Brooke Winder, P.T., D.P.T., O.C.S. holds a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Southern California and a BFA in Dance from Chapman University. She joined the faculty at California State University, Long Beach in 2016 to coordinate the Dance Science program for the Department of Dance.
Brooke possesses a diverse background as a dancer and performer that informs her unique perspective and passionate focus on dancer health, wellness and injury prevention. Originally a competitive gymnast, Brooke transitioned into training in modern and contemporary dance, with foundations in Graham, Horton and release technique prior to her BFA studies. After earning her BFA at Chapman University, she performed professionally with Orange County-based Backhausdance. Her great interest in learning more about injury prevention and movement science led her from her performance career into graduate study in physical therapy.
Brooke is currently a practicing physical therapist who has treated a wide variety of orthopedic patients, including dancers of all ages. She is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in Physical Therapy, having completed a rigorous post-professional residency in orthopedic physical therapy with the University of Southern California where she mentored with top physical therapists and orthopedic surgeons. Brooke has specialized training in women’s and men’s pelvic rehabilitation and maintains practice in the Orange County area in both orthopedics and pelvic health. She utilizes various perspectives drawn from training in advanced manual therapy, movement science, Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization techniques, analysis of Movement Impairment Syndromes, Pilates-based exercise interventions, and Kinesiotaping in order to optimize injury prevention and rehabilitation for dancers.
Brooke has maintained her Pilates Instructor Certification through Body Arts and Science International since 2005. She incorporates Pilates-based interventions into both fitness optimization and rehabilitation specific for dancers and other athletes. Brooke previously served as clinic director at The Cypress Center in Pacific Palisades, CA, a host training site for Body Arts and Science International with a specialized focus on the use of Pilates as a rehabilitation tool.
Brooke’s research interests center on the investigation of ways to prevent dance injuries and optimize dance performance. Specifically, she looks at connections between biomechanical strategies used by dancers and the development of repetitive use injuries, as well as lumbopelvic region pain in dancers. Brooke also acts as a clinical consultant with the University of Southern California’s Jaqueline Perry Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Research Laboratory’s dance research team.
Brooke has served as a clinical mentor for the University of Southern California’s post professional orthopedic physical therapy residency program since 2011, mentoring developing physical therapists in advancement of their orthopedic skills in the clinical setting. She has acted as Research Committee Chair of the APTA’s Orthopedic Section Performing Arts Special Interest Group (PASIG) and continues to serve in leadership roles for the PASIG. She has also served on the Development Committee for the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science and reviewed manuscripts for the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science. Brooke is an active member of the Performing Arts Medicine Association.
Brooke lectured for the physical therapy program at California State University, Northridge, and has taught in the orthopedic clinical courses at the University of Southern California’s Doctor of Physical program. She presents lectures on injury prevention and wellness for dancers, dance teachers, fitness professionals and health care providers via workshop sessions at dance studios, summer intensives, and conferences regionally and nationally.