Phone: (415) 353-7598
Mailing: UCSF, Box 0625, San Francisco, CA 94143
- BA, Neuroscience and Dance, Pomona College, CA, 2009
- DPT, Physical Therapy, University of California, San Francisco, CA, 2016
- Physical Therapist (PT)
Dr. Sanchez received her BA in both Neuroscience and Dance at Pomona College, where she developed a lifelong interest in both the scientific and artistic aspects of human movement. Following her undergraduate education, Alissa worked as a mental health case manager and performing arts educator, helping both adults and children to thrive through movement and exercise. During her time in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at UCSF/SFSU, she participated in elective courses in performing arts medicine, manual therapy techniques, group exercise for patients with neurological disorders, and adolescent health and wellness. One of her final clinical internships allowed her to train under both orthopedic and neurological board-certified specialists at the UCSF Faculty Practice, and she is honored to return as a staff member. Outside of the clinic, Dr. Sanchez enjoys both performing and seeing musical theater, taking dance classes and Zumba, listening to oldies music and doing karaoke.
Dr. Sanchez has treated patients of all ages in a variety of clinical areas including post-operative, orthopedics, performing arts medicine, recreational and collegiate athletes, geriatrics, and balance/vestibular disorders. She has taken additional coursework in Myofascial Decompression, Dance and Sports Medicine, Postural Restoration, and Orthopedic Manual Therapy, and plans to continue adding to her skillset throughout her career. She practices an evidence-based, patient-centered approach to treatment, with a strong emphasis on therapeutic exercise, postural/core stability, functional manual therapy and movement training, and patient education and empowerment.
CLINICAL & RESEARCH INTERESTS
- Rehabilitation for Performing Artists
- Balance Disorders and Rehabilitation
- Wellness and Injury Prevention for Performers and Athletes