PT Profile: Kevin Schrack, PT, OCS, CMTPT

Tidewater CEO and Southside Founder Close on the Merger

Kevin Schrack PT, OCS, CMTPT may have been inspired to become a physical therapist because of an interest in sports and exercise, but his love for helping people return to active lives has kept him in the clinic, treating patients, for more than 25 years.

One of his most memorable patients was one of his first. While a staff therapist at a hospital in Norfolk, “I get this skinny 16-year-old kid (who) just had his right lower leg amputated below the knee from shooting himself in a hunting accident. About 15 years later, working in the Windsor office, a big, ex-Marine comes walking in for me to treat. No limp at all. You guessed it…”

Kevin, an Amish country, Pennsylvania native, moved to Culpeper, Virginia, where he went to high school. He ended up in Tidewater via the College of William and Mary. Today, Kevin is a Regional Director with Tidewater Physical Therapy. If you knew a Kevin with Southside Physical Therapy, not to worry. We’re talking about the same great therapist.

Kevin formed Southside Physical Therapy in May 1992, opening his first clinic in Franklin under the name Franklin Rehabilitation and Sports Therapy, Inc. While that first location was under construction, Kevin primarily saw home patients until the office was fully open in August 1992. The first clinic thrived and in 1995 Kevin opened a second location in Chesapeake and moved the Franklin clinic to a larger space.

Utilizing outlying facilities, Southside Physical Therapy offered aquatic therapy programs. With increased demand for aquatic therapy, Southside expanded in Franklin again, building its own heated therapeutic pool.

Kevin P. Schrack, PT, OCSIn 2002, Southside added its third office in Windsor, and in 2005, moved the Chesapeake clinic to a larger building. Recently, the Franklin office grew again, expanding its current location from 3,000-square-feet to roughly 7,500.

On Oct. 1, 2011, Kevin’s Southside Physical Therapy merged with Tidewater Physical Therapy, marking the first time Tidewater merged with a company of Southside’s size.

The merger aligned the South Hampton Roads 22 employees and three clinics – located in Franklin, Chesapeake and Windsor – with the Tidewater Performance Center and 27 therapy offices, located in the Virginia Peninsula, Williamsburg, Gloucester and Richmond. Tidewater employs nearly 300 physical therapists, physical therapy technicians, personal and sports performance trainers, front office coordinators and a corporate headquarters staff.

“You’re going to see a name change, but our staff is still here,” said Kevin said of the merger. “We’re doing this to become better.”

Becoming better, Kevin explained, means adapting to changes in healthcare, providing better benefits to employees and maintaining a high dedication to clinical excellence.

Kevin called Tidewater “the best match for my company. I wanted to stay with a practice whose sole product is good patient therapy.”

Southside and Tidewater not only share similar histories, but the two companies grew up together. When Kevin started his practice in the early 1990s, he said, Tidewater President Wayne MacMasters helped advise him. The companies have stayed closely linked ever since.

When Kevin’s not in the clinic, you can find him involved in church activities. His greatest philanthropy effort: the Maison Fortune orphanage in Hinche, Haiti.


Many of the physical therapists at Tidewater Physical Therapy Inc. hold Direct Access Certification through the Virginia Board of Physical Therapy.

Kevin holds Direct Access Certification and is available to evaluate and treat patients without a prescription from a physician.