Phone: (530) 541-7133
Fax: (530) 541-7132
MWF 8a-7p, T/TH 8a-4p
2877 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
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The reasons that I love being a physical therapist in South Lake Tahoe are numerous, but especially that I help people improve their quality of life, get back into nature doing the things they love to do, and make great friends in the process.
I grew up in Southern California with a mother who is a Dietitian and a father who is a Physical Therapist, so I was lucky to have a health-oriented family from the beginning! Dad put me to work in his PT clinic at a young age doing janitorial work, then secretarial, then billing, and then assisting patients with exercise. He had given me all the experience and the tools to become a PT, but after 2 years of college I chose to join the Army.
During my service in the military, I was stationed in Korea, flew a UAV, and occasionally led my company in physical training. Near the end of my tour, as a sergeant in an Airborne unit, I had a hard landing during a night jump and suffered a severe knee injury. After being placed in a brace for 3 months, I began physical therapy without much hope of a full recovery. But the level of compassion and expertise of the Army PTs encouraged me to not only return to my previous level of fitness but to begin running half marathons.
I decided to follow in my father's footsteps, and upon completion of my 4 year contract, I began the Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at Loma Linda University. I was able to work on hundreds of cadavers, and as a teacher's assistant, I dissected my own cadaver from head-to-toe. During my final year of PT school, I completed a 3 month Certified Pilates Instructor (CPI) course to increase my knowledge in physiology and rehabilitation.
My first experience as a Physical Therapist was as a resident at Kaiser Permanente in Riverside. During that residency, I trained under an amazing mentor and then passed the Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) exam. That winter I came to South Lake Tahoe to play in the snow and when I drove past the Gallanty Physical Therapy clinic, I knew this was where I wanted to be. Fortunately, I was able to set up an interview with the owner, Jim Gallanty, and we found that our high standards of care and respect for manual therapy were in sync. I also immediately fell in love with the natural beauty of the area which would allow me to snowboard, bike, hike, fish, and get lost in the forest as often as possible. Now that all those dreams have become a reality, I am grateful to be able to serve the community of South Lake Tahoe with high-quality, personalized physical therapy care.
I'm a licensed Physical Therapy Assistant with a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Physiology. I grew up in southern California in a tiiiiiiiiny town called Wrightwood, but I have lived in Tahoe on and off since 2004.
My first professional physical therapy experiences were fortunate enough to be spent working with Jim Gallanty. During my four years as an aide, Jim taught me many things: how to listen to a patient; how to pay attention to the things most important to them such as what sports they need to return to, what hobbies they enjoy and how their pain and injuries are affecting their lives; patient care is first and foremost; and treatment should never be rushed and always catered to the individual.
I so loved working with Jim, Roxanne and our many loyal patients that it was an easy decision to pursue a career in the field of physical therapy. I returned to school at Loma Linda University in southern California to obtain my PTA licenses. I can honestly say that I was a little sad leaving Loma Linda University after graduating--it was one of the most caring and demanding schools I have ever attended. The hands-on experience, internship opportunities and excellent faculty have given me valuable lifelong skills.
Of course, after two years in southern California, I was ready to get the heck out of Dodge and return to our beloved Tahoe. I am lucky to be back in Tahoe and I'm grateful to be working again at Mind Body Physical Therapy with Christina and all our loyal patients. It's been wonderful learning from her and returning to a patient-focused environment. I could work in many other settings, but the hands-on, one-on-one care we give at MBPT is why I feel so blessed to rejoin the team.
Home in Tahoe, my husband Peter and I love to hike, mountain bike, snowboard, ski and take our three crazy dogs for long walks on the beach. I'm really only good at the walking and hiking, but I sure do love to struggle at mountain biking and skiing, if you can actually call it that! It's more like clinging desperately to my MTB on the downhill and snowplowing on my skis, but hey, I'm trying, and we work and play in the place we love.
I worked for Tahoe Physical Therapy for 10 years and decided that the key components of effective therapy are the therapist's hands, brain and listening skills, not a bunch of gym equipment. With that in mind, I opened Gallanty Physical Therapy in 1993. For the past 20 years I've been dedicated to patient-centered therapy, to respecting individuals rather than written protocols and to the idea that physical therapy should be positive - making one feel they are getting better - not "PT = pain and torture".
In 2004, I became a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner to practice Feldenkrais and improve my therapy practice. The method's philosophy of reconnecting the body with its natural abilities to move, think and feel is one of the best ways I've found to enhance my life.
Now retiring to pursue many other interests, I'm excited to pass Gallanty Physical Therapy to Christina Frohlich. She comes to the practice with a like mindset and dedication. To interact with and recieve care from a self-employed, fully vested practioner, rather than a monolithic healthcare organization, is an increasingly rare opportunity not to be missed, and worth working for.
I'm Roxanne Chiarpotti and I will greet you upon arrival at MBPT and take care of all your logistical questions and concerns. Need to schedule an appointment? Not sure how to to get started or what to bring? I'm here to help.
Allow my expertise and experience to make your visit with us as effortless as possible. I have been working for Gallanty Physical Therapy, now Mind Body Physical Therapy, for over 10 years. I love working with our patients, and enjoy the family atmosphere we have all brought into our office.
My family and I moved to South Lake Tahoe in 1963, after my father Ron Wilson M.D. graduated from UCLA medical school. He decided to open his family practice in South Lake Tahoe. I feel very fortunate to have been able to stay in the area to raise my daughter Tara, and son Peter.
I'm a Certified Rolfer, Rolf Movement Practitioner and Sadhana Yoga Chi Instructor. I can be reached at (530) 545-8747. My first experience with bodywork was in 1995 when I was seeking recovery from a skiing accident that left me immobilized from chest to pelvis. After the spinal cast removal, I found relief through massage therapy and yoga. This discovery piqued my interest to learn more about the human body and how we function. I obtained my certification in massage treatment and embarked on the wonderful journey of helping others. I was fortunate from 2000-2003 to co-direct the Lake Tahoe Massage School where I taught students to obtain their certifications and ultimately assist them on their path to heal others. In 2003 I suffered yet another spinal fracture while snowboarding in the Chilean Andes. To my surprise and good fortune, I met an unassuming elderly man by the name of Semmy Frank who applied a deep tissue technique known as Rolfing® to alleviate my ongoing pain, improve my limited range of motion, and restore my livelihood as an international snowboard professional. He opened my eyes through the Rolfing 10-Series as I learned to breathe effortlessly, re-coordinate my body, and move with joy again.
Since 2006, I have been fortunate to practice Rolfing Structural Integration and take clients to a whole new level of well-being. My nearly 25 years of coaching skiing and snowboarding is an asset in working with athletes, especially competitive skiers and riders. Because of my personal experience with multiple injuries, I enjoy helping individuals to understand and improve their physical patterns, reduce their pain, and re-discover a better way of moving through their daily lives. Rolfing simply inspires me to learn more about the human body, its inherent grace, and freedom of movement.
As a Tahoe native, I have spent most of my time in the mountains. My passions include yoga, hiking, biking, climbing, snowboarding, skiing, throwin’ the ball for my doggie, and savoring every moment with my wonderful wife Catalina and ever-growing son Tomas. My most rewarding work is helping people profoundly change in their physical structure, perception, self-confidence and help them reach their highest potential.