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RIchard Peterson, DPT, OCS

“A complex problem doesn’t always need a complex solution.”

Copyright Kris Bailey.

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Rich Peterson practices Monday through Friday at our Main Office in Oakland.

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Certifications and Professional Highlights

Doctorate of Physical Therapy, University of Southern California; Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist; Residency in Orthopedics, University of Southern California; Bachelor’s in Sport and Exercise Science, Gannon University; Golden Cane Award for excellence in academics, clinical skills & research; 4 Years NCAA Div II Soccer Player; APTA, Orthopedic Section Member; XTERRA Trail Race (Hawaii), Vol Nolasco Race (Hawaii), Warrior Dash (California).


Dr. Richard Peterson believes in the power of the nervous system and it’s ability to re-train proper movement. He utilizes his skills in diagnostics to determine the many biomechanical factors that could be contributing to a condition, performs a wide variety of manual therapy skills to decrease pain and selects exercises that are specifically designed for retraining movement to improve performance and prevent recurrence of injury.

Rich has been an advocate of health, wellness, and athletics throughout his entire life. He played four years of NCAA Div II soccer at USC, conducted extensive research on the mechanics of running, cutting, and jumping while pursuing his doctorate and he participated in USC’s Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency – an intensive post-doctoral training program designed to provide training for future educators. Prior to joining SOLPT, Rich worked in a sports physical therapy clinic in Pittsburgh, PA with recreational and elite athletes of all kinds, from young athletes and dancers, to older adults and elite runners, specializing in injury screening and performance training in order to return athletes to sport.

Rich’s interests include broadening his scope of certifications in various manual therapy techniques such Active Release Techniques, as well as additional paradigms of movement dysfunction classification systems such as the SFMA.

Outside of his practice, Rich enjoys weekends at the lake with his family, movies and any form of exercise. He is always willing to jump into any sport and he thrives on the uncomfortable feeling that comes along with pushing the limits of physical activity. He runs, plays soccer and basketball, and he enjoys snowboarding.