Vanessa Muncrief, PT, DPT, RYT, CPT is an Austin, TX based orthopedic physical therapist specializing in manual therapy, yoga, and pilates-based rehabilitation. Dr. Muncrief received her Doctorate and Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Columbia University-College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City and her Bachelor of Arts from University of Texas at Austin. Prior to her career as a physical therapist, Vanessa worked professionally in NYC as both a modern dancer and a print and runway model.
Dr. Muncrief was recruited by Select Physical Therapy to initiate a dance medicine program in Austin. She relocated from NYC where she was on faculty for almost 10 years at the prestigious Harkness Center for Dance Injuries – New York University Langone Medical Center, serving as a Clinical Specialist in Dance Medicine. She has worked backstage as a physical therapist for some of the world’s top dance companies including Merce Cunningham, Cirque Du Soleil, and Martha Graham, to name a few. She has been a treating clinician for performers from multiple Broadway and off-Broadway shows like Wicked, In the Heights, Fuerzabruta, and served as a Clinical Instructor and mentor for up and coming dance therapists.
From 2004-06, Dr. Muncrief served as the on-site medical officer and Chief Physical Therapist for Dance Theatre of Harlem, providing their on site and backstage physical therapy services. She also designed and conducted anatomy and injury prevention courses for the professional training program students and company members.
Dr. Muncrief is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS). She has practiced yoga for over 20 years and is a graduate of the OM Yoga Teacher Training program in NYC with Cyndi Lee. As a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance and a Certified Pilates Teacher (CPT) through Pilates Method Alliance she aims to fuse a Hatha-Vinyasa inspired yoga practice with the precision and core control principles of Pilates. Her research on diastasis recti, low back pain, and abdominal strength in post partum women resulted in a published abstract in the APTA Journal of Women’s Health.
Her clients run the gamut from supermodels to lively grandmothers, bankers to engineers, as well as dancers of all kinds. Vanessa has been a contributing health consultant for the “Ask the Doctor” column in Woman’s World magazine and Dance and Pointe magazines. Before relocating to Austin, Dr. Muncrief was an adjunct Assistant Professor at Long Island University-School of Health Professions-Department of Physical Therapy. She enjoys teaching the anatomy for various Yoga Teacher Training programs in NYC and Austin. Vanessa is a Relax and Renew Trainer ® certified by renowned Restorative Yoga expert, Judith Hanson Lasater, PT, PhD. and a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist (CEAS). Recently she has added Integrative Dry Needling to her practice as an adjunct to treating soft tissue dysfunction.
Dr. Muncrief has lectured nationally and internationally on the use of yoga for injury prevention and rehabilitation. She is in her 5th season as Chief Physical Therapist and Onsite Medical Officer for Ballet Austin. She especially enjoys sharing injury prevention "tools of the trade" to aspiring dancers at area schools and studios and in the clinic.
Vanessa lives in Austin with her husband, children’s book author and illustrator, David Gavril, and their daughter and son.