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Dr. Gina Minchella PT, DPT, OCS
The Performing Arts Special Interest Group (PASIG) would like to spotlight Dr. Gina Minchella PT, DPT, OCS.

"I work as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist and currently practice in Los Angeles. I own my practice, Minchella Physical Therapy, which has two divisions. The first division provides on-location physical therapy for TV and live touring productions. I primarily work with Dancing with the Stars-both with their live show as well as their nation-wide tours- treating the professional dancers and celebrity contestants. I have also provided physical therapy for other productions over the last several years where I treated professional dancers (to name a few): Derek and Julianne Hough, Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy, as well as professional musicians like Depeche Mode, and R5. The second part of my practice is my private outpatient orthopedic clinic in Hermosa Beach.

PT School: I graduated from the University of Southern California in 2004.

I have been practicing for over 16 years! That seems strange to me, since it feels like no time has gone by at all!

Since I work primarily with performing artists, I have found that the PASIG provides a fantastic source of fellow PTs who can provide feedback, referrals, and resources for the typical issues that come up in our specific patient population and niche practice. I have met so many incredible colleagues through the PASIG and I love being able to support and be supported by all of the talented therapists within this specialty.

Fun fact: I occasionally work with the Los Angeles Kings as an adjunct PT and the first two years I worked with them, they won the Stanley Cup! So I got to meet the cup- twice! Needless to say, I became a true hockey fan after that- GO KINGS GO!"


Dr. Kristen Hope Schuyten, PT, DPT, MS, SCS, CSCS
The Performing Arts Special Interest Group (PASIG) would like to spotlight Dr. Kristen Hope Schuyten, PT, DPT, MS, SCS, CSCS.

"I work as a Physical Therapy Clinical Specialist and Performing Arts Rehabilitation Coordinator for MedSport at Michigan Medicine. My caseload is primarily dancers, skaters, instrumentalists, gymnasts, and other performing arts specialties ranging in the ages of pediatric to young adult-but I do have some professionals and faculty!

At MedSport, I have developed Performing Arts competencies and educational programming. These competencies focus on injury prevention and wellness and target other clinicians; dance educators at studios, and figure skating professionals at ice rinks. I received my Board Certification in Sports (SCS) and have been able to use that along with the Emergency Medical Response (EMR) certification to cover ice skating and dance competitions and performances, offering both on-ice and backstage treatment services. With my SCS and performing arts background, I have been able to serve as a Chief Medical Officer for Regional and National Championship skating events throughout Michigan. I am also on the Sports Medicine Committee with US Figure Skating and serve as an anchor for the STARS (Standardized Testing of Athleticism to Recognize Skaters) Combines in Michigan. Prior to Covid-19, I was traveling with Team USA figure skating all over the world-including the 2018 Olympics, the 2019 World Championships, and the 2020 Four Continents Championships.

Lastly, at the University of Michigan, I am an adjunct faculty with the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance where I teach Anatomy and Physiology for Dancers every fall. I also help cover the Performing Arts Triage Clinic (now virtual) and carry out the annual Injury Risk Screening for all incoming freshmen performing arts students. Both of these projects have been ongoing for over a decade! I feel very fortunate to have support on the medical and academic sides at the University of Michigan for further development with these on-going programs.

PT School: Central Michigan University for both Masters and Doctorate in PT. Fire Up, Chips! In January, I am bringing an all-encompassing Performing Arts curriculum back to my PT alma mater, CMU, to teach PT students about performing arts rehabilitation.

14 years in PT Practice! I also danced for over 20 years and played the coronet for 8 years from elementary through high school in the wind ensemble and marching band. I have even acted in a few plays through high school and college.

I feel that most of the PASIG members have their own unique experience with injury-either directly or indirectly as a performer- and they realize there is a disconnect present from all facets of health care-and that they want to do something about it! I am proud to serve as an advocate for my student performers who are caught in challenging situations due to their academic standing being directly linked to their ability to maintain full physical AND cognitive performance even through injury. I know what it feels like to have health care providers that do not speak your language, or have any idea of the physical demands of performing arts, and I am grateful that the physical therapy profession is realizing the need for this patient population through PASIG programming and initiatives.

I joined the PASIG to connect with other performing arts providers and to better the lives of Performing Artist (patients) across the US. I love to teach and have used my past experience with injury to fuel our programming at the University of Michigan and look forward to assisting the PASIG in the same way.

My hubby and I took professional Cha Cha lessons for our wedding dance, even having our lifts choreographed by Olympic ice dancers!"


Rosie Canizares, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS
The Performing Arts Special Interest Group (PASIG) would like to spotlight Rosie Canizares (@icheer04duke), PT, DPT, OCS, SCS and Vice President of the PASIG.

"I work at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina and am board-certified in both orthopaedics and sports physical therapy. I see patients at the Duke Student Health and the Duke Dancer Wellness Clinic. Besides being the PASIG VP, I am the Coordinator of Alumni Engagement at Duke for their DPT program, Advisor for the Duke DPT Performing Arts Club, and a Mentor through the AOPT Mentorship Program.

I graduated from Duke Physical Therapy School, a baker's dozen years ago… Go Duke! #foreverDuke I love being part of the PASIG because I have, literally, been dancing ballet as soon I was out of diapers-at age 2 and a half!! And, I also played the piano growing up, and was a Duke Cheerleader in college. I attribute my decision to pursue the physical therapy profession to my background in dance!

Now that I am in my second term as Vice-President of the PASIG, I have found that I really enjoy working with the other PASIG leaders, as well as collaborating with other AOPT SIGs and APTA Academies to offer educational programming. PASIG has allowed me some very interesting experiences, having previously served on the Nominating Committee, and also allowed us a platform to host a 'New Practitioner Q&A' on Zoom this summer. I was also excited to find out that my AOPT Mentee has a strong interest in Performing Arts. Knowing this is very important to me.

Daily, I have been able to connect Duke DPT alums with current Duke DPT students and we were able to host fellow Duke DPT alum and PASIG Membership Chairperson, Jessica Waters (@waters_jm), as a speaker - even from several states away via Zoom!

*BONUS FUN FACT: While COVID has canceled many things at Duke this year (most notably for me would be the American Dance Festival), I'm most thankful that my niece has been able to move onto campus as a freshman and will be here all year with me! She is following in my footsteps as a performer, a violinist, in Duke's chamber music program!"

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