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I'm Natasha Barnes. I've been a professional athlete for over 18 years and have been helping people recover from injury for over half a decade! 

Consider me a consultant. I help people like you develop rehabilitation strategies and guide them in the rehabilitation process through solutions-focused, science-based sports medicine.

I don't fix people, I teach them how to fix themselves! 

My goal is to empower athletes to take charge of their recovery by helping them develop an effective and actionable plan for rehabilitation and return to sport.


Education

I graduated from a 4 year doctorate program at Palmer West Chiropractic School in San Jose, CA in 2012 with a specialty in rehabilitation, orthopedic sports medicine and physiotherapy and have a private practice at Motus Clinic in San Francisco, California. 

I’ve also been a ClinicalAthlete provider since 2015.


My Story

 Winning Gold at the 2005 Teva Games.

Winning Gold at the 2005 Teva Games.

In 2005 I was Bouldering National Champion and a Teva Games (now known as the GoPro Mountain Games/IFSC Vail World Cup) gold medalist. That same year, just at the peak of my competitive climbing career, I suffered a devastating finger injury and couldn’t climb for 6+ months. I injured my right shoulder not long after in 2008 and recovery was slow and frustrating. Depressed would be an understatement. My entire identity was wrapped around climbing. I eventually recovered with some education and the help of some great people and later went on to climb multiple V10 and V11's and redpoint 5.13d/14a.

I was frustrated at lack of good information available on how to resolve climbing related injuries. Doctors didn't seem to understand climbing at all! So, I decided to go to school to learn how to fix these injuries myself!

Through the process of figuring out how to fix my own injuries I discovered barbell strength training and was blown away by the results I got by just making my body stronger. Teaching people how to get stronger has become a large component of my rehab practice. 

I started my private practice because it has always been my goal to help other climbers and athletes recover from injury. I know how frustrating and depressing it can be to be faced with an injury and be told by other doctors to stop climbing. I am here to help! 


Natasha’s work is ultimately bringing up the overall quality of medicine that we as a community can expect - and rests on a foundation of functional medicine that doesn’t require you to sit around and wait for your surgery date.
— Clara Lopes, Climber

What I've Achieved

  • I’ve been climbing since 1999 and I have been a professional athlete since 2001
  • I am a former National Champion (2005) and Teva Games (2005) gold medalist (now GoPro Mountain Games/IFSC World Cup stop)
  • I have earned a spot on the US World Cup Bouldering and Sport Climbing Team multiple years
  • I’ve bouldered V11 and climbed 5.13d/14a outdoors
  • Competitive powerlifter in the 67.5kg weight class with a Master's total. 
  • Squat 290, Bench 170, Deadlift 355
  • ClinicalAthlete provider since 2015
  • Recognized as one of the leading experts on climbing injuries 
  • Regularly contribute articles to the Training Beta blog
  • Featured in several climbing magazines and climbing films