Performing Arts Fellowship for Physical Therapists

This Johns Hopkins Hospital Performing Arts Fellowship is a clinical-based program for experienced physical therapists seeking to specialize in performing arts. The mission of this program is to provide a structured, comprehensive program of clinical, didactic and research experience to develop advanced clinical skills and management for rehabilitation of the performing artist.

Duration: 18 months
Accreditation: ABPTRFE Accredited
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Application deadline: Rolling admission
Interviews: Required
Program start: July 2024
Location: Johns Hopkins Health Care & Surgery Center – Green Spring Station, Johns Hopkins Rehabilitation Clinic for Performing Artists at the Peabody Institute
Prerequisites: applicants must meet two of the following criteria: (1) performing arts background, (2) completion of an accredited physical therapy residency program, or (3) certification as a clinical specialist. In addition, applicants must have a valid Maryland physical therapy license or be eligible to obtain one.
Completion Rate: 100%
100% of graduates are working with performing artists.
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Please click the pay application fee link to pay the supplementary application fee. Application will not be processed until the fee is received and application is complete. All fees are non-refundable.

Program Features

  • 200 hours of one-on-one mentorship with performing arts specialists
  • Over 150 hours of didactic curriculum provided by performing arts medicine professionals 
  • Experience with adolescent, collegiate and professional performing arts patient populations
  • Participation in ongoing and innovative research designs
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration, with a focus on patient-centered care
  • Engage with high school, university and conservatory dance and music programs including private studios through community outreach
  • Opportunities to provide backstage services 
  • Opportunity to attend performing arts medicine conferences

Performing Arts Fellowships - What’s in the Box?

Hear from our performing arts experts as they give an overview of our program in this APTA podcast.

Fellowship Director

Andrea Lasner, DPT

Email: [email protected]

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Class of 2025

Lindsay Backiev, PT, DPT, OCS

Undergraduate school: The University of the Arts, bachelor's of fine arts in modern dance performance
Graduate school: University of Southern California, doctorate in physical therapy
Hometown: Bear, Delaware
Professional interests: performing arts, gender affirming care for transgender and gender diverse communities, young athlete/artist injury prevention
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I chose the Performing Arts Physical Therapy Fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital for its variety in clinical caseload, partnership with the Peabody Institute, and mentors. There is a lot of growth happening at Johns Hopkins and Peabody for the excellence of performing arts healthcare, and I am looking forward to honing my skills as a clinician, researcher, educator, and leader over the next 18 months.

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Program Alumni

Monique DeLuca, DPT, OCS | Class of 2021

Undergraduate school: Ithaca College, bachelor's in clinical health studies with minors in dance and health
Graduate school: Ithaca College, doctorate in physical therapy
Hometown: Morris, New York
Professional interests: Performing arts medicine with a focus in dance; orthopedics 
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I chose Johns Hopkins because of their unique performing arts physical therapy fellowship. Johns Hopkins is one of the first and only institutions in the country to provide this type of program, which allows me to become an integral part of this growing niche. Additionally, because Johns Hopkins is revered as one of the best medical institutions in the country, I hope to become one of the best by learning from the clinicians here. Ultimately, through this fellowship, I hope to learn and grow as a performing arts clinician to better serve this unique population and to fulfill my dream of becoming a leader in dance medicine.

Monique Deluca