Susan Kokot, PT, DPT

Susan Kokot, PT, DPT

Pilates-based Physical Therapist

Biography:

Susan Kokot, PT, DPT holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Duke University’s School of Medicine, and a BS in Theatre from Northwestern University. Susan has spent 20+ 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 encourage confidence in rehabilitation; 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 (ADF),  backstage at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC), and at Duke Regional Inpatient Rehab. She 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 (CSM) in 2016.

Susan is a graduate of The Pilates Center’s Intermediate Teacher Training Program at InsideOut Body Therapies. Other trainings include Essentials in Performing Arts Health, SugarFoot Therapy for dance injury prevention, and Walt Fritz’s Myofascial Release for the Neck, Voice and Swallowing Disorders. When she’s not at IOBT, Susan can be found attending live theatre and music, swimming, playing tennis, and spending time with her son.