Samantha’s background in physical therapy dates back to high school, when she was a student athletic trainer for her high school football and women’s basketball teams. Her love of science prompted her to pursue bachelor’s degrees in both biology and psychology, which she earned from Old Dominion University in 2009. Samantha Freeman then joined Tidewater, in her hometown of Hampton, as an aide in 2009. After going on to earn an associate’s degree from Tidewater Community College Regional Health Professions Center in 2014, she came back to practice at the Executive Drive clinic.
“I encourage my patients to take an active role in their rehabilitation. Using an educational approach, I am able to describe what’s happening, both anatomically and physiologically, which helps them understand how we can solve the problem.”
As a PTA, Samantha strives to incorporate patients’ individual needs into treatment plans. She pinpoints the best approach to help people achieve optimal results. She particularly enjoys working with post-operative and sports-related orthopedic injuries. Samantha has a special interest in orthopedic rehab, TMD and soft-tissue dysfunctions.
Samantha is Steve Kraus trained in treating Temporomandibular Joint Disorders. This disorder has become a special focus for her at the Executive Drive Clinic. A physical therapist can provide patients with manual therapy to help alleviate pain and an individual exercise and treatment plan to stretch and strengthen jaw and neck muscles, helping them get and remain pain free.
In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors, the beach, her family and playing softball and kickball.