Paige Raffo is a licensed Physical Therapist and board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS). She earned her BS in Health Science from St. Mary's College of CA (1999) and Master's degree from Samuel Merritt University (2003). After only a year of practice as a PT, she was drawn to Pilates for it's effectiveness in spinal stabilization and postural training. She completed a comprehensive teacher training program through Body Arts and Science International (BASI) in 2005. She has worked in both clinical and studio settings incorporating the Pilates method as a therapeutic modality.
Paige further defined herself in the orthopedic setting by earning her OCS, a specialist certification through the American Physical Therapy Association. The specialist certification program was established to provide formal recognition for physical therapists with advanced clinical knowledge, experience, and skills in a special area of practice and to assist consumers and the health care community in identifying these physical therapist.
Paige also incorporates Medical Therapeutic Yoga as a Professional Yoga Therapist (PYT) into her eclectic approach to physical therapy. PYT medical yoga is a one of kind program developed by Ginger Garner, PT, available only to licensed health care professionals. With it's high prerequisites, the PYT program trains specialized practitioners to blend the ancient principles of yogic medicine with evidence based concepts of modern western medicine. Paige has found it relevant to her clients and herself in striving to achieve a balanced way of life.
Finally, rounding out her integrative whole-body approach she has received advanced training in myofunctional therapy, through the AOMT, with special interest in treating impairments related to airway disorders and TMJD. By treating orofacial and upper cervical dysfunctions through specialized exercises and neuromuscular re-education, she has been able to make profound changes in her clients quality of life and overall postural stability. She greatly enjoys the collaboration with other airway centric health care professionals necessary to treat these issues. This specialized approach used is unique and new within the field of physical therapy. Paige is passionate about educating not only her clients but her professional community on how to screen and manage airway related issues and their systemic correlates.
Paige is a lifelong learner and continuing education junky, surpassing the state requisites for continued training yearly. Completed courses have included advanced training in manual therapy, evaluation and treatment of the spine and pelvis, myofunctional therapy, respiratory training, gait and running mechanics, pre and postpartum yoga and exercise, and various movement based therapy approaches.
Clinically, Paige particularly enjoys working with clients with spinal challenges, postural dysfunction, hypermobility syndromes, sleep disturbed breathing and sleep apnea, TMJD, women's health and pregnancy related issues, and chronic pain.
Outside of work, Paige enjoys spending time with her family (husband, 2 children, dogs), being active, especially outdoors, cooking, eating, and playing.
Michael Ball has been practicing Physical Therapy since 1992 and received his Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in Florida.
Michael enjoys working with a variety of different patient populations from professional athletes to patients with chronic pain conditions. He is well versed in a broad range of physical therapy programs, treatments, and modalities used to restore function to his patients. He is highly integrative in his approach and works closely with Physicians, Dentists, Podiatrists, Optometrists, Massage Therapists, and Fitness Professionals to fully meet his patients’ needs and achieve their goals.
Michael is a Postural Restoration Certified clinician and utilizes this method taught by The Postural Restoration Institute (PRI). PRI is particularly beneficial for treating symptoms that are chronic, symptoms that have not responded well to other forms of treatment, and symptoms that gradually occurred over time, or spontaneously without any known reason. It is also very useful when recovering from accidents or overuse injuries. PRI is a unique and innovative approach to physical therapy that identifies postural asymmetries in the body that may be contributing to pain and decreased function. When assessing the postural system, there must be a balance between the joints of the upper and lower extremities in conjunction with the rib cage, spine, head, neck, and jaw, as well as the visual system. If any of these components are not properly balanced and synchronized with one another, a pattern of pain and dysfunction may ensue.
In addition to providing integrative postural re-education and training, Michael has extensive education and instruction in manual therapy techniques, movement analysis, functional-based exercise, and biomechanical analysis for running, and golf. His training and certifications include:
PRC – Postural Restoration Certified Clinician
TPI – Titleist Performance Institute Certified Medical Provider and Golf Power Coach
SFMA – Selective Functional Movement Assessment Certified
Graston Technique Provider
Kineso Therapeutic Taping
TRX – Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Suspension Training