Turtle Rabbit & the Founder’s Roots
Karuna combines physical therapy and physical awareness to heal patients’ faster. Within her therapy, she incorporates manual therapy, scientific exercises, breath techniques, and mindful movement. She facilitates unlocking the body’s natural power to heal and enhance the body’s magnificent performance resulting in faster and better recovering.
Karuna is a licensed physical therapist of 21 years with advanced certifications in lymphedema therapy and laser therapy. She is nationally performing frontline breakthroughs in integrative physical therapy.
Karuna was awarded the TEDMED Scholar Award in 2013 and 2014 for her work in the field of physical therapy. TED MED is the Health and Sciences specialty of TED talks.
How the name Turtle Rabbit was selected:
In addition to being a Senior Physical Therapist, Karuna teaches wellness classes at Turtle Rabbit, Creative Canopy for kids, and at various businesses in San Francisco. Her extensive background includes launching programs in the US and internationally for lymphedema, physical therapy for children and outpatient rehabilitation.
Karuna grew up in family oriented household, and was surrounded by her grandparents much of her life. Her paternal grandfather was an Ayurvedic Healer. He was well known for traveling to the jungle for rare plants to create remedies. Her maternal grandfather practiced yoga and meditation until he was 88 years old. He was able to do headstands even in his last year. She watched as he faithfully woke up at 4am everyday to do his practice. Her grandmother still reads the Bhagvad Gita every morning and goes for morning walks, at the age of 90.
Karuna’s parents have also been important role models in health. Madhu, her mom, still practices Bikram Yoga 5 days a week and meditates. Don, her father, is a 3rd degree black belt in martial arts. She watched him most of his life practice martial arts, and even was a martial arts student herself when she was a child.
Karuna enjoys going to the movies, spending time with friends, and having good San Francisco food.
Jasmine is an Integrative Health Associate and wears multiple hats at Turtle Rabbit. She usually is the first one to greet you as you walk in the door with her ever-attentive smile and friendly character.
She received her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology with a Concentration in Exercise and Movement from San Francisco State University. Ever since she was in High School she knew her passion would be in Physical Therapy. Her patient manner and passion to help others feel better makes her a natural healer. She has elevated her experience of compassion and healing ever since working with Karuna since 2015.
Jasmine is a San Francisco native. She enjoys going to the movies, having dinner with friends, and discovering new places to explore. She has recently taken up yoga and is working on getting into a Masters program.