Founder and owner of Rising Sun Physical Therapy and Senior Physical Therapist with 30 years of experience. She specializes in musculoskeletal problems, complex pain syndromes, lymphedema, post-cancer issues, and pelvic floor dysfunctions. She also enjoys working on women’s health issues and is greatly influenced by her past battle with breast cancer. She has extensive training in diverse Osteopathic approaches, influenced by her study with Dr. John Upledger who taught her the importance of keeping all doors open for the body to heal. She has adopted similar methods that acknowledge and utilize the strong mind-body connection, adhering to a philosophy that the body is capable of healing itself.

Bettina graduated with a degree in Physical Therapy from Frankfurt/Main University Clinic in Germany. She is a certified Craniosacral Therapist, certified Lymphedema Specialist, and certified MatPilates Instructor. She has trained at the Upledger Institute, the Barral Institute, Herman and Wallace Institute, and the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute. Besides having worked with thousands of patients in Physical Therapy, she has furthered her expertise in CranioSacral Therapy, SomatoEmotional Release, Neuromanipulation, Visceral Manipulation, Lymphatic Drainage Therapy, other manual therapy, Compression Therapy, Therapeutic exercise, Muscular Reeducation Techniques, Pilates, awareness of body movement, relaxation techniques, education in self-care and self-healing, and extensive training in pelvic floor dysfunctions.

Yet in her eyes, there is always more to learn. In the past she has worked in hospitals and outpatient physical therapy clinics; but, after years of experience, she decided to start her own private practice and in 2003 opened Rising Sun Physical Therapy. Since then, she has authored and created a CD album, ExerciseMadeEasy™, with a workbook for people managing lymphedema, recovering from cancer, or wanting to boost their immune system.

When I was younger, I was a fervent horseback rider. My enthusiasm for the sport led me to Hippotherapy that led me to Physical Therapy. Today I have taken my life’s work in the healing sciences to new heights, excelling in various techniques and helping people get results and change their lives. One of the biggest joys I have is seeing the success in my patients’ eyes when they regain the ability to do an activity.

On weekends and in my spare time, I love staying active, enjoying nature with my dog, and spending all Sunday dancing with groups in SF. My dream is to have danced all over the world, spreading the love for it and sharing in the pleasure.