Elizabeth Harrison Tilstra, PT, DPT
Elizabeth graduated from Belmont University and continued on to receive her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. While at UTC, Elizabeth was awarded the Amy S. Mildram Pediatric Physical Therapy Scholarship Award for her involvement with and research benefiting the pediatric population. Immediately prior to starting at Susan Underwood Physical Therapy, Elizabeth had the opportunity to assist with treating the professional dancers of the Boston Ballet.
Elizabeth takes a holistic approach in treating each of her patients and uses a combination of techniques to return each patient to their fullest level of function. As a former professional ballet dancer herself, Elizabeth specializes in dance medicine and is one of the official providers of physical therapy to the Nashville Ballet. In addition to dancers, Elizabeth enjoys working with our pediatric patients, as well as patients of all ages with general orthopedic and/or neuromuscular injuries. Elizabeth currently serves as the dance medicine consultant for the Centennial Youth
Ballet, the resident physical therapy consultant for Barre3 Nashville, and is an active member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science. In 2018, she helped collaborate in the development of Nashville Ballet's Adaptive Dance program to provide children with special needs the opportunity to participate in dance class, and continues to volunteer as a teacher. Some of Elizabeth's post-doctorate continuing education courses and/or certifications include KinetaCore Functional Dry Needling, Kinesio Taping Method, The McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, and Upledger Institute for Craniosacral Therapy.
Elizabeth understands the importance of a balanced and thoughtful approach to rehabilitation. Through individualized strengthening programs, hands-on manual techniques, and an emphasis on proper biomechanics, Elizabeth works to return each patient to their optimal level of functioning. When she is not at work, Elizabeth enjoys dancing, hiking with her husband and dog, attending music concerts, and traveling abroad.
Elizabeth strives to support, educate, and empower each patient that she guides through the rehabilitation process.