PTA PROFILE: Heike Davis, PTA

Heike Davis, PTA, is originally from a small town in the south of Germany and moved to the United States in 2007. Heike earned her Associate of Science degree in Business Management from Park University in 2010. After graduation, she earned her Associate of Applied Science as a Physical Therapy Assistant from State University of New York in Canton, New York.

Heike Davis, PTA

Heike Davis, PTA

Heike experienced firsthand how helpful physical therapy can be after injuring her knee playing high school basketball. “Having to go through physical therapy myself, helping my husband to recover from knee injury, and seeing the enormous effects of physical therapy to help patients overcoming limitations were the biggest aspects for me to choose this occupation,” says Heike.

Before working in the physical therapy profession she worked in the banking industry. During this time she found herself caring more about the customer’s well-being than their financial situation.

As a patient, Heike expected the best possible treatment, so she knows that her current patients expect the same. She believes manual therapy and patient education from a caring Physical Therapy Assistant are a must. Heike enjoys treating patients with shoulder, ankle, knee and hip injuries or disabilities the most.

She says, “I will never forget treating a patient right after a below knee amputation that went from having troubles rolling over in bed to being able to walk/hop on her uninvolved leg before discharge. Her weight was the biggest limitation, but the physical therapy treatment and her eagerness to work with us made it possible.”

Outside of the office you can find Heike walking, swimming, cycling, inline skating and much more. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and pet rabbit named Sunny, crafting, doing photography and traveling.

“The quote ‘You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. Do the thing you think you cannot do,’ from Eleanor Roosevelt, that I received from one of my PTA instructors will accompany me for the rest of my life.  It helped bring me to where I am today,” says Heike.