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Shana Robbins, PT, DPT

Shana Robbins, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

My Philosophy of Care

My purpose as a Doctor of Physical Therapy is to educate, strengthen and rehabilitate performing artists to promote long and healthy careers not limited by pain or weakness.  During my first career dancing and teaching Pilates and yoga I saw a disconnect of the arts community from western medicine and resulting debilitating and often career-ending injuries among artists.  Since then, I have worked to make evidence-based physical therapy effective and accessible to artists by treating them in the clinic, theater and dance studio using not only Pilates and yoga techniques but also familiar dance movements and terminology.  I also utilize women’s health techniques in treatment of a variety of patients from dancers to new mothers to people experiencing pelvic pain and incontinence or recovering from mastectomies.  In addition to treating artists, I love helping patients of all ages, genders, orientations, and shapes pursue their best lives by improving strength, balance, agility and awareness of their own body’s limitless potential.

Education

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance / University of Minnesota

Doctor of Physical Therapy / Nova Southeastern University

My Clinical Interests

  • Performing Arts/Dance Medicine
  • Sports/athletic rehabilitation
  • Women’s Health
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation
  • Fall Risk Reduction
  • Dance for Parkinson Disease
  • LSVT Big
  • Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance

Community Involvement/Volunteer Organizations

  • Seattle Performing Arts Medicine (SeaPAM)
  • Dance for Parkinson Disease
  • Refugee Women’s Alliance
  • Literacy Source

My Personal Story

I am a dancer, cyclist, swimmer and lover of all things theater and outdoors.  I grew up playing in the woods and water of western Michigan and have travelled all over the country, dancing, practicing yoga and exploring cities and wilderness.  Lately I have been studying the cello, French language and Tai Chi and love to spend every morning in the water swimming, surfing or kayaking.  One of my favorite things about being a physical therapist is getting to know a great variety of people and hear their stories.