Ballet Dancer Ready for Encore After Recovering from Total ACL Tear

Brenna is a professional dancer with Festival Ballet Providence. After months away due to the pandemic, she had finally just returned to the studio when she blew out her ACL during a routine jump. Devastated, she turned to University Orthopedics, the official orthopedic provider of Festival Ballet Providence. 

With the help and guidance of her surgeon, University Orthopedics’ Chief of Sports Medicine Dr. Paul Fadale, and Jennifer Davis, her physical therapist and a former dancer herself – Brenna was able to return to the stage. Here’s her #myUOIstory.

About Paul Fadale, MD

Paul Fadale, MD is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Fadale specializes in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Fadale is currently a Professor at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University teaching medical students, orthopedic surgical residents, and fellows the field of sports medicine. In addition to being the lead physician for Festival Ballet Providence, he has worked with numerous athletic programs and is the current Head Team Physician for Brown University Athletics and the Providence Bruins Professional Hockey Team.

About Jennifer Davis, PT

A former professional ballet dancer, Jennifer specializes in Dance Injury Rehabilitation and Prevention. Jennifer enjoyed 18 years of performing dance all over the United States, Europe, and China before retiring as a soloist from Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre in 1996. Jennifer developed and implemented an Injury Prevention program for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre school and company. Jennifer has treated performers backstage at the Providence Performing Arts Center and has worked with countless student and professional dancers from local studios including Festival Ballet Providence.