Dr. Ellen Z Anderson

Ellen Zambo Anderson, PT, PhD, RYT has been a physical therapist for over 30 years and a yogi for half of that. She is an associate professor of physical therapy with a strong background in therapeutic exercise, and has written a book, several articles, and many book chapters on the use of complementary therapies in rehabilitation. She teaches anatomy for yoga teacher trainings and has taught workshops on safe practice, yoga for back pain. Ellen is also a registered yoga teacher and regularly teaches Foundation classes for persons new to yoga or those wanting to practice yoga in ways that can address their physical concerns.

At Rutgers, School of Health Promotions, Ellen regularly supervises students in the Community Participatory Physical Therapy Clinic, a pro-bono clinic open to members of the school and Newark community. She also screens and educates athletes as part of Special Olympics Healthy Athletes-Fun Fitness, but she gets the most enjoyment working with Special Olympics Young Athletes, an inclusive sports-play program for children ages 2-7. Ellen, was instrumental in the development of Young Athletes, which can now be found in over 100 countries.

Beyond her professional activities, Ellen believes that her greatest accomplishment is realized through her marriage to Scott for over 30 years and their loving and adventurous children who are happily living their lives and like all of us, are trying to make sense of the world. Ellen loves to travel and enjoys all kinds of outdoor activities. Having hiked Machu Picchu and Mt. Kilimanjaro, she has her sights set on the Himalayans.

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