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Dance Medicine

PT@acac offers injured dancers a custom-designed program to manage your injury and enrich your conditioning program. These programs are delivered by our dance rehabilitation experts who have extensive backgrounds in dance.

The use of Pilates method and equipment for rehabilitation coupled with their guidance will help you heal and prevent re-occurring injuries.

Whether you have to work on turn-out, flexibility or strength, or dance technique, we can design a program that adapts to your needs.

Pilates reformers are available for use during therapy.

In addition to customized physical therapy for dancers, we offer the following dance-related services:

Pointe Readiness Assessment – We provide you with a complete assessment of the following fundamental elements in preparation for pointe work: ankle range of motion, strength, balance, core strength, neuromuscular control, lower extremity alignment and specific technique required for ballet.

Pointe Shoe Fitting – Our experienced dance physical therapist will assist you in fitting new point shoes. This is a 45 minute process.

Dance Injury Screening – This Physical Therapy program includes feedback regarding management of your current injury, risk assessment as it pertains to your specific form of dance, and conditioning rehabilitative suggestions to enhance your performance in class. You will receive a customized program to better prevent future injuries and enrich your current conditioning program.


Dance Physical Therapists


Rebecca Brown, DPT

Rebecca Brown launched her career as a physical therapist after she recovered from dance injuries with the help of therapy.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 2004 from University of Michigan. She then earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2011 from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Rebecca is also certified in Pilates (mat and reformer) and has been a Pilates instructor since 2000.

She is trained in Cadillac, chair and barrels.


Bettina Stevens, DPT   

Bettina Stevens brings a unique approach to physical therapy.

As a former professional dancer, she incorporates her passion for dance into her physical therapy career and has a particular interest in working with patients suffering from dance-related injuries.

“I love being able to integrate my dance background with my physical therapy expertise to help dancers learn how to properly recover from injuries and give them a conditioning program that will help them reach their full potential,” Bettina says.

Bettina went into Physical Therapy as a career because she wanted to help people overcome injuries, teach them about injury prevention and give them a better sense of self through exercise and wellness.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance and Musical Theatre from Marymount Manhattan College. She then earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Before pursuing physical therapy as a career, she danced professionally for two years.

She now enjoys working with patients of all ages and orthopedic conditions and is a specialist in Pilates-based rehabilitation.

When she is not working, Bettina loves to dance. She teaches at the Charlottesville Performing Arts School. She also enjoys singing, reading good books, cooking and baking, and spending time with her family and friends.

Email: Bettinas@acacpt.com

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