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 and Allison are two 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. Most recently Lauren has continued to broaden her knowledge and understanding of the human form to include pelvic floor physical therapy.
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 between marathons, Lauren trains with the Impala Racing Team, an elite all-women racing team based in San Francisco. 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 in 2017 became a Certified Functional Manual Therapist, passing with Honors. 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.
Leah Lau PT, DPT is thrilled to join the Beacon Physical Therapy team! Since receiving her Doctorate in Physical Therapy degree from Long Island University Brooklyn in 2017, Leah is committed to pursuing professional excellence by working towards certification as a Function Manual Therapist.
Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii. Leah completed her B.S. in Kinesiology in 2013 at the University of San Francisco while also balancing life as a division 1 student athlete on the track team, competing in javelin and triple jump. Leah continued her love for learning by making the trek to New York City for graduate school. It was there that Leah was introduced to the Functional Manual Therapy approach taught through the Institute of Physical Art. Carrying a philosophy that strongly resonates with Leah that every individual has “untapped potential” whether that entails performing at a higher level or just wanting to move around without pain.
In her free time, Leah enjoys being a foodie, exploring, hiking, SCUBA, swimming, and running around with her two Chocolate Labradors
Allison Massopust received her Doctor of Physical Therapy at University of California, San Francisco/San Francisco State University. Immediately following, she completed a year-long residency program in an Inpatient Rehabilitation center at Kaiser Vallejo, certifying her as a Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation Therapist (CPNFT). In 2014, she pursued a professional goal of becoming a Functional Manual Therapist (CFMT) through the Institute of Physical Art, and received this degree with honors. She is now a faculty member for CFMT coursework, teaching a Core First Strategies continuing education course to physical therapists. In 2016 she received her Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) certification through the American Physical Therapy Association.
From her experience as a collegiate tennis player at University of California, San Diego (UCSD), she has sustained a passion for recreation. She has practiced yoga since 2008 and finds many parallels to the goals of physical therapy. She is an avid skier and continues to participate in various recreational sports.
In alignment with the philosophy of Beacon Physical Therapy, Allison takes an integrated, whole-body approach to care. Regardless of the current status of your physical health, Allison feels it is always possible to improve in some way. Whether you have experienced an acute injury, or if you have been living with a chronic condition, it is her goal to take you to optimum function. Oftentimes individuals only recover to 80% from an injury or condition, but miss the last 20% of recovery, preventing full return to activities. No matter how essential or trivial an activity may be, if it is important to you, it is important to Allison and the staff of Beacon Physical Therapy. It is an honor for Allison to help you on this path to recovery.
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.