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Dance Medicine

The Dance Medicine program is led by a physician and team of physical therapists who specialize in dance rehabilitation. We provide education about dancer wellness and injury prevention, evaluate dance specific biomechanics, and promote overall dance health.

Our Commitment

Our Dance Medicine Program clinicians understand the physical demands involved with this artistic pursuit. We have expertise to assist dancers achieve their maximal potential throughimproved technique and movement patterns and minimize time lost due to injury.

Levels Of Care for Dance Medicine

Along the way, your recovery is supported by some the most advanced rehabilitation treatments, research and programs available that create a continuum of care.

  • Wellness

Our Team Approach

Our team of experts is led by Lauren Elson, MD and Kester Cotton, PT, DPT, OCS CMPT. Dr. Elson, a physician who specializes in Dance and Performing Arts Medicine and dancer herself. She is board certified in Sports Medicine and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Kester serves as Dance Program Coordinator for the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network. Prior to becoming a physical therapist, Kester had a remarkable career as a professional dancer. Kester’s career is focused on dancer wellness and he specializes in the prevention and rehabilitation of dance injuries. Together, they will:

  • Perform a detailed evaluation of the dancer and their technique
  • Provide evidence-based treatment of dance injuries & movement dysfunction
  • Collaborate with dance teachers and trainers to address individual needs

With years of experience working with dancers and performing artists, Dr. Elson and Kester Cotton, have created a team comprised of:

  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Dedicated Sports Nutritionist
  • Sports Psychologist
  • Acupuncturists
  • Massage Therapists