Meet Brooke

I think a lot of people who are really active, athletic, and strong expect that they wouldn’t have any problems with their pelvic floor. But, in the active, athletic, and performing artist populations, it’s a lot more common than we think.
— Dr. Brooke Winder, PT, DPT, OCS
Dr. Brooke Winder, PT, DPT, OCS of Sarton Physical Therapy

About Brooke

Dr. Brooke Winder combines extensive training in pelvic health with her background as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist to offer patients of Sarton PT a one-of-a-kind treatment approach.

Brooke graduated with honors from the University of Southern California (USC) with her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree in 2010. She then completed a post-professional residency in Orthopedic Physical Therapy at USC and obtained advanced board certification through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Brooke’s passion for movement developed through training as a gymnast and dancer for many years. After completing her BFA in Dance Performance at Chapman University in 2004, she performed professionally for Orange-County’s premier modern dance company, Backhausdance, and received her Comprehensive Pilates Instructor training through BASI Pilates (Body Arts and Science International) in 2005. Her movement experience as a dancer and Pilates instructor have provided an excellent foundation for her career as both an orthopedic and pelvic floor physical therapist.

Brooke currently serves as Assistant Professor in the Dance Science program at California State University, Long Beach. She pursues research in biomechanics, low back dysfunction and pelvic floor dysfunction in dancers and non-dancers. Brooke maintains a special interest in treating female athletes, performing artists, men and women with pelvic pain, and women seeking pre and post-natal physical therapy. Through skilled manual therapy techniques combined with specialized training in movement re-education, Brooke is passionate about helping patients achieve their individual goals.


  • Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency, University of Southern California

  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy, University of Southern California

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, Chapman University

  • Comprehensive Pilates Instructor Certification, Body Arts and Science International

Awards & Certifications

  • Board Certification in Orthopedic Physical Therapy, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties

  • Pilates Instructor training through BASI Pilates (Body Arts and Science International)

Organizations & Professional Involvement

  • American Physical Therapy Association (Orthopedic Section, Women’s Health Section, and Performing Arts Special Interest Group)

  • Nominating Committee Member, Research Committee Member, APTA Performing Arts Special Interest Group

  • International Association of Dance Medicine and Science

  • Performing Arts Medicine Association


Winder, BR. From the Dance Floor to the Pelvic Floor: concerns regarding pelvic floor dysfunction in performers. International Association of Dance Medicine and Science Annual Meeting. Platform Presentation. 2017. Houston, TX.

Winder, BR. Dance, The Core, and the Pelvic Floor: Considerations for Optimal Pelvic Floor Health in Dancers. Workshop Presentation. 6th Annual Healthy Approaches in the Training of Performing Artists: Changing Our Future (Performing Arts Medical Association Regional Conference). September 2016. Orange, C.

Winder, BR. Jumping and Leaping in Dance: Lessons Learned in the Biomechanics Laboratory. International Association of Dance Medicine and Science Annual Meeting Platform Presentation. October 2013, Seattle, WA.

Kulig K, Loudon J, Popovich JM Jr, Pollard CD, Winder BR. Dancers with Achilles tendinopathy demonstrate altered lower extremity take-off kinematics. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. 2011; 41(8):606-613.

Loudon J, Popovich JM Jr, Winder BR, Pollard CD, Kulig K. Lower extremity kinematics in the presence of Achilles tendinopathy during a saut de chat performed by elite dancers. CSM 2010, San Diego, CA.

Winder BR, Asami DK, Pollard CD, Souza RB, Arya S, Popovich JM Jr, Kulig K. Lower-extremity joint kinetics during the takeoff phase of a grand jeté performed by elite dancers. CSM 2009, Las Vegas, NV and CPTA 2009, Pasadena, CA.