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In Physical Therapy we combine movement based practices with manual work and we evaluate and treat not just the symptoms but first we look at how the whole body moves and then we develop an overall rehabilitation plan. We treat orthopedic, dance, and sports related injuries, help reduce chronic pain, and provide balanced strengthening and flexibility program that have great and lasting results.
Our Pilates classes and private instruction focus on increasing body strength and performance. Our approach focuses on improving strength while paying attention to and identifying and correcting problematic postural and movement patterns that can cause pain. Pilates should be a fun exercise and we make sure that when you leave our studio you feel re-invigorated, stronger and healthier.
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Stay fit, increase strength and flexibility, improve performance. Our classes are small and tailored to fit the novice as well as the experienced Pilates practitioner. Whether your goal is to maintain your fitness level, increase core strength, improve your posture, or get ready to or just delivered your baby, we have the right class for you. And if you are recovering from an injury, our instructors know how to modify the exercises to keep people safe while getting them stronger.
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Meet Our Staff
Zeina A. Grifoni
OWNER & PHYSICAL THERAPIST
Certified Pilates Instructor
Certified Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Instructor
Certified Pilates Instructor
ACE Certified Personal Trainer
Zumba Certified Instructor
Kim embraced the opportunity to pursue her love of Pilates with Instructor training at Synergy+. Prior to this, her career was
Kim is passionate about helping our clients find the right balance so they can incorporate Pilates and other forms of exercise in their daily lives. She understands the demands of busy professionals, parents and grandparents as well as the effects of aging. She uses her Pilates training to help others gain and maintain strong bodies and with that, healthy and active lives.
Kim is a Bay Area native. She moved from San Francisco to Marin 5 years ago and lives with her husband, two cats and their 18 year-old goldfish. Her hobbies include painting, gardening and she and recently took up knitting!
FRONT DESK & GO TO PERSON
Kanane is the face and voice of the studio. She is the happiest person you have met and her smile is infectious.
Patricia has had 2 main passions in her life, dancing and teaching. She began dancing at the age of 4, teaching since she was a
PHYSICAL THERAPIST & PILATES INSTRUCTOR STUDENT in TRAINING
For the last 15 years, Jenni has been dedicated to learning how to help her patients obtain and
maintain optimal health.
This learning process has taken place through a unique opportunity to work with diverse populations and superb mentoring programs associated with UCSF at SF General Hospital and Kaiser Physical Therapy Residency Program at Sr. Rose Hospital.
Jenni has continued to enhance her skills as an orthopedic PT through advanced manual therapy courses (which consist of joint mobilizations and myofascial decompression- cup therapy) and master level foot and ankle rehabilitation trainings. She considers herself a “movement analyst” because she is exceptionally skilled at recognizing movement dysfunctions through gait analysis. Once she watches you move and determines the segment/joint that is either stiff or hypermobile(unstable) she will design a personalized treatment plan to restore balance in the body through mobilizing stiff segments and/or stabilizing unstable segments. She has helped many people return to pain free/active lifestyles.
Jenni continues to advance her studies in the physical therapy field by working on her Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
When Jenni is not working or studying she loves to spend time with her family and friends hiking/biking in nature, traveling to other countries or dancing.
PHYSICAL THERAPIST & PILATES INSTRUCTOR
Jackie McNeill is a San Francisco native, born and raised. She received her Doctorate degree in physical therapy
at Chapman University in Southern California in 2005. She completed her final physical therapy internship in Costa Rica where she had the opportunity to practice her physical therapy skills, as well as her Spanish speaking skills.
When she returned to the Bay Area, she moved up to Novato and has had the pleasure to serve the Marin community for almost 10 years as an outpatient orthopedic physical therapist.
She is experienced, skilled and passionate about helping people reach their goals for maintaining an active lifestyle and body awareness to prevent future injuries and return to peak performance. Her treatment methods are highlighted by the use of Pilates to develop core stabilization programs and sport-specific training programs. Her manual therapy skills include Active Release Techniques, myofascial decompression (cup therapy) and joint mobilizations which she has found to be extremely effective when combined with a strengthening program and education. She excels in working with people who struggle with foot and ankle injuries and help them return to their prior level of activity and sport.
Jackie stays very active with her daughter and son exploring all of the beauty of Marin, discovering new hiking trails and exploring the many beautiful beaches along the coast. She also loves to travel the world but when she is at home, she’s cheering on the San Francisco 49ers and Giants!!
Laura grew up as a competitive gymnast and was a two-time state champion. She then went into competitive diving and finally
cheerleading, accepting the Cheer Captain role at the University of Texas in Austin. It was in a study abroad program in London where Laura found Pilates and discovered the edge it gave her in her athletic endeavors. Laura has been practicing Pilates for over 10 years and became certified so she could teach others this amazing activity. Always interested in the human body, Laura left the marketplace where she was coaching and teaching surgeons how to use Intuitive Surgcal’s DaVinci Robots. She currently resides in Sausalito with her husband, Chris. They are foster parents in Marin County.
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Synergy+ 834 5th Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94001
Hours of Operation ◊ Monday ÷ Thursday 6AM-7PM ◊ Friday 6AM-5PM ◊ Saturday 8AM-12PM ◊ Sunday Closed
Front Desk Hours ◊ Monday ÷ Thursday 9AM-5PM ◊ Friday 9AM-1PM ◊ Saturday & Sunday Closed