I am not a dancer. I'm a 47 year old guy with a lengthy history of left ankle injuries. Prior to starting physical therapy with Kendall, I'd spent the previous few years in a semi-constant limp. It hugely hindered my quality of life, not to mention my health, physical and mental.
Kendall worked with me in-depth, discovering the root causes of my troubles and diagnosing what my daily activity - how I walk, stand, etc - was and how it impacted me. The change in me was quick and obvious.
I'm a believer.
- Brad P. 2019
When I came to Kendall, walking was hard and dancing felt impossible. I was confused and despondent. As a dancer in my late 40s, I was sure that my pain, tightness, and not-great-x-ray image would point to a hip replacement.
Kendall received my fear and confusion with empathy and her perfect combination of wry and upbeat humor. We got to work as she assured me that we could most likely manage without surgery. The work was simple, clear, and fun!!! Not once did she balk at my wanting to dance at my age! Now I'm dancing and even running!
Kendall gave me exercises that empowered me to heal myself and change my perspective, and that is so valuable. I will continue to come in for the occasional tune-up and though there still may be a surgery in my future, I know who I'll look to in my recovery!
-Monique J., Professional Dancer 2018
Kendall helped me so much!!!
Before Kendall, I had a bunch of problems. My ankles, calves, and back weren't working in the way they should have been, and they were making it hard to dance at all, let alone improve. After my first session with Kendall, I could walk more comfortably than I had been able to in years! I learned that my core has not been doing its job right and by engaging my core more I am able to walk, run, jump, and just generally dance better than before.
-Raja, Dance Student 2018
Kendall helped me recover from knee problems that plagued me for a year. Within the first week, she recognized problems with how I was standing and walking. After that, she progressed me through a series of strengthening exercises that got me back to full strength within a couple of months. It was truly a miraculous recovery. Along with Ariell, who assisted me with exercise form, Kendall was a master motivator!
-Vishal P. 2018
I saw Kendall once before my ankle injury. In that one session I learned so much about my body. Then, when I sprained my ankle very badly, seeing her on a regular basis saved my body. As a recreational dancer, I absolutely needed to get my ankle back. Our progression through my injury has not only healed my ankle, but made me stronger and more informed. I am so grateful for the knowledge and messages Kendall has shared. I will never not see Kendall after any future injuries.
-Audra P., Dancer 2018
I had somehow hurt my leg during a dance class and I came to Kendall with that complaint. Not only did she help with my leg pain but she worked on my strength and dance technique. I had around 6 sessions with Kendall, and in that short amount of time she helped me in so many different ways. I am 100% sure that I came out of these PT sessions a much better dancer (without a hurt leg too :))
-Ever T., Dance Student 2018
"When I first came in to see Kendall, I had achilles pain and inflammation. I was originally in SF for a world premiere at YBCA with the dance company I am in called, Abraham.in.Motion. I found myself in doctors' appointments instead of having the time of my life sharing a work we had been creating for over a year!
Meeting Kendall and working closely and with such attention from her has been clarifying and freeing and challenging. I understand the hard work I have ahead of me, but at least I really understand it this time around! Physical Therapy has become a home away from home for me but I have never experienced such relief and a decrease in inflammation so soon as a result. Kendall has helped me think about my entire body and has treated my injury not only in the affected area but overall. I am already feeling and seeing improvements after my second appointment. Kendall, thank you for creating an environment that makes me feel comfortable, confident, and optimistic. Thank you for pushing me further than I thought I can go. My continued strength and growth and clarity in alignment will be a reflection of you you and your shared information. With so much gratitude and thanks."
- Cat K., Professional Dancer 2017
"When I first came in, I had hurt my knee multiple times and had to do strengthening to prevent injuries from happening again in dance. In my left knee, I had instability and hyper mobility in my kneecap, so I learned a bunch of strengthening and stretches to get stronger. We moved on from my knee to my pointe work and tightening up my technique as well as worked on my back to prevent my scoliosis. Now, I feel much stronger and my knees don't hurt anymore. My technique and my extension in my ankles have improved. I will continue to do my stretches because they have done so much for my strengthening and improvement in my dance skills."
-Clem D, Dance Student 2017
"I am so thankful that you helped me! When I was injured I had to teach myself to stop doing things that negatively affected my dancing. Sometimes I wished pointe was not a thing, but I kept going, I learned so many things when you were helping me! You inspired me to work harder and I did. In the beginning of therapy I was limited to a lot of things. I couldn't even do releves on flat! My jumping skills have improved a lot and I have gotten so much stronger. I was worried if I would never catch up on pointe. I got so frustrated, I cried. Now when I look at myself now I have improved so much. This was a blessing in disguise."
- Vanessa G, Ballet Student 2017
"As a young artist in the beginnings of a professional career, I had little knowledge of the extreme demands full time dancing could and would have on my body. I started working with Kendall for back pain that I had been continuously unresolved for several months. Getting answers, explanations and solutions for my injury was the best thing that could have happened through reversing and performing. We started from the base of my weaknesses and looked at the core of my technique. With the necessary strengthening and exercises I've been seeing real changes and improvements to my body and the way I dance. I'm so grateful that Kendall was able to work with me and get me to a painfree place with my body so thoroughly and quickly. But resolving my back issues only was the first step, as I now feel that I have the motivation and ability to bring more power and stability to my body and dancing wether it is related to an injury or not. From not being able to stand up straight without pain to doing full ballet classes and rehearsals in the span of only a few weeks, I'm very thankful to be able to work with Kendall. This has been a wonderful experience and I hope to continue improving with this work. Thank you!"
- Mia C., Professional Dancer 2017
"I had a sesamoid joint injury when I saw Kendall. I was just out of a walking boot that I was in for 3 months. I worked with Kendall for over 6 months - when I first saw her, I had to relearn how to walk with the right alignment, put weight appropriately on my feet, and get back my ankle strength and balance. I dance the Tango as an avid hobby and Kendall helped me get back to the dance I love. Thanks Kendall!"
- Angela Z, Avid Tango Dancer 2017
"I came in 5 weeks after having surgery on my left ankle. I had limited mobility in my ankle and was weak in all directions. I could not jump and had very limited balance. When I left, I had full range of motion back, was stronger than I was before surgery and could balance, turn, jump and leap. On top of that, I came out with a much better understanding of my full body alignment. Before, I had not realized I didn't know how to turn out properly and didn't have control over my hip alignment. Now, I finally understand how to use my muscles correctly and my entire technique has improved because of it."
-Aislinn E., Semi-professional Ballet Dancer 2017
"I have been working with Kendall off and on for about 10 years. When I would have minor pain from rehearsing, one session with her would provide knowledge forward to keep me strong and dancing. In 2011, Kendall helped me rehabilitate my right knee from surgery for a patellar tendon tear. Not only did she help my body gain strength (in order to perform on pointe only 6 months later!) She helped me learn how to rest when pushing isn't the way forward and also gave me confidence in my body's strength again with her sincere enthusiasm and encouragement. I now see Kendall when something I can't figure out happens when I dance and hike and after a session I am always bolstered and feeling ready to get back in the studio or on the trail!"
-LizAnne R, Professional Dancer and Pilates instructor 2017
"I had a chronic neck injury that kept coming back- it hurt so badly that I wasn't able to lift my arms or carry very light weight. Since coming to see Kendall the injury has caused me fewer and fewer problems and now when it does come back, I can fix it with a treatment most of the time. Today I came in for a different problem and was in a lot of pain at the start of the session and couldn't roll down without pain or sideband without pain. Now I feel pain free and much more mobile!"
- Annie K, Professional Dancer 2017