Galit Friedlander’s passion for fitness comes from 17+ years of experience in the dance world, where she quickly discovered the need for injury prevention and dance-specific cross training.   Galit believes that personal training/conditioning for dancers can be best used to optimize endurance and movement quality for class, auditions, performances, and improve the overall quality of life.

With an ACE-Certification, specialization in fitness nutrition, qualifications in TRX straps training and functional training, Galit makes sure to consistently update her body of knowledge and education to best serve her clients.   Whether it is a single session to work on a specific focus, or a longer term fitness plan, training sessions are tailored to your needs, and made to be as fun as possible.

INTRODUCING OUR PANEL

Dr. Julia L. Iafrate (“Dr. J”) is a native of Fonthill, Ontario, Canada. She attended college in Canada at McMaster University, graduating with an honors bachelor of science degree in Kinesiology. She later moved to the United States of America to pursue a career in medicine. She received her medical degree from Midwestern University – Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. She subsequently completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Mayo Clinic, followed by a Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of Iowa. During her fellowship she worked as team physician for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes football, men’s basketball, and men’s and women’s gymnastics teams. Dr. Iafrate specializes in Sports and Dance Medicine. Her primary clinical interests include all types of musculoskeletal injuries, college and professional-level sports coverage, dance medicine, diagnostic and interventional ultrasound-guided procedures, global health and nutrition, and resident teaching. She works with multiple dance schools in the area and is one of the rotating team physicians for the USA Ski Team. In her spare time she enjoys traveling the world, dancing, rock climbing, and alpine skiing.

Board-certified anesthesiologist, integrative medicine physician and former ballet dancer, Linda Bluestein, M.D., specializes in treating dancers and other athletes at increased risk of hypermobility disorders and is the founder and host of the podcast, “Bendy Bodies with the Hypermobility MD”.  Dr. Bluestein also founded and is a former cohost of the podcast “Hypermobility Happy Hour”, the first podcast to focus exclusively on issues related to hypermobility disorders and is a contributing author for the book, Disjointed – Navigating the Diagnosis and Management of Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders. Through her private practice, Hypermobility MD, Dr. Bluestein is helping people from all over the country live better lives. 

Dr. Bluestein, a highly sought after international and invited speaker, is at the forefront of research on pain, hypermobility and dance medicine.  She completed her anesthesiology residency at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine after receiving her Medical Degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine and is a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, the Performing Arts Medicine Association, and the Resources Committee for the Dance Healthy Alliance of Canada.

As a leading specialist in connective tissue disorders such as Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes (EDS), Dr. Bluestein helped to create the first online EDS CME (Continuing Medical Education) program.  She also serves as an assistant professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Central Wisconsin where she is the course director for the RISHI Healer’s Art Program.  More information about Dr. Bluestein can be found on her website, www.hypermobilitymd.com.

I am a medical doctor, board certified in both family medicine and sports medicine. As a former dancer, I love using my background and medical expertise to treat the dancer with a holistic approach.  When treating injuries, I believe it’s not enough to diagnose the structural problem but also the functional problem and will regularly evaluate dancers in our sports/dance performance facility to help guide treatment and rehabilitation. I care for dancers at all levels and am the current company physician for the OKC Ballet and University of Oklahoma dance department.

I had a career as an elite dancer in UK ballet companies  musical theatre, film and TV. As a psychotherapist and counsellor  I am in a unique position to understand what dancers go through daily in their training years from an early age, through their short careers as well as the transitions in their lives.

I have an MA and I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy regarding my practice and for Dance Medicine Science I am a member of IADMS (the International Association for Dance Medicine Science), NIDMS (the National Association for Dance Medicine Science) and One Dance UK. I am a guest lecture for the Performing Arts Medicine Masters course at UCL. I also give talks on mental health self-care for professional and pre-professional dancers.

Galit Friedlander’s passion for fitness comes from 17+ years of experience in the dance world, where she quickly discovered the need for injury prevention and dance-specific cross training.   Galit believes that personal training/conditioning for dancers can be best used to optimize endurance and movement quality for class, auditions, performances, and improve the overall quality of life.

With an ACE-Certification, specialization in fitness nutrition, qualifications in TRX straps training and functional training, Galit makes sure to consistently update her body of knowledge and education to best serve her clients.   Whether it is a single session to work on a specific focus, or a longer term fitness plan, training sessions are tailored to your needs, and made to be as fun as possible.

INTRODUCING OUR PANEL

Dr. Julia L. Iafrate (“Dr. J”) is a native of Fonthill, Ontario, Canada. She attended college in Canada at McMaster University, graduating with an honors bachelor of science degree in Kinesiology. She later moved to the United States of America to pursue a career in medicine. She received her medical degree from Midwestern University – Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. She subsequently completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Mayo Clinic, followed by a Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of Iowa. During her fellowship she worked as team physician for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes football, men’s basketball, and men’s and women’s gymnastics teams. Dr. Iafrate specializes in Sports and Dance Medicine. Her primary clinical interests include all types of musculoskeletal injuries, college and professional-level sports coverage, dance medicine, diagnostic and interventional ultrasound-guided procedures, global health and nutrition, and resident teaching. She works with multiple dance schools in the area and is one of the rotating team physicians for the USA Ski Team. In her spare time she enjoys traveling the world, dancing, rock climbing, and alpine skiing.

Board-certified anesthesiologist, integrative medicine physician and former ballet dancer, Linda Bluestein, M.D., specializes in treating dancers and other athletes at increased risk of hypermobility disorders and is the founder and host of the podcast, “Bendy Bodies with the Hypermobility MD”.  Dr. Bluestein also founded and is a former cohost of the podcast “Hypermobility Happy Hour”, the first podcast to focus exclusively on issues related to hypermobility disorders and is a contributing author for the book, Disjointed – Navigating the Diagnosis and Management of Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders. Through her private practice, Hypermobility MD, Dr. Bluestein is helping people from all over the country live better lives. 

Dr. Bluestein, a highly sought after international and invited speaker, is at the forefront of research on pain, hypermobility and dance medicine.  She completed her anesthesiology residency at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine after receiving her Medical Degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine and is a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, the Performing Arts Medicine Association, and the Resources Committee for the Dance Healthy Alliance of Canada.

As a leading specialist in connective tissue disorders such as Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes (EDS), Dr. Bluestein helped to create the first online EDS CME (Continuing Medical Education) program.  She also serves as an assistant professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Central Wisconsin where she is the course director for the RISHI Healer’s Art Program.  More information about Dr. Bluestein can be found on her website, www.hypermobilitymd.com.

I am a medical doctor, board certified in both family medicine and sports medicine. As a former dancer, I love using my background and medical expertise to treat the dancer with a holistic approach.  When treating injuries, I believe it’s not enough to diagnose the structural problem but also the functional problem and will regularly evaluate dancers in our sports/dance performance facility to help guide treatment and rehabilitation. I care for dancers at all levels and am the current company physician for the OKC Ballet and University of Oklahoma dance department.

I had a career as an elite dancer in UK ballet companies  musical theatre, film and TV. As a psychotherapist and counsellor  I am in a unique position to understand what dancers go through daily in their training years from an early age, through their short careers as well as the transitions in their lives.

I have an MA and I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy regarding my practice and for Dance Medicine Science I am a member of IADMS (the International Association for Dance Medicine Science), NIDMS (the National Association for Dance Medicine Science) and One Dance UK. I am a guest lecture for the Performing Arts Medicine Masters course at UCL. I also give talks on mental health self-care for professional and pre-professional dancers.