Inspired by the healing powers of physical therapy at a young age, Elena Black earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy at Lynchburg College and joined Tidewater Physical Therapy in 2014.
“My treatment philosophy involves determining the underlying cause of the patient’s
impairment,” Black said. “I then develop an individualized program to work towards regaining function.”
New and old patients can also expect Black to help create a relaxed, inviting rehabilitation environment as she said it’s key to helping patients achieve success and return to activities they enjoy.
Black, who earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Lynchburg College in 2014, was inspired by the healing power of physical therapy at a young age.
After a neck injury in high school, Black worked with a physical therapy team who, she said, seemed eager and excited to come to work and help patients move better in life each day.
Later, in college, Black witnessed a professor become confined to a wheelchair after a car accident and then learn to walk again thanks to the hard work and dedication of his rehabilitation team, including physical therapists.
“I wanted to be part of somebody else’s success,” Black said.
Black plans to continue her education and earn specializations in orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation.
While she takes a keen interest in each individual case, she particularly enjoys helping patients with balance difficulties and those with upper and lower extremity dysfunction.
When she isn’t in the clinic, Black 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,” Black said. “The body can achieve what the mind believes.”
The Tidewater Physical Therapy First Colonial Clinic and Aquatic Therapy Center in Virginia Beach is located just north of Old Donation Parkway at 1745 Camelot Drive, Suite 100. The clinic offers comprehensive outpatient physical therapy services, balance and fall programming, neurological therapy and vestibular rehabilitation services. The clinic also features a robust Aquatic Therapy program thanks to its heated, state-of-the-art pool that contains an underwater treadmill, therapeutic water jets and private changing rooms with showers.
The First Colonial Clinic is open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information visit http://www.tpti.com/locations/first-colonial/ or call 757.961.4800 to schedule an appointment.
Many of the physical therapists at Tidewater Physical Therapy Inc. hold Direct Access Certification through the Virginia Board of Physical Therapy allowing them to evaluate and treat patients without a prescription. As part of a healthcare team, a physical therapist will make an assessment of a patient’s condition and create a plan to start on the road to wellness. The Tidewater Physical Therapy team will communicate with a patient’s physician or dentist of record and obtain a referral, if necessary, for continued treatment. Tidewater Physical Therapy will also work with insurance carriers to make sure services are covered by a patient’s plan. Elena is Direct Access Certified and accepting new patients.
ABOUT TIDEWATER PHYSICAL THERAPY
Founded in 1986, Tidewater Physical Therapy remains a physical therapist-owned, independent, outpatient physical therapy practice, with more than 30 locations across Southeast and Central Virginia and three Performance Centers.
For more information about Tidewater Physical Therapy, visit www.tpti.com.
Learn more about the Tidewater Performance Center at www.tidewaterperform.com.