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Ellen de Neef, PT, OCS was born in the Netherlands, and received her Physical Therapy degree, “Meesters in Fysiotherapy” from the SUPA in Utrecht, the Netherlands in 1982. Ellen worked with both pediatric and adult patients in Europe, and was co-owner of an outpatient private practice in Utrecht, before moving to the United States in 1985.

She is a licensed Physical Therapist in California with 30 years of experience. She has practiced in different out-patient, orthopedic and sports medicine clinics in the Bay Area, and is since 1996 employed at the University of California Berkeley Student Health Services. At the UC Berkeley Tang Center, she is a senior physical therapist, and has extensive experience working in the training rooms with Division I athletes at the UC Berkeley Athletics Department.

Her position at Berkeley is for 3 days a week, and with Arcus-PT, Ellen expands her work by offering her services in a private practice physical therapy setting in Albany.

Her main interests are manual therapy, biomechanics, and analyses of function and motion. Ellen has been a longstanding member of the APTA (American Physical Therapy Association) as well as of the APTA Orthopedic and Sports Medicine sections. She is a member of the AAOMPT (American Ass. Of Orthopedic Manual Therapy. In 2008 Ellen became a certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS).

She applies a variety of manual techniques with an holistic approach. Her extensive training in manual therapy, hand therapy, and sports medicine continues to broaden her clinical perspective. Exploring new physical therapy techniques from established institutions such as the Institute of Physical Art, and the Upledger Institute has provided her with a rich background and skill set in muscle energy and functional mobilization, vestibular rehabilitation, Cranio-Sacral Release and Strain/CounterStrain techniques. She is currently completing a series of Visceral Mobilization courses through the Barral Institute.

Ellen is happily married and has two children. She loves the out-doors, hiking, skiing and is an avid tennis player.