Physical Therapy

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UHS Physical Therapy staff

About Physical Therapy

University Health Services provides affordable outpatient orthopedic physical therapy services to students by referral from a clinician. Faculty and staff members also are served if they have a work related injury. Located on the 3rd floor of Tang Center, the Physical Therapy unit includes six treatment rooms outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment, as well as a spacious rehabilitation gym.Exercise equipment in the gym includes an upper-body ergometer, a treadmill, exercise bicycles, a pulley system, and free weights. Other equipment, such as gymnastic balls and foam rollers, are utilized for stabilization activities. Traditional physical therapy modalities, including electrical stimulation, ultrasound, light and iontophoresis are available.

The physical therapists provide comprehensive evaluation and individualized treatment programs. Our staff has expertise in a variety of specialty areas, including sports medicine, ergonomics, manual therapy, hand therapy, and orthotics.

Treatment in the Physical Therapy unit in Tang Center is limited to 6 to 12 visits, depending on your diagnosis. If further treatment is necessary, referrals to outside physical therapy providers may be offered.

Please bring shorts, sports bras/tank tops, and/or exercise attire to your appointment. This will allow the injured area of your body to be adequately exposed for optimal evaluation and treatment. If you do not bring shorts, when necessary, shorts will be provided at an additional charge.

Our treatment philosophy stresses active patient participation through patient education and home exercise.  This is of paramount importance for the success of your rehabilitation program. You will be asked, therefore, to do some activities on your own to optimize your rehabilitation.

These could include exercises, stretches, ergonomic modifications, and ice or heat applications. As therapeutic exercise is often a component of physical therapy, please be prepared to actively participate in your treatment.

Conditions Treated by Physical Therapy

  • Back and neck pain
  • Shoulder sprains and strains
  • Knee sprains and strains
  • Patellofemoral pain
  • Ankle sprains
  • Foot injuries
  • Postural dysfunction
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Work-related injuries
  • Hand injuries

Appointments and Cancellations with Physical Therapy

Appointments can be made in person at the Physical Therapy reception desk or by calling (510) 642-0607. Appointments may be scheduled from 8am to 4pm. Please note that the Physical Therapy unit is closed daily from 12-1pm and Thursdays from 11am-1pm.

There will be a $25 charge for appointments that are: broken with less than 24 hours of notice, no-shows, or late arrivals who are asked to reschedule. It is important that you cancel your Physical Therapy appointments with at least 24 hours of notice. Our cancellation line is available 24 hours a day (a message on voicemail is acceptable): (510) 642-0607.


Fees for Physical Therapy services are paid at the Cashier's Office on the 1st floor of Tang Center. Visit our fees page for more details.

Initial Evaluation, approximately 60 minutes:
$15 co-pay (SHIP), $160 (non-SHIP)

Treatment Visit, approximately 30 minutes:
$15 co-pay (SHIP), $80-160 (non-SHIP)

Various types of medical supplies are available for Physical Therapy patients to purchase. SHIP generally covers 90% of supply costs.

Student Health Insurance Plan

Berkeley Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) offered by UC Berkeley pays 100% after $15 co-pay (deductible waived) for services at University Health Services. For verification of your SHIP enrollment or questions regarding your insurance plan, contact the Student Health Insurance Office located around the corner from the Physical Therapy unit in Room 3200, or call (510) 642-5700.


Physical Therapy Professional Staff

jeff chen Jeff Chen, PT, DPT, OCS received his bachelor's degree in Mathematics from NYU and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Columbia University. A native New Yorker, Jeff gained experience treating brain injury and spinal cord patients at Bellevue Hospital before moving to California in 2012. Prior to joining the UHS Staff in 2014, he worked in an outpatient orthopedic clinic in Marin County. His clinical interests include sports medicine and injury prevention. 
Matthew Garet, DPT received his bachelor's degree in Excercise Science from George Washington University in 2000 and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Duke University in 2004. Before joining the UHS staff Matthew was working in outpatient orthopedic and sports physical therapy in the Washington, DC area. He has a special interest in Manual Therapy, Sports Medicine and General Orthopedics. 
Ellen de Neef PT, OCS received her PT degree from the physical therapy school SUPA, located in Utrecht, The Netherlands. She is board certified as a clinical orthopedic specialist. Ellen worked for several years in pediatric and orthopedic clinics before joining the UHS PT staff in 1995. Ellen has completed post-graduate training in orthopedic and manual therapy and hand rehabilitation. Her clinical interests include manual therapy, sports medicine, ergonomics and hand rehabilitation.
Liz Nguyen Liz Nguyen, DPT received both her undergraduate degree and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Mount St Mary's University. She completed a one year residency in Orthopedics and a one year fellowship in Sports Medicine at Kaiser in LA. She is an avid runner.
Joewel Pascual PT, DPT received his bachelor's degree in Kinesiology from Cal State East Bay and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. Prior to joining the UHS staff in 2014, Joewel worked in the geriatric setting. His clinical interests include manual therapy and sports medicine.
mary poplisen, pt Mary Popylisen MSPT, ATC received her bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from UC Davis and master’s degree from the University of the Pacific. She is also a Certified Athletic Trainer. Prior to joining UHS as the Physical Therapy Manager in 2000, she worked at Children’s Hospital in Oakland, and completed a post-graduate year-long orthopedic manual therapy course. Her special interests include manual therapy and sports medicine.

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susan sonoda Susan Sonoda PT, OCS received her bachelor's degree in Biology from UC Berkeley and her PT degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She is board certified as a clinical orthopedic specialist. Prior to joining the UHS PT staff in 2005, she completed a post-graduate orthopedic manual therapy program and owned a private PT practice. Her clinical interests include manual therapy and ergonomics.
dale Dale Woolley received his bachelor's degree (2009) and Doctorate in Physical Therapy (2011) from University of the Pacific. Prior to joining UHS in 2015, Dale was practicing orthopedic and sports physical therapy. Dale has a special clinical interest in sports medicine and spine stabilization. 

Physical Therapy Interns  
Throughout the year, we are preceptors for student interns completing their final affiliations before graduating with their Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy. Our professional staff directly supervises the student interns.
Physical Therapy Clinic Assistants  
photo of Physical Therapy Clinic Assistants Emma Lutz and Joe Azizi are the Physical Therapy Clinic Assistants. You will see them at the reception area where they will help with your appointments and in the back office where they will help with modality set-ups.


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