Hi! I’m Julie. I’m a physical therapist currently serving the Greater Boston area. I graduated with my clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University in the spring of 2018 and am now working in outpatient orthopedics. Prior to PT school, I earned my Master’s degree in Sport Management/Business Administration from the University of Connecticut, learning the in’s and out’s of business and marketing. I conducted research in the subject of sport psychology, and I wrote a thesis on athletic identity and its relationship with both voluntary and involuntary career termination/ transition from sport. I also earned my Bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut, majoring in Allied Health Sciences. While at UConn, I was a captain, starter, and scholarship player for the varsity women’s soccer team. I transferred to Connecticut in January of 2011, after playing my first two collegiate seasons with the 2009 and 2010 Big Ten Champions, the Penn State Nittany Lions.
For those who don’t know me, I get hurt…a lot. I’ve always been one of those kids who would have been better off living in a bubble. In 2017, I tore my anterior cruciate ligament for the fourth time. Needless to say, after much thought and prayer (and prolonged conversation with my surgeon), I have faced the fact that I needed to hang up my cleats permanently. I’ve spent a lot of time searching for new ways to find fulfillment, which has ultimately lead me to found Just4Kicks Boston. I pursued physical therapy because I really want to help people. Specifically, I want to help young soccer players stay in the game and off the sidelines for as long as possible. Did you know that 1 in 80 soccer players will tear the ACL during their competitive season? That’s insane! Because of this, I have made it my goal to educate young players and their families about the dangers of ACL injury and to help implement injury reduction programs for soccer players across the state.
But why should you trust me? You’re asking the kid who has torn her ACL four times for advice on how not to tear an ACL. That’s like asking the class clown for relationship advice or [insert less PC analogy here]. While I have certainly had my fair share of misfortune, I have taken a special interest in ACL prevention and rehabilitation. I performed capstone research on ACL prevention in female soccer players, where my colleagues and I analyzed the reliability of a mobile phone application versus gold-standard software in the identification of “high-risk” players through video analysis. I successfully fulfilled all requirements for the Sport Strength and Conditioning/Management of the Injured Athlete concentration at Northeastern University. I am an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and have also acquired my Sportsmetrics Level I Certification through Cincinnati Sports Medicine (CSM-I). I am certified to perform Functional Dry Needling Level 1 through Sue Falsone’s Structure & Function and also hold my certification in the Functional Movement System’s Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA). Most recently, I have gotten certified in Personalized Blood Flow Restriction (PBFR) Training through Owens Recovery Science, and have also become an EXOS Performance Specialist (XPS).
I excel in the realm of musculoskeletal/orthopedic rehabilitation and enjoy keeping up to date on the latest evidence-based practice and continuing education courses. I have spent extensive time learning from rehabilitation, injury prevention, and sport performance practitioners and have even made my way into the operating room to observe ACL reconstruction surgery on occasion. You should trust me because I care and because I have made it my mission to decrease the incidence of ACL injury to young soccer players in the Greater Boston area.