Meet the Team
Faculty and Lab Assistants
Christopher DaPrato DPT, SCS, CSCS, PES,MFD
Lead Instructor, Innovator
Dr. DaPrato currently treats professional and NCAA athletes at UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley, while teaching in the Orthopedic Residency for their School of Medicine. He is a strong proponent and educator for manual therapy in sports and has presented evidence informed practices at conferences both nationally and internationally. After receiving his BS in Human Physiology, his Masters in Physical Therapy from Long Beach, and his Doctorate from Temple University, he went on to become Board Certified in Sports through the APTA. His approach to patient care has become a blend of advanced level strength and conditioning with manual techniques, and received his CSCS through the NSCA, and certified as a Performance Enhancement Specialist from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. When not working or doing podcasts, he cherishes family food time, international travel, and a good mezcal Paloma. Cheers!
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.
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.
Nina Freitas, PT, DPT, OCS, MFd
Dr. Nina Freitas graduated with her doctorate of physical therapy from MGH Institute of Health Professions. Nina has worked with a wide variety of diagnosis in the hospital outpatient setting, ranging from chronic stroke and Parkinsons to elite athletes. She has focused her clinical expertise in concussion management and treatment, vestibular dysfunction, and pediatric sports medicine. She has enjoyed exploring the fascial world, attending the Fascial Congress in Berlin in 2018 and taking the Level 1 Fascial Manipulation Course. She currently works at University of California, San Francisco and is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. Nina is an avid runner, soccer player, and skier and loves traveling.
PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, MFd
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. He completed both his residency and Fellowship at Kaiser Medical. He currently practices at UCLA Medical Center. 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.
Chris Soterakopoulos, DPT, FAF, MFD
Chris completed his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2012 and began practicing in outpatient orthopedics and sports. He was eager to learn as much as he could in order to provide his clientele the best care possible, so he set out to become certified in Kinesiotaping methods, Titliest Performance Institute, Vestibular Rehab, Blood Flow Restriction Training, MyoFascial Decompression, Work Capacity Evaluations, First Responder certified, and even completed a Fellowship in Applied Functional Science.
Chris is always looking to give back to the community, as he serves as a medical provider for: Blue Royals Volleyball, Northshore and Emerald City Gymnastics clubs, Snohomish Valley Golf Center, Olympic Ballet and Theatre, and is an active referee for high schools in Snohomish County and NCAA - NWAC Men's Basketball Conference.
Chris is constantly surrounded by friends and family and loves teaching and cheering on his 3 children.
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..