Dr. Sophia Fong, PT, DPT

                            Dr. Sophia Fong, PT, DPT

Dr. Sophia Fong

completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the Bouve College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University. She completed her clinical experience at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. Sophia’s interest is in neuromuscular control and the integration of the nervous system and muscular system to facilitate healing.  She specializes in postural and gait analysis, mobilizing with mobility, core stability and releasing neural entrapment. She treats a wide variety of musculoskeletal impairments including the neck, shoulders, elbows, hands, hips, knees, pelvis, ankles, and lower back. When she is not working, Sophia enjoys endurance running, working out, dancing and playing basketball.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Manual Therapy
  • Myofascial Decompression Technique Level 1 & 2: MFD
  • Running & Gait Analysis
  • UCSF Running Certification Level 1& 2: 'See It, Now Treat It'
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Clinical Instructor

                 Dr. Julian Cisneros, PT, DPT, CSCS

                 Dr. Julian Cisneros, PT, DPT, CSCS

Dr. Julian Cisneros

completed his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Massachusetts General Hospital, Institute of Health Professions.  Julian also obtained training in exercise science from University of California Davis and has extensive knowledge and experience treating orthopedic as well as sports-related injuries.  The primary focus of his professional career has been in outpatient orthopedics where he has spent time continually improving his skills in sports medicine, orthopedic and post-surgical diagnoses along with injury prevention.  Julian works with a diverse and active patient population utilizing manual therapy, instruction in self-treatment, and functional exercises to facilitate optimal recovery and return to previous activity/sport in a timely manner.  In his spare time, Julian enjoys exploring San Francisco, running, cycling and soccer.

Areas of Expertise:

  • NSCA-Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
  • Manual therapy
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Running & Gait Analysis

      Dr. Christopher de la Rosa, PT, DPT, NREMT

      Dr. Christopher de la Rosa, PT, DPT, NREMT

Dr. Christopher de la Rosa

completed his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at University of St. Augustine School for Health Sciences in San Marcos.  Christopher also obtained training in Exercise and Sports Science from University of San Francisco and has vast knowledge and experience treating orthopedic injuries.  The primary focus of his professional career has been in outpatient orthopedics where he has spent time continually improving his skills in neurological, orthopedic, and chronic conditions.  Christopher works with a diverse patient population utilizing his experience as a former Biomechanics Teaching Assistant and manual therapy to facilitate optimal recovery and return to previous activity in a timely manner.  In his spare time, Christopher enjoys cycling.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician - NREMT
  • AHA BLS for Healthcare Providers (CPR & AED) Certified
  • NSCA-Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist Candidate 
  • Manual Therapy Certification Candidate 

                       Dr. Albert Eng, DC, QME

                       Dr. Albert Eng, DC, QME

Dr. Albert Eng

is the Clinical Director of SOMA Sport & Physio.  He completed his B.S. in Biological Sciences from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada.  He subsequently earned his Doctorate in Chiropractic at Palmer College of Chiropractic West.  In addition, Dr. Eng has experience as a State Appointed Qualified Medical Evaluater and Industrial Disability Evaluater for industrial injuries.  His focus includes sports injuries, ergonomics, and core/spinal rehabilitation.   He also has a strong interest in increasing sports performance through sport-specific technique analysis.  Dr. Eng enjoys cycling, running, swimming, tennis, and skiing.  He works closely with many of Fitness SF’s personal trainers and gives lectures on injury prevention and rehabilitation. Dr. Eng also lectures to the community about sports performance/injuries as well as corrective running and cycling techniques.

 Cheri Chan, CSCS, USAW, CES, CWC, IASTM

 Cheri Chan, CSCS, USAW, CES, CWC, IASTM

Cheri CHAN

holds a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science, with a concentration in physiology and metabolism from UC Berkeley.  She competed as a NCAA Division 1 Track and Field athlete with a specialty in javelin.  As a Physical Therapy Aide and soon to be Doctor of Physical Therapy candidate, she brings along her expertise as a high-level collegiate athlete and background in strength and conditioning into her rehabilitative exercises. Not only is she dedicated to helping patients achieve goals, but Cheri is passionate about maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle through a proper diet and exercise rehabilitation. In her spare time, Cheri's interests include competing in Olympic Weightlifting and coaching young athletes.

Areas of Expertise:

  • NCAA Division I Track & Field
  • NSCA-Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
  • USA Weightlifting Sport Performance Coach
  • Clinical Athlete Weightlifting Coach
  • NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization Technique

           Christian Vivero, BS, CPT, USAW 

           Christian Vivero, BS, CPT, USAW 

Christian VIVERO

is an awesome and valuable addition to the SOMA Sport & Physio team. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from San Francisco State University. As a Physical Therapy Aide and soon to be Doctor of Physical Therapy candidate, he brings along his expertise as a former strength and conditioning intern and personal trainer. On his own time, Christian enjoys training in Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and has over eight years of training experience.

Areas of Expertise:

  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • USA Weightlifting Sport Performance coach
  • 1st Degree Judo Blackbelt
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Blue Belt
  • TRX Suspension Training Level 1 Qualified
  • Trigger Point Foam Rolling Level 1 Qualified
  • City College of SF Sport Performance Intern (football, basketball, volleyball)

                 Kevin Sotomayor, BS Kinesiology

                 Kevin Sotomayor, BS Kinesiology

Kevin SOTOMAYOR

holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of San Francisco with a focus in Health Studies. As a physical therapy aide and soon to be DPT candidate, he brings along his expertise as a collegiate judo athlete and in aiding physical therapists with rehabilitation excercises and companionate care.  He firmly believes in holistic rehabilitation - encompassing nutrition, bodily awareness, and biomechanics. In his spare time Kevin's interest include training judo, Brazilian jiu jitsu, hiking, and yoga.

Areas of Expertise:

  • USF Collegiate Jiu-Jitsu Team
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Blue Belt
  • Cesar Gracie competition team
  • Grappling

         Ronnie Tungpalan, BA Sports Science  

         Ronnie Tungpalan, BA Sports Science

 

Ronnie tungpalan

has been a valuable asset to the team at Soma Sport & Physio since 2015. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of San Francisco. As an aspiring physical therapist, Ronnie attributes all his knowledge from working alongside physical therapists and athletic trainers while interning for the USF woman's soccer team. Growing up surfing, diving and running in a small town on O`ahu, Ronnie is dedicated to sharing his take on a strong and healthy lifestyle. When he's not helping patients plan their next visit to Hawai'i, Ronnie trains competitively in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. 

                       Michael Valmonte, BA, CSCS

                       Michael Valmonte, BA, CSCS

Michael valmonte

is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and has worked in the orthopedic rehabilitation setting for the last two years.  He has also worked with extensively with the City College of San Francisco Football team for the previous two seasons as the lead Strength and Conditioning intern, which includes the 2015 National Champion Team.  Michael has a B.A. in History from Dartmouth College, and plans to become a Doctor of Physical Therapy in the near future.

                       Mali Venenciano, Client Specialist

                       Mali Venenciano, Client Specialist