Jul 24, 2019
Dr. Jessica Davis and Dr. Jenna Kantor come on to the HET Podcast to talk about combining healthcare and the performing arts. They tell us about the most common injuries that they treat, footwear considerations, muscle imbalances, and other special considerations for the performing arts population.
Jessica Davis, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT has been practicing orthopaedic physical therapy with an emphasis in manual therapy since graduating from Duquesne University. She received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Chatham University in 2008, became a Board-Certified Specialist in Orthopaedics in 2002, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists with Evidence in Motion in 2017.
In addition to her extensive manual therapy training and commitment to excellence in individualized patient care, she has a particular interest in dance medicine that stems from her comprehensive dance background with 18 years of pre-professional dance training. She studied with the Oklahoma City Ballet, Midland Ballet Company, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. She is lead faculty with the Institute of Clinical Excellence where she heads the Performing Arts Division and also instructs on cervical and lumbar spine treatment. She is currently interim faculty with Slippery Rock University’s Dance Department and provides guest lecturing for Duquesne University and Chatham University.
Jessica maintains various professional memberships, including the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists, the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association and the American Physical Therapy Association.
Born in Petaluma, California, Jenna Kantor entertained her parents and dinner guests by improvising dance routines to classical music in the living room. To feed this hunger to perform after dinner, her mother signed her up for ballet lessons at the age of five. While this craving to dance was fed, she expressed herself vocally throughout her home singing her one-woman version of West Side Story. “I Feel Pretty” and “Officer Krupke” were a few of her preferred selections to belt out at a moments notice.
It wasn't until Jenna attended the University of California, Irvine, she found herself pulled towards musical theatre. She took a risk with the song “Nobody Does It Like Me” and continued to use that risk to book her first show playing Miss Thorn in the hit musical “Ruthless.” Already a dancer, Jenna Kantor worked hard in both her vocal and dramatic performances to grow into a strong triple threat. In order to build her resume and experience during college, she continued her journey performing in professional musical productions throughout Orange County, California.
After graduating with a BA in drama and a BA in dance, Jenna headed for New York and booked her first gig with Disney Cruise Line. She remains grateful for her continuous work in inspiring musical productions throughout the US and strives to pass on the inspiration to future performers.