California Therapy Solutions
Physical Therapy + Pilates = Optimal Movement

Bill Gabriel, PT, DPT
Director of Sports Performance

The path toward physical therapy began in high school with heavy participation in athletics, and an admiration for helping professions such as medicine, psychology, and teaching. These themes carried into the university setting with pursuit of Intercollegiate athletics and completion of a BA in Psychology from Davidson College. They also led to exploration of Asian Religious Studies and Olympic Weightlifting. Asian studies went from a Minor to brief enrollment in a Masters degree program. While Weightlifting developed into national competition and coaching at the United States Olympic Training Center. All these experiences produced a keen interest in the human body, in helping others, and in life-long learning.

In 2004, I received a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from USC, and I have worked in orthopedic physical therapy ever since. In 2006, I passed additional board certification as an Orthopedic Specialist. Other noteworthy certifications include BASI Pilates Instructor Training, TPI Golf Performance, and Active Release Techniques. The latter involved multiple years of study and mentorship leading to Full-Body Certification. Active Release Techniques, or ART, is the soft-tissue treatment method used at all IronMan events including the World Championships in Kona. Despite its application in elite athletics, ART was developed through trial and error with the general population. I have found it safe and effective for patients of all walks of life.

I look forward to bringing ART and my other skills to bear at California Therapy Solutions. I am also excited to pursue current interests in Rowing Injury Prevention and Performance, as well as Spinal Manipulation and Peripheral Neural Dynamics.

Accomplishments include:

  • Davidson College Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, 1995
  • Davidson College Intercollegiate Football
  • 4-time medalist, Collegiate and National Weightlifting Championships ’91-‘96
  • Intern with USC Football Strength and Conditioning
  • Assistant Resident Weightlifting Coach at US Olympic Training Center in Colorado leading up to Tara Nott’s Gold Medal performance in the 2000 Olympics
  • USC Doctorate in Physical Therapy 2004
  • Passed APTA Orthopedic Certified Specialist Exam 2006
  • Strength and Conditioning Consultant for Newport Harbor High school Golf, Baseball, Basketball
  • Strength Coach to 2017 Rowing World Team Trialist, Stesha Carle

"A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves."