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PASIG President

Laurel Daniels Abbruzzese, PT, EdD

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Dr. Laurel Daniels Abbruzzese is the Director of the Columbia University Irving Medical Center/West Side Dance Physical Therapy Performing Arts Fellowship, and an Assistant Professor in Columbia’s Programs in Physical Therapy. Dr. Abbruzzese received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Columbia College, Master of Science in Physical Therapy at Columbia, and both a Master of Education and Doctor of Education in Biobehavioral Sciences from Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Abbruzzese is a Distinguished Scholar and Fellow for the National Academies of Practice, which is committed to the advancement of interprofessional collaborative practice. She is currently leading a research project investigating the feasibility and reliability of an adolescent dancer screen and surveillance protocol. Dr. Abbruzzese has served on the Performing Arts Special Interest Group (PASIG) Practice Analysis Task Force and now serves as Chair of the PASIG Fellowship Committee.

Candidate Statement:
I am running for the position of President of the Performing Arts Special Interest Group in order to continue the momentum of the great leaders that came before me. I am currently serving as chair of the Fellowship Task Force and am proud to have been involved in the creation of the Description of Fellowship Practice, which serves as the curriculum guide to all new Performing Arts Fellowship programs. I want to continue to support and expand the ambitious agenda of our Outreach Committee, which is working on evidence-based content and resources that can be disseminated to our members and the public. I want to strengthen strategic partnerships with organizations like Performing Arts Medical Association and the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, which bring artists, educators and health professionals together. I want to ensure that the identity of PASIG is inclusive of a broad range of genres and settings in which performing artists are treated. My number one goal is to galvanize our members to be engaged and to support the mission of advancing knowledge and optimizing movement and health of the performing arts community through orthopedic physical therapist practice.

PASIG nominating committee member

Tiffany Marulli PT, DPT, OCS

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Tiffany Marulli PT, DPT, OCS, is a sports medicine physical therapist who has specialized in the care and treatment of performing artists for over eight years. She is director of the first accredited Performing Arts Medicine Physical Therapy Fellowship. She earned a BFA in Dance Performance in 2008, DPT in 2011 and is a PhD candidate with expected graduation in spring of 2020. She is a member of the APTA, the PASIG, the Education SIG, The International Association of Dance Medicine and The American Society of Biomechanics. Her research and clinical interests include performing arts, lower extremity injury, biomechanics, and injury prevention. She has presented performing arts research nationally and internationally.

Candidate Statement:
As a physical therapy student, I was excited to learn that I could combine my passion for performing arts and love of medicine and human movement. With experience as a figure skating coach, musician and over 25 years of dance training, the performing arts have always been a major part of my life. Upon graduation, I was fortunate to starting working at a medical center with an established performing arts medicine program. As a part of this performing arts medicine team and through attending national and international conferences I have been able to hone my performing arts medicine skills. For the past two years I have served as the Director of the first accredited Performing Arts Fellowship. Not only has my passion for working with performing artists grown, I have also enjoyed becoming a mentor to young clinicians with performing arts interests. As a member of the Nominating Committee of the Performing Arts SIG, I believe I will be able to help the PASIG continue to grow and be the leading performing arts resource for physical therapy. It will be my goal to assist in the development of more performing arts medicine programs, including more fellowship programs. In addition, I would continue to promote collaboration between existing and future programs. With my experience as Fellowship Director and extensive background as a clinician and researcher, I believe I have the skills necessary to serve the PASIG as a Member of the Nominating Committee.

Pamela Mikkelsen, PT, DPT, OCS

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I have a wide range of experiences in performance, practice, research, and teaching. My clinic experience includes Board Certification in orthopaedics and treating the performing arts community in the outpatient orthopedic clinic at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. My own performing experience spans the private studio, high school, college, and professional levels. My spouse is a professional musician and I have spent time working with him and his colleagues to address various musculoskeletal complaints that interfere with their livelihoods. I have collaborated on research projects in dance biomechanics and was first author on an article in Medical Problems of Performing Artists last year. It was an honor to speak at CSM in 2018 for PASIG programming and I have continued sharing knowledge through community outreach programs to dancers. Most recently, I became an instructor of movement analysis and biomechanics at the University of Southern California to first year DPT students.

Candidate Statement:
The Performing Arts Special Interest Group is intended to bridge communities: clinical, research, education, and performance. Using the guiding principles of identity, quality, and collaboration, PASIG has been developing content that focuses on all performing arts genres and continuing to share expertise with the performance community itself. One of the best ways to overcome the barriers to sharing our wealth of knowledge with the performing arts community and ensure a lasting dialogue about needs and expectations is developing strong relationships with performing arts organizations. The appointment of Marissa Schaeffer as Outreach Chair and development of the Outreach Committee has been a great step toward further strengthening these networks and developing easily accessible educational materials to share with the community. The PASIG is also working to share with other disciplines like at the IADMS conference and bridge APTA Sections by offering joint continuing education courses like the one with the Imaging SIG in January. Because all APTA Sections span the entire country and beyond, the goal of collaboration can be further facilitated by using technology. I appreciate this as an instructor for the University of Southern California’s new online DPT program and understand the strengths of technology, virtual meetings, and being present regardless of geography. In addition, I am a contributor to Unify Dance, an online resource for dancers to thrive on their own journey in the world of dance. Technology is something we at PASIG can continue to embrace to improve the presence and accessibility of our greatest resource: community.

Stephanie Greenspan, PT, DPT

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Stephanie Greenspan is an Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy at Samuel Merritt University. She earned her DPT from the University of Southern California, and then went on to residencies in orthopaedic and neurologic physical therapy, a fellowship in orthopaedic manual therapy, and Board Certification as a Specialist in both areas. She was clinical faculty in the Southern California Kaiser Orthopaedic Residency for 4 years, re-designed and then directed the MGH Institute Orthopaedic Residency for 2 years. She worked as an item writer, content expert, item bank coordinator and specialty council chair for the Orthopaedic Specialty Exam over 12 years. Her clinical practice is focused on circus artists and dancers.This includes volunteering with the Healthy Dancer Clinic in San Francisco. She is conducting 2 studies: 3D motion analysis and longitudinal injury tracking in circus artists. Her background as a dancer and circus artist includes performing both and coaching aerial arts.

Candidate Statement:
I have been a long-time member of the PASIG and I appreciate the work that has been done to provide educational resources for our profession, collaborate on research and develop fellowship programs. I would like to contribute to the future growth of the PASIG as a means to improve access to and quality of care for the underserved performing arts patient population. Through my clinical and scholarly work focused on dance and circus arts I’ve developed a network of the performing arts clinicians and researchers and as a member of the Nominating Committee I would work to further grow similar networks with the past and future PASIG leadership to foster clinical, educational and research collaborations. I would use these PASIG networks to facilitate interprofessional collaborations to provide more integrated health care for small performing arts companies, youth and freelance performing artists. The PASIG has made great strides toward creating more clinical education opportunities including the directory of clinical affiliations and the development of performing arts fellowship but there is still room to grow. I would like to assist with outreach to the PASIG membership to increase the number of clinical opportunities for physical therapy students with a passion for the performing arts. I’d also like to support the growth of performing arts fellowships by using my experience in residency/fellowship education and specialty certification to mentor developing dance fellowship programs in curriculum development, the accreditation process and clinical mentor training.

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