Samantha VanGorder

Samantha Van Gorder , PT, DPT

Physical Therapist
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists
Owen’s Research Blood Flow Restriction Certified
RockTape RockPods and RockFloss FMT Certified
RockTape FMT Blades and Blades Advanced Certified

Samantha, a California native, received her doctorate of physical therapy from Duke University. Following graduation, she pursued post-doctoral manual therapy residency and fellowship training through the Ola Grimsby Institute, achieving the distinction of Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy. Samantha has a keen interest in using her manual therapy skills and knowledge of corrective exercise to help athletes and weekend warriors alike return to activity. Having torn her ACL playing soccer at the collegiate level, she understands how arduous it can be to rehabilitate an injury. She values that MTI’s 1:1 model allows her to provide personalized care and thorough education empowering patients to manage their wellbeing and have tools to prevent future injury.

Outside of her clinical work, she has partnered with REI Co-op to develop exercise training videos for various outdoor activities, such as stand-up paddleboarding and skiing. Samantha has also served as team physical therapist for ultimate frisbee teams at both the national and world championship levels. Aside from sports and orthopedics, she has volunteered multiple times with FORU Stroke Camp in Jamaica providing intensive care to individuals post-stroke. Through that work, she has developed an interest in the role of physical therapy in both community and global health.

While the Pacific Northwest may not offer as much sun as her home state, Samantha still enjoys being outside, whether that is hiking, backpacking, stand-up paddleboarding, snowboarding or the occasional soccer game.


  • Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA (2012)
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, Duke University, Durham, NC (2016)
  • Part I Orthopedic Manual Therapy Residency, Ola Grimsby Institute (2018)
  • Part II Orthopedic Manual Therapy Fellowship, Ola Grimsby Institute (2019)


  • PT- Physical Therapist
  • DPT- Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • OMT – Orthopedic Manual Therapist
  • FAAOMPT – Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
    • Orthopedic Section
    • Sports Section
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy


  • APTA Student of Physical Therapy Minority Award (2016)
  • Duke Doctor of Physical Therapy Diversity Award (2016)
  • Rookie of the Year award from MTI (2017)


  • Hebert, O., Schlueter, K., Hornsby, M., Van Gorder, S., Snodgrass, S., Cook, C. (2015) The diagnostic credibility of Second Impact Syndrome: A systematic literature review. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport.