Zoe Tawa graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Columbia University, where she served as President of her class. While at Columbia, Zoe took advanced courses in orthopedics as well as specialized courses focused on performing arts PT, the foot and ankle, and women’s health. She performed research involving injury prevention and education in adolescent dancers and presented this research with her team at the 2019 and 2020 APTA (American Physical Therapy Association) National Conference. Zoe has continued her involvement with the Columbia Physical Therapy Department through serving as a lab instructor. As an undergraduate, Zoe attended The George Washington University where she received a double Bachelor’s in Biology and Dance.
A lifelong dancer trained in ballet, modern, jazz and contemporary from a young age, Zoe became interested in physical therapy after becoming injured while dancing in college. She completed her final clinical affiliation at Westside Dance Physical Therapy, where she treated dancers of the New York City Ballet (both in the clinic and backstage) as well as the students of the School of American Ballet. Additionally at Westside, Zoe treated and worked with dancers from numerous professional dance companies and Broadway shows. Through her other clinical rotations, Zoe has treated various patient populations, including acute care oncology and geriatrics, with an emphasis in outpatient orthopedics. She is excited to help patients reach their goals and feel empowered through her patient-centered, holistic approach to physical therapy.
In her free time, Zoe continues to dance and enjoys baking/cooking, reading, running and spending time with family, friends and her cat.