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 received her Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science from California Lutheran University and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Duke University. After graduation, she felt the pull to return to the west coast where summer days weren’t so humid. Having completed an internship in the SeaTac area, she chose the evergreen Pacific Northwest over her sunny home state of California.

Samantha chose to pursue physical therapy after developing a keen interest of human movement through her many years of playing competitive soccer. As well, after going through physical therapy herself for a soccer related injury, she loved the idea of helping others get back on their feet after their own injuries. It’s no surprise that her interests lie in sports and orthopedic physical therapy. After a physical therapy mission trip to Jamaica, Samantha is also excited to further explore the role of physical therapy in global health.

In her time at MTI, she has returned to Jamaica as a clinical instructor, provided physical therapy to ultimate frisbee teams and earned distinctions in the field of orthopedic physical therapy through the Ola Grimsby Institute. In addition to her interests in sports and orthopedics, she is working on a task force addressing inequities in healthcare as they relate to marginalized populations.


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


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