Amy Voorhis has been with us for several years working as a PT aide, but recently went back to school to become a Physical Therapist Assistant at Northern Virginia Community College. She has been in and out of the office for periods of time the last two years taking classes and doing internships, but she graduated in May and is back full time! She is now seeing patients as a PTA.
You’re probably thinking to yourself, “What is a PTA?” A PTA is a licensed healthcare professional who assists the PT in providing patient care after the evaluation. See the American Physical Therapy Association’s explanation here: ww.apta.org/PTACareers/RoleofaPTA. So, what does this mean? Essentially, in an outpatient setting like ours, a PTA can do almost anything a PT can do, except the evaluation. They have their own schedule of patients whom they see under the direction of the PT.
Amy also has a bachelors degree from James Madison University in Athletic Training. She is certified in Sportsmetrics, which is an injury prevention program for athletes, and has special training in group exercise for older adults. Amy has a special interest in nutrition for a healthy lifestyle and is an avid indoor cyclist.