Biographies from various presenters during the 2012-2016 seasons!

Emily Becker, DPT is a graduate of the Virginia Commonwealth University Physical Therapy program and is a Doctor of Physical Therapy.  Recently she was featured in POINTE magazine's article "Do I Have A Labral Year? What You Need to Know About Treating This Common Ballet Injury"

She presented at the 2013  Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA) conference on "Can Correcting Technical Faults in Adolescent Dancers Prevent Labral Pathology?".  Emily took specialized courses in the study of pediatrics through the VA-LEND program and her article on integrating children with disabilities into the performing arts classroom was  published in The International Journal of Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. 

Prior to pursuing a career in physical therapy Emily earned high accolades both academically and artistically at Virginia School of the Arts where she danced many leading roles. After graduating she danced professionally with the Richmond Ballet and was a guest artist for several regional companies and schools around Virginia. 

Dr. Becker then became Founder and Artistic Director of Perceptions Dance Company while teaching and choreographing for numerous dance studios including Chesterfield School of Ballet and West End Academy of Dance.   She has also been a guest lecturer on injury prevention and kinesiology for organizations such as Richmond Ballet, Virginia Commonwealth University, Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts, and SunKing Dance.  Emily has also taught master classes for the Richmond Ballet, Ballet Tech Ohio, and Rockingham Ballet, among many others. 

Because of her extensive background in dance Emily has a unique understanding and expertise not only in regards to the risks of physical injury but also have insight into the personality of a dancer and their approach to dealing with an injury or the risk of an injury.  Emily has comprehensive knowledge of dance injuries and how to best treat those injuries to allow for maximum participation in class, rehearsals and performance.  After moving to Denver, Emily was fortunate to expand her love of dance medicine into specializing in hip labral pathology.  She established Rocky Mountain Dance Injury Prevention Symposium and coordinated successful symposiums each year from 2012-2016 featuring the a variety of dance specialists from the medical and dance community. From 2013-2019 she taught for University of Northern Colorado's M.A. in Dance Education program as well as presenting many workshops/master classes for dance studios, schools, and the Colorado Dance Education Organization.  

Currently Emily works for Athletico in Lake Forest, Illinois and is an active part of the Performing Arts program having presented workshops on treating dancers with hip pathology and dancer/athlete burnout.

Michael DaRosa, DO attended Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin where he received his undergraduate degree in biology, and was captain of the soccer team. He earned his medical degree from Des Moines College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed residency training at Saint Joseph Family Medicine in Denver, Colorado. Dr. DaRosa completed a sports medicine fellowship at Indiana University in Indianapolis. Dr. DaRosa is a non-surgical sports medicine physician. He specializes in concussion management and musculoskeletal conditions of all joints including sprains, strains, tendonitis, arthritis, bursitis, back/neck pain and fractures.

Dr. DaRosa has served as team physician for the Indy Eleven professional soccer team, Indy Fuel professional Hockey team and the Indianapolis Colts. Also, he has served as team physician for multiple colleges and high schools since 2008. "The many health benefits of exercise are well documented, and it is one of few things that will increase the quality and duration of everyone's life.  As a sports medicine physician I can help a patient not only live a healthier life but also get back to the awesome Colorado activities that they love!" 

Dr. DaRosa's goal is to get his patients safely back to the activities they love, whether it be professional soccer or gardening in the back yard because "LIFE is a Sport!" In his spare time, Dr. DaRosa enjoys snowboarding, soccer, running, guitar and travel.


Deb Jacobson, MD received her medical degree from the University of Colorado Health Science Center. She completed her residency at Saint Joseph Hospital and is board certified in family medicine with a Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in sports medicine. Dr. Jacobson further advanced her training by completing a sports medicine fellowship at Ohio State University. She has more than 10 years of experience in the non-surgical management of a variety of musculoskeletal conditions in children, adolescents and adults.

Dr. Jacobson is a team physician for the Colorado Mammoth, and she volunteers with the Denver Public Schools sports medicine department.

Dr. Jacobson worked at the base of Winter Park ski resort for several years where she gained invaluable experience diagnosing and treating orthopedic injuries, such as fractures and dislocations.

She was a collegiate basketball player and understands the mentality of an athlete and their urgency to get off the sidelines and back in the game.

Dr. Jacobson believes that musculoskeletal pain or injury impacts quality of life.  It is her goal to guide patients through a comprehensive treatment plan that restores pre-injury function and helps prevent recurrent injury.  As an athlete herself, she finds it very rewarding when patients are able to return to their activities or sports.

Peter Marshall, PT continues to lead and develop the physical therapy program at American Ballet Theatre which he founded in 1983.  He has published multiple dance related articles in a variety of national and international juried medical journals.  Peter was also the physical therapist for Baryshnikov Productions from 1983-1993.  He has served as physical therapist for several PBS Dance in America television specials as well as for the feature films Dancers starring Mikhail Baryshnikov and Center Stage starring Ethan Stiefel.

Sandra Minton, PHD was a professor and Dance Program Director at the University of Northern Colorado from 1972-1998. During this time, she taught a variety of dance and dance-related courses in both the Physical Education and Theatre Departments at the University. Currently, Minton continues to teach part-time for UNC. She also teaches dance part-time for Littleton Public Schools. Each of these positions is in line with Minton’s goal of integrating more dance into Colorado Schools during the regular school day, and perhaps one day having the state certify dance teachers as it now certifies teachers in the other three arts areas—music, theatre and the visual arts. 

Minton has written a number of books on dance including Modern Dance: Body & Mind, Wadsworth Thomson Learning, 1991; Choreography: A Basic Approach Using Improvisation, third edition, 2007; and Preventing Dance Injuries, second edition, co-editor with Ruth and John Solomon, 2005. The choreography and dance injury books were both published by Human Kinetics. In 2008 Minton wrote Using Movement to Teach Academics: The Mind & Body As One Entity. This book was published by Rowman & Littlefield Education. 

Minton's research has been focused on dance teaching and the effects of participation in dance on human traits and abilities such as self-esteem and creative thinking. Much of this research has been published in juried national and international journals such as the Journal of Dance Education, the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, the Dance Research Journal, the Journal of Dance Medicine & Science and Impulse. 
Minton has also done many presentations of her work at national and international conferences. Most recently, she presented “Connections between Middle & High School Dance Making & 21st Century Skills” at the Athens Institute for Education and Research. In 2009, Minton served on the committee that revised the Colorado State Dance Standards. 

In 1999 Minton was selected as the National Dance Association Artist/Scholar, and in 2001 she was a Fulbright Scholar to Finland. Most recently in 2011 and 20112, Minton was honored by the Carson-Brierly Dance Library at the University of Denver and the Colorado Ballet for her contributions to dance in Colorado. Her B.A. and M.A. degrees are in dance and dance education from U.C.L.A., and her Ph.D. is in the same areas from Texas Woman's University. 

Minton is a past president of the Colorado Dance Alliance and a current board member. She has also served on the boards of or been a member of a number of other dance related service organizations. 

Minton has studied with many dance and dance education professionals including Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen, Merce Cunningham, Irene Dowd, Bill Evans, Alma Hawkins, Bella Lewitzky, Aileene Lockhart, Carla Maxwell and Gus Solomons Jr. 

Brian J. White, MD was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. He attended Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia for undergraduate study and earned a B.A. in Chemistry. Dr. White then received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. He went on to complete his orthopaedic surgical training at New York University and the Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York City. Dr. White’s training provided an excellent and broad foundation with a focus on hip and knee replacement. It also allowed him, as a senior resident, to complete an orthopaedic trauma rotation at R. Cowley Adams Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, MD where he learned advanced techniques in fracture management. With this broad orthopaedic base, Dr White enhanced his training with a sports medicine fellowship at the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colorado. He worked with world-renown mentors, such as Drs. J. Richard Steadman and Marc J. Philippon, and acquired pioneering techniques of the hip, knee and shoulder. After completing his fellowship training, Dr. White joined Western Orthopaedics. He performs hip arthroscopy for femoracetabular impingement (FAI) and labral tears, and knee arthroscopy. Additionally, he performs total joint replacements of the hip and knee and repairs fractures of both the upper and lower extremities.

Since practicing at Western Orthopaedics, Dr. White has been given the opportunity to be an assistant team physician for the Denver Nuggets. He is also a consultant for Smith and Nephew Hip Arthroscopy. With this position, Dr. White has become actively involved in the development of new instrumentation for hip arthroscopy to improve the arthroscopic treatment of FAI. Believing in the collegial community of Orthopaedic surgeons and wanting to improve the overall care of patients with hip pathology, Dr. White teaches orthopaedic surgeons across the country cutting-edge arthroscopic techniques in labral repair and the arthroscopic treatment for femoracetabular impingement. In 2009, Dr. White was named as the co-director for the Hip Preservation Division of the Denver Clinic at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver.

Dr. White is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and a member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

Dr. White has also been chosen as the Director for the Hip Preservation Team for the Denver Clinic for Extremities at Risk at Presbyterian St Lukes.        

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