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Stephen Schmidt


Pain Science

Early in my career, my focus was on improving my skills to help as many patients as possible. Then, I began to realize how many more I could impact indirectly by teaching other physical therapists.


Steve is a physical therapist with over twenty years of experience treating patients with chronic pain and movement dysfunction. His interests in manual therapy, neurology, pain neuroscience and movement impairments led him to pursue a diverse range of training opportunities including two different year-long manual therapy courses, the 6-month program in Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) and a Masters of Physiotherapy (Manipulative Physiotherapy) in Adelaide at the University of South Australia.

Current Roles

  • Rehabilitation PT Supervisor at the Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center
  • Kaiser Vallejo PNF program faculty member
  • Samuel Merritt Universirt adjunct faculty member
  • International Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation Association (IPNFA) Instructor


  • Know Pain, Know Gain? A Perspective on Pain Neuroscience Education in Physical Therapy
  • Can pain beliefs change in middle school students? A study of the effectiveness of pain neuroscience education

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