Danica is an innovative and integrative Center for Physical Therapy, Pilates and Tai Chi located in Sharon, Connecticut. At Danica, you can achieve and exceed your personal goals of restoring, maintaining and enhancing your mobility, balance, and ability to perform daily activities through highly skilled and specialized Manual (Hands-On) Physical Therapy, Pilates, and Tai Chi Chuan provided in a personal, clean, and attractive treatment and classroom environment that is conducive to your healing and wellbeing.
Then Danica is right for you!
Our Physical Therapists offer you their unique experience, skill set, and Evidence Based Practice (a combination of current research, physical therapist experience, and the patient’s goals and circumstances) to help determine the most effective plan of care for you. During each of your full hour sessions, we provide a hands-on, individual, mind-body awareness and functional movement based approach to rehabilitation and to restoring and enhancing your health and wellness. You will be working with your physical therapist on a one-on-one and ongoing basis in private treatment rooms as well as in our beautiful movement space to assure efficiency, continuity in your care, and faster results.
Dr. Bente Dahl-Busby opened Danica Center for Physiotherapy, Pilates and Tai Chi, in September of 2015. Prior to the start of Danica, she was a co-owner of NordiCare Physical Therapy for over 22 years.
Bente’s experience as a physical therapist originated in her homeland, Denmark, where she trained and graduated in 1985. She earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at A.T. Still University in Arizona in 2010. In 1990 she received a Certification in Acupressure at the American Acupressure Institute in Berkeley, California, and she graduated from the Polestar Pilates Institute in Miami as a Professional Polestar Pilates Rehab Teacher and became a PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher in 2016. Since 1984, Bente has been a student of the Master Kai Yin Tung Academy of Tai Chi Ch’uan, studying with Master Tung, and a student of Jane Golden’s School of Tai Chi & Qigong, studying intensively with Jane Golden 1987-91. Bente has taught and used principles from Ta Chi in her work as a physical therapist for over three decades.
Bente has a lifelong background in gymnastics, movement therapies, and mind/body awareness and energy works. She has for over 3 decades pursued extensive advanced continuing education primarily within the areas of manual therapy, orthopedic-, and sports- physical therapy, and she has received specialized training and has particular interest in Pelvic Floor and Women’s Health Physical Therapy.
Caitlin graduated from Columbia University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program in 2012 where she was awarded Excellence in Orthopedics. She received her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from the University of Connecticut explaining her ability to understand sports injuries both on and off the field. She is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a Graston provider.
Caitlin is a manually focused orthopedic Physical Therapist and enjoys working with Athletes of all levels to return them to their sport, while respecting individual goals and expectations. Her experiences include internships with the University of Connecticut Men’s Basketball team and with the Cincinnati Reds i Rehabilitation and Player Development as well as over six years at multiple outpatient orthopedic clinics. In her free time Caitlin enjoys playing beach and indoor volleyball, snowboarding, hiking, and practicing yoga.
Alice did her undergraduate and graduate work at UCLA in dance. For the past 26 years she has been the Director of Dance at The Hotchkiss School. In 1992 she introduced ASW Pilates to Hotchkiss, teaching students, faculty and staff. She is an internationally renowned teacher and choreographer in the Horton technique and has spent the past 15 years on faculty at Alambrada Danza, a summer dance intensive in Florence, Italy.
Chris has been a devoted student of the internationally renowned Master Tung Kaiying for a little over 25 years. He has trained extensively around the world with Master Tung and obtained a Masters Degree in Oriental Medicine from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2001. He has been running an acupuncture practice, herbal pharmacy and Tai Chi Chuan school of his own in western Vermont for the past 18 years. He moved to Kent, Connecticut 2 years ago and began teaching for Bente at the Danica Center right away. He began practicing acupuncture and offering private Tai Chi lessons there shortly after. He also teaches classes in Kent and Norfolk and practices acupuncture at Kent Biomedical Acupuncture.
Sarah White has been with Danica since our opening in 2015 as our Receptionist and Office Assistant. Prior to this position, she was employed at NordiCare Physical Therapy for 13 years.
Sarah is available during our normal business hours to schedule appointments and receive payment. She can offer information and answer questions regarding scheduling, payment and office policies, class schedules and packages, and what to expect during a visit to Danica for Physical Therapy Treatment and/or participation in a Pilates or Tai Chi Class. Sarah also assists with daily office organisation and class/session set up.
At Danica we strive to ensure ease, comfort, and support throughout the entire process of receiving the physical therapy care that best meets your needs and/or participation in groups or classes – all to help restore and enhance your health and wellness!
“Bente is undeniably the most caring healthcare provider I have ever had the pleasure to be treated by. She treats the individual and this is true of her group instruction like the Tai Chi as well.” – N. O.
“I have been coming to Bente for forever, she’s keeping this “old” body working!” – G. D.
“I have taken Bente’s beginning tai chi classes since she opened her new business — and I love them. As a teacher, Bente combines a solid understanding of both the theory and practice of this martial art. However, class members are probably much more focused on the health benefits, such as balance and flexibility, than on using tai chi for self-defense. Bente creates a supportive atmosphere for her students — an important consideration especially when teaching something so new to those who so need it!” – S. Z.
“Bente is a benevolent, skilled and welcoming teacher who loves to teach. She creates a relaxing calm mood in her beautiful studio. We learn with focus and great enjoyment. We appreciate the respect she has for everyone and how they learn. I always feel happy and healthy after Tai Chi.” – W. H.