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Sarah is a Sports Medicine/Orthopedic Physical Therapist who trained in Vaganova style Classical Ballet growing up, ultimately deciding to pursue a career in Physical Therapy to help other dancers reach their dreams and highest potential. Going to PT school, Sarah's goal was to help "at least 1 more dancer have 1 more chance on stage" than they would have without her. Dance has remained an integral part of Sarah's life, branching into Latin and Salsa style performance training even after grad school. She often is still found "flitting" around the house, or marking out "The Nutcracker" any time the music comes on!
Over Sarah's more than 16 years of practice and nearly 10 years as a Board-Certified Orthopedic Specialist, her experience ranges from children to older adults with focused niche skills in Dance Medicine/Performing Arts and Foot & Ankle injuries. Sarah has previously worked with performers and students of Pennsylvania Ballet/PBII (now Philadelphia Ballet), Rock School for Dance Education, University of the Arts, touring shows “Phantom of the Opera” and “So You Think You Can Dance”, and many others in the Philadelphia region. She also worked with internationally competitive Figure Skaters, and gained exposure through medical and therapy team members for the Philadelphia Phillies, Eagles and Flyers while attending and presenting at annual Sports Medicine Symposiums, bringing a strong understanding of the importance of truly cross-training the body to achieve maximal performance.
Most recently, upon moving to North Carolina, Sarah has spent over 4 years as a specialty Physical Therapy provider working for the US Army. During this time she has expanded her knowledge while treating a wide range of conditions in our nation’s soldiers and tactical athletes. Her time spent as an Orthopedic & Sports Medicine therapist in this setting has helped her develop a deeper understanding of fast-paced triage, treatment planning and return to training programs for strength and conditioning. Strength and conditioning can be extremely beneficial, especially when working with dancers and other hypermobile athletes in order to retrain and stabilize the body for rigorous training schedules.
Starting in 2021, Sarah decided to pursue more in-depth Pilates training through internationally recognized Balanced Body, in order to draw on and expand treatment concepts she has used throughout her career. The infusion of Pilates into Physical Therapy is natural and creates a deeper understanding of how and why the body performs the way it does. Pilates creates a complimentary training style for almost any other activity, although the ties to Pilates and Dance are well established, dating to some of Joseph Pilates earliest American clients coming from the ever-known NYCB in the 1920's-1930's. Pilates concepts are included in nearly every treatment with Sarah, and Pilates Workshops are a great way to introduce dancers to some of Joseph Pilates original training principles.
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CREDENTIALS RECEIVED BY DFD
PHYSICAL THERAPIST - STATE OF NC - LIC # P17581
PHYSICAL THERAPIST - STATE OF PA - LIC # PT018355
DIRECT ACCESS AUTHORIZATION - PHYSICAL THERAPY - STATE OF PA - LIC # DAPT001817
ABPTS ORTHOPAEDIC PHYSICAL THERAPY - CERT #43465
UNIVERSITY OF THE SCIENCES IN PHILADELPHIA - MASTER OF PHYSICAL THERAPY DIPLOMA
AMERICAN RED CROSS BASIC LIFE SUPPORT CERTIFICATE
BALANCED BODY MOVEMENT PRINCIPLES CERTIFICATE
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