PERSONAL TRAINING

Karen Pape, MS, PES, CES has been a personal trainer since 2004 and is certified through NASM She holds a Master's degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion with an emphasis in Rehabilitation Sciences. She holds advanced specialization in Performance Enhancement and Corrective Exercise and has been certified in the Functional Movement Screen and is also a Certified Tennis Performance Specialist (CTPS).

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Karen enjoys a very active lifestyle. She is a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, has studied other martial arts and is an avid tennis player, hitting the courts as often as possible and competing through local USTA leagues.

Karen specializes in active wellness training which allows you to train at a high level while avoiding recurring injury cycles and strengthening functional muscle patterns. Pre and post rehab clients greatly benefit from strength training with Karen in order to get back to the activities they enjoy quickly and at a high level.

In her work, Karen utilizes many facets of fitness in order to meet her clients where they are and help them reach their goals. These facets include:

Flexibility/ Self Myofascial Release

Strength training

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

Core training

Balance training

Karen has worked with athletes at all levels (including Division I and II collegiate, competitive gymnasts, ice skaters, martial artists, distance runners, triathletes, ultimate frisbee and tennis players) but also enjoys working with people who recognize that pain free activity at any level can increase their quality of life and extend their period of participation in whatever opportunities come their way. 

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CHIROPRACTIC

MIKE VALONES, DC grew up in New Jersey (we love the east coast doctors!) and studied Biochemistry at Drew University. He later graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in San Jose, CA.  

Dr. Mike's practice focuses on preventative and rehabilitative care with a special interest in sports medicine.  He is also a certified personal trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine and has a background in corrective exercise and strength training. Dr. Mike also holds  certifications in functional movement screens (FMS and SFMA) and is proficient in many techniques including Graston, Active Release and athletic and kinesiology taping.

His goal is to help people out of pain, rehabilitate their injuries and get them back to the activities they love. Throughout the process, Dr. Mike enjoys empowering his patients with information about their specific health concerns in order to enrich their quality of life.

Dr. Mike learned about the benefits of chiropractic care as a young athlete playing lacrosse, rugby, and ultimate frisbee.  Nowadays, he is a  a golfer, snowboarder, musician, and outdoor enthusiast.  

 


Rob Pape, DC

Rob Pape, DC has been with ChiroFitness since the beginning as one of the original owners. He is currently living full time in New York City but comes back to ChiroFitness regularly to treat patients and consult on hard to solve cases.  He has been practicing chiropractic since 1997. He's a Cum Laude graduate of Life Chiropractic College-West.

Dr. Pape's Post-Graduate studies have included work in:

Sports Injuries

Clinical Neurology

Soft-Tissue work including:

  • Trigger Point Therapy
  • Myofascial/Deep Tissue Release

Dr. Pape's work combines traditional Chiropractic adjustments to the spine and extremities and deep tissue work to resolve injuries or pain resulting from sports, repetitive strain, car accidents, sitting at the computer, or from just living life. He offers life-style advice and at home instructions to promote healing. Dr. Pape treats the whole body, including but not limited to conditions ranging from rotator cuff injuries to carpal tunnel syndrome to sciatica to knee pain to plantar fasciitis.

Dr. Pape works with elite and competitive athletes (martial artists, dancers, ice skaters, gymnasts, triathletes and distance runners) and understands the need to find and correct issues quickly so that the patient can return to activities as soon as safely possible. Dr. Pape specializes in solving long term recurring injuries and progressing his patients to wellness care in order to keep them involved in the sports and activities they enjoy.

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Independent Service Providers

ACUPUNCTURE

Anthony Pape, LAC, CMT

Anthony Pape, LAC, CMT is a Licensed Acupuncturist. He holds a Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is a Certified Massage Therapist. His approach integrates Eastern and Western modalities, including:

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

Muscle Energy Techniques

Trigger Point Therapies

Post Isometric Relaxation Techniques

Dry Needling

His methods are safe, effective and are adaptable to most every situation presented at his office.

Anthony likes to work with people who are already active or are looking to become more active. His focus is on treating and preventing sports injuries and the repetitive strain injuries that plague modern society.

Anthony is an accomplished snowboarder, skate boarder and surfer. He also won't turn down a chance to throw a ball around or hike in nature or the city.

To make an appointment with Anthony, you can reach him directly at 510-326-8518.


Massage Therapy

Betsy Abel, MS, CSCS, LMT

Betsy Abel, MS, CSCS, LMT is a Nationally Board Certified Massage Therapist, a State Licensed Massage Therapist and Strength and Conditioning Coach. She specializes in the Myofascial Integration Technique and the Myoskeletal Alignment Technique. As a result of her participation and experience in the athletic arena, she enjoys working with athletes or individuals who lead an active lifestyle. She has worked with various sports teams and their athletic training staff assisting in injury prevention, performance enhancement, and rehabilitation. Her Massage Therapy Credentials are enhanced by her Bachelors degree in Exercise Science, Masters degree in Sports Administration, as well as her certification as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Her eclectic knowledge of the human body offers her clients a unique insight into its structure and function.

Betsy was a massage therapist with the University of Tennessee Sports Medicine department where she worked closely with swimming, track and field, volleyball, and soccer. She has also had the unique experience of working with several Olympic athletes in their journey for gold. Beginning in 2006, Betsy began working as the Sports Massage Therapist for the nationally ranked, Saint Mary’s College Men's Rugby team. She is also the team massage therapist for the Oakland Triathalon Club. As a massage therapist, she has the essential skills to treat elite athletes and weekend warriors alike. Having the unique combination of massage therapy and personal training, Betsy is also able to train clients looking to get back to doing what they love, and doing it optimally.

To make an appointment with Betsy, you can reach her directly at 510-435-2696.