The Master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence in whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both.                    

                                                   James Michener

Who we treat:

We treat patients of all ages, and all physical activity levels, though we specialize in helping everyone reach their personal, pain free, best.  Dr. Bluto adopted her practice from Dr. David Kell, who practiced for 27 years at St. Francis Medical Center dealing with the non-surgical approach to injury which Dr. Bluto currently utilizes.  He placed his trust and his patients in Dr. Bluto's hands upon his departure from the profession, and is frequently seen praising Dr. Bluto's work.  Dr. Bluto is well connected within the greater bay area, having maintained contact with her colleagues from Stanford, her newfound friends at UCSF, and those physicians within the local community.

We have treated Olympic level athletes, professional athletes and musicians, everyday athletes, chronic pain patients, and everyone in between.  Dr. Bluto often receives patients after their mis-diagnosis, or ineffective treatment with other practitioners, and thus prides herself in extensive workup and analysis of body mechanics, as well as overall health and functionality.

If you have been referred for surgery and aren't quite ready to take that leap, we would be happy to provide you another perspective.

Please schedule an appointment with us to see how we may help you in your recovery.

Publications:

Bluto M, Radiology Fundamentals: Introduction to Imaging & Technology, (Contributing Editor 2012)

Kao MH, Bluto M, Englander J, Clinical applications for iPad for physician-patient interactions.

Kao MH, Bluto M, Efficacy of fluoroscopic guided steroid injection for ischeal gluteal bursitis.

Bluto M, Suena PA, Kao MH, Mitra R.  Facet-loading maneuver as a predictor of response to fluoroscopy-guided facet-joint injection. 

Sueno PA, Bluto M, Kao MH, Mitra R.  Medial epidural contrast dye spread as a predictor of response to transforaminal epidural steroid injection. 

Book Chapter: Singh H, Bluto, M, Interventional Radiology, General Radiology for Medical Students, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA.

Norman, D, Bluto, M.  Acute Episode of Raynaud’s Disease, The New England Journal of Medicine, September 26, 2002, Vol. 347, No. 13, p.992.

Bluto, M, Helicobactor pylori incidence in South Lake Tahoe, CA as compared to the National Incidence. Barton Memorial Hospital, South Lake Tahoe, Poster Presentation Seventh Annual Alimentary Update 2000

Bluto, M, Effectiveness of steam sterilization of Orthopedic components in Martin container systems, RPA Hospital, Sydney, Australia

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Other Training:

  • 2013-Muscle Energy Technique Level 1
  • 2012-PRP injection training conference
  • 2010-Spinal Cord Stimulator Lab Training
  • 2010-California Society of Physical Medicine and Rehab Annual Meeting
  • 2009-34th Annual Fingers to Toes Orthopedic Conference
  • 2006-Radiologic Society of North America

Volunteerism and Other Interests:

  • San Mateo Boys and Girls Club
  • UCSF Auxillary
  • Tahoe Douglas Rotary Club
  • Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International

I have always loved the mountains in addition to loving the practice of medicine, and try to get up to Tahoe as much as possible with my three children, two dogs, cat, and husband.  Travel is a passion of mine, Thailand being my most favorite spot, which I visit often.  The whole Bluto family looks forward to meeting you in your time at our office.

California Spine, Sports, and Rehabilitation

591 Redwood Highway suite #5285

Mill Valley, California

415.380.1840

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About Acupuncture....

    NIH:  Acupuncture appears to be effective for osteoarthritis, particularly for knee pain. Recent literature reviews have found that acupuncture provides pain relief and improves function for people with knee OA.
    Studies of acupuncture for chronic neck pain have found that acupuncture provided better             pain relief than some simulated treatments.