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Our Dance Medicine Team

Members of our specialized team at NYU Langone’s Harkness Center for Dance Injuries aim to advance the quality of dance science and improve the delivery of dance medicine. We do this by conducting ongoing research, establishing standards of excellence for dance medicine practitioners, and serving on the boards and committees of national and international dance medicine associations and journals.

Dance Medicine Specialists at Harkness Center for Dance Injuries

The members of our team have worked with some of the top dance companies and Broadway productions.

  • Directors

    • Donald J. Rose, MD, Sports Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery

      Director | Sports Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery

      Dr. Rose is an orthopedic surgeon and founding director of NYU Langone’s Harkness Center for Dance Injuries, as well as a clinical associate professor at NYU Langone. He is the orthopedic consultant to the Joyce Theatre and Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College, State University of New York (SUNY); numerous dance companies including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Cirque du Soleil, Martha Graham Dance Company, and STREB Extreme Action; and many Broadway and off-Broadway shows. Dr. Rose received the prestigious Dance Library of Israel Documents of Dance Award in 1997, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2002, and the UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2012. He has written numerous chapters and papers on sports medicine, dance injuries, and arthroscopic surgery, and has been listed as a “Top Doctor” by New York Magazine and Castle Connolly.

    • David S. Weiss, MD, Sports Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery

      Associate Director | Sports Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery

      Dr. Weiss is an orthopedist specializing in sports medicine and performing arts medicine. He is associate director of NYU Langone’s Harkness Center for Dance Injuries and an attending physician and clinical associate professor of orthopedic surgery at NYU Langone. Dr. Weiss serves as orthopedist for Mark Morris Dance Group, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Parsons Dance Company, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Ballet Hispanico, The Juilliard School, and many Broadway shows, including Hamilton, Book of Mormon, Chicago, Wicked, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Beetlejuice, and Hadestown. He has served as orthopedist for more than 90 Broadway and off-Broadway theatrical productions over the past several decades. In July 2020, he became president of the board of directors of the Dance Research Foundation. Dr. Weiss received his bachelor degree summa cum laude from Brandeis University, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, and his medical degree from Yale School of Medicine. He completed his orthopedic and sports medicine training at Yale New Haven Medical Center, NYU Langone Health, NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, and University of Chicago Medicine.

    • Marijeanne Liederbach

      Marijeanne Liederbach, PhD, PT, ATC, CSCS

      Director

      Dr. Liederbach is a physical therapist and certified athletic trainer who holds a doctoral degree in biomechanics and ergonomics. She has provided backstage therapy for hundreds of dancers, dance companies, and Broadway shows and has published numerous papers and lectured internationally. Dr. Liederbach danced professionally and worked as a critically acclaimed choreographer. In 2010, she was inducted into the Dance Library of Israel Hall of Fame.

  • Staff Physicians

    • Lauren E. Borowski, MD, Sports Medicine

      Sports Medicine

      Dr. Borowski is a board-certified family medicine physician with an added qualification in sports medicine. A dance major at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts led Dr. Borowski to pursue a career in sports medicine with a particular interest in dance and performing arts medicine. She is excited to be in New York City to work with the amazing members of its dance community.

  • Clinical Staff

    • Patricia R. Cavaleri, PT, DPT, Physical Therapy, Performing Arts & Dance Medicine Therapy

      Physical Therapist | Physical Therapy, Performing Arts & Dance Medicine Therapy

      Dr. Cavaleri received her bachelor of science from the University of Wisconsin—Parkside and her doctor of physical therapy from Columbia University. She successfully completed the Performing Arts Physical Therapy Fellowship at the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries. She has a background in competition dance and is an instructor in full apparatus for classical Pilates. She has experience in treating people of all ages and has provided backstage physical therapy care for multiple Broadway shows.

    • Alison Deleget

      Alison Deleget, MS, ATC

      Program Manager

      Ms. Deleget attended Indiana University as a ballet major before transitioning to athletic training. She is certified by the Pilates Method Alliance as a Pilates instructor and by Polestar Education as a Pilates rehabilitation specialist. At the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries, Ms. Deleget provides backstage athletic training services for various Broadway shows and elite dance companies in New York City.

    • Faye Dilgen

      Faye E. Dilgen, PT, DPT

      Program Manager

      Dr. Dilgen holds a doctorate in physical therapy from Long Island University and has completed coursework for a doctorate in pathokinesiology from NYU.. She has been treating dancers at Harkness Center for Dance Injuries for more than 25 years and was a founding physical therapist for the program. She specializes in orthopedic manual therapy, rehabilitation, and functional training for performing artists and is certified in mat Pilates. Dr. Dilgen has treated dancers from numerous companies, Broadway shows, and schools.

    • Nicholas Dill

      Nicholas Dill, MS, Lac, Dipl Ac (NCCAOM®)

      Acupuncturist

      Mr. Dill is a licensed acupuncturist who earned his master’s degree from Tri-State College of Acupuncture. He holds a dual bachelor’s degree in dance and psychology from NYU and is a certified yoga teacher and freelance dancer.

    • Sarah E. Edery-Altas, PT, DPT, Physical Therapy, Performing Arts & Dance Medicine Therapy

      Clinical Specialist | Physical Therapy, Performing Arts & Dance Medicine Therapy

      Dr. Edery-Altas received a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and a doctorate in physical therapy from Columbia University. She is currently in a PhD program at Seton Hall University’s Department of Interprofessional Health Sciences and Health Administration and is also in the University of Alberta’s Graduate Certificate in Pain Management program. Previously, she was the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) performing arts special interest group research chair, and currently she is an APTA independent study course task force co-chair. Dr. Edery-Altas is a former professional ballet dancer, who danced as a member of both the Pennsylvania Ballet and the Boston Ballet.

    • Heather Heineman, PT, DPT, Physical Therapy, Performing Arts & Dance Medicine Therapy

      Physical Therapy Assistant Supervisor | Physical Therapy, Performing Arts & Dance Medicine Therapy

      Dr. Heineman received her doctoral degree in physical therapy from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. Her experience in dance, aerial arts, yoga, and Pilates inform her manual therapy and Pilates-based rehabilitation.

    • Joshua Honrado

      Joshua Honrado, DAT, MS, ATC, CSCS, RYT

      Athletic Trainer

      Dr. Honrado provides backstage care to Broadway shows and elite dance companies, as well as injury prevention assessments and educational lectures to the dance community. He received his doctor of athletic training degree from A.T. Still University, and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and a registered yoga teacher.

    • Ashley D. Houck, PT, DPT, Physical Therapy, Performing Arts & Dance Medicine Therapy

      Physical Therapist | Physical Therapy, Performing Arts & Dance Medicine Therapy

      Dr. Houck specializes in performing arts medicine. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in biological sciences and received her doctor of physical therapy degree from Touro College Graduate School of Health Sciences. After she graduated, Dr. Houck received the Maimonides Award for demonstrating the highest professional ideals of a health sciences practitioner. She is a dancer and violinist.

    • JH

      Physical Therapist | Physical Therapy, Performing Arts & Dance Medicine Therapy

      Dr. Howard has worked with performers for 20 years. He is a certified orthopedic manual therapist and holds mastery level medical massage certification in both the hip and shoulder. He is also certified in advanced levels of the Kinesio Taping® Method. Dr. Howard has worked with the Mark Morris Dance Group, the Rockettes, American Ballet Theatre, and New York City Ballet, and is an award-winning martial artist and sabre fencer.

    • MH

      Mark Hunter-Hall, PT, MPT, CSCS

      Physical Therapy Supervisor, Fellowship Program Coordinator

      Mr. Hunter-Hall specializes in manual therapy and Pilates-based rehabilitation and is a clinical educator. Mr. Hunter-Hall spent 12 years performing in musicals, including the Broadway production of Cats and the national tour of Oklahoma!

    • Rebecca Kesting, PT, DPT, Physical Therapy, Performing Arts & Dance Medicine Therapy

      Physical Therapist | Physical Therapy, Performing Arts & Dance Medicine Therapy

      Dr. Kesting received a bachelor’s degree in dance and kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a doctorate in physical therapy from Columbia University. She completed her orthopedic physical therapy residency at NYU Steinhardt with clinical hours at Harkness Center for Dance Injuries.

    • Elisa LaBelle, PT, MSPT, Physical Therapy, Performing Arts & Dance Medicine Therapy

      Physical Therapist | Physical Therapy, Performing Arts & Dance Medicine Therapy

      Ms. LaBelle received a bachelor’s degree in dance from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in physical therapy from Central Michigan University. She completed a residency in orthopedic physical therapy at NYU and is a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist. Ms. LaBelle also holds certifications in Pilates mat and equipment training from Kane School in New York City.

    • Lauren McIntyre

      Lauren McIntyre, ATC

      Clinical Specialist, Emergency Management Liaison

      Ms. McIntyre provides backstage care to Broadway shows and dance companies as well as injury prevention assessments and educational lectures to the dance community. She is an on-site certified athletic trainer for the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College, SUNY.

    • Sarah Plumer-holzman, PT, DPT, Physical Therapy, Performing Arts & Dance Medicine Therapy

      Physical Therapist | Physical Therapy, Performing Arts & Dance Medicine Therapy

      Dr. Plumer-Holzman holds a bachelor of fine arts from the North Carolina School of the Arts and a doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Washington. A board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist, she has extensive training in functional manual therapy through the Institute of Physical Arts and is currently working toward certification. Previously, Dr. Plumer-Holzman danced professionally in New York City for nine years, performing in both modern and contemporary ballet companies. She has studied with choreographer and anatomist Irene Dowd since 2000, assisting her for five years. Dr. Plumer-Holzman has been a dedicated yoga practitioner and teacher in the Ashtanga yoga tradition for more than 25 years and has taught anatomy and kinesiology for yoga teachers since 2006.

    • MR

      Megan Richardson, MS, Lac, ATC

      Per Diem Clinical Specialist

      Ms. Richardson is a certified athletic trainer specializing in manual therapy, Pilates-based rehabilitation, and functional training for performing artists. She has provided backstage care to numerous dance companies and Broadway shows. She sits on the development committee of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science.

    • Emily R. Sandow, PT, DPT, Physical Therapy, Performing Arts & Dance Medicine Therapy

      Program Manager of Physical Therapy | Physical Therapy, Performing Arts & Dance Medicine Therapy

      Dr. Sandow holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics from NYU, and graduated with honors from Columbia University with a master’s and doctorate degree in physical therapy. Dr. Sandow is a frequent consultant on dancer health, is an instructor in NYU Steinhardt’s Department of Physical Therapy, and provides services to major dance companies and Broadway shows. Dr. Sandow trained in dance at the LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts and the School of American Ballet.

    • William Zinser

      William Zinser, MS, ATC, CSCS

      Athletic Trainer

      Mr. Zinser holds a dual bachelor’s degree in athletic training and health promotion from the University of Texas at Austin. He has earned his master’s degree in exercise science, with a concentration in strength and conditioning from the Milken Institute of Public Health at George Washington University. Mr. Zinser has a gymnastics background, having competed in high school and college. He also studied circus aerials and acrobatics at CircoArts, a division of Christchurch Polytech in New Zealand.

  • Administrative Staff

    Ciara Byrne, Meg Bronson-Davidson, Kayla Harkness, and Stephanie Rivas, Medical Office Associates

    The medical office associates welcome patients to the Harkness Center, schedule appointments, and answer any questions you have about treatment.

    Jessica Mattsson, Program Coordinator

    Ms. Mattsson provides administrative support throughout the department. She holds dual bachelor’s degrees in sport management and communications from Rutgers University. She is also a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and head trainer of Crossfit Kids at Crossfit 103 on Staten Island.

    Linda Ryan, Rehabilitation Research Coordinator

    Ms. Ryan coordinates the center’s research studies and other research activities. She has a bachelor’s degree in dance from George Washington University with a minor in exercise science. She is a freelance dancer and choreographer, and has completed several artist residencies in choreography and performance art across the country.

    Kristen Stevens, MA, Program Coordinator

    Ms. Stevens coordinates education programs and marketing. Previously, she worked as a professional ballet dancer in companies, including Norwegian National Ballet and BalletMet Columbus, and she is now on faculty at the American Ballet Theatre’s JKO School Children’s Division. She holds a master’s degree in arts administration from Teachers College, Columbia University.

    • Adjunct Faculty

      Marshall Hagins, PhD, PT, Physical Therapist

      Dr. Hagins is an associate professor, Division of Physical Therapy, Long Island University, and is the physical therapy consultant for the Mark Morris Dance Group.