Owner and director of Austin PT
By Lauren Jones, Photo by Courtney Runn
In her 20-year career, orthopedic, sport and spine specialist Danielle Vernon has worked with some of the foremost clinical educators in her field. She has pioneered cutting-edge work-site therapy and wellness programs to reduce workplace injuries for companies like Costco, Charles Schwab and Apple. Her expertise has led to opportunities to be an international speaker, an educator and a contributing writer for the book Bodyweight Exercises for Women. In 2011, she invented and patented The Backbone, a postural cushion. In 2015, she was short-listed for Shark Tank and later won the Family Choice Award for Best New Health and Wellness Product. Today, she owns Austin PT in Central Austin, a holistic physical-therapy center that boasts a hydrotherapy pool and hour-long therapy sessions. Outside of work, Vernon enjoys cycling, running the trails, scuba diving and volunteering with SpineHope.