Elena Black was inspired by the healing power of physical therapy at a young age. First, she worked with a Physical Therapist in high school after a neck injury, noting how eager the physical therapy team seemed to come to work each day. Later, in college, one of her professors was confined to a wheelchair after a car accident. Eventually, he walked again through the hard work and dedication of his rehab team. This experience solidified her desire to be a part of other people’s success.
Although she was born in Ontario, Canada, Elena spent most of her life in Herndon, Virginia. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011, then went on to receive her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Lynchburg College in 2014, the same year she joined Tidewater.
“My treatment philosophy involves determining the underlying cause of the patient’s impairment,” she explains. “I then develop an individualized program to work towards regaining function.” Elena adds that creating a relaxed, inviting rehabilitation environment is key in helping patients achieve success and return to activities they enjoy.
Eventually, Elena plans to pursue either an orthopedic or neurological specialization. Although she takes a keen interest in each individual case, she particularly enjoys helping patients with balance difficulties and those with upper/lower extremity dysfunction.
When she isn’t in the clinic, Elena focuses on her own fitness, spends considerable time outdoors, at the beach and attending concerts.
“Life is too short to not live it to the fullest,” she says, adding that the body can achieve what the mind believes.