Your physical therapy visit.
SF Performing Arts Physical Therapy was started to provide a unique space for dancers to recover from injury. Functional rehab requires you to have the space you need to roll around on the floor or do foutte turns. But that is not all...
Physical therapy with a dance medicine specialist produces the strength and technique corrections you need to reach your goals, and the hands-on treatment you need to feel better in the process.
Please come prepaired to move. Wear pants that can be pulled up over your knees, and a top that can expose your shoulders (like a camisole). A changing area is available in the bathroom by the elevator. If you wear dance shoes, and/or have a question about your shoes, bring them!
"Kendall has been absolutely lovely! I’ve had knee pain for more than two years, which was interfering with dance and exercise. After only three sessions, my knee pain is gone and I’m much more informed about how to care for my hypermobile joints. I’m so excited to be able to move forward with dance without pain!"
- Katharine Brinker, Dancer 2020
Hyper/hypo mobility (too flexible, too tight)
Ankle pronation (rolling)
Ongoing (chronic) aches and pains
Fresh injuries (sprains, strains)
Recovery from old, nagging injuries
Physical Therapy Evaluation: (no referral required)
One-hour session with Physical Therapist includes assessment of strength and weakness in muscles and dance technique. Your first visit includes a home exercise program and manual therapy. A formal written evaluation is completed and sent to your physician at your request. Physical therapy may be covered under your insurance.
Physical Therapy Follow-up: (one hour)
A typical course of care is 4-12 visits, a bit longer for post-operative return to performance level. Healing takes time and hard work, and you will be proud of yourself once you are finished. Visits are typically once or twice every week tapering to once every month or two.
Professional dancers receive a discount at SF Performing Arts Physical Therapy. Additionally, San Francisco Ballet, Lines Ballet and ODC Dance Company are on contract. If you would like your company to be on contract with us, please have your company manager contact us. Worker's Compensation: Is accepted for professional dancers only. This requires pre-authorization and pre-approval and a physican's referral. All of this paperwork must be completed by the patient and faxed to our office prior to the first treatment.
A lifelong passion for dance and healthcare. 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 Associate Director of the ODC Healthy Dancers’ Clinic and owner of SF Performing Arts Physical Therapy. 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. She is part of 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 friends of dancers of all ages.
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.
Photo of Sarah by Rick McCullough