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Kortney Dwyer, PTA Student

Meet Kortney! A PTA student from Howard Community College. 


Why did you decide to enter the field of Physical Therapy?

As a former D1 athlete, crossfit athlete and coach I am passionate about physical fitness and human performance. I have been fortunate enough to see and experience first hand the positive impact human movement can have on the lives of individuals as well as myself. I have great respect for the body’s unique ability to heal itself through movement and understand the implications pain can have on the human psyche. These factors lead me to the field of physical therapy where I can have the most direct impact on those living with pain and immobility. I hope to educate and empower my patients to heal through the body’s own restorative capabilities.

What is your background?

I played all sports growing up (soccer, basketball, flag football, gymnastics, swimming, track, horseback riding and finally lacrosse where I played as a freshman for Towson University). During my senior year at Towson I started crossfit. I became a crossfit coach in 2013 as well as competitive crossfit athlete. I worked as a certified USAW coach in various gyms in Howard County and ran my own weightlifting club in 2016. I worked as a strength and conditioning coach for Axis Sport Performance in Howard County as well as PT Tech before starting PTA school.

What is your specialty/niche when it comes to being a future Physical Therapist Assistant?

I believe anyone who has a body is an athlete and can perform as such. I enjoy working with athletes in all stages of their career. I am most well versed in the functional fitness athlete and weekend warrior population however understand the needs of competitive collegiate athletes as a former DI lacrosse player.

What are you most looking forward to joining the Rehab 2 Perform team?

I am looking forward to studying their unique approach to rehabilitation and learning form like minded individuals regarding rehab protocol and program design. I hope to build my repertoire of rehab knowledge and tools to aid in my development as a sports rehab clinician.


What are your plans on trying to engage and connect with the community?

I am currently very active in the crossfit community in Frederick, Howard, Carroll, Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties. I coach athletes of all ages throughout the state and am passionate about connecting with people who share the same values and love for health and fitness. I hope to bring my vast network of fitness and health professionals to R2P in order to spread their rehab model and touch the lives of as many individuals and communities as possible.