Providers

The people who make up Lafayette Physical Therapy are committed to providing you with the highest quality physical therapy, rehabilitation and wellness services. Our physical therapists and wellness providers are exceptionally skilled, highly educated, and experienced in all areas listed within our services section.

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Physical Therapy

Valerie Watase, PT, BS

Val

Clinical Director & Owner

As director and owner of Lafayette Physical Therapy, Valerie Watase, PT, BS, brings more than 35 years of experience in physical therapy to the community of Lafayette, California. Valerie received her physical therapy certification and bachelor’s degree in health science and physical therapy from California State University, Northridge, in conjunction with the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine. Read More

Lauren Masi, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC

Lauren

Owner & Clinical Director

Lauren Masi, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC, brings her extensive physical therapy experience to the Lafayette, California, area as owner and clinical director at Lafayette Physical Therapy. Throughout her career, Lauren has trained in multiple physical therapy applications, such as Mulligan and Paris techniques, spinal stabilization for injured athletes, myofascial release, and spinal mobilization. Read More

Tim Appleford, PT, MSPT, OCS, ACT

Tim Appleford PT

Clinical Manager

Tim has extensive training in manual therapy for the neck, back, shoulder and hip. His treatment emphasis is on biomechanical assessment and treats with a mixture of both manual therapy and functional exercise. He has also received training in Gyrotonic, a type of movement-based exercise program. Read More

Gary Corso, PT, BA, MS

Gary

Physical Therapist

Gary is a Physical Therapist from NY with over 32 years of experience in orthopedic and sports physical therapy where he owned and operated three physical therapy clinics. He has extensive training in orthopedic management and treatment of the injured athlete, soft tissue and manual therapy of the upper and lower extremity, post-op surgical care including joint replacements. Read More

Miriam Morrill, PT, DPT

Miriam

Physical Therapist

Miriam loves to work with a diverse clientele and has a background in orthopedics and neurology. She completed on the UCSD Women’s Track and Field team and has taken additional coursework in sports injuries. Read More

Brianna Braun, PT, DPT

Brianna

Physical Therapist

Brianna has participated in extensive continuing education courses and has trained in LSVT BIG for patients with Parkinson’s disease, Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), the UCSF Running Course: Clinically Applied Biomechanics and has taken multiple courses in Balance, Fall Prevention, and osteoporosis. Read More

Julie Freedman, DPT

Julie Pierson

Physical Therapist

Julie is dedicated to helping her patients reach their goals in a fun and active environment. Julie’s residency in an ICU sparked her love for working with neurological conditions and post-operative cases. Read More

Naomi Schambelan, PT, DPT

Naomi Schambelan PT

Physical Therapist

Naomi has completed courses such as S1-Spinal Evaluation and Manipulation and has even contributed academically to the Physical Therapy community! Naomi has advanced training in manual therapy techniques including spinal mobilization and Myofascial release as well as treatment for the difficult shoulder. Read More

Diane Thomas, MS, PT

Diane

Physical Therapist

Diane has completed extensive advanced training courses over the past 25 years, including a yearlong training in the Maitland Approach to Manual Therapy. Other advanced training experiences include mobilization of the nervous system to treat neural tension and thoracic outlet dysfunctions, the Kaltenborn approach to mobilization of the spine, evaluation and treatment of muscle imbalances, and many more. Read More

Amy Beylerian, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Amy enjoys working with a variety of clients including active individuals who are interested in Pilates, Yoga, and/or return to sport. She was a varsity soccer captain and understands the demands of athletes at all levels. Amy especially loves working with shoulders, knees and the spine. Read More


Wellness

Laura Laugel, CPI, CPT, BA

Laura Brindle Wellness

Wellness Provider

Laura is a Lamorinda native and loves working in a field where she can directly help to improve the community around her. She specializes in post-rehabilitation exercise modification which helps many of our physical therapy patients continue their work in a safe environment once they have graduated from treatment.
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Joanne Cosgrove, Certified Massage Therapist (CMT)

Joanne Cosgrove CMT

Certified Massage Therapist

Joanne Cosgrove is a Certified Therapeutic Massage and Manual Lymph Drainage Therapist (non-lymphedema) whose focus is the relief and management of pain. This includes improving movement and restoring function to those areas in need. She has extensive experience working with pre & post-surgical populations. Read More

Kenny Givens, Certified Massage Therapist (CMT)

Kenny Givens

Certified Massage Therapist

Kenny Givens has been a certified massage therapist since September 2013. While studying, he developed a curiosity for pain management, injury rehabilitation and sports massage. He is qualified to promote wellness advocacy utilizing techniques such as neuromuscular therapy, myofascial release, and sports stretching. Read More

Monika Fisher, CMP

Monika Fisher CMT

Certified Massage Practitioner

Monika has provided therapeutic massage for the past twelve years with a holistic approach. She believes that focusing on the body as a whole entity is key to obtaining good health. Monika has extensive experience in alleviating orthopedic conditions by focusing on affected areas and releasing tensions through deep tissue work. Read More

Ivica Lehane, CPT, BS

Iva

Wellness Provider

Ivica, better known as Iva, is a lifelong athlete and trainer whose goal is to help her clients make lifestyle changes they can maintain long-term. She prides herself in helping her clientele with strength building with a focus on functional strength. Read More

Susan Powell, CMT

Certified Massage Therapist

Susan Powell has been a practicing Massage Therapist since 1989. She loves to share the gift of massage therapy and loves a challenge, such as elusive pain or issues which affect muscles and quality of life (like sciatica). She also loves to support clients who are committed to self and preventative care. Read More

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We are currently open for in-person and telehealth Physical Therapy sessions. A face mask or covering is required for building entry. To schedule in-person or telehealth sessions please call or text our office number (925) 284-6150 with any questions or visit our Telehealth page (Click on "Telehealth" at the top left of this page). We are re-opening Massage Services for “Medical Massage” with a Doctor’s referral. If you are interested please click the button below for more information. Wellness sessions will resume as soon as the county allows.
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