- Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA Level 1)
- Neurokinetic Therapy (Level 1 & 2)
- Active Release Technique (Spine & Lower Extremities)
- Herman & Wallace Female Pelvic Floor Internal Assessment & Treatment (Level 1)
- Comprehensive Pilates Instructor Training through Balanced Body
- American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Orthopedic Section Member
- California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA)
- Pilates Method Alliance (PMA)
Dr. Christine Pieton, DPT, MBA
Dr. Christine Pieton is a Southern California native who grew up along the coastline of Corona del Mar in Orange County. Her love for sports and exploring the outdoors began at an early age, as did her appreciation for human anatomy and physiology. She explored these unique interests further during her undergraduate years at UCLA, where Christine earned her bachelor’s degree in Physiological Science and served as a sports medicine intern for UCLA’s division one collegiate teams. Christine’s time in the training room sparked her passion for orthopedics and sport-specific rehabilitation, ultimately leading her to pursue a graduate degree in physical therapy. Christine went on to attend Emory University in Atlanta, GA, where she completed both her Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) and Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) concurrently, receiving high honors in both programs.
While in graduate school, Christine deepened her passion for long distance running, both personally and clinically. She signed up for her first, and what she foolishly thought would be her only, marathon as a way to combat the stresses of her challenging academic course load. After finishing the Chicago Marathon she quickly realized her love for high mileage challenges. A few months later she completed a 50km Ultra Trail Marathon in Berkeley, CA, followed by the New York City Marathon that same year. Throughout these running-related adventures, Christine came to understand the unique needs of endurance athletes, and best practices for addressing overuse injuries.
During Christine’s final year at Emory, she reconnected with an old [strengthening] friend, mat Pilates. She had previously found this movement practice beneficial for strength and conditioning in college, but now began to appreciate it from a rehabilitative perspective. As she began to integrate Pilates exercises back into her own strength and conditioning, she quickly noticed how much stronger and more efficient her movements had become, especially over the course of her marathon training. This realization served as a catalyst, prompting Christine to embark on her Pilates teacher-training coursework - a path that would later influence her clinical practice more than she could have ever imagined.
Inspired by her work with her patients, Christine opened her own practice, Pieton Physical Therapy, in April of 2015. She offers one-on-one physical therapy and private Pilates instruction utilizing both mat and apparatus equipment. Christine tailors her instruction to meet the needs of her clients whether it be for movement re-education, cross-training, or general health and wellness.
In addition to seeing patients at her Montecito office, Christine also treats students at The Cate School who are recovering from sports-related injuries. She works collaboratively with the athletic training staff to develop their rehabilitative and return-to-play programs. Prior to opening her own clinic, Christine practiced locally at Hayashida & Associates Physical Therapy and Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital. Through her work in these various settings, Christine continues to learn and grow as a clinician, thus enabling her to stay actively involved with best-practice management of sport-specific, orthopedic, and women's health conditions.