From Dancer to Doctor


Aimee Martel, DPT, PT

I grew up training in ballet under the watchful eyes of Lareen Fender for 10 years at The Ballet School, and it is a dream come true to return and offer physical therapy services in the very studio which holds such wonderful memories. It is a privilege to be readily available to local dancers who otherwise might wait too long to seek medical attention, and comforting to them to be seen by someone who "speaks their language". 

I graduated from San Diego State University with a B.S in Kinesiology, and then from Samuel Merritt University earning a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2007. I gained valuable experience as an orthopedic PT in a women's health clinic before opening my practice in 2012. 

I have continued to treat non-dancers in conjunction with dancers from my ballet studio clinic. I am passionate about injury risk reduction through strengthening and technique improvement, and enjoy working with young dancers to safely strengthen fundamental aspects of ballet technique.  I teach annual summer intensive workshops for ballet students where they learn anatomy, risk reduction strategies for common dance related injuries, safe warm up, stretching, and technique strengthening exercises.

To enhance my dance medicine program, I became a certified Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) Instructor in 2017. Teaching this program to students is a highlight of my week.




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