Keri Sotak, MS, ATC, CES
Owner, Certified Athletic Trainer
Keri has been a Certified Athletic Trainer since 2012 and has been working with elite-level athletes in a variety of settings. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training from the University of Iowa in 2012 and her Master’s Degree in Athletic Training from the University of Northern Iowa in 2014. Following graduate school, Keri continued her career at the University of California, Berkeley where she worked with the Football, Women’s Lacrosse, Men’s Water Polo, and Baseball teams. Currently, Keri is the Head Athletic Trainer at Mercy High School, Burlingame. She has experience and certifications in a variety of manual therapies including Myofascial Decompression (“Cupping”), Graston Technique/instrument-assisted soft-tissue mobilization, joint mobilizations, and soft-tissue releases. She is also experienced in identifying and correcting movement dysfunctions, and using rehabilitation exercises to help with long-term outcomes. Keri is passionate about helping individuals rehabilitate from injury and return to the activities they love.
-Graston Technique M1
-Myofascial Decompression Level 1 & Level 2 (Cup Therapy)
-FRC (Functional Range Conditioning)
-CES (Corrective Exercise Specialist)
-American Red Cross First-Aid & CPR/AED Instructor
NPI #: 1578979605
Maria Pearson, ATC
Certified Athletic Trainer
Maria is a Certified Athletic Trainer and Emergency Medical Technician with a variety of work and internship experience with D1 collegiate, high school, and CrossFit adaptive athletes as well as in the hospital, industrial and military settings. She graduated with her Bachelors in Athletic Training from San Diego State University in 2020. Maria is the Athletic Trainer at Franklin High School and member of the Elk Grove Fieldhouse team. She has experience in a variety of manual therapies including Myofascial Decompression (“Cupping”), instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, and soft tissue releases.
Joseph Scarcella, MS, ATC, CSCS
Certified Athletic Trainer
Joseph Scarcella originally hails from Brooklyn N.Y. I attended Long Island University, Brooklyn campus, and received a Master of Science in Athletic Training. I am a Board Certified (BOC) Athletic Trainer by the National Athletic Training Association (NATA) as well as a certified strength and conditioning coach. Currently I work as the head Athletic Trainer at the College of Marin. I play a crucial role in the kinesiology department as a part of the health care team tending to student-athletes. I provide medical services to all types of patients, besides athletes participating in sports. This includes injury prevention, wellness and education, clinical evaluation, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries. Currently I am pursuing a clinical doctorate in Athletic Training. I am well versed and certified in various manual therapies to help reduce pain, facilitate healing, and restore function. In addition to manual therapy as an intervention my goal is to treat the individual in a holistic, evidenced based approach. I believe all individuals should be treated similar to high-level pro athletes when it comes to injuries and return to activity. My philosophy has always been treating people and focusing on the goals of the patient. Based on individual injuries or disabilities I am passionate in working together to assist you in achieving your plan and goals toward recovery. I am very excited to be part of the Athletic Training Room team.
Functional Movement and Selective Functional Movement Screen
Kinesio and Rock tape Practitioner
Instrumented Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (Rock Blade IASTM)
Myofascial Decompression and Rock Cup (Cupping)
Soft Tissue/Joint Mobilization and Massage therapy
Functional Range Conditioning (FRC) certified
National Strength and Conditioning Association – CSCS Certified
USAW Sports performance coach certified
CPR – BLS Provider, American Heart Association
What is a Certified Athletic Trainer?
A Certified Athletic Trainer specializes in orthopedic injury evaluation, rehabiliation, prevention, and emergency care. Athletic trainers are often found on the sidelines of sporting events. Athletic Trainers are health care providers recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA).
What can I expect from my first visit?
An initial visit includes intake forms, an evaluation of the current issue, discussion about a plan of care, and immediate treatment including manual therapies and rehabilitation exercises.
What should I wear to my visit?
We encourage wearing comfortable athletic clothing that you are able to move around in. We will provide t-shirts and shorts to borrow for your visit if you are unable to dress appropriately.
Do you accept insurance?
We do not accept insurance due to Certified Athletic Trainers being unable to bill third party in California. However, we do accpet HSA/FSA cards. We provide receipts as proof of services for HSA/FSA accounts.
Do I need to be an athlete to benefit from services at The ATR?
No, you do not need to be an athlete. We help individuals of all ages and activity levels!
What Our Clients Are Saying
“I can’t say enough good things about my experience with Keri. She helped me work through my injury physically but also how to deal with it mentally. I could always count on her to be there to give me the treatment I needed on a daily basis, to answer any questions I had and to help reassure me that if I stuck with the process I would see improvements. I’m very thankful to have had Keri by my side during a difficult time. Keri is professional, reliable and passionate about what she does.”
Former Cal Baseball Player
Boston Red Sox Front Office
“Wow! I am so grateful to have been worked on by Keri today. I sprained my ankle while traveling a few weeks back and it’s been hard to get the swelling down as well as get back my range of motion. I was truly impressed with the work Keri did and how well my ankle responded to her techniques. I am walking better and the range of motion is SO much better. Thanks a million for your help!”
“My experience at Cal Berkeley with Keri has been nothing but excellent. After long practices with many shoulder problems she would take the time, even after hours, to make sure I would be at my best for the next practice or game. During team travels she would make sure to schedule individual sessions at any time of day. As I continue my preparation for the Tokyo Olympics I’ll for sure miss the treatment type Keri offers!”
Former Cal Men’s Water Polo
USA Men’s Water Polo National Team
“I have been seeing Keri for nearly one year and cannot recommend her enough! She does soft tissue work on my legs after my knee surgery. Keri is extremely knowledgable and professional in what she is doing and you can feel that she truly enjoys helping her clients. She always starts with asking questions to understand the problem/reason for your visit and tailors her work to your needs. She is also an athletic trainer and can suggest exercises/stretches. Thank you Keri!”
“Keri is knowledgable at what she does that brings magical healing powers with the instruments she has available at hand. Anyone that can alleviate pain that allows faster recovery will always be a winner in my book. Highly recommend.”
“Keri was my go-to in the training room when I pitched at Cal. If I ever had any issues with how I was feeling (pain, soreness, fatigue) she always had some knowledge to share on how to combat my issues. Her deep understanding of how athletes’ bodies move, recover and at times break down is what makes her so fantastic. This knowledge is combined with her ability to perform excellent types of soft tissue work in various facets is what sets her apart. On top of all this, I had knee surgery my junior year right before baseball season started. With her help I was able to go from operation table to back on the field in 4 months competing in Pac-12 baseball games. Without her knowledge, good hands and ability to listen to me/doctors/weight room staff on how to best tackle my rehab, I wouldn’t have gotten back on the field as fast as I did and eventually get Drafted by the Twins. Keri is one of the best in the business and I can’t thank her enough for the care and guidance she gave me.”
Former Cal Baseball Player
Minnesota Twins, Pitcher
“This place is awesome!…My injury is healing and I feel like I am making progress…Plus, their hours are flexible for my schedule with appointments in the early mornings. I feel refreshed and with less pain every time I go!”
“Keri is on of the best in the game! From my time working with at Cal she helped me stay on the field week in and week out. From her ability to understand the body and what treatments need to get done, to her great personality and joy about her. I really enjoyed and appreciate all of her hard work and dedication to getting and keeping me healthy.”
Former Cal Football Player
SMU Assistant Football Coach