Sam Pearson believes his best effort is worth it every single time, and he challenges himself to live that philosophy each day. As a Physical Therapist at Tidewater’s Westhampton clinic, he strives to draw his patients in as active participants in their own therapy. He is a firm believer in education and takes every opportunity to help people become more aware of their own symptom patterns, while establishing a dialogue that leads to trust and ownership over their ultimate well-being.
A Cincinnati, Ohio native, Sam graduated with a bachelor’s in health science from the University of Cincinnati in 2010. He then earned his DPT from Shenandoah University in August 2013 joining Tidewater just a few months later.
“In high school and my earlier years of college I tagged along with a few physical therapists who I recognized as role models in my life,” Sam says, recounting his early decision to pursue PT as a career. “Also, once I learned more about it, physical therapy became by far the only field of work that interested me.”
Sam is a Graston Technique-trained therapist and has recently undertaken additional study to learn more about treatment of soft tissue injuries in acute, sub-acute and chronic conditions. The Graston training has furthered his understanding of intentional soft tissue treatment through the use of his hands and other instruments. Sam sets high expectations for his continuing education and his treatment style. He is inspired when he encounters patients with the same level of determination.
“I worked with an elderly man with an undiagnosed global neuromuscular disorder,” Sam says, describing a patient whom he truly admired. “He required verbal and tactile cues for the simplest activities, and he had difficulties with every task assigned. But I was amazed because he never became frustrated with himself, me or his circumstance.” The patient’s perseverance to improve led to a positive PT experience and eventually he gained greater strength, independence and safety with his daily living and activities.
In high school and college, Sam ran cross country, track and played soccer. He continues his active lifestyle today by climbing, running and biking. He also loves camping and the outdoors.
Many of the physical therapists at Tidewater Physical Therapy Inc. hold Direct Access Certification through the Virginia Board of Physical Therapy.
Sam holds Direct Access Certification and is available to evaluate and treat patients without a prescription from a physician.