Victoria Bartnikowski, PTA, is from Yorktown, Virginia. She is a graduate of the Riverside College of Health Careers, and holds an Associate in Applied Science degree. Before joining Tidewater Physical Therapy, she worked at Virginia Health Rehabilitation.
When it comes to treating patients, Victoria says, “to always be sure to treat them how I would like my parents or grandparents to be treated, take the extra time to explain, to demonstrate, and to educate, it pays off in the long run and means a lot to patients”. Her best piece of advice would be to keep learning, even if you think you know it all. Things are constantly evolving, methods are improving, ideas are growing, and you owe it to yourself to always seek out additional knowledge.
Victoria describes one patient that she will never forget, “A sweet little girl from CHKD diagnosed with an extremely rare disease Bohring-Opitz Syndrome. She and her family taught me so much about patient care, compassion, and understanding”.
It was a friend who initially drew Victoria to becoming a Physical Therapy Assistant. “I had a very close friend in school who required Physical Therapy to get through her school day, I was present for a lot of her therapy sessions, saw her walk in different gait trainers, and the different methods the therapists used in order to develop her functional skills” she says.
Outside of the clinic, you will usually find Victoria running, taking her dogs to the beach, and spending time with her family.