Physical Therapist

Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF

Phone: (415) 353-7598
Email: [email protected]
Mailing: UCSF, Box 0625, San Francisco, CA 94143


  • BS, Physiothérapie, Université Laval, Québec, Canada, 2001
  • DPT, Physical Therapy, College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN, 2015



Dr. Fecteau started his physical therapy career in Montréal, Canada, working both in private practice and with athletes at Université de Montréal. Looking to broaden his horizons, he joined Cirque du Soleil as a physical therapist, treating an international high performance patient population as supervisor of performance medicine. After years of practicing with several shows around the globe, Dr. Fecteau settled with his family in California, where he completed a doctorate in physical therapy as well as a fellowship in manual therapy. Dr. Fecteau is passionate about expanding professional knowledge to improve treatment outcomes, and is excited to mentor the next generation of physical therapists at UCSF.


  • PT 218C: Advanced Therapeutic Exercise Prescription and Manual Therapy Concepts


During his formative years as a therapist, Dr. Fecteau worked with a patient population for which conventional evaluation and treatment protocols did not apply. Through this experience as well as study of various treatment approaches and philosophies, he developed a creative yet pragmatic approach that continually re-evaluates efficacy of selected methods throughout the treatment plan; this philosophy has led to success in difficult cases over a broad patient base. Dr. Fecteau's treatment approach is based in the three pillars of evidence-based practice: current research, clinical expertise, and a patient's own response and experience, and he believes that the true art of physical therapy lies in appropriately tailoring evidence-based practice to specific patient needs.


  • Manual therapy
  • Differential diagnosis and clinical reasoning
  • Cervicogenic headache and dizziness
  • Physical therapy and injury prevention in the performing arts
  • Physiology of pain and hypothesized neurophysiologic and biomechanical mechanisms of physical therapy treatments
  • Applied anatomy and biomechanics


  • Shrier, I., Boissy, P., Fecteau, L., Mellette, J., Steele, R., Matheson, G.O., Garza, D., Meeuwisse, W.H., Segal, E. and Boulay, J. (2012). Can a rescuer or simulated patient accurately assess motion during cervical spine stabilization practice sessions? Journal of Athletic Training, Volume 46, Number 1, 42-52.
  • Boissy, P., Shrier, I., Briere, S., Mellete, J., Fecteau, L., Matheson, G.O., Garza, D., Meeuwisse, W.H., Segal, E., Boulay J, and Steele RJ. (2011). Effectiveness of Cervical Spine Stabilization Techniques. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. Volume 21, Number 2, 80-88