Heather Vaughan PT, DPT, originally from Fluvanna County, received her undergraduate degree in Animal and Poultry Science from Virginia Tech. After receiving her undergraduate degree, she attended Virginia Commonwealth University where she earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Before joining Tidewater Physical Therapy in June of 2015 she worked in an outpatient clinic in Blackstone, Va.
“My treatment philosophy is to listen to patients functional needs and develop a plan based on those needs,” says Heather.
In high school Heather was involved in many sports such as swimming, tennis, track hurdles, volleyball and horseback riding. In college she continued her love for volleyball and horseback riding at an intramural level.
“I have been interested in the benefits of exercise to improve body function for a long time,” she said.
Heather enjoys treating patients with lumbar spine pain and vestibular disorders and athletes as well. Outside of the clinic she enjoys assisting on the family farm, tending to her vegetable garden, chasing chickens, and spending quality time with friends. Heather stays connected to her community by being a member of several clubs. She is the Secretary of the Richmond Capital City Four Wheel Drive Club, Vice President of the Working Ladies Garden Club of Amelia, Co-Chairman of the Amelia Farm Bureau Women’s Committee, and the Vice Chairperson on the James L. Hamner Library Board of Trustees. She also works at Amelia Nursing Home as a PRN physical therapist.
Heather loves living and working in the same community, she says, “The people here are a fun bunch.”
Heather is no stranger to physical therapy rehab; in 2013 she sustained an ACL tear and has had two surgeries since.
Heather says, “My recent surgeries have helped me to better understand what patients are going through post operative.”
Heather has recently completed continuing educational courses focused on vestibular rehabilitation therapy.