We believe in addressing the ROOT causes of pain and injury before building performance. We will never sell you a quick fix and set you up for failure. Instead, we discover how your body has been compensating and teach you how to move efficiently using evidence based methods, resulting in a strong foundation to build upon. Whether you want to train for a specific athletic event, achieve safe and lasting weight loss, or just move well in everyday life, we can help you finally reach your fitness goals.
GINA DALEY, NASM CPT
Pre & Postnatal Specialist
Gina Daley came from Montana ROOTS and has grown Portland BRANCHES. After spending 15 years teaching dance professionally, she found a new way to use her love for anatomy and movement and began her second career in corrective movement and fitness training. She uses a unique holistic approach that considers all facets of life like stress, sleep, hormones, and the relationship to food (the reasons WHY you eat how you do) and how they contribute to reaching or preventing a client from achieving their optimum body. Her life experience brought her empathy and resilience, and she loves empowering others to find their strength and power thru fitness. Certified in PROnatal Fitness, she is passionate about guiding moms and moms to be into healing and strength before, during, and after pregnancy. Gina lives with her fiery 5 year old daughter in SE Portland, drinks yerba mate everyday, and will dance to just about anything.
DR. ALEX DE LA PAZ, PT, DPT, ITPT
Posture & Concussion Specialist
Alex graduated with a BS in Kinesiology from Western Washington University in 2009 and a DPT in Physical Therapy from Regis University in 2013. He met is wife and best friend Kelley in Physical Therapy school and moved to Oregon after graduation. Alex and Kelley live in SW Portland with their dog Kai and enjoy hiking and traveling the globe at any chance they get. Alex is deeply passionate about learning and has accumulated over 325 hours of continued education hours, most of which being taught by the Postural Restoration Institute. In 2015 he opened Root & Branch Physical Therapy and by 2019 he was named Top Physical Therapist in Portland Monthly Magazine's Wellness Issue, as voted by his peers. Soon after he opened Root & Branch Integrative Fitness with the help of his business partner Gina Daley.
DR. KIRSTEN KUPRAS, PT, DPT
Pelvic Floor Specialist
Kirsten found yoga while living abroad in Aberdeen, Scotland. She gravitated to the physical and spiritual practice of yoga and how it is able to provide a calming space during difficult times. Kirsten invites clients to explore mindfulness and movement on their mats and to stay curious to what they are bringing to the shared experience and practice. Kirsten is also an outpatient orthopedic physical therapist specializing in women’s health and working with runners. She is able to use yoga postures and philosophies in her physical therapy treatments. Kirsten received her 200-hour yoga teacher training through Yoga Medicine in 2016. She is currently working towards achieving her 500-hour certification through YoYo Yogi here in Portland.
Tai Chi Instructor
I’ve practiced and taught tai chi for over 25+ years, in California and Oregon. I keep my form current through attending three annual Cloud Hands West conferences instructed by teachers from around the country. I have been a contributing teacher of the last 3 events. A few of my instructors are Suzanne Roth (Chico, Ca), Bradford Bennett (SF, Ca), Judith Chambliss & Allan Zee (Portland, Oregon), Nancy Hoffman (NY, NY), Jim Bush (Ann Arbor, Michigan).
I invite you to join us in cultivating a mind-body balance while relaxing and moving with the grace of nature.
Lita Batho has been teaching yoga since 2001, with a focus on Astanga Vinyasa which evolved into her practice of Shadow Yoga in 2004. Both of these are styles of Hatha Yoga, which is a very old practice of self cultivation and awareness. Hatha Yoga helps to reacquaint us with our intuitive knowledge of natural principles, and what's helpful. Lita offers practical, clear, grounded solutions to help you move more easily, improve health, mental health, stability and awareness, and learn about the tradition of yoga. Through years of teaching full time, she has thousands of hours of teaching and training experience. To understand when to be firm and disciplined, and when to adapt and respond in the moment are skills we can learn through yoga, which will support our health. As with any practice, yoga is a craft best learned over time, with consistent attention and practice.