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Emily Becker – DPT, Arts and Athletics Physical Therapy

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A graduate of the Virginia Commonwealth University Physical Therapy program, Dr. Emily Becker is a former professional dancer and a nationally recognized and published expert in dance medicine and hip rehabilitation.  She enjoys helping dancers of all ages and abilities with injury prevention, biomechanics, pointe shoe readiness, strength/conditioning, and injury rehabilitation.  Emily also specializes in dancers with hypermobility, EDS, POTS and other autoimmune conditions.

Emily has been featured in DANCE magazine's article "Balance Longer With These Expert Tips",  POINTE magazine's article "Do I Have A Labral Tear? What You Need to Know About Treating This Common Ballet Injury" as well as "Yes, You Can Take a Day Off: The Physical and Mental Benefits of Rest".

Prior to pursuing a career in physical therapy Emily earned high accolades both academically and artistically at Virginia School of the Arts where she danced many leading roles. After graduating she danced professionally with the Richmond Ballet and was a guest artist for several regional companies and schools around Virginia.

Emily then became Founder and Artistic Director of Perceptions Dance Company while teaching and choreographing for numerous dance studios including Chesterfield School of Ballet and West End Academy of Dance. She has also been a guest lecturer on injury prevention and kinesiology for organizations such as Richmond Ballet, Virginia Commonwealth University, Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts, and SunKing Dance. Emily has also taught master classes for the Richmond Ballet, Ballet Tech Ohio, and Rockingham Ballet, among many others.

Because of her extensive background in dance Emily has a unique understanding and expertise in regards to the risks of physical injury in addition to insight of a dancer's approach to dealing with an injury or the risk of an injury. Emily has comprehensive knowledge of dance injuries and how to best treat those injuries to allow for maximum participation in class, rehearsals and performance. After moving to Denver, Emily was fortunate to expand her love of dance medicine into specializing in hip labral pathology. She established Rocky Mountain Dance Injury Prevention Symposium and coordinated successful symposiums each year from 2012-2016 featuring a variety of dance specialists from the medical and dance community. From 2013-2019 she taught for University of Northern Colorado's M.A. in Dance Education program as well as presenting many workshops/master classes for dance studios, schools, and the Colorado Dance Education Organization.

After moving to Illinois in 2019 Emily was an active part of the Performing Arts program with Athletico, having presented workshops on treating dancers with hip pathology and dancer/athlete burnout.  She was also Program Director for Athletico's Hip Preservation Program. During her tenure she taught continuing education courses to fellow clinicians, developed and revamped course content, and assembled a panel of hip experts for a national online symposium on hip rehabilitation. Her protocol for the rehabilitation of dancers post labral repair/reconstruction is used by many hip surgeons and therapists throughout the nation.

In 2022 Emily opened Arts & Athletics Physical Therapy which serves Jacksonville, FL and surrounding areas.  She recently released a "Return to Sport" protocol for PT's to assess dancers and athletes ability to safely return to their art/sport after hip surgery.


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Phone: 804-221-1273
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106 Julington Plaza Drive, Suite #5, Florida, USA 32259

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