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Licensed Physical Therapist in San Francisco
Licensed Physical Therapist in Marin 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.

Licensed since 1989 by the Board of Medical Quality Assurance of the State
of California.

Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist. October 2005, Maitland Australia Physiotherapy Seminars. Recertified 2010.

Professional Experience
June 2012- Present: 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
2012-Present: Advisory Board Member of the 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

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
Completed over 1200 hours of continuing education specific to physical therapy, as well as 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.

Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing. Recognizing Myofascial Pelvic Pain in the Female Chronic Pelvic Pain Patient, Pastore & Katzman, October 2012

Ostomy Wound Management. Continence Coach: Pelvic Floor Pain Syndrome in Chronic Pelvic Pain Revisited: A Case Study, Vol.59-5, May 2013.

Licensed Physical Therapist in Marin
  • American Physical Therapy Association
         Section on Women’s Health Affiliate Member
         Section on Orthopedics Member
         Golden Gate 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
Licensed Physical Therapist in Bay Area International Polio Network
National Council for International Health
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