Rachelle received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Columbia University, with advanced coursework in clinical orthopedics. She completed challenging internships in outpatient settings for competitive and professional sports, marathon running, and performing arts, and at New York Presbyterian Hospital’s neurological acute care and medical/surgical ICU.
She attended the University of Southern California, where she was a recipient of student research funding with the USC Dornsife Biomechanics lab. She combined video joint angle and force plate analysis on USC dance athletes’ leaps and turns to create prehabilitation recommendations.
Rachelle contributes her initial and continued love of physical therapy to her love of dance. She dislocated her shoulder as a high school dancer, and required a surgery with extensive physical therapy rehabilitation pre- and post-op. She was surprised and inspired that physical therapy could help her return to a high level of activity, and she strives to guide each patient in achieving and surpassing their own personal goals. She uses her trained eye for dance movement combined with a wide body of evidence-based research to find the root of each patient’s dysfunctions, and utilize the whole body to promote healing.
Professionally, Rachelle is a member of the orthopedic section of the American Physical Therapy Association. She educates herself with a biopsychosocial model of pain perception and functional disability, so she can educate her patients to take an active role in their health care.
Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Rachelle has a love for big culture and unusual food. Outside of the clinic, she enjoys exploring the rich culture and restaurants of New York with her husband Brandon. She continues to keep active by teaching her friends to dance, and learning Beyonce choreography from internet videos.