Merritt received her Master of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003. Prior to transitioning to physical therapy, Merritt taught and performed ballet, modern dance and jazz dance for 10 years. Since graduation, she has worked in a variety of settings, working with patients in the hospital after surgeries or serious illness, on rehab units after serious injuries, as well as outpatient orthopedics. This experience has given Merritt a strong background in the full spectrum of rehab.
Merritt has advanced training in pelvic floor therapy and has been a pelvic floor specialist since 2012. Merritt is certified in cancer rehabilitation through the STAR (Survivorship Training and Rehab) Program, and is an APTA credentialed clinical instructor. Merritt also has advanced training in functional strengthening, muscle energy technique, and dry needling. Merritt’s special interests include treatment of pelvic pain, incontinence, and other pelvic floor issues, as well as post-operative rehab, cancer rehab, and treatment of repetitive stress injuries in weekend warrior and athletes, particularly dancers and martial arts practitioners.
In her free time, Merritt continues to dance, teaches fitness classes, and volunteers with a dog rescue organization.