Susan Nowell, PT, Coach

Ironman athlete, runner, triathlon coach and Physical Therapist.

Susan Nowell

APTA Board-certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, Licensed as a Doctor of Physical Therapy in Italy (Riconoscimento received in 2011), Maitland-trained orthopedic PT, ART-certified PT

Susan is an avid outdoor athlete. She has competed in multiple ultramarathons, marathons, and Ironman distance events, including Boston marathon in 2018. She is specialized in orthopedic physical therapy and sports medicine, and she practices in the Bay area.  She has been treating runners and athletes since 2008.  

Susan is the head of our Netic Physical Therapy Clinic. She strives for high-quality care for all types of athletes, and a positive, colaborative working environment for all Netic staff and PTs.


What sports do you do? Do you have any accomplishments?

Triathlon, Running, Skiing, Rock-climbing

North Face Endurance Challenge 50k New York (1st place female 2008

Qualified for the Age-group Nationals for Olympic distance triathlon in 2012

Boston marathon 2018

What's your physical therapy philosophy?

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel" - Maya AngelouAlways start and finish with people's passions.  Passion is what drives human growth, development and achievement :-)

My favorite quote is...

"Be the change you wish to see in the world"

What motivates you to do what you are doing at Netic?

1. The amazing and collaborative team at Netic

2. The ability to connect with runners and to help them do one of my greatest passions: running

What's your worst injury and how did you get over it?

Cumulative trauma's to my left knee (MCL/ACL skiing injuries 1995, left quadriceps cycling contusion impact injury 2006), which both led to lateral patellofemoral cartilage breakdown. I'm currently post-op for a left knee MACI's procedure, working on my own return to running progression and return to sport. It has given me great insight being on both sides of the treatment table this past year!

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