SF Performing Arts PT
At SF Performing Arts Physical Therapy, the treatment approach for dancers and other athletic individuals is different. We speak ballet, hip hop, jazz, and ballroom dance (among others). You will be treated by a former professional dancer, who understands your body as a dancer and your specific challenges. Using biomechanical and scientifically informed treatment with our manual therapy, exercise and alignment correction, you will improve in ways you never thought possible. You will work hard, and you will get better. Dancers of all ages and levels are welcome here, and so are their friends and families!
meet the team
Kendall Alway, BFA, PT, DPT
Kendall is a former professional dancer with over 20 years of ballet training. She has been a licensed physical therapist since 2001 and is the owner of SF Performing Arts Physical Therapy. She is also the former director of the ODC Healthy Dancers' Clinic. She has presented at the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS), Harvard University’s Spaulding Rehab Hospital, and at the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA). She is the former Informational Papers chair for the Dance USA Taskforce on Dancers’ Health and an electives instructor in Dance Medicine for the UCSF PT Department. Kendall has had the honor and privilege of treating dancers from most of the major dance companies in San Francisco. Her practice welcomes students, professionals, and individuals of all ages (including non-dancers).
Kat Bower, PT, DPT, MTC, PN-1
Kat is the former Director of Dance Medicine for Miami City Ballet, host of The Dance Docs Podcast, dancer turned endurance athlete and Pilates instructor. For over a decade she has been treating, educating and guiding dancers through a holistic approach to optimize performance and prevent the “fit but unhealthy” athlete. Kat’s strong love for movement paired with manual therapy skills has helped her excel in the treatment of performing artists. She has presented at numerous conferences for IADMS, PAMA, and the APTA, as well as authored papers for DanceUSA and other publications. She is excited to join the therapists at SF Performing Arts Physical Therapy and to help you achieve your goals.
Sarah Pomarico, BFA, PT, DPT
Sarah Pomarico is a former professional dancer who danced with several companies in the Bay Area. She is also a fully certified STOTT Pilates instructor. Sarah received a BFA in Dance from Florida State University and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy with honors from Samuel Merritt University. While at SMU, she was the recipient of the David M. and Oolah B. Evans Scholarship, and she was inducted into the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy’s National Physical Therapy Student Honor Society. Sarah originally went to physical therapy school with the goal of helping dancers, and she is excited to be working at San Francisco Performing Arts Physical Therapy.
office manager/PT Aide
Erin Yen is our current Office Manager and PT Aide at SF Performing Arts Physical Therapy. She is a freelance professional dancer and choreographer currently residing in the Bay Area. She has performed for individuals and dance companies across the country. Erin holds a BFA with Distinction in Dance from the Ohio State University. She is fluent in Laban Movement Analysis, and she was the first to Labanotate work from acclaimed choreographer Doug Varone. She is thrilled to be serving dancers and movers of all kinds through San Francisco Performing Arts Physical Therapy.