Meet Our Team
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BFA, PT, DPT
Owner of SFPAPT
Kendall Alway PT, DPT is a former professional dancer with over 20 years of ballet training and 21 years of experience as a dance physical therapist. In 2013 she founded SF Performing Arts PT in San Francisco, CA and in 2021, launched Pointe Safe, a continuing education program for ballet teachers. She is the former director of the ODC Healthy Dancers' Clinic and is on clinical faculty for the University of California San Francisco, Samuel Merritt University, and Rocky Mountain University. She has presented at the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS), Harvard University’s Spaulding Rehab Hospital, and the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA). Other credits include work with the Dance/USA Task Force on Dancers’ Health and previous instruction in Dance Medicine electives for the UCSF PT Department. Kendall has had the honor and privilege of treating dancers from most of the major dance companies in San Francisco and is on contract with San Francisco Ballet, Lines Ballet and Sean Dorsey Dance (among other local companies). Her practice welcomes students, professionals, and individuals of all ages (including non-dancers).
Ariell Gross, PT, DPT, PPSC has over 15 years of dance experience including ballet, modern, jazz, tap, contemporary, and belly dance. Ariell is a Bay Area native, she attended UC Santa Cruz for her undergraduate education, and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in 2021. Ariell has trained with leading physical therapists from the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) and she is a Certified Pain-Free Performance Specialist (PPSC). She has experience providing physical therapy services to professional, recreational, and adolescent dancers, and prior to becoming a physical therapist, she taught barre and indoor cycling fitness classes. Ariell is proud to offer up-to-date, evidence-based treatment methods while also working in partnership with each patient to create an individualized and successful plan of care. She understands the importance of making movement functional for every individual’s goals, regardless of where they are at in their life.
Erin Yen is the Clinic Administrator for SF Performing Arts Physical Therapy. She is a freelance professional dancer and choreographer currently residing in the Bay Area. She is the founder of Dragons Dance and has performed for individuals and dance companies across the country. Erin holds a BFA with Distinction in Dance from the Ohio State University. She is fluent in Laban Movement Analysis, and she was the first to Labanotate work from acclaimed choreographer Doug Varone. She is thrilled to be serving dancers and movers of all kinds through San Francisco Performing Arts Physical Therapy.
Pointe Safe Coordinator
Juliet Paramor is our Digital Marketing and Web Designer, as well as the coordinator for our Pointe Safe programming. Juliet has been working on and off with Kendall since she graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 2016 with a major in Human Biology and minor in Dance. Juliet’s work in web design and digital marketing is featured across dance companies and prominent dance festivals in the Bay Area. She is also a dance artist & teacher and bodyworker.
Student of Physical Therapy
Mac Cruz-Braithwaite, SPT, is currently in her final semester of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Prior to her enrollment at RMU, Mac received her BA in Dance Performance from Brigham Young University, where her dance education spanned across various styles, including: ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz, ballroom, tap, immersive theatre, and indigenous dance of Polynesia, North America,and South America. She participated in multiple modern and cultural dance groups during her undergraduate years, teaching and performing across the United States, Germany, and Switzerland. Mac’s passion for dance and love for the dance community is what ultimately led her to pursue her DPT degree- her goal is to provide quality care and education to artistic athletes and non-athletes alike so that they may experience the joy of movement.
Physical Therapy sessions booked with Mac are offered at 50% off of the listed price.