Julia earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) with honors from Columbia University, where she received the department awards for Excellence in Orthopedics, the Promising Future Alumni Award, and the Mary E. Callahan Award for leadership and skill in the profession. At Columbia, Julia received specialized training in orthopedics through their advanced track program. She also participated in research exploring exercise interventions of pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain leading her into an interest in pelvic floor specialization. Julia’s career choice in physical therapy draws from a longstanding interest in holistic patient-centered health care from her personally designed undergraduate major from New York University (NYU), Culture and Philosophy of Healing, and techniques acquired through vocal training including Feldenkrais Method and Alexander Technique.
After completing her DPT at Columbia, Julia returned to NYU where she completed her Clinical Orthopedic Residency. During her residency, Julia worked at the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries and specialized in the rehabilitation of dancers of all styles, including work with professional groups such as Paul Taylor Dance Company, Wicked on Broadway, Ballet Hispanico, Alvin Ailey and more. Julia is preparing to receive the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) distinction of Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in 2019.
Julia has clinical experience in dance medicine, sports rehabilitation, and pelvic floor rehabilitation. At Harkness, she specifically worked in the area of pelvic floor dysfunction in dancers, which has since become one of her areas of particular interest. She has been trained in pelvic floor intervention through Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, and pursued advanced manual therapy training through the Institute of Physical Art and her residency curriculum.
Julia is a member of the APTA and the Section on Women’s Health (SOWH). She served on the Board of the SOWH Student Special Interest Group for the last 2 years, intends to continue her volunteer work with the section. Julia is also a member of the International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS).