Sarah Graham, MS, PT 

Sarah has practiced physical therapy in Colorado since 1992, specializing in dance medicine for the past 20 years, and is Co-Director of Denver Dance Medicine (DDMA).  She has an extensive background in manual therapy and is certified in Polestar Pilates Rehabilitation and trigger point dry needling.  Previous experiences include:  serving as the company physical therapist for the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble for five years, treating principal dancers from Colorado Ballet and Wonderbound, as well as providing physical therapy services for national touring Broadway shows since 2003.  Sarah established the dance wellness program at Colorado Conservatory of Dance with Jan Dunn. She is a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science and currently serves on the physical therapy staff of Colorado Ballet.

 

 

 

Jan Dunn, MS

Jan has been active in dance medicine since 1981, has worked in Pilates rehabilitation for 27 years, and a Franklin Method Educator for 14 years.  She is Co-Director of Denver Dance Medicine Associates (DDMA) and is Dance Wellness Director for the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities.  She is on the USA Advisory Board of Safe in Dance International (SIDI) and is the Dance Wellness Editor for 4dancers.org.  She was President of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) 1993-1997, and Board of Directors 1991-1993/2002-2011.  She and Sarah Graham were the dance medicine providers for Cleo Parker Robinson Dance 1998-2003, and established the dance medicine program at Colorado Conservatory of Dance.

Jan's academic degrees are in Dance / Dance Science.  She was Coordinator of the Dance Wellness Lab at Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles), and co-founded the Dance Wellness Program at the University of Colorado-Boulder Dept. of Theatre and Dance.  She served as Co-Chair of the International Dance Medicine Conference Taiwan 2004, and founding Chair of the NDA Committee on Dance Medicine and Science 1989-1993.  Jan taught on university dance faculties for 30+ years, including University of Colorado- Boulder, Connecticut College, School of the Hartford Ballet, and Washington University.  She originated the Dance Medicine Resource Guide, co-founded the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, and has taught internationally for over 27 years.


Meredith Dake, DPT

Meredith trained in classical ballet and performed in ballet and musical theatre companies. She has taught a variety of dance genres and injury prevention strategies to all ages, including Colorado Ballet Academy, Southern Methodist University, and Arts Immersion. She is the founder of Performing Arts Medicine of the Rockies and has been practicing physical therapy for five years, specializing in dance medicine and pediatrics. Currently, she is on staff at Children's Hospital where she is developing a dance medicine division. 

 

 

 


Alexander Laura, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS

Allie has been a practing physical therapist for over seven years. She has worked with dancers from the Boston Conservatory, Boston Ballet, and competitive Irish step clubs. Allie joined the Steadman Hawkins UCHealth PT clinic in 2016 where she has rehabilitated dancers from Colorado Ballet as well as athletes. She is board certified in the following areas: sports clinical specialist, functional dry needling, selective functional movement assessment, and does manual therapy including Maitland techniques. As a former competitive figure skater she has an extensive background utilizing dance as crossing training and coached figure skating from 2004-2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chrissy Nelson, MPT, MFA

Chrissy is a dancer and has been practicing physical therapy for twenty-one years with local companies inlcuding: Boulder Ballet, Frequent Flyers Productions, and Longmont Dance Theatre. She is currently an Artist in Residence at the University of Colorado Boulder Department of Theatre and Dance, where she teaches dance technique, somatic practices, and injury prevention for dancers. Additionally, she is certified in Polestar Pilates and focuses on furthering her skills in manual therapy. She also has ongoing somatic training in Alexander Technique and Body-Mind Centering. Chrissy has taught injury prevention workshops and has conducted screening programs for dance schools in the Boulder area. 

 

 

Mieke Scripps, PT, DPT

Mieke is a dancer who has an extensive background in dance medicine. Currently is the company physical therapist and wellness coordinator for the Colorado Ballet. During her time in NYC, she was a physical therapist at the NYC Ballet, Julliard School, and treated Broadway shows. She was also a PT at Westside Dance Physical Therapy. While living in Miami, she treated the Miami City Ballet. Mieke is a certified yoga instructor and has been a member of IADMS for 17 years. Additionally, she has a private PT practice, Mieke Mends Inc., in Evergreen, CO.

 

 

Christen Smalley, PT, DPT

Christen has been a Physical Therapist with UCHealth Steadman Hawkins Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Clinic Denver for almost seven years.  She has been working with the Colorado Ballet dancers doing rehab there for two years now. She was also a former ballet dancer in her youth for seven years. She has her Doctorate in Physical Therapy and is currently Level 1 Functional Dry Needling Certified.