Are you a Dance Specialist and interested in joining DFD?
Connect with Us!
Dr. Imbeau grew up doing competitive gymnastics and dance in her hometown of Columbia, SC. She experienced and witnessed numerous injuries during practices, rehearsals, and competition and thus understands the physical and mental toll that comes with being a high level performing artist and athlete.
As an athlete who suffered through several injuries, she always felt that there was a paucity of resources and healthcare providers who truly understood what being a performing artist means, much less how to speak the language of dance or gymnastics effectively. This ultimately led her to pursue a career in physical therapy, with the dream of creating a space made for all types of performing artists and that offers healthcare solutions from clinicians who were or still are performers themselves.
In 2022, Dr. Imbeau opened her 5th physical therapy office, back in her hometown of Columbia, SC, after starting a private practice with her husband and business partner, 6 years ago. In this clinic, she has been able to see the dream of that space finally become reality. Her Columbia office includes traditional rehab equipment, in addition to an 800 square foot dance studio with sprung floor, ballet barre, and mirrors. Other features of this office include a squat rack with multiple attachments, Normatec Recovery pump, a 20x20 square foot turf area for agility/jump training, suspension trainer, personalized blood flow restriction, a variety of soft tissue tools, and free weights, among other items.
Studio space inside of the clinic allows her to go directly from manual treatment or exercise on the floor, into the studio to assess and reassess dance-specific movement patterns, from pirouettes and petit allegro to full combinations across the floor on a real dance surface. This clinic is also unique in that it offers after-hour fitness, including personal and group training, dance conditioning, and hot yoga through a partner brand. This allows us to offer circumferential care that is dance-specific and can prevent future injury, thereby promoting longevity in a performer's career.
Nancy graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from the University of South Carolina in 2008 and went on to complete her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the University of Pittsburgh in 2014. Since receiving her DPT, she has completed multiple post-graduate certifications, including a Manual Therapy Certification with Evidence in Motion and a Board-certified Orthopedic Specialist designation (OCS), as well as certifications in Personalized Blood Flow Restriction Training through Owens Recovery Science and ACL Prevention through Sportsmetrics. She is an active member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science and the American Physical Therapy Association's Performing Arts Special Interest Group.
* Doctors For Dancers makes no representation and assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of the information contained on or available through this website, and such information is subject to change without notice. You are encouraged to confirm any information obtained from or through this website with other sources and review all information.
CREDENTIALS RECEIVED BY DFD PHYSICAL THERAPIST - STATE OF SC - LIC # 7893 BOARD CERTIFIED CLINICAL SPECIALIST IN ORTHOPAEDIC PHYSICAL THERAPY - CERT # 56520 AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION BASIC LIFE SUPPORT - CPR & AED - # 205506981483 LIABILITY INSURANCE All documents are on file.