Antonia Silva, PT, DPT, was deployed with the United States Navy when she sustained an injury that required physical therapy. It was then that she discovered a deep appreciation of PT and decided to pursue the practice as a career. When her 4 years of military service ended, she attended Old Dominion University, where she was a varsity rower, and earned a 2009 degree in exercise science. Antonia furthered her education and received a Doctor of Physical therapy in May 2013.
“While I was a student in inpatient rehab, a young lady came in with a spinal cord injury after a car accident,” Antonia says, recalling a particularly inspiring patient. “She was paralyzed in all four limbs when I began treating her, and today, she is walking short distances with a walker – amazing!”
Interacting with patients allows Antonia to evaluate and consider the whole person, not just their injury or condition. She pursues ongoing education opportunities in practices like manual therapy and lumbopelvic disorders to hone manipulation skills.
When she isn’t in the clinic caring for patients, Antonia still loves rowing. She stays active through hot yoga and is currently in training to compete in a triathlon. Painting is one of Antonia’s emerging hobbies, but she also demonstrates a passion for helping others through volunteer work at the Special Olympics in Richmond and a local soup kitchen. Her attitude is one of determination and perseverance, as her favorite piece of advice is: “the whole point in living is to believe that the best is yet to come.”