Kathleen is an orthopedic physical therapist with 35 years of clinical and teaching experience, and a Pilates Method Alliance Certified Pilates instructor. Kathleen brings a whole-body approach to treatment, looking for and dealing with the source of the problem, not just treating the symptoms. Wellness has been at the center of her practice from the beginning and her care incorporates mind-body practices. What sets her apart as a PT is her dedication to providing the best care and attention to her patients. To do this, Kathleen is committed to listening to her clients, directly addressing their goals, and keeping up with scientific, clinical and experiential knowledge in the ever-changing world of the physical body.



Kathleen is a graduate of Stanford University Master’s Program in Physical Therapy, and UC Davis (exercise physiology/physical education). Her physical therapy background is wide-ranging, including Canadian and Australian manual therapy, osteopathic techniques, extensive experience in the care of complex and severe spine injuries, as well as elite level/Olympic athletes and professional dancers (NYC Ballet, San Francisco and Oakland Ballets). Kathleen worked with the San Francisco Ballet while at St Francis Center for Sports Medicine, and was a clinical specialist at St Mary’s Spine Center for nearly 10 years, before starting her own practice 18 years ago.


Pilates Background

Her desire to learn more about the Pilates Method took her to study at The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado, one of the formative and certainly the most extensive Pilates training course in the world. She is also a graduate of the Polestar Pilates for Rehabilitation. Adding this whole body exercise and movement method to her expertise and knowledge base allows Kathleen to offer her clients a service above and beyond physical therapy, helping to keep their bodies healthy, injury free and fluid.



Kathleen has the ability to look at the body as a whole, which means she can look beyond a current injury and often trace back weaknesses in the body that may have led to the injury. This insight helps to prevent the injury recurring. She assesses each patient individually and provides unique advice to each person, taking their daily physical activities into account and working out specific routines that help balance the body and reduce the impact of the injury.


She has lectured nationally and internationally at the American Physical Therapy Association, the World Confederation for Physical Therapy, University of California San Francisco’s Physical Therapy Program, the Kaiser Orthopedic Residency Program, and in Physical Therapy Assistant programs. She is a member of the Pilates Method Alliance, and is a member of their Certification Exam Item Writing Committee, and the Certification Commission.


Since 1996, she has grown her own business in private studio practice with attention to excellence, integrity, and personal attention for her clientele, as well as community outreach and networking.


Kathleen is a lifelong volunteer, coach and board member/officer on several youth sports leagues. She has brought Pilates into her community high school, and incorporated the method into injury prevention programs for youth sports.


She is ever curious about the workings of the body, and passionate about the Pilates Method and it’s positive impact on our health and well being.  


California State Physical Therapy Licence #12266


Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Manual Therapy

Pilates-Based Rehabilitation

Sports Rehab + Performance


American Physical Therapy Association, Orthopedic and Private Practice Sections

Pilates Method Alliance

2010 - present

2010 - present





Kathleen McDonough PT MA NCPT

224 Greenfield Ave

Ste 1

San Anselmo, California 94960