Danielle Rowland, PT, DPT, began training and competing Dressage horses at the age of 15. She continued this passion through college, when one of her horses sustained an injury. Frequent visits to the veterinarian allowed Danielle to become acquainted with the diagnostic process, the horse’s biomechanics and treatment plan. This experience launched her interest in physical therapy. In 2007, she graduated from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, and went on to earn her Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2010.
“I listen to my patients, and learn how their pain limits them,” Danielle explains. “They tell me what their pain prevents them from doing and I work with all my knowledge and skills to help them reach their goal. I love being able to watch a patient’s body mechanics and train them to use their body more efficiently.”
Danielle treated patients at Physical Therapy Works with Clinical Director Tory Bishop, for more than 3 years before joining Tidewater in December 2013. She specializes in aquatic and vestibular rehabilitation, TMJ dysfunction, Overhead Athlete/Thrower’s Shoulder and Niel-Asher Technique for Frozen Shoulder. Danielle is also trained in McKenzie Spine Therapy and in the spine evaluation and treatment of osteoporosis patients.
For Danielle, each patient presents an opportunity to learn and become inspired.
“I always remember each learning experience,” she says. “Helping a patient walk for the first time since a stroke is always an emotional and heart-warming experience.”
Today she maintains her involvement with the Southeast Virginia Dressage Association as its secretary. She also judges Dressage horse competitions and continues to ride, train and compete horses in the discipline of Dressage.
Many of the physical therapists at Tidewater Physical Therapy Inc. hold Direct Access Certification through the Virginia Board of Physical Therapy.
Danielle holds Direct Access Certification and is available to evaluate and treat patients without a prescription from a physician.