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Emory Physical Therapy partners with Atlanta Ballet

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Founded in 1929, Atlanta Ballet is one of the premier dance companies in the country and the official state Ballet of Georgia.

Photo by Kim Kenney, Atlanta Ballet

Emory Physical Therapy is now the official provider of physical therapy and sports medicine for Atlanta Ballet. The clinic will provide screenings, physical therapy, massage therapy, injury prevention support and physician coverage for injuries.

"We're so happy to bring our cutting-edge, researched-based treatment to this group of world-class dancers found right here in Atlanta," says Marcia Toye-Vego, Emory Physical Therapy's primary physical therapist for Atlanta Ballet. "To be able to play a part in helping Atlanta Ballet perform at their optimal best is something our entire staff is excited about."

The relationship between Emory Physical Therapy and Atlanta Ballet began almost 20 years ago when Lamar Fleming, MD, former chair of Emory's Department of Orthopaedics saw the need to deliver care to the Atlanta Ballet performers. Toye-Vego continued the relationship in 1995 and traveled to the studios three times per week to assess, treat, and help coordinate physician appointments for the performers. 

"Many of the issues we treat are usually associated with ‘over-use,' says Toye-Vego.  "This is something that's very common with dancers. Individualized therapy is always the key to a full recovery, whether you're a world-class athlete or a weekend warrior."

"We have extensive experience with dance injuries," says Sam Labib, MD, orthopaedic surgeon at Emory Sports Medicine Center in Atlanta.  "We think of dancers as high caliber athletes, especially ballet dancers, and are always happy to help them get back to what they love doing."

About Emory Physical Therapy

The professional, highly skilled, and caring staff at Emory Physical Therapy is uniquely qualified to provide the individualized, cutting edge, research-based treatment patients need to return to their optimum functional level following surgery or injury.

Our experienced staff includes board certified clinical specialists in orthopaedics and sports medicine, certified intramuscular and manual therapists, Pilates certified specialists, certified strength and condition specialists, fellows of the American Association of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists, and therapists certified in Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment of the Spine. Our therapists will evaluate you and design an individualized program to meet your goals. For more information about Emory Physical Therapy, visit

About the Emory Sports Medicine Center

The Emory Sports Medicine Center is a leader in advanced treatments for patients with orthopaedic and sports-related injuries. From surgical sports medicine expertise to innovative therapy and athletic injury rehabilitation, our sports medicine physicians and specialists provide the most comprehensive treatment for athletic injuries in Atlanta and the state of Georgia.

About Atlanta Ballet

Founded in 1929, Atlanta Ballet is one of the premier dance companies in the country and the official state Ballet of Georgia. Atlanta Ballet's eclectic repertoire spans ballet history, highlighted by beloved classics and inventive originals. After 84 years, Atlanta Ballet continues its commitment to share and educate audiences on the empowering joy of dance. In 1996, Atlanta Ballet opened the Centre for Dance Education and is dedicated to nurturing young dancers while providing an outlet for adults to express their creativity. The Centre serves over 150,000 people in metro Atlanta each year. Atlanta Ballet's roots remain firmly grounded in the Atlanta community and continue to play a vital role in the city's cultural growth and revitalization. For more information, visit

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