Dr. Jessica Chavez-Kline
Jessica Chavez-Kline (She/ Her/ Hers) is a Doctor of Physical Therapy with a background in dance, Pilates, and Yoga. She brings a rich movement vocabulary and language to her physical therapy practice, and continues to actively engage in the practices of Yoga, Pilates, Dance, fitness and lifestyle medicine. Her experience as a physical therapist includes acute and critical care as well as neurological and orthopedic focused outpatient settings. She enjoys working with a diverse population of adults of all ages and background with a wide range of goals.
In her current practice, she focuses on Pelvic Health for people experiencing problems that concern the abdominal and pelvic anatomy. She brings a maturity and grounded attitude to this practice and enjoys empowering and educating patients who are coping with problems in this sensitive area of the body. She has been influenced by her own experience as a mother to 2 children and a love of being part of a collaborative healthcare team.
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How did you get into your field?
My first love was Dance. I was lucky enough to have opportunities to study Ballet and Contemporary dance extensively as well as Pilates and, eventually, Yoga. I always wanted to understand more about that way our bodies work and why exercise and movement are so transformative in terms of health and wellbeing. Eventually, I realized becoming a Physical Therapist would allow me to learn what I needed to know and help people in an impactful way. I went back to graduate school for PT and have never looked back.
What is your training background?
I earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the university of Miami. I’ve studied myofascial release, strain counter strain, Pilates, Medical Therapeutic Yoga, and women’s health. Prior to becoming a PT, I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Modern Dance from The Boston Conservatory. There I studied several styles of dance and movement, including Improvisation, Pilates, and Alexander technique. My post-doctoral education in women’s health has been extensively with Julie Wiebe’s Piston Science and Lynne Shulte’s Holistic body courses and am in the process of pursuing my cAPP OB certification through the APTA. I am a candidate for my Professional Yoga therapist credentials with Ginger Garner as well.
How long have you practicing/teaching?
I have been practicing Physical Therapy for almost 6 years (since June of 2014) and have been teaching Yoga since 2005, so nearly 15 years.
Who influenced your career path (who have you enjoyed learning from, mentor, etc.)?
I have had so many amazing teachers! Studying the work of Ginger Garner and Julie Wiebe have had a huge impact on my current practice.
What makes you love your field?
I love being a Physical Therapist because my job is all about helping people figure out what they can do to live better lives. At it’s heart, PT is a grassroots effort to help people make positive changes. Helping people figure this out is amazingly rewarding.
What kind of clients do you love working with? (certain ailments, gender, age)
I love helping women navigate the physical changes that occur in their bodies before, during, and after pregnancy and birth. Perhaps because of my own experience birthing 2 children, I’m acutely aware of the need for more information about what we can do to help ourselves. I also love helping people maintain fitness, health, balance, and vitality as they encounter new stages, ages, and chapters of life.
What sets you apart?
I really have a lot of information from many different schools of thought, a sound understanding of science and research as well as a background in the arts and holistic wellness. I have integrated so much information from a lifetime of learning and I use it all in patient care.
What’s your mission?
My mission is to be authentic, spread joy, and make it simpler for people to feel better!
What brings you joy?
The great outdoors. Watching my children laugh and play.
What do you do with your spare time?
Lie on the ground and breathe.. (I have 2 small children!)
How do we follow you?
- Instagram: @chavezkline
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