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Joseph Jacobs, DPT, ASTRs

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Advanced Soft Tissue Release Specialist


In 2010, Joseph Jacobs, Doctor of Physical Therapy and founder of Center For Advanced Soft Tissue Release, earned his Physical Therapy degree from Dominican College in New York State and has been practicing as a physical therapist since 2011. Doctor Jacobs completed his undergraduate studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University, in New Jersey, where he studied Hotel & Restaurant Management.

In 2011, Dr. Jacobs developed a new manual therapy specialty called Advanced Soft Tissue Release (ASTR). From 2011-2015, he committed his life to researching and developing ASTR's theories, methodologies of treatment, specialty tools and over 125 maneuvers to treat the full body. Dr. Jacobs registered ASTR and Advanced Soft Tissue Release with the US Patent and Trademark office and in 2015, received approval for 3 ASTR patents and is waiting approval for one additional patent. Dr. Jacobs recently completed his first retrospective cohort study for neck patients and is in the process of publishing this study. His long-term goal is to continue developing new tools and methodologies for ASTR and to begin teaching this specialty to other practitioners throughout the country.

Additionally, Doctor Jacobs is the inventor of the following techniques and tools:

  • Advanced Soft Tissue Release (patent pending)
  • Tension Release Technique 
  • ASTR Tools I, II, III, IV, V, VI   (patented)
  • Fascia Scale
  • Fibrosis (Scar) Scale
  • Trigger Point Scale
  • Muscle Spasm Scale
  • Mind Body Release

Doctor Jacobs' life goal is to Revolutionize the Medical Industry by continually developing and researching new devices, tools, theories and methodologies to treat client's pain faster and more effectively.  His clients testify that his techniques are "effective" and the results are "immediate and long lasting."

In his spare time, Doctor Jacobs enjoys hiking with his wife, spending time with his twins Gabriel and Lily, playing the guitar and piano, and spending time with his dog, Luna. He is an active member of a local church in Mission Viejo.Additionally, Dr. Jacobs has studied and taken classes in the following manual therapy techniques:

  • Myofascial Release
  • Strain-Counterstrain
  • Muscle Engery Technique (MET)
  • Soft Tissue-Mobilization
  • Joint mobilization (Maitland)
  • Joint Mobilization (Mulligan Concept)
  • Trigger Point Release
  • Primal Reflex Release Technique (PRRT)
  • Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)
  • Connective Tissue Massage









Lindsay Jacobs

Office Manager

Lindsay Jacobs, Office Manager at Reliant Physical Therapy, earned her degree in Liberal Studies from California State University Bakersfield. Her post-graduate studies focused on Spanish and Secondary Eduation. Lindsay studied abroad in Murcia, Spain and is a returned Peace Corps volunteer. She taught high school Spanish for a few years before partnering with her husband, Dr. Jacobs, in his endeavors as a small business owner.  Lindsay also comes from a family of self made businessmen and has extensive experience working in customer service and public relations. Lindsay is a very strong communicator, is service oriented, and is compassionate towards others.

In her spare time, Lindsay enjoys spending time with her family, working on service projects within her community and church, and developing her skills as a pianist and singer. She loves supporting her husband, Dr. Jacobs, as he continues to grow his business and is his number one fan.








Dee Ann Pope

Administrative Assistant

Dee Ann moved to California from Texas in 1979.  Although she has lost her Texan drawl, she still has that friendly Texan manner!  Everyone is a friend to Dee Ann, as she loves working with people and ensures they are happy.

Dee Ann started at an early age providing customer service for her parents' business in Hawaii and Texas. Even before she was tall enough to look over the counter at the customers, she would stand on a stool and assist the customers with their needs. Her greatest satisfaction was knowing that she successfully assisted the customer and that they were happy!

Over the years, Dee Ann found her way into the medical industry as an administrative assistant, where she has excelled in patient satisfaction for over six years.

Dee Ann lives in Mission Viejo with her husband and black lab.  In her spare time, she helps her husband restore and maintain classic cars, which they take to car shows on the weekends. She also enjoys an variety of motorsports and sunset picnics at Dana Point Harbor.

Kaitlynne Ireland

Physical Therapy Aide

Kait moved to Mission Viejo when she was eight years old and attended local schools including: Philip J. Reilly Elementary, Newhart Middle School, and Capistrano Valley High School. She fell in love with marching band in high school and spent the summers after her junior and senior years playing the baritone horn and touring the United States as a member of a world renown drum and bugle corps called the Santa Clara Vanguard. 

She attended UCLA (Go Bruins!), where she pursued a B.S. in Physiological Sciences. During this time, she spent two years as an Emergency Medical Technician, (EMT) answering 9-1-1 medical aid calls through the UC Police Department and two years as a student service's representative for the Gracie Jiujitsu Academy in Beverly Hills. She spent her free time dancing in Santa Monica salsa clubs, weight lifting in the gym, and training for/running a marathon. After graduating, Kait moved back to Mission Viejo where she resides as she works on applications for Doctorate of Physical Therapy programs. She now enjoys weight lifting as well as pursuing outdoor adventures such as hiking, climbing, biking, and picnicking.


  • This newborn came in unable to move his neck from the side position. He suffered from torticollis, severe neck and back spasms. After just 1 ASTR treatment, he had complete range of motion.

  • Patient came in unable to move his neck from the side position. After 3 ASTR treatments, he regained full range of motion.

  • This young gymnast came in unable to do the splits. After just 1 ASTR treatment, she had full range of motion.


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