The History of Dance Medicine

An Oral History Project

The History of Dance Medicine: An Oral History Project is a series of interviews hosted by Marissa Schaeffer, PT, DPT, CSCS. Hear from pioneers in the field of dance medicine as they reflect on their own beginnings and the evolution of the field over the decades.  

We will release one episode a month over the year. Tune in and Listen Today! 


I. Introduction. Marissa Schaeffer

II. An Interview with Marika Molnar, PT, New York City Ballet's Physical Therapist, and the IADMS 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. 

III. An Interview with Lyle J. Micheli, MD, Orthopaedic Surgeon for the Boston Ballet, Director Emeritus of the Division of Sports Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, and Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Part-Time at Harvard Medical School. 

IV. An Interview with Thomas M. Novella, DPM, Podiatric Consultant at New York City Ballet, Founding Member of the Performing Arts Collaborative, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York. 

V. An Interview with Linda Hamilton, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Wellness Consultant for New York City Ballet. 

VI. An Interview with David S. Weiss, MD, Associate Director at the NYU Langone's Harkness Center for Dance Injuries, Clinical Associate Professor, NYU Grossman School of Medicine. 

VII. An Interview with Donald J. Rose, MD, Founding Director at the NYU Langone's Harkness Center for Dance Injuries. 

VIII. An Interview with Sean Gallagher, PT, CFT, CPT, MS, Founder and Director of Performing Arts Physical Therapy, New York, NY.

IX. An Interview with Juan Bosco Calvo, MD. Dance Medicine Physician. Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Alcala, Madrid, Spain.

X. An Interview with Boni Rietveld, MD, PhD. Dance Medicine Physician. Amsterdam, Netherlands.


Marissa Schaeffer, PT, DPT, CSCS - Oral History Project Host 

Schaeffer is the owner of FlySpace Physical Therapy in NYC, co-host of DanceWell Podcast, senior physical therapist at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and co-founder of the Dance Ready Project. She has written and contributed to dance articles in Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine & Dance Studio Life and has published research in the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science.

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