Lizanne's Credentials


1999 California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA;
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology with Concentration in Body-Oriented Family Therapy

1987 University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont.
Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. Dean’s List.


Physical Therapist #15605. January 1989, The Board of Medical Quality Assurance of the State of California.

Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist. October 2005, Maitland Australia Physiotherapy Seminars. Recertified 2011, 2016.

Professional Experience

October 2020- Present: Founder, Owner, Lead Physical Therapist Sonoma Pelvic Physical Therapy Inc.

Responsible for all aspects of business including marketing, admin, clinical. Lead physical therapist in private practice setting, offering holistic, skilled, compassionate care. Caseload primarily pelvic floor for all genders, and children. Emphasizing a multi-modal approach using a bio-psycho-social model. Techniques employed range the spectrum of musculo-skeletal-fascial-neural with somatic (first-person) philosophy. 

June 2012- October 2020: P.O.S.T.~Wellness by Design, Petaluma, CA
Associate physical therapist in out-patient multi-disciplinary therapy & wellness center. Caseload primarily pelvic floor for women and men, spine & peripheral disorders, and persistent pain.

October 1998-Present: Sole Proprietor, Lizanne Pastore Physical Therapy, San Francisco & Petaluma, CA
Private practice in manual orthopedics emphasizing a somatic philosophy. Responsible for all aspects of the business—marketing, clinical, and financial (insurance reimbursement and fee-for-service models.) Vast experience in acute and chronic neurologic and orthopedic problems. Specialization in treatment of the pelvic floor in women and men since 2005. Caseload of 32-35 patients per week, 80% pelvic floor/women’s health. Close working relationships with many local practitioners. Active in the pelvic floor and women’s health community: participate in local journal club with MD’s, attend conferences, and am a frequent presenter at local/professional levels. Member of Mama’s Resource Network, a consortium of Bay Area healers specializing in the pre, peri, and post-partum mama.

1989-1998: St. Mary’s Hospital and Medical Center, San Francisco, CA
Level III PT for acute, rehab, SNF, and out-patient departments. Developed excellent communication and team-working skills for effective patient treatment and discharge planning. Lead therapist for SCI, Head Injury, CVA, Spine Pain and Rehab Center, and Post-Polio Programs. Developed standing protocol for rehabilitation of patients with Post-Polio Syndrome and lectured about this phenomenon. Co-leading PT for the development of the Ben Berman Outpatient Rehabilitation Center. California Children’s Services certified. Long-time student preceptor and Clinical Coordinator for Rehab Services.

1987-1989: Lawrence and Memorial Hospital, New London, CT
Staff PT on acute medical floors including med-surg, ortho, neuro, and wound-burn units. Performed effective evaluation, treatment, and assisted in discharge planning for a variety of medical-surgical patients. Served as clinical preceptor.

Volunteer Pelvic Floor PT Experience

2015-Present: Board Member, National Association For Continence (NAFC)
Board member for respected organization. Education committee lead—developing education content for practitioners and consumers, including the “Be Strong” campaign, which offers downloadable free PowerPoint lectures for community outreach/education about pelvic health.

2012-2015: Advisory Board Member, National Association For Continence (NAFC)
Provide guidance and information to board members and general public, write web content and newsletter articles about pelvic floor health.

2009-Present: PT Consultant to San Francisco General Hospital Women’s Health Clinic
Trained lead NP and RN’s in techniques of assessing and treating pelvic floor. Developed handouts, educational materials & created 90-minute self-help video on pelvic pain, all distributed to patients. Participate in NP-led support groups for pelvic pain.

Overseas PT Experience

March 2010: Project Medishare Hospital, Port Au Prince, Haiti
Served one week as a volunteer PT post-quake primarily with adult medical-surgical-rehab patient population.

1997-2004: La Clinica-El Centro por La Medicina Tradicionale, Yelapa, Jalisco, Mexico
Worked 1 to 4-week stints each year as a somatic educator and PT in a rural, community-based clinic treating locals with a variety of medical and orthopedic problems utilizing primarily physical therapy, nutrition, hygiene, and somatic counseling skills. Taught classes in somatic education, sensory awareness, and experiential movement to visiting health-care professionals from around the world. Assisted lead clinician in research regarding the effects of globalization on the health of indigenous peoples. Worked closely with the women of this community in retrieving and documenting local healing methods and indigenous plant and herbal remedies.

April-June 1994: Obras Sociales de Hermano Pedro, Antigua, Guatemala
Volunteer pediatric PT. Developed guidelines for bedside therapy treatments and protocols to prevent bedsores and joint contractures, and instructed personnel to perform these activities.

January-April 1989: U.S. Medical Aid Foundation, Shanti-Mangalick Hospital, Agra, India
Volunteer PT working with local villagers of all ages and disabilities. Saw live cases of polio; taught classes on hygiene & sanitation; trained parents of children with disabilities in management strategies. Worked with local orthopedic surgeons to develop updated exercise programs for their patients. Volunteered at local Mother Theresa Orphanage in free time.

Teaching Experience

2013: Lecture to Redwood Empire PT District: The Pelvic Floor Uncovered

2010-Present: Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, Teaching Assistant
Assist in teaching pelvic floor evaluation and treatment skills in continuing education classes to licensed PT’s

2010-Present: Teach pelvic floor modules for several Bay Area Yoga Teacher Trainings including Jane Austin and Tony Briggs.

2006: Australian Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy Seminars, Sunnyvale, CA
Teaching assistant for a yearlong Maitland-based manual therapy training program.

1997-2004: Center for World Indigenous Studies, Yelapa, Jalisco, Mexico
Taught classes in somatic education and movement-based experiential learning to health care professionals.

1998-1999: College of Marin, Kentfield, CA
Graduate internship teaching somatic awareness and experiential movement to adults with disabilities in a psychologically supportive context.

1996-1998: Northern California Clinical Education Consortium
The NCCEC was responsible for creating curriculum and training methods for workshops, which taught methods for planning and implementing clinical education programs for PT and PTA students. Assisted teaching these skills in weekend workshops.

Professional Development

Have taken over 1200 hours of continuing education specific to physical therapy, plus hundreds of hours of course work in the areas of somatic therapy, sensory awareness, and experiential movement. Highlights: Completed yearlong Maitland training and certification in orthopedic manual therapy, NDT certified for adult hemiplegia, Uro-Gyn visceral mobilization.

Professional Societies/Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association
         Section on Women’s Health Affiliate Member
         Section on Orthopedics Member
         Redwood Empire Chapter Member
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapists
  • International Association for the Study of Pain
         Special Interest Group in Urogenital Pain
  • The National Association for Continence
  • The International Pelvic Pain Society
  • The Interstitial Cystitis Network
  • The National Vulvodynia Association
  • Sonoma County Beekeepers Association


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