Our Current Residents

Our Current Residents

2020-2021 Academic Year

Derek Tao, PT, DPT, CSCS

Dr. Tao received his BS in Health Care Science from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) in 2017 and his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the joint UCSF/SFSU program in 2020. While completing his DPT, Dr. Tao engaged in multiple interprofessional teaching experiences. He has also lectured on pulmonary physiology and was a recipient of the UCSF School of Pharmacy Dean’s Apple Award.

Dr. Tao’s current clinical interests cover a variety of topics within running medicine, including running biomechanics, injury risk mitigation, and return to running. In addition to running medicine, he is also interested in the clinical applications of pain science, the therapeutic alliance, and telehealth. Outside of the clinic, Dr. Tao runs competitively, and also enjoys traveling, exploring restaurants and hiking.


Mariano Wechsler, PT, DPT, CSCS

Dr. Wechsler graduated from the University of California San Francisco/San Francisco State University Doctorate in Physical Therapy program. He completed his undergraduate education at University of California Davis where he majored in Exercise Biology. During graduate school, Mariano assisted Heidi Engel, PT, DPT in ICU research that was presented at Combined Sections Meeting 2020 and also assisted Sam Pak, PT, DPT in a clinical informatics education poster for Educational Leadership Conference 2020. Mariano has over 15 years of experience as a personal trainer working with athletes, dancers, and martial artists. Mariano is starting the UCSF Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program and is excited to learn and make contributions to the field. During his free time, Mariano enjoys photography, mountain biking, rock climbing, backpacking, running, and skiing.