Alison Palic, MPT, MSEd
Founder of Synergy: Pilates Meets Physical Therapy, Alison graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology in 1991. She then received a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology in 1993 and a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy in 1996 from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.
Alison has been a certified Pilates instructor with Polestar Education since 2003. She is also certified by the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA). She has an extensive background in manual therapy with the Kaiser program and the Maitland Australian Studies. She also has experience in craniosacral therapy through the Upledger Institute.
I enjoy working with people who are motivated to achieve their wellness goals. I love empowering people and teaching to take control of their own health. The combination of Physical Therapy and Pilates, to me, is the perfect recipe for integrating movement of the body while motivating the spirit.
Paige is a Doctor of Physical Therapy who has trained in Pilates through Polestar Pilates. She graduated from USC in 2010 where she received her DPT. Since then, she has worked in outpatient orthopedics and has a strong background in manual therapy, receiving a postgraduate level manual therapy certificate through Kaiser Hayward's manual skills course. She is comfortable treating a wide variety of injuries in patients of all ages. There is a special place in her heart for treating shoulder pain and low back pain - injuries which she has experienced herself.
Paige discovered Pilates while she was rehabbing her shoulder from an injury she sustained while swimming from San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge to the Bay Bridge. Pilates 3x/week for 3 months made her a faster swimmer, abolished her low back pain, and was an integral reason why she was able to train and successfully swim the English Channel (a relay in 2014).
Paige lives in Santa Cruz with her husband, two small children, and a Goldendoodle. They enjoy walking along West Cliff Drive, jogging and biking in Wilder Ranch, and all things food and drink.