John Bernhardt, PT, DPT

John Bernhardt , PT, DPT

Physical Therapist
Doctor of Physical Therapy

John graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and went on to earn a Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond. A native of the DC area, John developed his passion for physical therapy at an early age after receiving physical therapy for a low back injury he suffered while playing football in High School. The manual techniques his therapists used led to a speedy return to the playing field. Throughout the process, he was impressed not only by the relief of symptoms he experienced, but also at the willingness of his PTs to teach him about the human body. He is excited about the opportunity to come full circle and be a teacher and educator for patients and students as a Physical Therapist.

In preparation for his professional education, he spent countless hours as a therapy technician under the tutelage of his mentors. His clinical rotations consisted of a variety of settings including the neuroscience ICU, a long-term care traumatic brain injury facility, sport and orthopedic outpatient clinics in both urban and rural areas. John’s interests in helping those with neurological impairments led him to volunteer as a staff member at a camp sponsored by the Brain Injury Association of Virginia. He developed an understanding of injury prevention as it pertains to athletes and the running population through a state-of-the-art run lab created by his professor at VCU. He has also volunteered at various summer camps that involved motivating and encouraging kids of all ages to be active.

In his spare time, John enjoys attending local community sporting events, cooking, and spending time with his friends playing in competitive games of all kinds.

Education:

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy- Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences- James Madison University

Credentials:

  • PT- Physical Therapist
  • DPT- Doctor of Physical Therapy

Professional Affiliations:

  • APTA- American Physical Therapy Association