Meet the WAV PT Team

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DR. SCOTT PARRISH, DPT,
GYROTONIC TRAINER, SOMA SNI® (ROLFING/SI) PRACTIONER,
CMT, 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.  The Gyrotonic Method 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.  

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ALICIA PARRISH,
GYROTONIC TRAINER,
AUTHORIZED PRE-TRAINER, GYROKINESIS TRAINER, PILATES, PT AIDE, INTEGRATIVE NUTRITION HEALTH COACH  

Alicia is a former classical ballet dancer and educator and has been teaching the Gyrotonic Method for over 18 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, eventually selling to get back to her roots in CA!

 

Through her years as a dancer and teacher, her passion was in movement mechanics and with her empath personality, connecting deeply with others. While living in Seattle she found her Gyrotonic practice, knowing after the first session that she wanted to teach this method. A few years later she was certified as a Gyrotonic trainer with Juliu Horvath and eventually worked her way to becoming 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 and Gyrokinesis classes. She is also certified in Level II both formats, Jump Stretch Board, Leg Extension Unit, both Gyrotoner Formats, Archway, Gyrokinesis, and therapeutic applications. She has worked with many other amazing Master Trainers along the way, repeating courses for enrichment with different teachers. 

After moving up and down the West Coast, selling the dance studios, supporting her husband (Dr. Scott) while he completed his doctorate, teaching and continuing to study and train--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, becoming an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach.  This allows her to work with clients and patients at the clinic in a deeper way, coaching through movement, nutrition, and lifestyle.

 

Alicia, her husband Dr. Scott, and her youngest 14-year old son, Schae, reside in San Clemente, CA.   She is also a proud mom to her two other children, now ages 23 and 27, living in Hawaii and back in the bay area!  

Alicia thoroughly enjoys working with individuals of all backgrounds and ages- including children, people looking to create lasting change in their bodies, find relief from pain, still working with dancers, athletes, certified trainers, movement professionals, and with Dr. P's patients, assisting with rehabilitation and injury prevention, movement re-education, surgery prep and recovery, Scoliosis, and neurological conditions such as Parkinson's, MS, and post-stroke. 

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ERIN MACKIN, DPT, YOGA INSTRUCTOR, CLINIC + STUDIO ADMINISTRATION

bio coming soon!

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 NEW DPT COMING SOON

WAV is currently seeking a  DPT to join the WAV PT team. Interested applicants should submit their resume to info@wavpt.com

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DR. ALLEA FRANCIS, PT, DPT
PELVIC FLOOR PHYSICAL THERAPIST

Dr. Allea Francis PT, DPT achieved her Bachelors in Health Sciences at the University of Missouri and obtained her Doctoral Degree at the University of Missouri in Physical Therapy. She moved to Orange County and completed a 6-month fellowship training in Pelvic Health in 2018 at Sarton Physical Therapy.  Dr. Allea has also worked as an instructor and faculty at Chapman University for the Physical Therapy Department and volunteered as a teaching assistant for Pelvic Education Alliance.

Dr. Allea has experience in treating highly complex pelvic floor dysfunctions.  She takes a holistic and multi-faceted approach when treating her patients, and knows this is necessary for her patients to reach their goals.

 

During her personal time, Dr. Allea enjoys spending time with her dog Brutus, snowboarding at Mammoth, trail runs, and spending quality time with her family and friends.

WAV is thrilled to have Align Physical Therapy & Pelvic Floor Wellness within our clinic. 

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AMY TILLOTSON, CERTIFIED MASSAGE THERAPIST, CRANIAL SACRAL THERAPY

After receiving her massage therapy license in 2003, Amy began working in the Florida Hospital Rehab and Sports Medicine Clinic where she witnessed the many positive results massage therapy aids in helping the body recover from injury and stress while promoting the body's natural healing process. She is compassionate and intentional with a sincere and warm approach to massage. Along with a B.A. in Communication Studies, she is knowledgeable with over 15 years of experience in a wide range of massage and soft tissue techniques and methods that include myofascial release, trigger point therapy, deep tissue, and CranioSacral Therapy. She is dedicated to promoting health, healing and well-being through therapeutic touch and massage for people of all ages. Amy and her family have called San Clemente home for 15 years. When she’s not working, she enjoys walking the beach trail, hiking, skiing, and traveling. 

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CARA HANSWICK, CERTIFIED PILATES & GYROTONIC TRAINER

Cara Hansvick is from Chicago, Illinois where she grew up dancing and initially fell in love with movement. She attended Indiana University where she majored in Ballet and received a full-time position with the Charlotte Ballet in North Carolina upon graduation. In Charlotte, she was offered a partnership with a classical Pilates studio which immediately sparked a passion for Pilates, seeing the benefits in her body and her dancing. She later moved to Los Angeles to dance with the American Contemporary Ballet as a Principal Dancer. Eager to continue her training, she completed her classical certification through the Pilates Institute of Southern California. She then began her journey into the Gyrotonic Method shortly after with Lisa Marie Goodwin, and completed her final certification with Debra Rose. She has been a movement educator for over 10 years. She moved to OC to dance with the Ballet Project Orange County and to continue to pursue her teaching career more fully. 

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JB KING, LICENSED GYROTONIC APPRENTICE

JB spent the bulk of her life in the corporate world, helping businesses tell their stories with words, images and motion pictures. During that time, she explored all kinds of exercise including running, biking, aerobics, yoga, Pilates, and barre.

 

She found her way to Gyrotonic exercise in 2019 as a way to manage pain and physical limitations due to scoliosis. With a 49-degree curve in her lower thoracic, she describes her spine as, “more like a U-shaped Kryptonite bike lock than something designed to hold a human being in an upright position.” She attributes the Gyrotonic method of movement for helping her to understand the importance of stability as well flexibility to a balanced body. She says it has also enabled her to change habitual patterns of holding or moving that don’t serve her well and to find new ways to move that are freer and create more ease and space in her body. As a result of regularly practicing Gyrotonic exercise, she’s now able to perform the tasks of day-to-day living with little or less pain and stiffness.

 

JB believes the key to aging gracefully is to maintain as much mobility as possible with the body and backbone she’s been given and says the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® has been enormously beneficial to her in this regard. In fact, it’s what inspired what she calls her encore career: to teach Gyrotonic exercise to others so that they, too, may experience the benefits.

 

In addition to being a lifelong student of fitness and wellness, JB is a mother, avid sailor and dog lover. When she’s not at the studio you can often find her zipping around town on her hot pink Vespa!

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MARISA PUENTE, DACM, L.AC.  

Marisa Puente, Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is a licensed acupuncturist, clinical herbalist,  yoga instructor and owner of Radiant Wellness Acupuncture. Marisa completed her doctorate from Pacific College of Health and Science in San Diego, CA. 

 

While studying Chinese medicine, Marisa had the opportunity to intern at UC San Diego’s Integrative Free Clinic Program, as well as at UCSD's Recreation, Intramural, and Athletic Complex (RIMAC) and treated student athletes. She trained with Acupuncturists Without Borders to learn National Acupuncture Detoxification Assn. (NADA) protocol for addiction, mental health and trauma; as well, she trained in neurological acupuncture to treat post-stroke patients and those with other neurological disorders.

 

A large motivation for Marisa to continue her education and study acupuncture was her work with Naval Special Warfare. From 2015 to 2019 Marisa had the privilege of training U.S. Navy SEALs in a stretch therapy modality  to help them increase range of motion and flexibility, enhance performance, and overcome injuries. 

 

It is her commitment to provide therapeutic acupuncture  treatments that improve the health and wellbeing of her patients. 

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RACHEL KENDALL,CERTIFIED PILATES TRAINER, LICENSED GYROTONIC APPRENTICE, YOGA, PT AIDE  

Born on Molokai, Rachel is a down-to-earth, approachable and talented movement trainer, surfer girl, and outdoor enthusiast! She a certified pilates trainer under Marie Jose Blom from Long Beach Dance Conditioning and has been teaching for over 14 years.  

 

Rachel is a 200-hour yoga instructor and is also certified in Bhodi, TRX, Lagree, wall yoga, spin, and as a Flexologist.  She has taught windsurfing, surfing, SurfSET, and has coached volleyball and basketball. Most recently she completed her Gyrotonic Level I Teacher Training Foundation Course here at WAV and will be adding this to her teaching repertoire. 

 

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!  

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WHITNEY SCHMANSKI,
GYROTONIC & GYROKINESIS TRAINER, PILATES, DANCE, PT AIDE

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.