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.

 

Physical Therapists

Meredith Dake, PT, 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 practicing 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 including: 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, she 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, Juilliard 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 in the clinic for two years now. Christen was also a ballet dancer in her youth for seven years. She has her Doctorate in physical therapy and is currently Level 1 Functional Dry Needling Certified.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melissa Strzelinski, PT, DPT

Melissa has extensive experience treating pre-professional through professional dancers as a physical therapist including performers from the Joffrey Ballet, River North Dance Chicago, Broadway in Chicago and Colorado Ballet. She recently attained her PhD in Orthopedic and Sport Science in August 2018 and studied The Influence of Hip Pain on Muscle Performance in Dancers as her dissertation. She has worked at Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado and believes in comprehensive assessment and treatment for her patients by utilizing a wide range of manual therapy techniques and exercise prescription to address injury management and prevention. Melissa has presented her research internationally and nationally as a part of the IADMS annual meeting, the American Physical Therapy Association's Annual Combined Sections Meeting, and the Chicago Sports Medicine Symposium. Melissa is the recipient of the Majorie Moore Student Research award for her poster presentation Greater Trochaniteric Apophysitis in a Young Dancer: A Differential Diagnosis Dilemma in Basel, Switzerland 2014. 

 

 

Dance Trainers

Amy Anderson, BA

Amy is a Denver native with a 30 year background working as a dancer, choreographer, teacher, Pilates rehabilitation specialist, and dance medicine trainer. She trained at Colorado Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Amy was the director of the David Taylor Ballet Shool. Currently, she teaches and performs Argentine tango and dances professionally with Parasol Arts.

She received her Pilates rehabilitation and dance medicine certification from St. Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco. For many years, Amy has worked in PT clinics including Englewood Physical Therapy, Healthsouth, and Colorado Center for Physical Therapy. She has taught dance injury prevention and rehabilitation workshops for many years at local dance schools and professional summer intensives. Amy's private practice Engage Movement Arts at a Living Arts Centre has been in business for 10 years, where she educates and creates, in addition to teaching Anatomy in Clay Workshops with her husband and professional dancer Gregory Gonzales. 

 

Sutton Anker, BFA, MSc, SiDI Registered Provider

Sutton is a Denver native who received her BFA in Dance with a concentration of Science from the University of Wyoming. After graduating and a year of teaching dance, Sutton went on to obtain a Master’s of Science in Dance Science from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London, UK.  While in London she interned with Safe in Dance International (SiDI) and completed the Healthy Dance Practice Certificate. Now as a SiDI Registered Provider, Sutton teaches SiDI’s core principles of safe dance practice to teachers, dancers, and other dance professionals.

She is a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, the National Dance Education Organization, volunteers for Presenting Denver in multiple capacities, and on the Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities Dance Wellness Team.   She has conducted research in the dance science field, and presented internationally. Within DDMA, Sutton works as in dance medicine education and as a dance trainer.

 

 

Patricia Renzetti, MFA, MA

Patricia earned her MFA in Dance Choreography and her MA in Counseling Psychology. She was the Associate Director for Ballet Ariel in Denver, CO from 2005-2011. She worked at Lost and Found (a family clinic) as a counselor for 6 years and had a private practice couseling dancers and other artists. Patricia has an extensive dance background beginning with Ballet West in Salt Lake City, UT followed by English National Ballet, Scapino Ballet of Holland, Iranian National Ballet and Tampa Ballet. Patricia worked as the academy director of the Colorado Ballet and started Colroado Ballet II which included comapny apprentices and the advanced level academy dancers.