AMELIA FOSTER, DPT, OCS, PYT-C
I was born and raised in a small town in rural Indiana before moving to California in 2015. I fell head over heels with the west coast when I was fortunate enough to land a position as a travel physical therapist in the Bay Area. After a few years and a bit more traveling, I decided to make Santa Cruz county my permanent home and have never looked back! In my free time, you can find me thoroughly enjoying the variety of outdoor activities that the area has to offer from beach volleyball, surfing and rock climbing, to hiking the redwoods with my favorite fluffy Newfoundland, Mabel.
I completed my Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Miami. Though I had grown up playing a variety of sports, my first real connection to movement as a form of therapy began when I completed Pilates for Rehabilitation training through Polestar Pilates while still a student at UM. After graduating, I began working in a Pilates-based private practice in the Atlanta area. During this time, I worked to obtain my OCS (Orthopedic Certified Specialist), pursued extensive training in pelvic floor physical therapy through the Herman and Wallace Institute, and completed a 200-hour yoga instructor certification. I also began training in a variety of manual therapies (visceral mobilization, myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, and functional manual therapy) to further boost the outcomes and experience of my movement therapy skills. I am now in the process of furthering my training in Medical Therapeutic Yoga through the Professional Yoga Therapy Institute, and a Health Coaching Certification through the National Society of Health Coaches.
As a therapist, I have a passion for the treatment of pelvic health issues in both men & women, chronic pain conditions, and utilizing a more holistic form of physical therapy in an effort to help my patients heal both physically and emotionally. I continue to be fascinated by the incredible complexity of the human body, the interactions of our many systems, and all of the amazing ways we can build resiliency and confidence in the way we move and live.