CLEA TUCKER, PT, DPT
Director of Performance Medicine & Training
Dr. Clea Tucker is a physical therapist with a diverse background in her education and professional experiences, both translating into an eclectic and creative approach to treating and training her patients. She is currently both the Chief Operations Officer and Director of Performance Medicine for Synergy Performance.
Dr. Tucker began her undergraduate studies at UCLA and then moved to Florida (University of Tampa) where she earned both a Bachelor of Science (athletic training/exercises science) and Bachelor of Arts (communication: film/TV) degrees. After having worked and volunteered in various athletic settings in athletic training, strength and conditioning and teaching, Dr. Tucker decided to return to California and complete the Clinical Doctorate program In Physical Therapy at Azusa Pacific University. Through the years she has both worked and volunteered with athletes from MLB, NFL, NBA, as well as, Olympic athletes. Some of this experience included a trip to the Dominican Republic where she volunteered to train semi-professional baseball players preparing for their next season.
From an artistic and athletic background herself, it was a very natural transition to then go to work with Cirque Du Soleil as part of their performance medicine team. Dr. Tucker worked on several shows, including IRIS in Hollywood, Quidam touring Canada and Greece, Varekai in Latin America, Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour in parts of South-East US and Kurios as it began its run in Montreal. In these shows she not only utilized her physical therapy training but also athletic training, strength and conditioning and emergency response while covering shows, training and helping artists prepare or rehab at various stages of the tour. With all these experiences and background as a foundation, she has teamed up with SPI and other performing arts medicine professionals to dedicate themselves in advancing the performing medicine field as they strive to care for performing artists and athletes at all levels and in all areas of the entertainment and sports industry.
In accordance with this effort to advocate for the care and support of artists, Dr. Tucker is constantly seeking ways to improve not only treatment approaches for artists but also in making care accessible to them and spreading education to assist artists enjoy greater career longevity. She has been a guest speaker at various workshops and conferences geared toward performing artists, has taught injury prevention and kinesiology (study of human movement) classes to performing artist students at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA-Hollywood campus), and participates in free health screenings for artists/athletes whenever possible. Dr. Tucker has also completed specific continuing education via NYU School of Medicine with the course in "Principles in Dance Medicine", as well as, a certified Performing Arts Medicine Specialist - Allied Healthcare Practitioner via the Performing Arts Medicine Association.
Dr. Tucker's training also includes athletic training, myofascial decompression, pilates, TRX, movement and neuroscience, concussion management, kinesiotaping, and emergency response. She has most recently embarked on a journey to explore the principles and approach of Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS). This approach comes out of the Prague Rehabilitation School (www.rehabps.com) and "emphasizes neurodevelopmental aspects of motor control in order to assess & restore dysfunction of the locomotor system and associated syndromes". Alongside the application of movement science, Dr. Clea carries a strong drive toward incorporating much needed neuroscience principles in practical forms with all her patients and clients. This is one of the reasons she continues to pursue her increase in knowledge in the area of Pain Science. She is sincere in her passion for applying all gained knowledge via functional approaches while working with artists, athletes and all types of people who share her belief in the need and importance for individualized holistic rehabilitation or performance training.
In her spare time she enjoys running, writing, dancing, practicing photography or spending time with her husband traveling, watching movies, wine tasting or going to sporting/performing arts events. If not in California, you may find her spending time with her mom and family in Las Vegas, Costa Rica or anywhere in between.