Welcome Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residents!

The UCSF Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency has welcomed its 2nd cohort of Residents: Ivan Arriaga, DPT, and Matthew Speciale, DPT!

Dr. Arriaga received his BS in Physiology and Neuroscience from UC San Diego in 2014 and his DPT from UCSF/SFSU in 2018. Dr. Arriaga’s research interests include the implementation of blood flow restriction training and myofascial decompression in the management of orthopedic conditions, as well as conservative treatments for patients with thoracic outlet syndrome. His culminating doctoral project was a systematic review and meta-analysis on The Effectiveness of Blood Flow Restriction Therapy in Attenuating Muscle Atrophy and Increasing Strength Following Knee Surgery. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and is an assistant instructor for continuing education courses in myofascial decompression. Fun fact: Dr. Arriaga has climbed the peak of Mount Shasta, which is 14,179ft in elevation!

Dr. Speciale received his BS in Kinesiology in 2012 from San Jose State University and his DPT from UCSF/SFSU in 2018. Dr. Speciale’s culminating doctoral project was a systematic review and meta-analysis titled: The Impact of the Nocebo Effect on Pain Outcomes in Adults. In addition, he completed his case report on the Use of Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization and a Progressive Running Program as Part of a Multimodal Treatment Approach for the Treatment of Bilateral Insertional Achilles Tendinopathy. Dr. Speciale has special interest in orthopedic rehabilitation, rehabilitation for athletes, pain science, and health promotion and education. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. In addition, Dr. Speciale is actively seeking out service opportunities within his church and the surrounding community. Fun Fact: “I am one of the few people in my family that works in the healthcare field and the first doctor in my family”.

Please join us in congratulating Victor Garbalosa, DPT, and Elise Tarrant, DPT, our first graduates from the UCSF Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency! Post-residency, Dr. Garbalosa and Dr. Tarrant have both accepted positions in the UCSF Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation! And welcome Dr. Speciale and Arriaga-Martinez!