Meet Our Team
At Ironhorse Physical Therapy and Pilates Inc., where we take a “whole-istic” approach to physical therapy in San Ramon, CA, our team includes a Strength and Conditioning Specialist, health and fitness instructor, certified Pilates instructor, certified Russian Kettlebell instructor, Certified Active Release Technique (ART) therapist and a certified Run/Triathlon Coach.
We are pleased to offer our physical therapy services to residents of Pleasanton, Dublin, Castro Valley, Danville, San Ramon, Alamo and surrounding tri-valley and Easy Bay area.
Our team includes:
Victoria Liu – Owner/Physical Therapist/Certified Pilates, TRX & Kettlebell Instructor
I graduated from Columbia University with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy in 2000. I moved to California to obtain Fellowship status in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT), a certification that recognizes therapists with advanced clinical proficiency in helping patients with their bone/joint, muscle and tendon disorders. My goal is to help people stay fit, active and mobile by offering highly personalized 1 on 1 services with a "whole-istic" approach so that you can participate in the activities you enjoy most (whether it’s run, crossfit, triathlon or playing with kids/grandkids, Hike, Workout, Travel etc.). I enjoy working with clients of all different ages and abilities- from 30 yr old triathletes to clients in their 80’s who continue to travel, play golf, hike, kayak and want to continue to stay active!
Frustrated by the standard of traditional medical and PT care, which only treats symptoms without addressing root cause and only addresses one body part at a time, I decided to open my own practice in 2011 where I could treat patients “Whole-listically”. After all, everything in our minds and bodies is connected!
Since 2011, I have successfully integrated my manual therapy (hands-on manipulation/massage) skills with muscle re-education and balance through various forms of exercise which include: Crossfit, Pilates, Kettlebells and Yoga. I have held certifications as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA, Health/Fitness Instructor through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and am currently a Certified Pilates Instructor through Pilates Method Alliance, Certified Russian Kettlebell instructor (RKC) as well a Certified ART therapist (Active Release Technique).
My hobbies include triathlon, running, cycling, mountain biking, rock climbing, weight/resistance training, running after my toddler and the occasional Crossfit WOD. Some events/races that I’ve participated in include: Ironman 70.3 Lake Tahoe, Santa Cruz & Santa Rosa, 5 passes of Death Ride, Xterra Lake Tahoe, Rancho Cordova 70.3, Donner Lake 70.3, Big Sur half marathon, & many more. I bring a passion for healing to my everyday life, which I easily incorporate into my treatments. Assisting others is not only a job, but an ingrained desire driven by the community of athletes I train and work with daily. I can’t wait to help you to excel in your passions by improving your training or enhancing your quality of life!
Carrie Chavez, Physical Therapist
- Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, Quinnipiac University, Connecticut 1991.
- NDT( neuromuscular developmental technique) certification (advanced stroke rehab training)
At 16, I knew I wanted to be a Physical Therapist (PT). I was an avid competitive runner in high school and college which further fueled my desire to become a PT and to work with athletes.
During my formal training, I was encouraged to explore all areas of PT and was exposed to acute rehab work as well as the acute care hospital setting. I fell in love. While I had dreamed about becoming a PT for athletes, my heart was drawn to helping the elderly and stroke/neuro rehab patients.
I have been a practicing Physical Therapist now for 25 years with a focus in acute rehab and hospital-based inpatient and outpatient rehab. My athletic pursuits have remained an important part of my life and continue to enhance my work as a PT. I have competed in running races of varying distances including over 20 marathons, a 50K and 16 Ironman races. I have had the pleasure of helping my training partners with their injuries and after nearly four decades as an endurance athlete, I am well versed in the challenges and opportunities of the aging athlete! My PT training has allowed me to continue to compete at a high level with minimal aches and pains.
I am passionate about helping people. I enjoy problem-solving medical, physical, and social issues to help clients reach their goals whether that be recovering from a stroke, joint replacement surgery, or running/sports injury.
Experience Includes: varying acute hospital diagnoses, stroke, brain injury, cancer, multi trauma, spine surgery, joint replacement surgery, orthopedic surgeries, soft tissue injuries, wounds, spinal cord injury, ALS, guillan barre, spina bifida, amputations, and balance and vestibular disorders to name a few.
Treatment Modalities Include: Manual skills, soft tissue and joint mobilization, stretching, strengthening, movement retraining, gait and running analysis, bike positioning assessment, training program analysis and recommendations for modifications with your injury/limitations.
“The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
—Thomas Alva Edison