About Me

Dr. Rachel Wellons, PT, DPT, NCS

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy

How can I help you?


My Approach & Philosophy

My goal with vestibular rehabilitation patient care is to help those with neurologic dysfunction move better.  My job is to be your coach; showing you the path to improvement and empowering you to make positive health behavior changes. During treatment sessions I focus on activities, or use equipment unavailable to, patients at home, so that your time in the clinic is focused and efficient.  All patient care is on a 1:1 basis and I give you my undivided attention during your entire session.  You will never work with a PT Technician or PT Assistant while under my care.

My Background

I received my Masters in Physical Therapy in 2003 from the University of Scranton and transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Thomas Jefferson University in 2006. While practicing physical therapy full time from 2003 to 2010 in Acute Care, Outpatient, and Inpatient Rehabilitation settings, I became a Board Certified Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy in 2009. I attended the APTA Vestibular Rehabilitation Competency course in 2008, followed by the Advanced Vestibular Rehabilitation Course in 2010. At Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, I led the Vestibular Rehabilitation Program  from 2006-2010.

After moving to the Crescent City, I joined the faculty at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans in January 2011 at the rank of Assistant Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy and was promoted to Associate Professor of Physical Therapy in 2018. I have been involved with the Vestibular Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy (ANPT) for over 10 years, serving as Podcast Coordinator, Online Educational Coordinator, and Chair (2020-2026).  I’ve published research in the area of clinical translational research with respect to balance and vestibular disorders. I have spoken at multiple local and national conferences in the area of Vestibular Rehabilitation.

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1900 Gravier St., 7th Floor    New Orleans, LA



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