Photo: Elik Gilad, PTA

Elik Gilad is a former professional dancer who started learning about aquatic therapies after his dance career. Now, he works as a full-time PTA and also as an aquatic therapist and a Watsu practitioner. 

Elik has worked with various populations including children, adults, special needs, infants, and pregnant women. His work with special needs individuals includes working with conditions such as CP, autism, muscular dystrophy, developmental delays, Rett syndrome, trauma, injuries, and more. His background as a professional dancer enriches his therapy approach by incorporating creativity as a way to address different challenges of the body.  

Elik relocated from Israel to the US in 2018 and started studying at San Juan College in 2019. Elik graduated from the PTA program at San Juan College in Farmington, NM, in the beginning of 2023, and has been working in an inpatient setting before joining BoulderCentre for Orthopedics & Spine.