Meet the Team
Faculty and Lab Assistants
Christopher DaPrato DPT, SCS, CSCS, PES, MFD
Lead Instructor, Innovator
Dr. DaPrato currently holds an Associate Professor Faculty appointment at the UC San Francisco School of Medicine Mission Bay Campus, treating all spectrums of sports and orthopedics. He teaches in the DPT program in the areas of Advanced Exercise Prescription, Manual Therapy, Sports Medicine and also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Orthopedics. Prior to his current position, he was a Team Physical Therapist for the University of California Golden Bears treating Div. 1 NCAA and professional athletes in their sports medicine department, and a previous Clinic Director for Physiotherapy Associates in the Denver area. He is a strong proponent and educator for manual therapy in sports orthopedics and has specialized in HVLATs, Muscle Energy, and functional manual therapy. He received his BS in Human Physiology, his Masters in Physical Therapy from Long Beach, and his Doctorate from Temple University. His approach to patient care also encompasses advanced level strength and conditioning, and received his CSCS through the NSCA, and certified as a Performance Enhancement Specialist from the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
PT, DPT, OCS, mfd
Danny works alongside Dr. DaPrato at the UCSF Faculty Practice, where he treats a wide variety of patients in the orthopedic and sports realm, as well as assisting with instruction and clinical education in the UCSF Physical Therapy Doctoral Program as an Assistant Clinical Professor. He also spends time as one of two primary treating therapists for the UCSF Osseointegration Program for amputees, and has consulted with NASA on the astronaut low back pain study/investigation. Danny has been assisting and instructing with the Myofascial Decompression classes since 2016. Trained in Maitland Techniques, Mulligan Techniques, MFD, and many osteopathic methods, he enjoys a multi-modal approach to helping patients improve. When not instructing or helping patients at the clinic, Danny enjoys cars, traveling, spending time with friends, rooting for the Giants, Warriors and 49ers, and spending quality time with his wife, son, and two dogs.
PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, MFDc
Harvey has practiced in a wide variety of geographical and clinical settings throughout his career. He has worked in private, community service, and sports medicine clinics across the west coast. Experiences ranging from working with the U.S. ski team, neurological rehabilitation in Denmark, and treadmill running analysis have contributed to his clinical reasoning. Outside of work, his passions include furniture making and photography.
Ivan arriaga, pt, dpt, csc, MFD
Dr. Arriaga received his BS in Physiology and Neuroscience from UC San Diego in 2014 and his DPT from UCSF/SFSU in 2018. Dr. Arriaga’s research interests include the implementation of blood flow restriction training and myofascial decompression in the management of orthopedic conditions, as well as conservative treatments for patients with thoracic outlet syndrome. His culminating doctoral project was a systematic review and meta-analysis on The Effectiveness of Blood Flow Restriction Therapy in Attenuating Muscle Atrophy and Increasing Strength Following Knee Surgery. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and is an assistant instructor for continuing education courses in myofascial decompression.
Chris Soterakopoulos, DPT, FAF, MFD
Chris Soterakopoulos is the Director of Physical Therapy at a physical medicine clinic in Seattle, WA called Vida Integrated Health. He has been practicing as a Doctor of Physical Therapy since 2012 and has a multitude of certifications and trainings in taping, biomechanics, concussions, vestibular training, a myriad of manual techniques, and completed a fellowship in applied functional science, to name a few. He has been certified in myofascial decompression since 2017 and uses it regularly to help improve patient mobility, decrease pain and increase functional outcomes. Chris stays active in his community by helping to support select volleyball, gymnastics, golf teams, and a local ballet school. Chris also serves as a board member for Snohomish County basketball officials, instructs golf fitness courses and actively participates in the Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce.
Michael Ng pt, DPT, art, MFDc
Mike earned his BS in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology from UCLA in 2008 and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from UCSF/SFSU in 2011. Upon graduation, he joined a start up sports orthopedics private practice which has since grown into several clinics serving various cities in the Bay Area. He is currently the Clinic Director for the newest facility located in the SOMA district of San Francisco. Working with a variety of patients from the active general population to Olympic and world ranked Ironman athletes, he has continued to develop his skills as a functional manual therapist. When not at work, Mike enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter in the great outdoors, collecting sneakers, and cheering for his hometown Giants, 49ers, and Warriors.
Brian Schulman, MA, ATC, CSCS
Brian Schulman enters his seventh season as an athletic trainer with the Oakland A¹s after previously serving seven years at the University of California, Berkeley. Schulman also served previous internships with the San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Kristy Illg MPT,ATC,CSCs, MFDc
Kristy graduated from Nova Southeastern University with her Masters in Physical Therapy, and is also a certified Athetic Trainer. She is trained in ART and Graston, practicing as a Physical Therapist for Cal Berkeley ICA..
Pilar DIZON,SPT, MFD
Director of Operations
Pilar Dizon is a recent graduate from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Exercise Biology. She previously worked as a rehabilitation aide at the UCSF Outpatient Physical Therapy Practice, leaving recently to attend the UCSF/SFSU Graduate Program in Physical Therapy, Class of 2021!