During the past 19 years, Cindy's courage, leadership and dedication to her patients and staff and ethical business practices have paved the way for success. CTS is now widely considered one of the premier physical therapy clinics in the Southwestern United States for Women's Health and Pelvic Medicine. Through education in preventative strategies and a proactive, manual treatment approach, Cindy's goals are to minimize discomfort, expedite recovery and restore and enhance function with each of her patients.
One of Cindy's priorities for her staff is continual professional education to keep abreast of the latest research and techniques. She provides the means and time for her staff to take courses to grow in their respective areas and to share this information staff wide on a regular basis.
Cindy's own ongoing education in the areas of orthopedics, women's health, and pelvic medicine is extensive and she loves to learn and to share her knowledge with patients, other practitioners, doctors and friends. Here in San Diego, she works as an adjunct professor at San Diego State University and guest professor at the University of St. Augustine Physical Therapy Programs, partners in national research projects, educates the fellows in physical therapy options for clients, and collaborates with UCSD Pelvic Medicine and the Naval Medical Center San Diego-Balboa on a regular basis. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association Section on Women's Health and Private Practice Section, International Pelvic Pain Society, American Urogynecologic Society, National Vulvodynia Association, Interstitial Cystitis Association and Vulvar Pain Foundation.
She and her husband are the proud parents of a 10 year-old daughter. She manages to keep up with her daughter and stay healthy with running, Yoga, Pilates and taking a deep breath as often as she can.
Crystal joined the Comprehensive Therapy Services Family in 2011. She received her BA in Psychology and then her Master of Physical Therapy degree from the university of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She became a board certified orthopedic specialist (OCS) in 2013.
While in physical therapy school, she developed an affinity for empowering pregnant women and then decided to delve further into pelvic floor rehabilitation through specialty classes in Women's Health while training under a urogynecologist. As a Mom herself, she is particularly passionate about helping pre and post-natal women live a pain and dysfunction free life. She believes the concepts of orthopedics, including manual therapy and exercise prescription, work nicely with healing the whole person who presents with pelvic dysfunction.
She currently treats athletes of all levels with orthopedic injuries, women and men with pelvic dysfunction (pain and incontinence), as well as pre and post-natal care. Crystal spends her free time hiking and SUPing with her kids. She believes in helping each person as an individual to move forward so they can participate fully in their life.
Elizabeth Leeds received her Masters in Physical Therapy in 1998 and her clinical doctorate in 2009 from Boston University. Elizabeth's passion in fitness and wellness coupled with her own journey with a neuro-autoimmune issue and motherhood has confirmed her belief in looking at the individual as a whole and honoring his/her musculoskeletal and environmental factors.
Elizabeth's treatment techniques fuses her background in manual therapy, functional biomechanics, mat and reformer pilates, personal training, and holistic life coaching. She recognizes the stress of life and inadequate nutrition can perpetuate and accelerate any underlying musculoskeletal issue. Her hope is to empower the individual with the education and realistic tools to manage the musculoskeletal issues, in order to enhance the client's confidence, hope and vitality.
Elizabeth's free time is spent teaching in the fitness industry for GRAVITY and educating on prenatal and post partum issues, as well as, care for the pelvic floor.
Jill joined the Comprehensive Therapy Services family in 2010 and is very excited to be a part of the team approach that CTS offers. She received her Physical Therapy degree in 1987 from the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences and began her career in the field of Pediatrics in various settings such as home health care, inpatient pediatric facilities, and school/child development centers. After several years of being a full-time Mom, she renewed her career in the field of Women's Health and Pediatric/Teen bowel and bladder dysfunction. Jill is passionate about helping women, children, and teens learn to take control of their bodies and make the changes necessary to regain control of their lives.
Katherine has been part of the pelvic physical therapy team at CTS since 2010. She has taken a wide variety of continuing education courses on pelvic floor treatment for women, men, and children, on prenatal and postpartum physical therapy, and on visceral manipulation. She has also been studying craniosacral therapy, and is excited about incorporating more of this holistic treatment paradigm into her practice. Katherine has attended over 25 births as a birth doula, which has enhanced her understanding of musculoskeletal and pelvic floor issues related to childbirth. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, APTA’s Section on Women’s Health, DONA International, and the Coalition to Improve Maternity Services. She is passionate about empowering patients through education on how their body systems are designed to work.
Katherine enjoys spending time with her husband and four awesome daughters, and is addicted to reading. Her favorite muscle is the obturator internus.
Kim Zevin received both her bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California. She joined the CTS Family in 2007 and focused primarily on Women's and Men's Pelvic Health. Over her years of practice, training, and classes in pelvic dysfunction, Kim went on to take extensive training in Visceral Manipulation, Craniosacral Therapy, Neural manipulation, and Listening Techniques. These Osteopathic approaches have molded her into a therapist who has the ability to feel what most therapists are not trained to feel and to therefore treat what the body is showing her to treat. She believes in the body's innate ability to heal and her role is to support and to help facilitate healing.
In Kim's free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, beach volleyball, yoga and traveling to far distant places. She loves to learn and is always taking classes to expand her mind and her abilities.
Anne graduated from Saint Louis University with a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. In physical therapy school, Anne found her niche in Men's and Women's Health with a focus on positive pain education and empowerment. She enjoys treating both orthopedic and Men's and Women's Health with a focus on return to function.
Anne joined the CTS team in 2016 and has completed various continuing education courses relevant to orthopedics and Men's and Women's Health. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and and the APTA's Section on Women's Health. In 2015, she spoke on the panel for the Section of Women's Health Complex Cases in Men's and Women's Health in the national physical therapy conference.
Anne enjoys practicing her Spanish and provides pro bono physical therapy services for a free clinic in Tijuana.
Anne loves baking, running, yoga, and being outside.
Anna Ellenberger received her bachelor's degree in Sport and Exercise Science from Messiah College and her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from the University of St. Augustine in 2011. Anna is a multi-disciplinary physical therapist with 5+ years in outpatient orthopedic care including adults and pediatrics. She received her Manual Therapy Certification in 2012 and assists in teaching Manual Therapy Certification classes at University of St. Augustine. Her other specialties include treatment of TMJ, as well as orthotic evaluation and fabrication to address her patient’s specific dysfunction, environments, and lifestyles.
Anna's appreciation for athletics in healthcare began as an undergraduate majoring in Sport and Exercise Science, where she ran track & field and cross country for a successful 4 years in the NCAA.
Anna currently enjoys masters swimming and mountain biking in east county San Diego.
Rose received dual degrees in Biological Sciences and Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine and she received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from San Diego State University. During graduate school, Rose researched the effect of core stabilization exercise on abdominal muscle separation (diastasis recti) in post-partum women and had the opportunity to present her research at the largest conference on physical therapy in the country, APTA's CSM.
After receiving her Doctor of Physical Therapy, Rose pursued further education in pelvic floor rehabilitation through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute and has a passion for treating both men and women with pelvic floor dysfunction. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), APTA’s Section on Women’s Health, International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health (ISSWSH) and the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). Rose utilizes myofascial release techniques, joint mobilizations, muscle energy techniques and incorporates individualized functional strength and stabilization exercise both on and off the Pilates reformer to empower her patients and help them return to the activities they love.
In her free time, Rose enjoys salsa dancing, pilates and spending time with friends and family in beautiful San Diego.
Pam joined CTS in May 2017. She graduated with a Masters in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in Houston. Her long and varied career has included specializations in pediatric neurodevelopmental rehabilitation and pelvic health. Her professional focus has revolved around orthopedic and pelvic health diagnoses for the past 15 years.
Pam believes we all deserve to live life fully without the burden of pain & dysfunction. Her treatment philosophy stems from that basic belief as well as helping empower patients to treat themselves through their lifespan.
Pam moved to San Diego from Austin, TX this year, but prior to that she raised 3 children in New Orleans.
Pam is an enthusiast of exercise, fly fishing, traveling, dancing, and hiking.
Milan received his Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature from UCLA and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from San Diego State University. Before becoming a PT, Milan spent several years managing clinical trials for pulmonary conditions, specifically emphysema. It was during this time he began to see how beneficial movement can be for the human body, which led him down the path to physical therapy. At SDSU, Milan completed clinical rotations in the areas of pediatrics, neurology and orthopedics, and was elected president of his class. Milan was also part of the Women's Health research group looking at the effects of exercise and taping on abdominal muscle separation (diastasis recti), a study that will be published in the Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy in 2018.
After receiving his Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Milan has furthered his education by taking courses in bowel and GI health, pelvic pain, Men's Pelvic Health, vestibular dysfunction, McKenzie Method for spinal pain, and Kinesiotaping. He specializes in orthopedics as well as Male Pelvic Health including post-prostatectomy, pelvic pain, incontinence and erectile dysfunction. Milan loves empowering his patients and getting them moving using a combination of traditional physical therapy, Applied Functional Science, and Pilates based exercises. He also uses a variety of manual techniques including joint mobilizations, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, and soft tissue mobilizations.
In his free time, Milan loves spending time with his family, trying new kettlebell exercises, playing hacky sack, hiking, reading, and tinkering with computers.
Elizabeth Kominami is a Board Certified Herbalist and Acupuncturist in the State of California, and a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine through the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.)
Drawing on the time-honored practice of traditional Chinese Medicine, modern functional medicine, and nutrition based healing, Elizabeth offers an integrative approach to healthcare. At the core of this approach is the philosophy that optimal health is best achieved by using supportive measures, which encourage the body to heal itself.
Her interest in Eastern medicine began while doing volunteer work at Greenwich Hospital's Center for Integrative Medicine in her hometown of Greenwich, CT. Here, she was able to see firsthand the far-reaching benefits of an integrative health model in which non-invasive interventions, using both Western and Eastern medicine, was the focus of care.
Elizabeth went on to earn a Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM) from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. As part of her clinical hours, Elizabeth completed internships with affiliate hospitals including the VA Hospital in New York City, UCSD’s Owen’s Clinic, and Rady’s Children's Hospital of San Diego. She also completed a training program at Chengdu University in the People’s Republic of China where she studied within the dermatology and gastroenterology departments.
Elizabeth treats a broad range of conditions, with a special interest in digestive disorders and women’s health, as well as stress and pain management.
Jim developed Mindfulness-Based Biofeedback Therapy™ in response to the growing epidemic of chronic pain and stress-related disorders. MBBT blends Western biofeedback and applied psychophysiology with the most validated methods of Eastern meditation from the Indo-Tibetan traditions. Guided by these "best of" practices from the world's healing traditions, Jim develops customized trainings in self-regulation for individuals dealing with a wide array of conditions.
A former brain researcher at Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, Jim has edited hundreds of biomedical journal articles and invented several patented biomedical devices. He studied cross-cultural approaches to medicine and taught medical anthropology courses at UCSD Medical School. He has been featured on TV and radio broadcasts on stress and pain, and was interviewed by Johns Hopkins' chief of pain about his methods. Oxford University Press recently asked Jim to present his views in a chapter on integrative medicine approaches to stress and pain. Jim also participated in the Shamatha Project, the most scientifically rigorous study of meditation ever performed, which was launched at the behest of the Dalai Lama.
This unique background allows Jim to develop customized biofeedback treatments and focus diverse clinical skills to address any condition caused or made worse by stress. Call CTS at 858-457-8419 or Jim at 760-840-0432 to learn more and begin your training in this fascinating journey into the true control centers of your own heart and mind.
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Kristin has been with CTS since August of 2004 and is currently the Office Manager and teaches Pilates. She graduated from SDSU in 2005 with a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy. In 2007, she became a certified personal trainer through the NSCA. She received a Pilates certification in 2008 through the Balanced Body University and recently trained on the CoreAlign.
She loves spending time with her family, especially her daughter, Kassidy, born on Halloween of 2012. She also enjoys Yoga and hiking.
A native San Diegan, Lilly attended Point Loma High and the University of San Diego. She is active in La Jolla Playhouse and has served on the board. Lilly is also a "CASA", Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children. After raising five children as a single mother, Lilly re-entered the work force specializing in medical front desk office procedures, which included insurance and billing. The rules and regulations of insurance and billing are ever changing and require close vigilance. Lilly is a patient advocate and believes patients should be given the highest form of quality care, integrity and dedication from the Physical Therapists that attend to their needs and the aides that assist them.