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Emma Faulkner, PT, DPT, OCS 
Doctor of Physical Therapy 
Orthopedic Clinical Specialist


Dr. Emma Faulkner is a graduate of Emory University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program (2015) and completed her Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy at Mercer University in 2017. In 2018, Dr. Faulkner became a board certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS). Dr. Faulkner’s clinical expertise lies in treating dancers and performing artists, general orthopedic injuries and conditions, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, and myofascial pain syndromes.


Dr. Faulkner is a lead physical therapist for the Atlanta Ballet and head physical therapist for multiple modern dance companies in the Atlanta Metro where she provides both in-clinic therapy services as well as backstage care. She is also an adjunct faculty member in Emory University’s Department of Theater and Dance where she teaches Experiential Anatomy within the dance department. Dr. Faulkner participates actively in dance medicine research regarding hypermobility, taping for the performing artist, and choreography specific strength and conditioning programs for dancers and presents this research at local, national and international conferences.


A large part of Dr. Faulkner’s passion for physical therapy comes from personal experience in physical therapy rehabilitating dance injuries that she sustained during her 20+ years of dance and performing arts training. Dr. Faulkner trained extensively in ballet, modern, and contemporary styles through her childhood and high school years for before attending Elon University to study exercise science and dance. Many injuries, including a career ending ankle injury, allowed Dr. Faulkner to shift her career aspirations from a professional dancer and performing artist to physical therapist with the unique understanding of the life of a performer.

Clinical and Research Interests

Dance Medicine and Performing Arts Medicine 


Specificity of Training for Dancers and Performing Artists

Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Vestibular Rehabilitation 

Injury Prevention for Aesthetic Athletes



Lucy is TriHealth's additional "PT" (puppy therapist). Lucy is the clinic therapy dog and is owned by Emma and her husband, James.  Lucy will greet you at the door for your appointment and keep you company during your physical therapy session. She is excellent moral support during manual therapy or dry needling! She's highly intuitive and can tell if her patients are not feeling well or are having a bad day. She is a calming presence and puts a smile on everyone's face! 

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