Meet Our Physical Therapy Team
Christina Beachy earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Duke University in 2009. Since graduating she has been working in outpatient orthopedic clinics focusing on sports medicine. She is a certified strength and conditioning specialist. She is a Graston Technique Provider for instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization. She has been trained in Video Gait Analysis to identify biomechanical faults in running form that could lead to injury and has performed several injury prevention clinics for runners around the Newton-Wellesley area. Further post-graduate course work has included treating overhead athletes, rehabilitation following ACL repairs, and advanced manual therapy techniques.
Christina played many sports growing up including volleyball, basketball, and soccer, and continues to play volleyball competitively. She understands the unique stresses that these sports place on the growing bodies of young athletes. She is passionate about helping others live a healthy, active, and pain free life!
Kate Hamilton earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Emory University, is a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, and specializes in pediatric and adolescent sports medicine with an emphasis on girls sports, figure skating, gymnastics, and dance medicine.
Kate is a physical therapist for Team USA Figure Skating, worked at the 2016 World Figure Skating Championships, 2016 Champs Camp at the Olympic Training Center, and traveled with Team USA to the 2016 Cup of China in Beijing and 2017 NHK Trophy in Osaka, Japan.. Kate also spent several years as a physical therapist on traveling Broadway shows, including The Lion King, Wicked, War Horse, and Come Fly Away.
Kate is the owner of Girl Fit Physical Therapy in Newton, providing a full spectrum of individual and group strength and conditioning, performance enhancement, injury prevention, and physical therapy services for girls.
Violet Chang earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Boston University. Shortly after graduating she completed a 2 year Residency and Fellowship program in manual therapy at the Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy in Woburn, MA. She is a Graston Technique Provider and provides video gait analysis for runners. Violet has experience working as an adolescent swim team coach, swim instructor, and in the specialty running shoe industry.
Violet grew up swimming and running competitively. She has run 10 marathons and has run her hometown favorite, the Boston Marathon 3 times. She has competed in 3 of the 6 major world marathons and one day hopes to complete the other 3 international world majors as well! Violet also enjoys doing triathlons during the summers, and competes in ultra distance relay races for the travel, adventure and fun!
When she isn't working you can find her outdoors likely running with her best 4-legged running bud "Colt the border collie". As an endurance athlete, she understands the importance of strengthening, conditioning, and cross training to reduce the effects of repetitive stress on the bodies of athletes. Violet is excited and passionate about helping girls and women excel at their sport, manage their day-to-day lifestyles, and chase after and achieve their goals!
Katie Hughes earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Emory University and has worked in various orthopedic settings from Atlanta to Alaska. She is trained by the Titlest Performance Institute (TPI) to screen golfers and identify bio-mechanical limitations, as well as training in Pilates, personalized blood flow restriction, dry needling, and manual therapy.
Originally from Dallas, Texas Katie grew up playing soccer, softball, and running track. As an adult she has found a love for running, triathlons and Pure Barre. She has finished several half marathons, one full marathon and completed her first sprint triathlon. In her free time she enjoys being active, watching football, teaching Pure Barre, playing with her three legged dog (Taylor Mayd), spending time with family and friends, and exploring new places.
From personal and clinical experience she has seen the many benefits of injury prevention, which guides her practice in treating the female athlete by providing them the tools and knowledge to achieve their sport and fitness goals as quickly and as safely as possible.