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Personalized Integrative Healthcare

P.O.S.T. (Petaluma Orthopaedic & Sports Therapy) - Wellness by Design is a Petaluma wellness center. We provide quality health care to the community using a multidisciplinary approach, combining traditional and complementary therapies. Our focus is on providing preventive care to the patient, considering the whole person, and enabling the individual to take personal responsibility for maintaining good health.

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P.O.S.T. offers appointments in-person

as well as via teleheath when needed 

We also safely offer in-studio classes 

Physical Therapy

Movement Classes

Please fill out intake form prior to your scheduled appointment

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Physical Therapy
Certified Hand Therapy
Chiropractic Therapy

Tai chi

Small group exercise

We are an integrative healthcare organization that combines both mainstream and complementary healthcare providers in a holistic setting. We have done so in a way that best empowers you to take control of your health, fitness, and wellness for both rehabilitation and preventive care in a very positive environment. We are here to communicate to you, as an educated and informed patient/client, the ways in which you can become the best you can be, and we do so in the most cost-effective means possible.

Join our community in small group movement programs – pilates, yoga, tai chi, dance, and various other movement therapies – or ask about individualized instruction. We offer you a variety of ways to attain your optimal health. FREE 10-15 minute consult with one of our experienced physical therapists, who will advise you about how to practice appropriately, and who will communicate with the appropriate yoga instructor when needed.

Wellness Team
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Mitchell Kauk, PT - Director

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

Mitchell has been a practicing physical therapist for more than 40 years, treating orthopaedic & sports injuries primarily. He focuses on manual therapy and a holistic approach which individualizes treatment for each patient and incorporates acupuncture, biofeedback, chiropractic, feldenkrais, massage, yoga, and pilates as needed.

Mitchell opened Petaluma Orthopaedic & Sports Therapy in 1989 and has treated over 15,000 patients and clients from the greater Petaluma area. He was the first physical therapist in Sonoma County to be board certified as an Orthopaedic Specialist (OCS). Mitchell is a Registered Yoga Instructor (RYT) and incorporates yoga principles in a patient’s treatment plan when appropriate.

Physical Therapist


Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

Justin is a licensed PT who evaluates and treats people with health problems resulting from injury or disease. He assesses joint motion, muscle strength and endurance, function of heart and lungs, and performance of activities required in daily living, among other responsibilities. Treatment includes therapeutic exercises, cardiovascular endurance training.

Occupational Therapist/Hand Therapist


Tracey AIRTH EDBLOM, OTD, OTR/L - Certified Hand Therapist

Tracey has been working with patients at P.O.S.T.-Wellness by Design since 2008. She is a licensed Occupational Therapist with special certification as a hand therapist. She grew up in Canada and has been practicing as an OT since 1988.

Physical Therapist Assistant



Karen is the consummate professional: educated and highly experienced in the field of orthopedics.  Karen has worked as an essential team member, and has done almost every job in our organization, for more than 27 years, working closely with the director of the clinic.

Physical Therapist Assistant

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As a licAnne-Laure, assisting all the physical therapists in helping each of their respective patients to reach their goals in their Plan of Care.  She is exceptional with her patient care and is a dedicated lifelong learner. 


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Dr. Scott Kandler, DC

Scott has been with the team at P.O.S.T. for more than 10 years and has practiced chiropractic for more than 20 years. The treatments he provides are a blend of traditional and gentle hands-on chiropractic. A typical treatment lasts about 20-minutes.  Scott and the therapists work collaboratively to provide the most appropriate and effective care for you.


Physical Therapist

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Christa Christianson, PT DPT

As a physical therapist and former professional dancer/ instructor, Christa brings a scientific and artistic approach to rehabilitation. While she holds special interest in sports and performing arts therapy, Christa is passionate about using her strengths to meet the needs of all ages and abilities. She takes the time to understand each patient’s unique physical, psychosocial, and emotional context, to best guide them in overcoming their specific movement obstacles. Compassion, amelioration and excellence are at the heart of everything Christa does. She values creating meaningful connections with others and fosters a bright, encouraging environment for healing. As a Petaluma native, Christa is honored to join P.O.S.T.-Wellness by Design in serving Sonoma County. She desires to be a reliable and invaluable healthcare resource for our beloved community, for years to come.

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