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 daughter 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!
Ann-Michelle Ongerth - PT, DPT, ART
Ann-Michelle earned her bachelors in Integrative Biology in 1997 at UC Berkeley & her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California in 2004. She has completed a combination of pediatric & orthopedic courses with a strong emphasis on early intervention, manual therapy, spine, gait, lower extremity, & treatment of the overhead athlete. Ann-Michelle loves helping individuals of all ages & abilities return to the activities & sports that they love. She has gone on to be certified in Active Release Technique ®(ART®) - Full Body & Long tract nerve entrapment, Functional Movement Screen (FMS), Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), Spidertech, Kinesio Tape, as well as attending a year-long Maitland Australian Manual Therapy class, The San Francisco Giants Sports Medicine Conferences, & Myofasical Decompression (Level 1 & 2) to name a few. With a touch of sarcasm & a lot of energy, Ann-Michelle’s treatment style is far from Zen, but her patient’s rehab needs are always the center of each & every session.
Outside of the Physical Therapy setting, Ann-Michelle is mom to a beautiful son, a loyal CAL Bear fan, a competitive Master’s Swimmer racing in both pool and open water settings, & she has completed 7 half marathons.
Kelly Wild - PT, DPT
Kelly received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from St. Catherine University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Kelly attended The Ohio State University for her undergraduate degree, studying Psychology and while at Ohio State, Kelly played on their Division I Ice Hockey team. Kelly is a USAW Level 1 Coach and has been trained in Active Release Technique (ART). She has extensive experience working with athletes at the professional, collegiate and high school level, and has a strong passion for guiding athletes in their return to sport, as safely and quickly as possible. Outside of her work as a physical therapist, Kelly devotes her time to working as a CrossFit and Olympic weightlifting coach. She has continued training and competing in Olympic weightlifting at the national level, as a member of the California Strength weightlifting team.
Gigi Benkowski - PT, DPT, ART, CSCS Physical Therapist
Gigi has been practicing physical therapy since November 2007. She brings with her strong clinical experiences in outpatient orthopedic & sports rehab from a variety of Bay Area clinics. She also has a special interest in Women's Health PT after the birth of her son. She values helping her patients regain their functional goals whether it is to return to work, sports, or everyday activities.
Gigi received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Samuel Merritt College in Oakland, California and her undergraduate degree from University of California, Davis. She has worked with a variety of diagnoses from shoulders to knees with special interest in sports rehab. She is Maitland manual therapy trained. Gigi is full-body certified in Active Release Techniques® (ART), a soft tissue mobilization technique she used on athletes at Ironman Lake Placid and continues to use on her current patients with soft tissue pathology. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) which she uses to prescribe the best most effective exercises.
Gigi first got interested in physical therapy after she completed her first Olympic distance triathlon in 2001. She completed her first full Ironman triathlon, Ironman Coeur d’Alene, in the summer of 2011. She lives a balanced healthy lifestyle through nutrition and exercise and also encourages her family and friends to do the same. She enjoys family time with her husband & young children.
Gayle Anderson – Physical Therapist/Certified Pilates Instructor
Gayle, a California licensed Physical Therapist, earned her degree from the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center. Her early career included working in acute care hospital settings in Southern California and the Bay Area as well as three years in a spinal injuries center in the UK. This set the tone for her continuing interest in rehabilitation.
Through a love of dance and years of ballet experience , Gayle acquired special skill and interest in working with dancers and athletes of all ages. She has completed Polestar Pilates Coursework for Physical Therapists and Professional Trainers. Her most recent course work includes: Pilates Based Exercise for Neurological disorders and Osteoporosis and Bone Building Strategies .
Gayle is committed to personalized care in a positive and compassionate environment. She lives in Walnut Creek with her husband Bob. They have three grown sons, Brendan, Garrett and Conor. In their free time they enjoy skiing in winter and hiking and sailing in summer on Orcas Island in the Pacific Northwest.
Certified Pilates Instructor
Alli exudes a love for pilates, fitness and health and loves nothing more than helping others become healthy and strong. Alli worked professionally in musical theater for over fifteen years and discovered pilates while she was performing across the country in a Broadway show. Eight shows a week applied a lot of wear and tear on her body, so she turned to pilates to strengthen her core and increase flexibility. She quickly fell in love with the method, and was amazed at how well it complimented her rigorous touring lifestyle.
After living in New York City and working on the road, Alli wanted to share Pilates with others. She completed a 600 hour classical teaching certification from the Pilates Technique Certification Program in Los Angeles in 2013, where she studied under Jill Cassady and Nancy Preimesberger. Alli’s nurturing, but upbeat personality attracts clients to her classes where she pushes them out of her comfort zone and into a place of strength and growth. As a result, Alli works hard to keep her sessions fresh, challenging and rewarding for everyone.
Alli is also a mom of two young boys and is so grateful for her pilates background as she uses her experience on the journey through motherhood.
“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