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Pilates

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Physical Therapy

A specialized approach to rehab using Pilates based exercises and manual work that bring quick and lasting results

Teacher Training & Instructor Courses

Pilates Certification and other Pilates Teacher Courses

At Home Physical Therapy

Now Available In Home Physical Therapy

If you cannot make it to the studio, we come to you

Move Free Programs

Guided and customized exercises & activities to fit your goals

Youth Pilates Strength Classes

For Dancers & Competitive Athletes

Designed Specifically for Youth to Increase Core Strength & Stability For Maximum Flexibility, Power and Efficiency

Synergy+ Physical Therapy and Pilates Studio in San Rafael


Synergy+ is a friendly and professional Pilates and physical therapy studio helping clients become strong and fit. Its method blends both disciplines, Pilates & physical therapy borrowing from one to help the other to form a Synergy, i.e. Pilates based physical therapy or Pilates taught by teachers with a thorough understanding of the body. The results?

Correct alignment and posture → healthy and strong movement

Physical Therapy

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 programs that have great and lasting results.

Pilates

Our Pilates classes and private instruction focus on increasing body strength and performance. While our teachers focus on paying attention to and identifying and correcting problematic postural and movement patterns that can cause pain, they make their instruction in both class setting and private sessions, fun and hard and rewarding making sure that when you leave our studio you feel re-invigorated, stronger and healthier.

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415-924-2228

Our Pilates Classes

Stay fit, increase strength and flexibility, improve performance with our Pilates classes in San Rafael. 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, MPT

Zeina A. Grifoni, MPT

OWNER & PHYSICAL THERAPIST

Physical Therapist
PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher
Certified Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Instructor 

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Zeina received her Masters degree in Physical Therapy at Samuel Merritt College in Oakland, California in 2002, and her Pilates Instructor Certification with Ellie Herman in 2004. She has since continued her Pilates training to include pre and post-natal pilates, pilates for Osteoporosis with instructor Sheri Betz PT, and has become a Pink ribbon Certified instructor for breast cancer rehabilitation through the Pink Ribbon Program and instructor Doreen Puglisi, as well as studied rehabilitation for breast cancer survivors with Suzanne Martin DPT.In September 2005, she opened her own practice, Synergy +. Zeina’s main focus is outpatient orthopedics, ranging from post-op rehab to sports related injuries. She specializes in Pilates based orthopedic care, sports rehab, physical fitness, exercise programming, and overall health and wellness. She teaches continuing education instruction courses to physical therapists, Pilates instructors and personal and fitness trainers. Zeina has always wanted to help others through her work. This desire has led her from a world of teaching and participating in sports, to rehabilitation. Zeina started teaching gymnastics at the age of 15, and has been teaching everything from scuba diving to swimming to circus arts ever since. Zeina practiced aerial arts for many years with a San Francisco based circus troupe, Velocity Circus. Opening Synergy +, is a dream come true for her, as it allows her to harness her energy, her athletic background, and her education into one discipline. Beside enjoying as much time as possible with her two boys, her daughter, and Tiziano, her hobbies include hiking and running, mountain biking, swimming, ballroom dancing, as well as participating in off road adventure races and mini triathlons.

Kanane Souza

Kanane Souza

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.  

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She takes care of all of us, starting from picking up the phones to schedule your appointment, to collecting all information and processing all insurance claims, collecting co-pays and appointment fees, sending reminders and assisting all of us do what we do best: take care of you and get you strong and fit  fast and effectively. There is nothing Kanane cannot and will not do. She is our asset and makes our life a lot easier.

 

Laura Gandy

Laura Gandy

PMA® CERTIFIED PILATES TEACHER

Laura grew up as a competitive gymnast and was a two-time state champion.  She then went into competitive diving and finally

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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 Mill Valley with her husband Chris and their 7 year old daughter, Bella.  They are foster parents in Marin County. 

 

Freda Weitzer, DPT

Freda Weitzer, DPT

PHYSICAL THERAPIST

Freda received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, CA in 2017. 

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She is in the process of completing her Pilates Teacher Training at Synergy+. She is a local of West Marin.

Freda decided to pursue a career in physical therapy after experiencing a major illness and period of disability. Both physical therapy and Pilates were instrumental in her process of re-learning to walk and becoming able-bodied again.

Freda loves her job! She particularly enjoys helping people identify their strengths and weaknesses and establish a plan for how to maximize confident and comfortable movement. Freda enjoys working with people of all ages experiencing musculoskeletal and neurological limitations. She employs a combination of manual therapy to help achieve proper mobility of tissues and targeted exercises so that clients can maintain and further develop their movement. 

When not working, Freda enjoys being in nature, spending time with her parents, traveling, and most of all relaxing.

Kim Corelli-Simpson

Kim Corelli-Simpson

PMA® CERTIFIED PILATES TEACHER

Kim embraced the opportunity to pursue her love of Pilates with Instructor training at Synergy+.  Prior to this, her career was

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mostly sedentary and in an office environment.   Based on her experience as a corporate professional, Kim understands how important movement is, yet how difficult it can be to find the time to incorporate it into already full lives.  Kim has been practicing Pilates for over 10 years in both private and group classes.  In addition to Pilates, she swims, cycles and does the occasional sprint triathlon.  As an active individual, she uses Pilates to improve strength and flexibility and to ensure she can remain active well into the future.  Kim believes that movement in the form of exercise and activity not only helps her physically, but is also an important factor in her mental well-being.

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! 

 

Minjae Laws

Minjae Laws

PILATES TEACHER

Certified Pilates Teacher
ACE Certified Personal Trainer
Zumba Certified Instructor 

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 MinJae entered the Pilates and fitness world when she decided to take a series of Pilates classes several years ago. At that time she was a business professional in the corporate world and a mother of 3- working crazy hours, juggling work and family and not having any time to breathe. She fell in love with Pilates (not Joseph!) and was pleasantly surprised at just how well it worked to give her a sense of overall wellness and make her feel better physically and mentally. She became a mat certified Pilates instructor, an ACE certified personal trainer, and a Zumba certified instructor. MinJae has a well rounded experience in the fitness world, and has a deep understanding of the dilemma many professionals and parents face while attempting to balance family, work, and time for oneself to focus on health and well being. She specializes in creating functional fitness programs utilizing Pilates principles for developing core strength and flexibility. She has combined her ideas into two new classes here at Synergy+ to achieve those goals: Pilates boot camp and Cardio + Pilates.

 

Tiziano Grifoni

Tiziano Grifoni

GENERAL MANAGER

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To learn more about Tiziano check out his LinkedIn Profile. 

Genevieve Hand

Genevieve Hand

PILATES TEACHER

Genevieve is a Bay Area dance artist who received her Pilates certification from Synergy+ in 2017. She came to Pilates initially

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to rehab from a dance-related injury and quickly came to understand its benefits for physical rehab, strength training, and cross training for dance. While Genevieve is passionate about working with dancers and athletes to help them reach their fullest potential, she also loves working with people who just feel they need more movement in their lives. She believes strongly in the healing power of movement and recognizes how difficult it can be to put make physical health a priority in our overfilled lives. To that end, she works with clients to tailor programs that will work with their body and their lifestyle.

Genevieve moved back to the Bay Area after graduating from UCSB with a BFA in Dance and a BA in Physical Anthropology. She has danced with various companies across California in both ballet and modern styles and has taught dance at various studios in the Bay Area. Her hunger for knowledge about the workings of human anatomy is what drives her focus in her Pilates practice. 

Laura Winner, DPT

Laura Winner, DPT

PHYSICAL THERAPIST

Laura is an orthopedic physical therapist, and utilizes her manual techniques with functional exercise to help people

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return to their favorite activities.  

She has a special interest in incorporating the principles and exercises of Pilates where appropriate or when people are interested. She is currently enrolled in Synergy+'s intensive Pilates Teacher Training program. Since having children, Laura has also realized how foundational the pelvic floor is to our stability and movement, and has undergone specialized training at the Herman Wallace Pelvic Rehab Institute in treating women for dysfunction in this area. She is passionate about helping women recover from problems that too many suffer from in silence.

In addition, Laura makes it a point to look at the person as a whole, and not just a body part.  This includes identifying body alignment, muscle imbalances, as well as how each individual uses their body so she can address all the issues that may be contributing to an injury and facilitate healing.

I love my job because I get to spend my day helping people get back to doing what they love. ~ Laura

Laura graduated from USC in 2011 with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy.  Since then she has been working within the outpatient orthopedic setting helping patients with both conservative treatment approaches and post operative rehab.

Laura’s favorite thing to do is explore the Bay Area with her family.   During her free time to herself she enjoys trying new restaurants or attending a great Pilates and/or Yoga class.

 

Patricia Brodeur

Patricia Brodeur

PILATES TEACHER

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

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 teenager, and graduating from Université du Québec à Montréal in 2004, with a degree in education. Her teaching experience ranges from the classroom to the ski slopes to the dance studio. She taught skiing for 10 years specializing in classes for children and people with disabilities. She began dancing professionally in 2006, when she joined the Swinging Air Force, a dance performance troupe based in Montreal, Canada. Because of her experience in education and dance, Patricia was invited to join the Studio 88-SWING teachers team. She travelled to specialized in Balboa swing dance and competed all over North America. She became the first Canadian to win the Cleveland All Balboa Weekend Classic Balboa Championship amateur division. Within the Swinging Air Force organization she and her dance partner launched a Balboa performance troupe. She became responsible for the Balboa division at Studio 88-SWING and travelled in Canada, USA, and France to teach Balboa. She organized and taught professional development teaching classes to dance teachers at Studio 88-SWING and Cat’s Corner. In 2011, Patricia and her husband moved to California where she was introduced to pilates and it quickly became a part of her life. During her pregnancy in 2014, Patricia immersed herself in pre and post-natal pilates and found a new passion! Still as excited by teaching as ever, Patricia embarked on the wonderful journey to become a Pilates instructor. She came into the teacher training program at Synergy+ in January 2016, completed her classes in June, and started her internship with Zeina in July. Patricia hopes to become a specialist in pre and post natal pilates as she embraces motherhood.  She also loves hiking, swimming, and biking with her family.

 

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Synergy+

834 5th Avenue

San Rafael, CA 94901

Tel: 415-924-2228

Fax: 844-671-9023

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Monday ÷ Thursday 6AM-7PM      Friday 6AM-5PM      Saturday 8AM-2PM      Sunday Closed

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