Ace Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine is an out-patient orthopedic clinic with a treatment emphasis on sport injuries and general orthopedic diagnoses. We believe in a hands-on approach to facilitate the restoration of functional abilities. Our wide range of services are provided by a dedicated staff consisting of physical therapists and physical therapy assistants.

  • Manual therapy techniques
  • Therapeutic exercise programs
  • Functional training in the community and work reintegration
  • Electrotherapeutic modalities
  • Mechanical lumbar/cervical traction
  • Fabrication and application of assertive, supportive and protective devices/equipment
  • Physical agents and thermal modalities
  • Preferred providers

    In-Network - Blue Shield, Cigna, United Healthcare, PHCS, Medicare

    Out-of-Network - Aetna, Blue Cross, Health Net.

  • Don B. Azcarate MPT, ATC
    Graduate School - Chapman University
    Undergraduate - Long Beach State University

    Don founded Ace Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine in 1998, before Ace he worked with collegiate football and basketball players at Long Beach State University. Most recently Don was the physical therapist for Artemis Racing sailing team during the 34th Americas Cup in San Francisco. In his free time Don enjoys surfing, sailing, tennis, and skiing.

  • Susan Nowell, PT, DPT
    Graduate school- University of Utah
    Undergraduate- Kenyon College

    Susan received her DPT from University of Utah in 2004. During graduate school, she initiated program collaboration with the National Abilities Center to assist patients with chronic neurologic conditions in getting back on the ski slopes. She has worked onsite with athletes competing in long-distance triathlons and endurance running events internationally. She is an avid endurance athlete, and has completed Ironman distance events. She also enjoys hiking, skiing, rock-climbing and open-water swimming in her spare time.

  • Kari Pimentel
    Office Manager

    Kari is an expert with health insurance coverage and billing issues. Kari is a Bay Area native and graduated from California State University Hayward with a degree in Recreational Therapy. In her free time Kari enjoys trips to Lake Tahoe with her kids, dancing and a nice glass of wine.

  • Bayan Odeh
    Undergraduate - University of San Francisco

    Bayan graduated from the University of San Francisco in 2016 with a degree in Kinesiology. She is pursuing a Master’s of Science in Nursing. She loves working with patients and being a part of their road to recovery.

  • Brooke Shimazaki
    Undergraduate - San Francisco State University

    Brooke graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Kinesiology. She played on the NCAA D2 collegiate basketball team at SFSU. Brooke also helps out at the university’s athletic training facility and works at Orange Theory Fitness. She is working towards a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Being from Southern California, Brooke enjoys being in the sun in her free time and loves being active.

  • Susie Lunardi

    Susie studied neuroscience and dance at UCSD. Since, she completed her RYT-200Hr with Yoga Alliance and earned a Certificate in Kinesiology - Yoga Teacher from College of San Mateo and two personal training certifications: NASM-CPT and EXOS Fitness Specialist. In her personal time, she focuses on yoga and bodybuilding and is looking forward to Physical Therapy school this upcoming June.

  • Lauren Rinderknecht

    Lauren received a degree in Sociology from Oregon State University. As a collegiate volleyball player, she had always taken interest in the human body, movement enhancement, and function. Her experience as a massage therapist and yoga instructor informed her decision to pursue physical therapy. She will be attending physical therapy school in 2018.





  • Monday:
  • 7am-6pm
  • Tuesday:
  • 7am-1pm, 3pm-6pm
  • Wednesday:
  • 7am-6pm
  • Thursday:
  • 7am-1pm, 3pm-6pm
  • Friday:
  • 7am-1pm
Located inside the:
Bay Club San Francisco Tennis Club
645 Fifth St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Parking Available