Rachel Clark, P.T., DPT, MPH
BASI Pilates Instructor
Rachel is the co-owner of The Cypress Center, Physical Therapy and Wellness Center. As a physical therapist with over thirteen years of experience, she specializes in orthopedics, exercise prescription, functional rehabilitation, sports therapy, and Pilates-based rehabilitation.
Rachel holds a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Daemen College, Amherst, NY, a Master of Public Health Degree in Health Policy and Management from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and a Bachelor of Science, Health Science from Daemen College. She is certified in Community Based Rehabilitation from Queen's University, Ontario, Canada, Global Health from UCLA, and Pilates from BASI Pilates.
Rachel's experience includes not only thirteen years as a practicing physical therapist specializing in orthopedics but she has also served as a full-time Lecturer in the Physiotherapy Department in the School of Health Sciences (Allied Health) of Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore. Her instruction included Exercise Prescription, Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Kinesiology, and Community Based Rehabilitation. Alongside teaching, Rachel led the Physical Therapy Teaching Clinic focusing on rehabilitation of student athletes and pioneered Interprofessional Education Collaborations. As an invited Lecturer, Rachel presented on Physical Inactivity's link with Major Non-Communicable Diseases in collaboration with the Government of Singapore's Health Promotion Board.
Rachel's early experience as a physical therapist involved practice at multiple hospitals in various settings; inpatient orthopedic rehabilitation at Saint John's Medical Center, Santa Monica and Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, CA; outpatient neuromuscular rehabilitation at Alta Bates Medical Center, Berkeley, CA and Saint Jude Medical Center, Fullerton, CA; and inpatient cardiac rehabilitation at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, CA.
While growing up, Rachel was a student athlete, playing volleyball, softball, and basketball and continued to College where she played NAIA volleyball. Rachel was then diagnosed with hip dysplasia and underwent bilateral periacetabular osteotomies. She specializes in treating patients with hip and pelvis injuries and is able to empathize with patients post surgery.
Rachel resides in Topanga, CA. She has worked on global health projects focusing on improving access to rehabilitation services in the Dominican Republic and Cambodia. She is a proud member of the APTA and active in the Health Policy and Administration Chapter and the Global Health Special Interest Group. She promotes health and wellness while supporting the UCLA alumni association and Health Services Association. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two little boys, evaluating global community health projects and presenting on promotion of Community Based Rehabilitation, traveling, hiking, reading, and yoga.