New Clinic Focuses on Performing Arts

To meet the needs of the performing arts community, Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist now offers a clinic dedicated to performing arts medicine—the first of its kind in the region and one of just a few in the country.

The clinic is led by David Popoli, MD, assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery, who is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and sports medicine, and Denise Tickle, LPT, a physical therapist who specializes in performing arts medicine.

“I believe that a multidisciplinary team with diverse backgrounds and specialized training provides the best environment for helping prevent and treat injuries in this population,” said Popoli, who is also the consulting physician for the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. “Our team understands the unique needs of these patients, so we want to do all we can to help get them back to dancing, playing, singing or painting.”