Dr. Julia Melanson, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist

Julia earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Melbourne in Australia. She also has a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree from the University of British Columbia in Canada. Julia worked as a student athletic trainer during her undergraduate studies with both the men’s rugby and women’s hockey teams and continues to enjoy treating all types of athletes. She has experience in manual therapy and a passion for educating people on how the body works as our in-house blog and newsletter writer.

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Licensed Physical Therapist by the State of Illinois
  • APTA/IPTA Member

Institute of Physical Art:

  • CoreFirst® Strategies
  • Functional Mobilization I
  • Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation I 

University of Melbourne

  • Doctorate in Physical Therapy, 2016  

University of British Columbia

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, 2013

What Julia Has to Say

What sparked your interest in physical therapy?

I was taking an anatomy and physiology course as an undergraduate thinking I wanted to go to medical school. The regular professor was on sabbatical and they had brought in a physical therapist to teach for the semester. Hearing her stories of patient care demonstrating practical application of the content we were learning was incredibly inspiring and I instantly knew I wanted that hands-on approach for my career as a healthcare professional.

What aspect of movement do you find the most fascinating?

That movement can be both purposeful and automatic. I completed an individual research course in undergrad in a motor control laboratory studying the brainwaves that result in varying reaction times for visually influenced tasks. It would have been possible for me to predict which hand you’re going to move before you become consciously aware of choosing! For me, physical therapy is all about restoring your capacity for automatic movements to take place in order to complete purposeful tasks efficiently.  

Tell me about your PT school experience.

Spending three years studying in Melbourne, Australia was amazing! I was exposed to Maitland manual therapy, modern pain science research, and took numerous trips down the Great Ocean Road. I taught people to walk again in stroke units and helped children recover after surgery. I helped amputees in hydrotherapy and developed my own balance class for the elderly. I also found Body Gears on a global clinical rotation and I would do everything again in a heartbeat.

What certifications are you working towards?

I am planning to become certified in dry needling, gain training in women’s health, and would ultimately like to become a Certified Functional Manual Therapist.

How do you stay active? 

I love going to the gym with my boyfriend and pushing each other during interval training and weightlifting. I also love bouldering and calisthenics and my goal for 2019 is to do a human flag – help keep me accountable!

What Patients Have to Say About Julia

“I have been to other physical therapy centers, but this one is exceptional! Julia Melanson was able to get to the nature of my problem, and with kindness, humor, and a lot of encouragement was able to help me make progress I would not have thought possible. While most of us would agree that physical therapy can be difficult, the nature of Body Gears allowed me to make progress I had previously not attained. In addition to the fantastic staff, another helpful part of Body Gears is that they send you instructions, both video and written, to help you complete the exercises at home. I would, without reservation, give Body Gears, five stars.”

 

– Penny M. (Body Gears Graduate)

Julia's Featured Blogs & Newsletters

How Long Have You Been Part of the ‘Waiting for It to Get Better’ Club?

What Is A Worry-Free Body Worth To You?

7 Simple Ways to Stay Active Because Sitting is The Worst

5 Ways to Put the Pain Behind You

Get Back to Your Adventurous Side with a Pain-Free You