PT Profile: Reina Chaperon, PT, DPT, LSVT – BIG

Reina 110x110Reina Chaperon grew up in New Mexico, Montana and North Dakota and loving everything outdoors.  She received a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Air Force Academy in 2001. She spent five years as a Financial Officer, working as the Financial Services Flight Commander and Budget Analyst in the Air to Ground Wing at Eglin AFB.  She spent three months at Ali Al Salem ABW summer of 2003.  She was also in charge of developing training programs for the active duty troops in her squadron.  This was when she fell in love with educating people on how to get stronger and take care of themselves.

Reina earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Florida in 2010.  After three years of Gator football she was excited to start her new career.  She spent two years at an outpatient orthopedic clinic developing her manual skills and focusing on treatment of low back and neck pain.

“I love my job because I get to know my patients and develop a relationship with them.  It is such a joy to watch their face change from their initial appointment to discharge.  You can see improvement when they actually come in with a smile and look forward to seeing us because they know physical therapy has helped them.”

Reina is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. She has received training for balance and vestibular issues and has earned a certification in LSVT-BIG treatment for Parkinson’s patients. This technique can help with gross motor function and fine motor skills. She plans on continuing her physical therapy education whenever the opportunity arises.

Reina enjoys running, weekend trips and exploring with her two daughters.