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


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


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

Gary Corso, PT, BA, MS


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

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


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


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

Breana Neil

Massage Therapist

Breana Neil, Massage Therapist, graduated from McKinnon Body Therapy Center in Oakland. She has always had a natural curiosity and propensity for learning about the human body. Read More

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