Welcome to the Healthy Dancers' Clinic at the ODC Dance Commons!
The Healthy Dancers' Clinic at ODC, through the volunteer collaboration of academic health care professionals, strives to improve the well-being and healthcare of the dance community through education, musculoskeletal screening, integration of health services, enlightened treatment protocols and injury data analysis, hoping to culminate in prevention. Our main objectives are to provide guidance and advise dancers/performance artists on injury management, recovery and longevity.
The Healthy Dancers' Clinic offers three resources to support your needs:
The Healthy Dancers' Clinic was created in 2005 by Rick Coughlin, MD and an elite team of inspired physicians and therapists. Today, HDC is leading the way to a new culture of health and wellness for dancers. The Clinic has been coordinated by Associate Director Kendall Alway, PT, DPT since 2007.
Who We Are
We are a volunteer group of students, physicians, physical therapists, mental health specialists, nutritionists and other health care providers, devoted to improving the overall health and wellbeing of dancers. We work at some of the best clinics in the city. We hold regular clinic appointments on a monthly basis and hold events throughout the year. All of our services are free.
- Who can sign-up for the clinic?
If you take dance/movement classes and have a dance related injury, you qualify. We see students and professional dancers.
- How do I sign-up for a consultation?
You can sign up for the consultation online.
- How long are the sessions?
Dancers are seen in 15-minute intervals for consultations. Some of the sessions overlap when the clinic is staffed by more than 1 practitioner.
- Do I have to pay for a consultation?
All of our services are free. We appreciate any and all donations, suggested donations range from $5-$50+. Your donations help us continue to provide free healthcare to our community.
- How do I volunteer for the Healthy Dancers' Clinic?
To be a clinical volunteer, you need to be a licensed physician, physical therapist or a certified Pilates instructor working in the presence of a physician or physical therapist. Administrative volunteer positions are available on a per project basis.
Please reach out to Kendall Alway if you're interested in volunteering: firstname.lastname@example.org
Appointments are scheduled online. Click here.