Karen Anderson PT OCS is an orthopedic clinical specialist with 40 years of experience treating musculoskeletal problems of all kinds.

Karen graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Physical Therapy. With her husband, Steven Anderson PT, she founded and managed ABA Physical Therapy Associates for 30 years in San Mateo. During that time Karen was honored to work with a dedicated staff of professionals to provide high quality, individualized manual therapy care for difficult musculoskeletal problems. In addition, she trained many physical therapists in manual therapy to apply in their own work settings.

Karen has had hundreds of hours of continuing education training and was lucky to be able to study with many highly skilled teachers, both Osteopaths and Physical Therapists. Karen is skilled in many manual therapy techniques such as Muscle Energy, Craniosacral Technique, Myofascial Release, Strain/Counterstrain and the techniques of Jean-Pierre Barral DO.

For the past 4 years, Karen has worked with area dentists to provide physical therapy for TMJ problems.

Now, “semi-retired”, Karen continues to do what she loves and treats patients with difficult problems who may not be helped with traditional physical therapy treatment.


Steve Anderson PT has a lifetime love of exercise, movement and sports. A massive fracture to his leg threatened to take that all away, but is what ultimately brought Steve to physical therapy. Steve received his training (and met his future wife) at the University of Connecticut where he graduated from the Physical Therapy program. After moving to California, Steve was Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation at Peninsula Hospital. In 1987, Steve started ABA Physical Therapy Associates with his wife, Karen and after 30 wonderful years, sold ABA in 2018.

Steve was blessed with great teachers in Osteopathic manual therapy technique and has studied these techniques since 1983. His study of the holistic view of the musculoskeletal system combined with knowledge of the manual therapy techniques provided the groundwork for his own “epiphany of the body.” Steve developed and refined his “Fascial Facilitation Technique”. This technique is extremely effective and remains the basis of his treatments.

Steve’s love of all movement and especially, dance led him to volunteer for several years at the Healthy Dancer’s Clinic in San Francisco at ODC Commons and to provide physical therapy for the Smuin Ballet.

Now, “semi-retired”, Steve continues to help people with difficult musculoskeletal problems with his high quality, hands-on treatment.