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 the advanced orthopedic program. She also participated in research exploring exercise interventions for pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain. Julia’s interest in pelvic floor physical therapy stems from a longstanding interest in holistic patient-centered health care, which began with her personally designed undergraduate major in Culture and Philosophy of Healing from New York University (NYU), and her vocal training which included both Feldenkrais Method and Alexander Technique instruction.
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, The Barral Institute, and her residency curriculum.
Julia is a member of the APTA and the Section on Women’s Health (SOWH), and currently serves as the president elect of the SOWH Early Professional Special Interest Group. Julia is also serving as a volunteer peer reviewer for the Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy. Additionally, she is a member of the International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS).
Outside of the clinic, Julia loves to exercise – she enjoys weight lifting, spinning, pilates, and yoga, but her favorite activity is running around in the park with her puppy, Penny! Always ready to learn something new, she loves listening to podcasts while exploring new parts of NYC.