Brittany Bennett believes the only controllable thing in life is attitude. After undergoing physical therapy for a back injury, she was impressed by the therapists, their attitudes and the distinct interest they took in helping her achieve recovery. This experience directed her own career path. Brittany developed a desire to help other people regain normal activities and lifestyles through PT.
Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Brittany graduated from Penn State in 2010 with a degree in psychology. In 2013, she earned a DPT from Arcadia University, and joined Tidewater in July 2014.
“I think it is important, especially for people with overuse injuries, to look at their movement pattern as a whole first, then break down potential defects from there,” she says, describing her treatment approach.
Patients with orthopedic and neurological impairments are of particular interest, but Brittany also enjoys the opportunity to treat patients throughout the lifespan. Her specialties are bio-mechanic gait assessments and headache treatments. Dedicated patients are also important, as they remind her why she chose PT as a profession. Brittany connected with one such patient, who passed away a year ago.
“His enthusiasm and determination will stay with me forever,” she recalls. “He made so much progress in therapy and he never gave up. I wear a “Live Strong” bracelet every day to remind me of his heart and passion for life, and how we as PTs can truly help people reach their goals.”
Brittany has also completed training in the LSVT-BIG program in an effort to continue her education and help patients suffering with Parkinson’s Disease.
In her spare time, Brittany runs and takes fitness classes at her gym. She loves being outside and living near the beach. She tries to participate in races that raise money for research and believes strongly in the positive impact of support groups to aid in healing of physical ailments.
Many of the physical therapists at Tidewater Physical Therapy Inc. hold Direct Access Certification through the Virginia Board of Physical Therapy.
Brittany holds Direct Access Certification and is available to evaluate and treat patients without a prescription from a physician.