For over 30 years, Scarpelli & Associates, formally Scarpelli & Kakehashi, offers expertise in orthopedic manual physical therapy in San Francisco’s Castro District. With the retirement of my partner, Lisa Kakehashi, came the loss of an incredible business partner; however, this has also become an exciting opportunity to bring in a group of eager practioners who are dedicated to helping you reach vibrant, long-lasting health.
We provide in-depth, one-on-one assessments and tailored treatments in private rooms--no factory set treatments, group sessions, or PT aids. Additionally, our close-knit staff collaborates with each other and your other health care providers to offer a team approach to your care. Ultimately, empowering you to reach your best musculoskeletal health is our top priority.
Scarpelli & Associates has been awarded the Winner of the 2014 San Francisco Outstanding Clinic Award, 2014 Patient’s Choice for outstanding clinic award, and for four years running, one of the Top 3 Physical Therapists in SF for 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.
Physical Therapist, Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
Elizabeth Scarpelli, PT, OCS, FAAOMPT, has been a therapist for 35 years and brings a wealth of experience, expertise and energy to her practice. She has mentored over 30 graduate PTs on the path to specialization in orthopedic manual physical therapy. She was a senior instructor for over 20 years in the Kaiser Hayward PT Residency and Fellowship program, the first program of its kind in the country. This program sets the standard for advanced clinical residency education in the US and Liz takes this philosophy to heart and continues to mentor therapists in her clinic. Her goal is to assist the PT to be the best they can be and pass it on. This provides huge benefits to our patients because that expertise in long term mentoring is carried forward to our patients' treatments. That collaboration between therapists assists in sorting out complex patient problems so that they can be addressed in the most efficient way.
Liz has been published in the American Physical Therapy Journal, and Kaiser Permanente National Website. She wrote a blog for the movie Miss Representation regarding the sordid history of foot binding and other insults to women’s feet.
Liz is an avid cyclist and treats her son (when he’s home) who rode on the Italian cycling team Aren Cucina last year.
Physical Therapist, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Christopher Clukies PT, DPT is a therapist who brings a sharp mind, a kind heart and inquisitive mind to his practice and the perfect therapist to work alongside Liz. Chris brings very good listening skills, a vital skill to patients who feel professionals have not heard them. He wholeheartedly embraces the mentoring process and is fully engaged in providing excellent patient care. Chris is an avid cyclist. He is fluent in Spanish.
Katelynn Allen graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a B.S. in Kinesiology and minor in Biology. She then went on to earn her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine. As an avid soccer player and wakeboarder, Kate has a special interest in sports performance and orthopedics. She promotes the use of manual therapy along with functional movements to allow patients to return to the activities and sports they love. Kate is a fun-loving person who enjoys living an active life full of pastimes including hiking, running, snowboarding, and exploring the great outdoors.
Genevieve received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from UCSF/SFSU. She had previously completed her Bachelor Degree at Mills College in Oakland where she studied Latin American Studies and Modern Dance. Genevieve is fluent in Spanish after living abroad in Spain and Colombia. Prior to becoming a physical therapist Genevieve taught dance to people of all ages and has competed internationally in Latin Ballroom. In addition to treating orthopedic and sports injuries, Genevieve has taken advanced course work in Pelvic Health Physical Therapy and has experience treating women's health conditions such as urinary incontinence and pelvic pain. In her spare time, she likes to practice Pilates and is a certified mat Pilates instructor with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute. She is also in the process of completing a comprehensive Pilates certification through Polestar Pilates.
Joseph "Joe" Pascual is our office manager who helps us ensure that you have a smooth experience along your journey to recovery.
He handles most of the paperwork so that your physical therapist can focus more time on getting you back to living your healthiest life and less time wrestling with the fax machine.
When he's not slaying dragons and putting out fires with the insurance companies, you can find Joe outside, adventuring with his bicycle, practicing his beginner’s Spanish at the local farmers market, or back at home playing piano. And no matter where he is, Joe is someone who sincerely enjoys listening much more than he talks.