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Health Network Directory

Dancer Health Network Directory of Providers

Hands down health is a topic that comes up often in the dance world. Dancers are notoriously underinsured and rarely at an income level that assures they can get treatment as needed. Dancers also have unique physical demands and need to work with practitioners who both understand their needs and are able to help them achieve their goals. Dance Wire has compiled a network of health practitioners that specifically meet the needs of dancers and are each individually dedicated to the dance community.

Our network includes experts in Physical Therapy, Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Massage, Primary Care, Nutrition and Mental Health

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Acupuncture

Alexis Goldstein
Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.), Certified Sports Medicine Acupuncturist (C.SMA)
Anatomy Acupuncture LLC
328 NE Failing St Suite C 
Portland, OR  97212
alexis@anatomyacupuncture.com971-219-2394 www.anatomyacupuncture.com

Personal Statement:

Heal faster. Move better. That's what Anatomy Acupuncture is here for! While acupuncture and associated modalities are extremely effective post injury, I am even more passionate about using these tools to help dancers avoid them in the first place! By addressing muscle imbalances and postural problems before they result in injury, as well as using acupuncture as part of planned recovery during training cycles, I can help dancers stay in optimal condition.

Modalities

Acupuncture, Kinesio-taping, Cupping, Gua sha, Tui na (Chinese medical massage), Herbal medicine, PNF stretching, Posture/movement evaluation and corrective exercise.

Something I wish dancers or dance teachers would know to avoid injury, repair from injury or stay healthy in general?

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Chiropractic

Montserrat Andreys
DC, MS, CCSP Certified Chiropractice Sports Physician
Evolution Healthcare and Fitness
905 SE Ankeny 
Portland, OR 97214
drandreys@gmail.com971-236-7610www.evolutionhealthcareandfitness.com

Personal Statement:

I have a vested interest in helping artists. As a dancer myself, I realized over the years, that few practitioners focus on the functional needs and repetitive stress injuries found in artists. The same principles used to treat athletes can be used to treat artistic athletes like musicians, fine artist, dancers, circus performers, actors etc. I strive to apply my knowledge of sports medicine to serve the arts community.

Modalities

Diversified chiropractic techniques ART(active release technique) Graston (instrument assisted soft tissue) Cupping Myofascial release Trigger point therapy Class IV LASER Electrical modalities Taping (RockTape FMT I & II) Functional assessment Rehabilitation exercises

Something I wish dancers or dance teachers would know to avoid injury, repair from injury or stay healthy in general?

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Physical Therapy

Ruth Blake
Physical Therapist
Active Edge -West Linn & MovementX Mobile PT Services
2020 8th Ave #D 
West Linn, OR 97068
ruthmblake@gmail.com9713194558

Personal Statement:

As a physical therapist, I work to keep Portland's dancers healthy and moving optimally after an injury by increasing function and reducing pain as they get back to doing what they love: dancing. With a background as a former ballet dancer, I understand the unique demands of dance and knows firsthand how frustrating it can be when pain or injury prevents you from moving freely. My goal is to support you through the rehabilitation process and design each treatment plan to address the whole dancer as an individual.

Modalities

Treatment is customized to each individual dancer's specific needs and may include: manual therapies, such as joint mobilization and soft tissue work; corrective exercises; and modalities such as taping as needed.

Something I wish dancers or dance teachers would know to avoid injury, repair from injury or stay healthy in general?

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Amy Benton
Doctor of Physical Therapy, Certified Manual Therapist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Therapeutic Associates, Downtown
837 SW 1st Ave Suite 150
Portland, OR 97204
amyb@taipt.com5034500591https://www.therapeuticassociates.com/locations/oregon/portlandvancouver/downtown-portland/

Personal Statement:

As a Doctor of Physical Therapy, I offer an evidence based, hands on evaluation and treatment that is personalized and specifically tailored to the individual needs of dancers, aerialist, climbers and performers of all disciplines. As a dancer of over 15+ years, I have a deep understanding of the physical, and emotional needs of a performer and seek to provide the highest level of care to help my patients return to the stage safely to satisfy the artist within. One does not choose dance, dance chooses you....

Modalities

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Something I wish dancers or dance teachers would know to avoid injury, repair from injury or stay healthy in general?

The most common injury I see in my dancers are related to their inability to maximize their turnout using their deep hip rotators. Without proper knowledge of how to move from their core and hips they compensate through their knees, ankles and feet which make up 70-80% of the reported injuries in the dance medicine literature. My wish, is that dance teachers spent time with each student to make sure they understand how to find their turn out from their deep hip rotators without clenching through their glutes, low back or over rotating through knees and ankles. This would significantly decrease the amount of injuries to the lower extremity and create stronger, more effective movement through the entire body.

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