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Michelina C. Cassella

Kinesiology and Human Anatomy Faculty

Michelina C. Cassella, physical therapist, is a 1964 graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Physical Therapy. She is currently director of the Department of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Services at the Children’s Hospital in Boston Massachusetts. Cassella served as associate director for these departments from 1974–2002. She been appointed by Harvard University as lecturer in Orthopaedic Surgery, a post that she has held since 1990.

Cassella is currently on the faculty of The Boston Conservatory Dance Division. Her previous academic appointments include associate director of the Simmons College Program in Physical Therapy (1974–1981). She has been a special instructor of physical therapy at Boston University and Northeastern University and is currently a guest lecturer at the Massachusetts General Hopsital (MGH) School of Allied Health Professionals. Cassella is also the director of Physical Therapy Services at Boston Ballet and Boston Ballet Center for Dance Education, a position held since 1991.

Cassella has written several articles for professional journals, most recent ones are dance medicine-related. She has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally on the topics of dance medicine and physical therapy management of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.

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