“Our bodies bring us to our knees,” said Amy Schliftman, the owner of West Marin Physical Therapy. For three decades, she's brought empathy and insight to her application of conventional and alternative modalities at her Point Reyes Station practice.   David Briggs

In high school, Amy Schliftman played basketball, volleyball and softball, and ran track and field—and she was good. But then the thought struck her: What would life look like if she lost her physical prowess? That question changed the course of her life. 

Ms. Schliftman, a rural New York State native, earned a degree in . . .