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Julie Daugherty has worked at American Ballet Theatre since 2004 as the full time company Physical Therapist. She has also overseen the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis physical therapy program for 14 years and continues to supervise the physical therapy for ABT Studio Company and the Apprentice physical therapy/strength and conditioning program. Daugherty was a contributor to the book The Healthy Dancer: ABT Guidelines for Dancer Health, published in 2008, and continues to lecture on the subject for the ABT National Curriculum teacher training program and for the NYU Masters program in Ballet Pedagogy.
Prior to working at ABT, Daugherty worked as a physical therapist at a private orthopedic practice and at the Hospital for Joint Diseases’ Harkness Center for Dance Injuries for 5 years. During that time she worked with various dance companies, including Merce Cunningham and Dance Theatre of Harlem, together with providing on-site coverage for the Martha Graham Company and the Mark Morris Dance Group.
Daugherty graduated from Long Island University with a BS/MS in Physical Therapy in 1997 and earned a BA in Psychology and Dance at Smith College in 1989. After graduating from Smith College she lived in Australia for several years lecturing in psychology and dance and teaching Pilates. In 1999, she published research on the Effects of Practice on the ability to perform lumbar stabilization exercises.