Catalina Island News

Catalina Island Medical Center's Julie Tibbetts, DPT offers physical therapy and acupuncture

Catalina Island Medical Center

Special medical and rehabilitation treatments are available at Catalina Island Medical Center (CIMC) to help patients suffering from pain, weakness, the loss of movement, fitness challenges or the ability to do everyday activities.  At the direction of a trained therapist these services promote greater mobility, function and a better quality of life.  Julie Tibbetts, who has a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California (USC) started working temporarily on the island in May 2015.  She accepted a full time position with CIMC in September and is now expanding her practice to include acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

Julie grew up in Hamilton, Montana and received her undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of Montana.  She moved to Honolulu, HI and established her own health and fitness business as a certified personal trainer and group exercise instructor.   Julie also received her massage therapy license from the Hawaii College of Health Sciences specializing in medical and sports therapy.  As an advocate of “wholistic” health, Julie went on to further her education and received a Master’s in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM) in 2012 from Alhambra Medical University.  Julie is excited to bring her considerable skills to Catalina patients.  She will be giving a demonstration of acupuncture at the Community Health Fair on Thursday April 28. At the Health Fair, Julie will give an introduction to the acupuncture process, explain “Qi” (pronounced “chee”) and discuss other therapies (cupping and ear seeds) that she is experienced in providing. 

“I felt really comfortable moving to Avalon. I love island life.  It has been really fun getting involved with the hospital and community.  I realize how special the island is and I want patients to come to CIMC for care rather than have to go over town,” Julie stated.  Catherine Rhyne Chief of Patient Care Services commented, “We are very excited to begin to offer acupuncture and Julie Tibbetts is very caring and committed to the best for her patients.”

Catalina Island Medical Center looks forward to offering a wider range of health and wellness services for residents and visitors.  Catalina Island Medical Center is committed to provide patient centered care and health enrichment for each individual and improve the overall health of our community.  The clinicians in the Therapy Services Department work with CIMC doctors to respond to any medical conditions a patient has.  Physicians will refer patients for physical therapy and/or acupuncture as part of a holistic approach to healing.

Additional information about acupuncture, physical therapy, telemedicine and more is available at the 32nd annual Community Health Fair on Thursday April 28 in the Casino Ballroom from 9:30 am – 3 pm.