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Dance Medicine at Brighton Outpatient

Our Commitment

The clinicians at Spaulding Outpatient Center Brighton understand the physical demands involved with this artistic pursuit. We have expertise to assist dancers achieve their maximal potential through improved technique and movement patterns and minimize time lost due to injury.


  • 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


Our Specialist Clinician 

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    Kaitlyn Labberton, PT, DPT

    Physical Therapist, Advanced Clinician

    Education: Emory University, Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Movement Studies; Columbia University, Doctor of Physical Therapy

    Licenses: Physical Therapy

    Special Training/Certifications: Certificate of Achievement in Pregnancy and Postpartum Physical Therapy (CAPP-OB) from
    American Physical Therapy Association, Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Seminars.

    Clinical Interests: Dance medicine, pregnancy and postpartum care, sports medicine, general orthopedics.

Spaulding's Approach

Spaulding's Dance Medicine Program 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 Spaulding Rehabilitation. 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. 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