Dr. Claudia Chaloner certainly walks the talk in the communities Movement Rx reaches. As someone who is drawn to intense sports (see below), Claudia brings to Movement Rx a deep understanding of rigorous physical training that is followed by the tactical and functional fitness athletes she works with. Claudia received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy with high honors from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in San Diego, California, and her Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Exercise Science from Furman University. While at Furman, Claudia was active on the Women’s Rugby team and was selected to compete for the USA Women’s Rugby U-23 South All-Star team. Prior to college in her home state of West Virginia, she competed as an amateur boxer for five years and was involved in the successful development of her gym’s training program, which became the largest boxing gym in the state. More recently she has been training to become a CrossFit Regionals competitor. In her first CrossFit Open in 2013, she placed 143rd in the Southern California Region, and improved to 103rd in 2014.
Claudia has spent several years working in the fitness and wellness industry as a personal trainer, community wellness volunteer, and children’s sports coach in the USA and in New Zealand. After graduating from PT school, she has expanded her knowledge in orthopedics and pediatrics while living in the Northern San Diego area. In addition to her position at Movement Rx, she enjoys crossfitting, traveling, knitting/sewing, and volunteering with a therapeutic horseback riding program for children and adults with disabilities. Claudia holds her CF Mobility certification and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.
As a physical therapist, she is committed to improving not only the lives of her fellow athletes but any individual experiencing dysfunction. As a competitive Crossfitter, Claudia understands the demands of high-intensity training and realizes the necessity of efficient movement patterns and education in order to achieve and maintain optimal performance. Due to personal injuries, she can relate to the frustrations of receiving therapy services provided by professionals who are not educated about correct movement patterns and high-intensity training. She hopes to bridge this gap by providing empathy, encouragement, and knowledge. Claudia has joined the Movement Rx team to equip fellow athletes with self-maintenance tools and train individuals to get better faster.