Vanessa Muncrief, PT, DPT, RYT, CPT is an Austin, TX based orthopedic physical therapist specializing in manual therapy, dance medicine, 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 relocated from NYC to initiate a dance medicine program in Austin. She was on faculty for 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 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. Recently, she presented a paper on Diastasis Recti in post partum professional ballet dancers.
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. 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). She is an Integrative Dry Needling practitioner and recently began treating pelvic floor dysfunction in females.
Dr. Muncrief has lectured nationally and internationally on the use of yoga for injury prevention and rehabilitation. She is in her 7th 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 continues to function as the treating clinician for multiple Broadway shows and performers as they make their way through Austin.
Vanessa lives in Austin with her husband, children’s book author and illustrator, David Gavril, and their daughter and son.