PT@acac: Meet Our New Therapists!
Samantha Block, DPT
Specialization: Sports and general orthopedic injuries, post-surgical rehabilitation, and pediatrics.
Location: Albemarle Square
As a student athlete in college, Sam became interested in physical therapy when she injured her ACL during her freshman volleyball season. She was in PT for six months after reconstructive surgery and was able to experience the benefits of rehabilitation in order to return to full function firsthand. She went on to have a very successful volleyball career at Randolph Macon. Sam helped lead the Yellow Jackets to their first ever conference championship as well as an appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16 as a senior.
She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology at Randolph Macon in 2011 and got her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at George Washington University in 2014. During her final year she completed a rotation at Texas Children’s Hospital, with a focus on younger children with gross motor delays and generalized weakness. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, playing volleyball, and coaching Special Olympics athletes.
Sarah Gillispie, DPT
Specialization: General orthopedic rehabilitation, post-surgical rehabilitation, pediatric and adult sports medicine
Sarah graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree from James Madison University in 2012, majoring in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science and Pre-Physical Therapy. In 2015, Sarah received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Old Dominion University and achieved her Board Certification. Prior to joining the acac team, Sarah lived and worked in Virginia Beach at an outpatient physical therapy clinic and specialized in both adult and pediatric sports medicine, post-operative care, pulmonary rehabilitation, aquatic therapy, and the treatment of both acute and chronic low back pain.
She has taken continuing education courses for custom orthotic fittings, ankle/foot bio-mechanics and the McKenzie Method for the treatment of low back pain. She attends the annual CHKD sports medicine update to maintain her connection with current treatment techniques and best practices. Sarah also recently achieved her APTA Clinical Instructor Certification. Sarah has played soccer since childhood at the recreational, club and collegiate levels. She remains active spending many hours running, cycling, practicing yoga, and hiking. Her passion for living a healthy life translates well into patient care as she motivates and rehabs patients to be strong, active, and improve their quality of life.