a problem for 2 years and at it's worst it would keep me up a night, every night.I can see the pain-free light at the end of the tunnel!I kinda feel like I've been let in on an industry secret and if the secret gets out he'll be booked up for months.Charles is amazing! Don't suffer in pain like I did, make an appointment. NOW!
I'm a healed woman--it's like I've shed ten years and the vague melancholy I've carried around from being in back pain for half a year. I'm so unbelievably grateful for Charlie's help. We traversed a lot of territory in our couple of months together, and he handled it all with professionalism, wisdom, attention, and humor. I hope I don't break again, but if I do, I'm relieved he's a phone call away.
Insurance and Payment
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