About Maribeth Crupi
Maribeth Crupi has pursued specialized training in dance medicine for over a decade. This includes a full dance medicine practicum through the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries in NYC, 2006. Maribeth is an active member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS). Her IADMS membership assures that she is developing her treatment strategies based on the most current research and clinical wisdom of dance medicine specialists from around the world. This is further enriched by the fact that members of IADMS include dancers and dance educators as well as those in the field of science. Maribeth was a presenter in the October 2015 Annual Symposium, in Pittsburgh, PA. She continues to offer lectures to both medical and dance audiences.
Maribeth’s level of dance medicine knowledge and extensive repertoire of treatment techniques has further been fostered in her work with Boston Ballet. Maribeth has offered per diem physical therapy services for the professional company, including assisting with annual screening of the new professional company members. In addition Maribeth maintains regular contact with their physical therapists to seek peer review and offer or receive advice on treatment strategies.
Maribeth and her staff also offer backstage services to touring dance companies performing in the Boston area.
Maribeth appreciates dance from her background in the physics of human movement. This approach allows the dancer to achieve proper balance and weight shift using laws of gravity and principles of kinesiology to promote most efficient and proper use of muscles for dance. The emphasis is on working within the healthy limits of one’s body to avoid injury and promote the best artistry.
Understanding the movement of dance is imperative to assure safest return to dance following injury, or to correct poor movement patterns/technique that may result in injury. Without strong development of the basic movements of dance such as plié, relevé, tendu, passé, etc., from which essentially all choreography arises, both injury and inability to progress in artistry result. Maribeth is emphatic that forcing turnout and working outside of one’s healthy physiological limits is not only unnecessary, but likely detrimental for success in dance. In an effort to convey her knowledge to a wider audience Maribeth is currently a contributing author to a dance medicine text soon to be published. Updates on publication will be offered soon.
Maribeth offers informational lectures to area dance studios and ballet academies on a wide variety of topics ranging from pre-pointe preparation to dance technique as it relates to musculoskeletal issues, injury prevention and treatment. As the parent of a multi-discipline dancer through the collegiate level, Maribeth has spent over 20 years closely observing dance technique both in the studio and theater settings and understands implicitly the demands of dance at all levels of ability.
Maribeth combines her respect for holistic based treatments (She is a Level II Reiki Practitioner) with a solid orthopedic foundation from which she draws her treatment approaches. Maribeth's wide-ranging background in soft tissue and joint mobilization techniques also make her an excellent choice for patients with challenging diagnoses that have not responded fully to previous treatment approaches.
Maribeth is committed to keeping her skills current and expansive through her frequent attendance at professional symposiums and continuing education programs. In doing so, she has become proficient in a number of highly specialized treatment techniques. Most recently she and her staff have trained in Dry Needling therapy that has proven to be an extremely effective modality to add to their treatment skill set. While the majority of her treatment approaches are "hands on", she is equipped with all customary electrical modalities to offer full spectrum treatments. Housing an extensive library of current physical therapy and dance medicine texts, her office provides the perfect environment for patients to learn fully about their areas of need. Maribeth Crupi, PT is a recommended therapist of Children’s Hospital, Boston, Division of Sports Medicine.
Maribeth and her husband Carl (who built her beautiful treatment facility) have raised three children together, the last of whom is finishing his university studies. Their daughter, Elizabeth, was the inspiration for Maribeth’s journey into a dance medicine specialty when she developed and overuse problem rising en pointe. Maribeth enjoys taking advantage of all Boston and New England has to offer. She is a patron of the arts, and an avid recreational athlete who enjoys alpine skiing, hiking in the Lakes Region of NH, golf, kayaking and paddle boarding. She also enjoys sewing and a challenging game of Scrabble!