Dr. Kim Shemer Kurtzman moved to Annapolis from New York City in 2013, where she spent the previous 9 years keeping the lights of Broadway bright. As the director of Performing Arts Physical Therapy, the pioneer clinic for performing arts medicine in Manhattan, Kim had the pleasure of treating and preventing injuries in actors, dancers and musicians at the top of their field. She opened her own dance medicine clinic in early 2012 in Manhattan and continues to work there to stay involved in the arts community. Kim spent much of her early career with these two companies working on-site at theaters; she has been the physical therapist at nearly 50 Broadway shows, as well as for the Rockettes at The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and dancers of The Paul Taylor Dance Company.
Since 2004, Kim has been practicing her unique approach to physical therapy for dancers, after receiving her Doctor of Physical Therapy with honors from the University of Delaware, ranked first in the nation by US News and World Report. She has received extensive continuing education and mentorship in manual therapies, notebly through the Institute of Physical Arts, CFMT, as well as an advanced certification in trigger point functional dry needling, and Craniosacral Therapy.
Like her patients, Kim loves an audience! She lectured to the Doctor of Physical Therapy students at SUNY Stony Brook on Long Island, and taught “Anatomy for Dancers” at The New School in NYC. She is also certified in the authentic method of Pilates – mat and all apparatus. She teaches classical Pilates and calls upon its rehabilitation benefits in her physical therapy practice as well.
Kim is an avid reader, yoga enthusiast, ballet dancer, travel junkie, and fanciful cook. When she isn’t working, she is spending time with her husband and kids, and taking walks with her hound dog, Brooklyn.
New News! We are delighted to share with you that Dr. Julie Ridgeway, PT, DPT has joined Kim Shemer Kurtzman Physical Therapy in May 2022. Kim’s book of patients has been so full that she has not been able to accept new patients for several years now. Julie is an experienced manual therapist and has been mentoring with Kim for many months for consistency of treatment approach. The quality of care provided is of the upmost importance in this practice, and Dr. Julie Ridgeway is superb! She is taking new patients. New Patients may be evaluated by Kim or by Julie, and continuing care will be provided by Julie in most cases. Contact us to schedule.