Susan Kokot, PT, DPT holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the Duke University School of Medicine, and a BS in Theatre from Northwestern University. Susan has spent 15+ years in the theatre and dance worlds performing at renowned regional theatres and as a member of the Grand Rapids Ballet. During her performing career, Susan honed her kinesthetic sense, listening and observational skills, and deep understanding of the human condition. Susan feels passionately about using these skills to help others heal and develop a greater awareness of their physicality; to instill belief that an injured body can be strengthened and restored; and to motivate patients to improve overall health and performance. Susan’s areas of interest include orthopedic rehabilitation with a focus in the performing arts, women’s health, and neurological disorders.
Susan has treated clients in a variety of settings including the triage clinic at the American Dance Festival. She also presented her research, “Prediction of Injuries at a Dance Medicine Walk-In Clinic during a Summer Dance Intensive” at the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting in 2016. She is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, Performing Arts Special Interest Group of the American Physical Therapy Association, the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association, International Association of Dance Medicine Science, and Performing Arts Medical Association.
Susan is a graduate of The Pilates Center’s Intermediate Teacher Training Program at InsideOut Body Therapies in Durham, NC, where she is currently a Pilates-Based Physical Therapist. When she’s not at IOBT, Susan can be found attending live theatre and music, swimming, playing tennis, traveling, and spending time with her partner and son.