Physical Therapists


Karen J. Woodbeck MS, PT, OCS, ATC, CKTI

Karen is a certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer and has over 24 years of experience, with a primary focus on orthopedics, sports medicine, manual therapy, pilates, taping, and cold laser. A philosophy she follows is “Never Give Up!” originally coined by Winston Churchill and embodied by the late Fr. Jim Mifsud S.M. who was a mentor. Karen loves working with clients motivated to improve and is tenacious in her pursuit of achieving their success.

Karen physical therapy philosophy emphasizes restoring good position and mobility, building stability, and immediately increasing function while reducing pain. Teaching the body how to do this using neuromuscular (brain-body) education is a strong part of client treatment.

In order to achieve the client’s goals, Karen utilizes a variety of skills obtained from years of practice incorporating extensive continuing education. Study includes courses with many internationally renowned instructors in the areas of Muscle Energy Technique, Mulligan’s Mobilization with Movement, myofascial release, McConnell technique, Primal reflex release technique, craniosacral therapy, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, and Kinesio Taping, to name a few.

Karen enjoys problem solving and finding Kinesio Taping applications that give clients tools to reduce pain and improve function as a part of their home program. She often teaches clients and their helpers how to tape, facilitating follow through during daily and sports activities to maximize results.

Karen has been a Kinesio Taping Association International Instructor since 2003. She has been privileged to teach domestically and internationally in courses and conferences from Ireland to Italy, France and Northern Ireland, Pennsylvania and Virginia to Louisiana and concentrating West in California. Karen has been honored to present at APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting and the NATA National Convention. Body Dynamic hosts several classes every year locally in San Jose.

Please go to (upcoming courses page) for current list of course dates or link to our registration form.

As an Athletic Trainer, Karen has volunteered and assisted at many events over the years including the 1st World Games in 1980, Bruce Jenner Invitational Track and Field meets, USFSA Figure Skating National Championships and local events, USGA US Open, Avon 3 day Walk, and local ice hockey, soccer and volleyball tournaments. One standout highlight was working at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia for the Softball venue. In addition to athletics, Karen volunteers for her local homeowners board and Cursillo.

Karen grew up locally in Silicon Valley and was a participant in several sports during her time at Cupertino High School. After high school Karen was an exchange student to Denmark. She spent a year abroad learning Danish, going to school, and living with a family in a small town in southwestern Jutland. She still keeps in touch with her family there and a few friends although her Danish is quite rusty.

In college, Karen continued to participate in sports and was a Division 1 athlete in Track and Field. It was an injury in college and going through physical therapy that sparked her interest and lead Karen on her current career path.

In her free time, Karen remains very active and enjoys all things outdoors; especially organic gardening, grass doubles volleyball, hiking, mountain biking, backpacking, and traveling.

Education:
A.S. in Physical Education from De Anza College
B.S. in Physical Education with an Athletic Training emphasis from Boise State University
M.S. in Physical Therapy from University of Indianapolis

Affiliations/Memberships:
APTA - American Physical Therapy Association
NATA - National Athletic Trainers Association
ECHO
Cursillo - San Jose Diocese English Speaking Cursillo
KTAI - Kinesio Taping Association International


 


 

Bamboo Ilana

Bamboo has been a Physical Therapy Assistant for 21 years and a Licensed Acupuncturist for 13 years. She specializes in Myofascial Release (MFR) and Craniosacral Therapy (CST). Through the integration of Acupuncture principles with MFR and CST Bamboo has developed a unique, gentle and powerful self care program to assist clients reduces pain and move with greater ease. By addressing a physical injury as a whole body injury we can find easier and often efficient ways of releasing deeper restrictions.

Bamboo lives with her cat (MoiRa) in Felton and enjoys the Redwoods, tea, spiritual expansion, hand analysis, hiking, photography, meditation, self transformation, and classical music. She recently completed training to become a docent at Henry Cowell Redwood State Park and enjoys learning and sharing the fascinating facts and lore about the redwoods and the area with the visitors from around the world.

 

 

 


 

Christine Zafiropoulo

Christine Zafiropoulo received her B.S. degree in Physical Education at Fresno State University, A.S. degree in Physical Therapy from De Anza College and is a certified Polestar education rehabilitation Pilates instructor. Christine has a wide variety experience that includes orthopedics, rehab Pilates, aqua therapy, personal training, corporate physical therapy where she incorporated injury prevention, ergonomics and treatment programs into the work environment.

Christine strives to provide her patients and clients to reach their full potential and improve their quality of life. Activities she enjoys in her spare time include snowboarding, swimming, Pilates, strength training, reading and having fun with her family.