Danelle Dickson, PT, DPT, OCS
Dr. Danelle Dickson, PT, DPT, is a licensed physical therapist, Performing Arts specialist, Orthopedic clinical specialist and owner at Performance Plus Physical Therapy. She is also the host of the Dancing around Elephants Podcast, co-founder of a business mentorship for minority women:The Black Female Foundation, and co-founder of the Dance Ready Project, an online hub for tools and resources for dancers.
Dr. Danelle’s thirty-nine years in the dance world fueled her passion to work with dancer’s injuries. She combined her passion for dance with her skills in orthopedics to work with thousands of dancers and other athletes, at the pre-professional level and professional levels. She has worked with local DC dance companies, DC dance schools and notable companies such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, and Little Dancer Theater.
Dr. Danelle has used her 15 year experience in the field to help her patients, but also to give back. She has lectured at Howard University, University of Maryland and University of Delaware on dance medicine , injury assessment and treatment. She has also presented at the national level, at the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and international dance medicine conferences on dance research at International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS). Dr. Danelle’s expert topics include dancer injuries, injury prevention, patient advocacy and business mentorship for minority women.
Dr. Danelle lives in Washington DC with her close friends and cats Ché and Fidel. When she is out of the clinic, you can find her traveling the world to spend with her family in Trinidad, England, and Australia. And of course, always finding time to dance.