Emily Decker
Physical Therapist

Having graduated from the University of Vermont DPT program in 2009, Emily comes to VTPT with 12+ years of outpatient PT clinical experience.  With a strong interest in full body movement, she quickly found her career going beyond the surface of an injury and digging to the root of deeply ingrained compensatory movement patterns that contribute to acute and chronic pain.  Postural Restoration has provided an excellent foundation and systematic framework for working with patients in this way.  While human alignment patterns may be similar, compensation pathways are highly variable, and each individual has a unique set of life circumstances that contribute to how one’s body will navigate the world on a daily basis.  Therefore, every treatment for every person is highly individualized. Taking into consideration all parameters possible for each patient, she finds joy in guiding people back toward healthy neutral, paying keen attention to the relationship of integrated movement and integrated minds.  She enjoys helping clients find their ability to exhale, will likely educate and employ the highly beneficial effects of dry needling for both reducing inflammation and tension in the neuromuscular system, will almost certainly have you sitting on the floor before you realize it, and smiling and breathing through a yoga type routine to round out your care.  The ultimate goal is to help people find both obvious and subtle ways to integrate more frequent and random natural human movements within this highly automated and habitual modern world. 

Emily is married to Noah who took her on their first date at 8 years old (chauffeured by his mom, and chaperoned by her older brother.). They grew up in a small apple growing community in NY, and after attending RIT (and a blast of a summer in Mt Hood, OR) they moved to VT in 2003.  She has an intensity of love  that is beyond words for their two children Iris and Malcolm.  Loving shout out to their dog Boomer Kook.  Whether camping, swimming, sailing, or kiting, summers are lived largely near, in, or on Lake Champlain while winters are spent playing volleyball or trekking to the mountains for snowboarding.  A hot yoga class is often vital for recovery from the cold.

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