Meet the WAV PT Team
SCOTT PARRISH, DPT,
GYROTONIC TRAINER, SOMA SNI® (ROLFING/SI) PRACTIONER,
LMT, REIKI MASTER TEACHER
Scott began his therapeutic career over 20 years ago entering in to a massage therapy program in Los Gatos, California. It was here that he found a passion and love for working with and manipulating the body to bring relief from pain and to improve people’s overall health. After working in the field for a couple of years and developing a knack and improving his skills, he went back to school at the University of California Santa Cruz and received his Bachelors in Biology.
After graduating and spending some time traveling (and surfing!) upon returning home met his then to be wife and before long found himself in Washington State. It was here that he discovered the Soma Institute of Neuromuscular Integration (Structural Integration- A branch of Ida Rolf’s original work). This was a very thorough exploration in to the world of manipulating Fascia and how to resolve stored chronic tension and restore function to the entire body. It gave him an incredible new understanding along with improved hands on skills.
It was also in Washington State where Scott was introduced to the Gyrotonic Method of movement and exercise. Gyrotonic focuses on the entire body as a whole, every part of the organism is important in movement and any weakness along the lines of connection can be problematic. Both of these experiences changed the way he understood the body and how it moves through gravity.
After practicing these new skill sets for a number of years, he knew that he wanted to deepen his understanding and hone his craft even further and set out to study Physical Therapy. He and his family moved back to California in order to attend the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USA) where he received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. He is very proud of his experience at USA as it has taught him how to incorporate all of these skill sets along with an extensive knowledge in anatomy, human physiology, and Manual Therapy lending him the ability to be a powerful clinician.
He now resides in San Clemente California where he and his wife have opened a very unique and special clinic incorporating over 20 years and 15,000 hours of hands on experience, the world renowned Gyrotonic Method, and the extensive education provided in the Physical Therapy program hoping to change the ordinary typical therapy experience. When you visit the clinic, you will very quickly realize that you have found something new and unique.
AUTHORIZED PRE-TRAINER, GYROKINESIS TRAINER, PT AIDE,
INTEGRATIVE NUTRITION HEALTH COACH
Alicia is an empath, almost always smiling, and is passionate about movement and holistic health. With a background as a former classical ballet dancer/educator, she has been practicing the Gyrotonic Method for nearly 20 years. Born and raised in the Bay Area in Northern California, she lived in Seattle where she established and directed a large, successful dance conservatory for over 16 years.
Even while running the dance school, her passion was in movement mechanics and connecting with others. So, during the years of running the school, she certified as a Gyrotonic trainer with Juliu Horvath, creator of the Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis Methods, and is now certified in Level I, II, Gyrokinesis, all of the specialized equipment and is a Gyrotonic Pre-Trainer under Specialized Master Trainer, Karen Mullen. ('Pre-Training' is the first step in the Gyrotonic teacher training process.)
Alicia had the privilege of working very closely with Karen for years while living in Seattle, inside and outside official course settings, spending a great deal of time on modifications, therapeutic applications, Level II material prior to it's current organized format, and Gyrokinesis practice and training prior to its current format. In fact, it all changed while she was pregnant with her third child and took some time off--so she went back and took the trainings a second time with other Master Trainers once she moved back to California. Always learning, always growing!
After moving around the West Coast, selling the dance studio, supporting Dr. Scott while he completed his doctorate, teaching and continuing to study with Karen and other Master Trainers, she is thrilled to have put down roots in San Clemente, CA where WAV and GYROTONIC® SOUTH ORANGE COUNTY can stay to serve our local community and Gyrotonic family!
Alicia most recently decided to go back to school during the pandemic, completing her certification as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. This allows her to work with clients in a deeper way, coaching through movement, lifestyle and food as medicine, sharing her own personal journey.
Alicia, her husband Dr. Scott, and her youngest 13-year old son, Schae, reside in San Clemente, CA. She is also proud mom to her two other children, now ages 22 and 27, living in Hawaii and back in the bay area!
While Alicia has a strong dance background, she prefers to work with all body types, backgrounds and ages, as well as trainers and movement professionals. Book a free consultation, health history or first movement session with Alicia today by clicking below!
AARON THOMAS, CMT
Aaron Thomas is a Licensed Massage Therapist most recently practicing in Las Vegas, Nevada, with a sports science background.
Not only does he have an amazing accent (as he is Welsh), Aaron has lived in the UK, France, Italy, Spain and the US. He played Rugby for 18 years, soccer for 12 years, and track & field for 3 years, representing Wales.
Fun fact: He was the youngest chef in Wales to win awards at 21 years of age.
Aaron recently relocated here with his wife, Kayla and has a new baby! His two kid's names are Adler and Scarlet and has two furry kids too-- named Raja and Rani (both Mastiffs).
Aaron has been working closely with Dr. P to take on some Massage clients. Both of Dr. P and Alicia have had work done by him. He has nice strong hands and a calm energy.
Contact us today to get on his schedule, which includes many weekdays and weekends! As he builds his clientele here at WAV as a new therapist, we are offering fantastic new client specials as well as 20% off packages and monthly membership packages. We are sure you will enjoy your sessions as much as we have!
GYROTONIC & GYROKINESIS TRAINER
Whitney is a GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® instructor that is inspired by the interconnectedness of movement and overall wellness. Dancing is her first love of movement; she is a Juilliard dance graduate and is a MFA candidate at UC Irvine. She is enthusiastic about exploring the profound connections between the mind and body especially through science and movement. She enjoys empowering her students and clients to rediscover integrated and pain-free movement by way of body awareness and total body conditioning. She works with clientele of various ages and skill levels including athletes, body-workers, professional dancers, and professional musicians. She has experience working with various diagnoses including chronic pain, hyper-mobility, Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, sciatica, scoliosis, spondylolysis, and surgery rehabilitation.
JUDY ORANDELLA, ELITE ATHLETIC TRAINER, PTA, MASTER PILATES INSTRUCTOR, YOGA, GYROTONIC & GYROKINESIS
Bio Coming Soon!
RACHEL KENDALL, CERTIFIED PILATES INSTRUCTOR, BHODI, TRX, LAGREE, YOGA
Born on Molokai, Rachel is a down-to-earth, approachable and talented movement trainer, surfer girl and outdoor enthusiast! She certified with Marie Jose Blom from Long Beach Dance Conditioning and has been teaching for over 13 years.
Rachel is certified in Pilates, has her 200-hour yoga certification, and is certified in Bhodi, TRX, Lagree, wall yoga, spin, and as a Flexologist. She has taught windsurfing, surfing, SurfSET, and has coached volleyball and basketball.
Rachel was featured in Surfline and was selected as one of the top 20 persons changing the surfing industry in Foam Magazine through pilates training. Since connecting with us at WAV, Rachel has also been practicing the Gyrotonic Method weekly in our classes.
Rachel is loving life living here in San Clemente with her son, Noah, and believes that movement is an art. We agree!