Julie Vanni, DPT, MFDc


Julie attended the University of Puget Sound graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2002 and continued on earning a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2005. While attending UPS, Julie was an All America basketball player, participated in track and field, and was a graduate assistant women’s basketball coach. She was recently inducted into the UPS Athletics Hall of Fame for both basketball and track and field. Julie has been involved in many sports over the years. She played soccer through high school, basketball and track and field through college, and enjoys many outdoor sports throughout the year. Julie continued her involvement in basketball, officiating collegiate women’s games up through Division 1 and helping improve officials through observations. Julie’s physical therapy interests and skills include manual therapy, gait analysis, custom foot orthotics, bike fitting, sports and orthopedic injuries for all ages.


“As an athlete and an active adult, I have had a variety of needs related to physical therapy and each and every time I turn to Julie and Biojunction Sports Therapy when I need help to get back to functioning at a high level. The staff is vested in my quick return to action. They identify my specific needs and work towards that goal with a customized program. No one wants to deal with an injury or functional issue, but if you find yourself needing this, you should make the right call and go to Biojunction Sports Therapy and Julie for the quick and effective resolution that you need to get back to full action.”

– Penny Davis, NCAA Women’s Basketball Coordinator of Officials, former WNBA and Division I official

“After injuring my hamstring my doctor recommended PT at Biojunction Sports Therapy. Luckily I was able to score an appointment with Julie and within days I was able to walk normally again and return to work. Little did I anticipate that this would lead to a long-term relationship! My orthopedic doctor has been recommending bilateral knee replacements for years. As I talked to Julie during PT for the hamstring, she became a trusted and experienced resource for helping me make a decision that was not only going to affect my life for the short-term but the long term as well. Julie helped me construct an exercise plan for preparing my body for knee surgery recovery, answered all questions about equipping my house for rehab and functionality and after much angst and consideration I finally decided to move forward with surgery. Two weeks after surgery I begin PT again with Julie. Her compassion, humor, listening skills, experience and professional skills allow me to return to normal life within weeks. My doctor was amazed by my progress, and the coworkers marveled at my new agility, I danced at two family weddings recently, I am hiking without pain, (and) swimming and lifting weights daily. Without my amazing coach none of this would be possible. Thank you Julie!”

– Kerin Brasch

“I am a 78 year old woman who had major back surgery this past year. My doctor suggested Physical Therapy when healed enough. I choose Biojunction as I had been there a few years earlier and remembered feeling very comfortable and impressed with their professionalism. Lo and behold my earlier therapist was still there. What luck! Julie was able to take me on, thank goodness! At the time I felt certain that my recovery would be minimal at best. Julie gently encouraged and gave me the confidence I desperately needed. My mobility is much greater then I expected. The office staff also needs a ‘shout out’! Always friendly and warm. Was first impressed that all front desk welcomed me by name upon arrival. A rarity in this day and age. Thanks Biojunction and Julie for all you do.”
Carol Comer

“Julie Vanni has been my physical therapist at Biojunction Sports Therapy for over 5 years. She has assisted me with recovery from hip and shoulder replacement surgeries, keeping me mobile during my aging process. Julie has great knowledge and much experience in the field; she has communicated with my physicians to find out my special problem so we can focus on particular needs, which has been such an asset. She always makes me feel confident that I can overcome whatever handicaps might slow the recuperation process. Julie and I have developed a friendship through this process that I cherish.”

– Dan DeSantis

“Get your bike fitted with Julie! I can’t rave enough about how detailed and thorough she was. She explained weak/ tight areas and how that might be impacting my cycling. Then gave suggestions on how to improve those areas. She was very knowledgeable about bikes and I left feeling very confident in her skills and knowledge. Will now be going to her for PT to improve my biking abilities.”

– Taylor S.