People We Love and Recommend!

Keri Sotak and Joanne Kinyon, The Athletic Training Room

The Athletic Training Room offers elite level Sports Medicine Services to individuals of all ages and activity levels in the San Francisco Bay Area. Services are provided by Certified Athletic Trainers who specialize in Injury Evaluation, Treatment, and Rehabilitation of all Orthopedic Injuries. The ATR helps individuals return to full participation in the sport or activity they love, or be without pain when performing daily activities. Our team of Certified Athletic Trainers is experienced in many skills and techniques, and has worked with a variety of populations of individuals including collegiate, professional, Olympic, high school, and recreational athletes.

Services at The Athletic Training Room include injury evaluation & treatment of acute and chronic injuries, long and short-term rehabilitation plans, pre/post-operative rehabilitation, and injury prevention programs through functional movement screens. We also offer many soft-tissue therapies as part of rehabilitation plans, or separately. These soft-tissue therapies include Cupping (Myofascial Decompression), Graston Technique, Muscle Releases, Joint Mobilizations, and more. The ATR also offers Dry Needling for a wide variety of acute and chronic orthopedic injuries.

Whether you are a weekend warrior, competitive athlete, high school athlete, or an active individual, The Athletic Training Room can help you reach your goals.

Alysia Gatchalian McDonough, Nutritionist

Laura Swartz, Foundation Training Instructor

With over 15 years of experience in the fitness industry, Laura Swartz is thrilled to add Foundation Training to her practice. Foundation Training is a movement improvement system designed to restore your body’s natural flow and put you at the center of your health. This program redefines the core to include the posterior chain of muscles, and both identifies and corrects the fundamental movement imbalances created by the modern lifestyle. Whether as a performance tool, a postural tool, or a tool to get you out of pain, Foundation Training helps you become the powerful and effective person you aspire to be.

Weekly classes and monthly workshops offered at Game Changer Fitness. All fitness levels welcome!

Contact Laura via email or through her Facebook page.

Laura Swartz, Foundation Training

Dr. Dwayne Acoba, Chiropractor

Dr. Dwayne Acoba, Chiropractor

Dr. Dwayne Acoba has more than 16 years of caring chiropractic career expertise. Through his work, Dr. Acoba helps athletes at every level to become bigger, better, faster, and stronger so that they are able to reach their health and performance goals. His specialty is Applied Kinesiology (AK), in which muscles are tested for strength and/or weakness as a means to diagnose illness and determine the best treatment options. The AK methodology focuses on evaluating function and movement patterns, which allows Dr. Acoba to reset the body’s musculature. AK provides practitioner and patient alike with objective findings that are instant and measurable and offer a clear path to recovery.

In addition to his duties with In Motion Chiropractic in Livermore, Dr. Acoba works with patients at five Crossfit gyms across the Bay Area. His patients range from elite athletes to people taking their first steps toward a more mobile and healthy lifestyle. Dr. Acoba moved to the Bay Area after a decade providing comprehensive chiropractic care to patients in Southern California.

Get in touch with Dr. Dwayne Acoba through his website.

Dr. Mary Smith, Dentist

Dr. Mary Smith grew up in the small town of Robbins located just north of Davis, California. She is a graduate of U. C. Davis with a B. S. degree in Physiology. Dr. Smith received her D.D.S. in 1995 from University of the Pacific. While attending UOP she was elected into Tau Kappa Omega, the dental Honors society.

Following graduation, Dr. Smith was further honored as a member of the faculty and teaching staff of UOP, while serving Lamorinda and Walnut Creek as an associate dentist.

During the fall of 2000, Dr. Smith established her private practice in Orinda. Based on her extensive ongoing education as well as superb quality care for her patients, the non-profit Consumer Research Council awarded Dr. Smith the distinction of being one of America’s Top Dentists.

Her professional memberships include CDA, ADA, and CCDS. She is Invisalign Certified with an emphasis in Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry.

Dr. Smith lives in Orinda with her husband and four children. She enjoys swimming, tennis and travelling. She takes pride in family dentistry, educating her patients and employing cutting edge techniques with optimum attention to detail and patient care.

Get in touch with Dr. Smith through her website.

Dr. Mary Smith, DDS

Deborah Croan, Accupuncture

Deborah Croan, Accupuncture

Deborah’s work in the field of natural medicine started over 20 years ago. She earned a Master’s of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine and completed the National Certification and State Licensing process. She’s maintained an active practice for 10 years treating a variety of conditions while emphasizing pain management, compromised immunity and women’s health.

Having recently completed an apprenticeship program in Sports Medicine with the esteemed Whitfield Reeves she now is enthusiastically treating sports medicine related cases. While staying rooted in the principles of Chinese Medicine she integrates her passion of essential oils into each acupuncture session to allow for deeper release of stress and emotional imbalance. She is proud to be part of a medicine so deeply rooted in ancient history yet so profoundly useful in a complex modern world.

Get in touch with Deborah through her website.