“Kelly has the magical intuitive touch to help heal our bodies.”
“When I first started working with Kelly, I could not move my left arm or shoulder in anyway. Her intuitive expertise about the body relieved me of excruciating pain and lack of movement. Her knowledge about our physical bodies and the connection to our emotions and psyche was valuable to my healing process. With Kelly’s hands on approach I was able to work through years of stuck emotions. Kelly helped connect my emotions with my body, which in turn released the physically stuck places. I now have full range of motion in my shoulder and arm and I am pain free. I continue to work with Kelly to learn techniques and body mechanics to stay pain free in all areas of my body.”
“I started seeing Kelly when I was 60, wanting help with a bum knee that the orthopedist said was just a little arthritis for which there was nothing to be done. With her holistic approach, Kelly helped me develop a new relationship with my body. I learned how to use muscles I didn’t even know I had; strengthening my core; stretching tendons in my calves, feet, and ankles; increasing flexibility in my ribs, neck, wrists, and toes. Now five years later, I feel five years younger than I did when I started with her, so I feel as if I’m 10 years younger than I would have felt without Kelly’s knowledge, intuition, and skills. I’ve gained immeasurably in my quality of life, walking with greater ease and lightness. Even my singing has improved thanks to my new-found rib flexibility, lung capacity, and core support. Oh, and my knee doesn’t hurt any more – as long as I remember to use the proper breathing, stretching, and postural techniques that Kelly has so patiently taught me. I highly recommend Kelly! She will quickly determine whether her approach is a good match with your health concerns.”
“Kelly is an excellent teacher who shares her vast knowledge, experience, and skills with thoughtfulness, care, and a concern for each person in the class. She is sensitive to individual needs and creates an atmosphere where students feel comfortable and forthcoming with questions and individual concerns. She pays close attention to how each person is doing the various exercises and monitors each individual to make sure there is understanding and correct execution.”
“Looking for expert, compassionate physical therapists? I highly recommend Core Connections.
I injured my shoulder in a fall. Kelly Otis, owner, was referred to me by a well known local orthopedist. Kelly worked with me for about 6-7 sessions before I felt well again. Kelly opened her clinic about 3 years ago. I started seeing her regularly every since. You are never too old to try to keep mobile. I am 90 years old. Thanks to core connections I still exercise with their combination of physical therapy and pilates. I am able to function at my best for my age.”
Kelly is the most accomplished Physical Therapist I have ever met. She listens and she sees and she challenges. I call her clairvoyant, but Kelly is competent, expert to the point where my subtle issues seem OBVIOUS to her. What an asset for Santa Cruz County! Definitely core to my care team from now on! (over 60, multiple laminectomies and hip replacements) Do you want to remain mobile? Go see Kelly, again and again and again!
~Paul W. Aptos, CA
After almost 3 years of unrelenting back and SI joint pain and a multitude of therapies I came to Core Connections to see Kelly the owner who specializes in treating people to get out of pain. She introduced me to Lisa, one of her talented Pilates Instructors. I was cautiously optimistic at first but now know without any skepticism that I'm in the right place. Lisa is amazing in many ways. She is treating my whole body to include breathing, posture, pelvic floor, mindfulness, and most importantly Pain. I see her for private lessons and she is deeply committed to my process. If you are in pain then this is the place for you. All of the staff has a very unique skill set, and will meet you wherever you are. Thank you Lisa
~Karen J. Scotts Valley, VA
In my late 40's, the abuse to my body started to catch up with me. In an attempt to remedy this, I initially tried intensive yoga, but noticed that I continued to have pain, particularly neck and lower back. I tried chiropractic, but this seemed to be more of a maintenance, pain-relief treatment. At Core Connections, Kelly developed her conceptualization and used therapies some of which are pilates-based. While I am still undergoing therapy, I have significantly less pain and increased flexibility. In addition and probably as important, she provided insights on my body alignment so now I know what to be mindful of in daily life. She also suggests therapies for home-practice to help me hold on to progress made and prepare me to manage my body in the longer term. Thanks.
~Kelly. Marshall M. Los Gatos, CA
Core Connections is great! I have been treated by Kelly and Denise and they are both talented physical therapists as well as very nice people. I had disc replacement surgery in my back and I have been seeing them since about 8 weeks after my surgery. I appreciate that each session is an hour long and that they tailor the treatment to my individual needs. And I feel they take the Sherlock Holmes approach- they keep investigating until they find the key to releasing my pain and making me more functional!
~Juliette G. Scotts Valley, CA
I started seeing Kelly Otis over 2 years ago after a very complicated shoulder surgery. Kelly helped me get my mobility back and then proceeded to work on the rest of my body. Thanks to Kelly I'm back to surfing, biking, and yoga at 59 years old! Now I can work out & get my body worked on all in one place. Kelly's amazing instructors offer everything from body rolling to TRX. The instructors are high energy & super knowledgeable. Core Connections rocks!
~KO J. Aptos, CA
I have only written one yelp review for a business before. This business is the exception and I feel strongly about writing about Kelly and her Core facility. Kelly is really gifted at a physical therapist. I am a tri-athlete and workout every day to stay in peak shape. I am 53 years old and therefore need ongoing PT work to stay pain free. Kelly works hard on my body. The facility at Core is super clean, easy to get appointments and I have recommend Kelly to my good friends.
~Megan M. Scotts Valley, CA
I have been going to Kelly for about nine months now. When I was 18 I had a very rare and serious injury in the fascia surrounding my lower hamstring muscles. I am 30 now and I spent my 20s (besides trying to live my life) as a guinea pig having 6 surgeries and going to countless physical therapists. The last surgery I had was 4 years ago to the day as I write this. When I first saw Kelly I had about 85-90% of my function back from the surgery and the physical therapy I had done. This was not horrible, but I had plateaued and I was still in a substantial amount of pain. I had faith in Kelly initially because my mom went to her for a fall she took resulting in a knee injury that Kelly resolved after my mom had struggled with doctors for 6 months. We have been working together for two hour sessions twice a week since we started and I now have about 95% of my function back. That 5-10% may not seem like much, but it is life changing for me. Kelly is intelligent, intuitive, dynamic, a good listener, has a complete understanding of the human body and it's normal function/biomechanics, has many methods of attack from her multiple kinds of training and has a magical elbow that she will use on you if needed to unstick muscles that have been injured so they can function again. Most importantly she gave me hope when I was hopeless and I'm finally starting to feel like myself again.
After almost 3 years of unrelenting back and SI joint pain and a multitude of therapies I came to Core Connections to see Kelly the owner who specializes in treating people to get out of pain. She introduced me to Lisa, one of her talented Pilates Instructors. I was cautiously optimistic at first but now know without any skepticism that I'm in the right place. Lisa is amazing in many ways. She is treating my whole body to include breathing, posture, pelvic floor, mindfulness, and most importantly Pain. I see her for private lessons and she is deeply committed to my process. If you are in pain then this is the place for you. All of the staff has a very unique skill set, and will meet you wherever you are. Thank you Lisa.
I am an occupational therapist, body worker, athlete and yoga practitioner. I think I know bodies, but when I get really stuck and cannot seem to help myself, Kelly is my go-to P.T. and is worth every mile of the drive from San Jose. I met Kelly 20 years ago while working with her as a massage therapist. Over the years Kelly has unfrozen my shoulder (in one session), and has improved my mobility, decreased my pain, and made me more aware of my movement patterns with my neck, pelvis, and ankles. Kelly, unlike the P.T.s I've seen at Kaiser and elsewhere is very hands on; she doesn't just give you a handout of exercises and send you on your way. Kelly is relaxed and accomplished, has built a beautiful studio in Scotts Valley with an outstanding team of therapists and body workers, and has created not just a healing space but also a community. I highly recommend Core Connections and Kelly Otis, P.T. for Physical Therapy, Pilates, and massage.