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Vanessa Burns, DPT

Vanessa Burns, DPT

Board Certified Physical Therapist


Dr. Vanessa Burns, a New Jersey native, is a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist in Physical Therapy.  Dr. Burns is one of the elite physical therapists in the area who holds this subspecialty certification.  She is a certified clinical instructor through the APTA and an Impact Trained post-concussion care provider.  Dr. Burns is formally trained in many advanced manual techniques including Maitland. She joined Total Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine in 2010.



Doctor of Physical Therapy, Boston University 2006

BS Health Sciences, Boston University 2004


Research Practicum:          

“Comparative Analysis of iEMG Test Protocols and Signal Decomposition for Control and Astronaut Data”, 12/05

Motor Unit Laboratory

Boston University NeuroMuscular Research Center

Mentors: Alexander Adam, PhD and Serge Roy, ScD, PT



Boston Medical Center 2006

Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation 2005

Jersey Shore University Medical Center 2004


Awards and Scholarships:

Graduate Research Assistant Scholar, Boston University 2004-2005

Boston Consortium Student Excellence Award 2003


Publications – Refereed Articles:

Shemmell, J., Johansson, J., Portra, V., Gottlieb, G., Thomas, J., Corcos, D. (2007) Control of interjoint coordination during normal gait at different speeds. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation,4:10.



“The effect of walking speed on the linear synergy of gait.” American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 65thAnnual Assembly, Pheonix, Arizona, 10/8/04.

“Linear synergy during human locomotion: a principle component analysis study.” North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, St. Pete’s Beach, Florida, 6/9/05.


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