For more than three decades, Tory Bishop, PT, DSc, Cert MDT, CMTPT, has followed a strict treatment philosophy of reading, pursuing research and listening carefully to her patients. In diagnosis, Tory believes the patient will tell her the answer.
After 22 years as the owner of Physical Therapy Works, Inc., Tory Bishop joined TPTI in December 2013. She came to TPTI through the two companies’ merger, bringing her unique combination of thoughtful patient care and entrepreneurial experience to the Suffolk clinic, where she is now the director.
Tory is a Pennsylvania native who pursued a career in PT when she discovered a love for anatomy and physiology. She was also highly active in high school and college, running track and practicing and later coaching gymnastics.
After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from St. Louis University, Masters in Community Health/ Management from Old Dominion University, and Doctorate of Science in Orthopedics from Rocky Mountain University in Utah, she went on to amass a myriad of additional certifications throughout her career and has additional expertise in dry needling, mechanical diagnosis and treatment of the spine and extremities, urinary incontinence and sports rehab. Although she loves all aspects of PT treatment, she specializes in patients with acute and chronic spinal and shoulder problems.
In 2000, Tory was chosen to be part of a People to People group where she was one of 45 therapists to travel to China with the President of the American Physical Therapy Association. This trip’s mission was to build relations between the United States and China and meet their physicians to exchange ideas in regards to patient care. Tory says this was truly an honor and is not something a typical physical therapist has the opportunity to do.
As busy as Tory stays inside the clinic, her after-work life is bustling as well. In her spare time, she works on an Alpaca farm, spends time with her three children, regularly attending her youngest daughter’s swim meets. Regarding her family and active lifestyle, Tory says some of the best advice she’s ever received is to keep God close, never stop moving and never put a computer in a kid’s room.
Tory’s compassion for patients’ physical and emotional traumas is evident. Her most memorable patient experience involved a woman who had come to be treated for headaches and neck pain.
“The session was primarily spent talking about a traumatic incident that had killed her son,” Tory explains. “She cried. I cried. Her pain level eventually decreased from 8\10+ to 2\10+. Moral of that story: ALWAYS listen to the patient.”
In addition to the principles upon which Tory conducts business and patient care, she also holds true to a quote from inventor Dr. An Wang: “Success is more a function of consistent common sense than it is of genius.
Many of the physical therapists at Tidewater Physical Therapy Inc. hold Direct Access Certification through the Virginia Board of Physical Therapy.
Tory holds Direct Access Certification and is available to evaluate and treat patients without a prescription from a physician.