There’s a common road that leads many people to a career in physical therapy. Most PTs are athletes; most experience an injury; most benefit from exceptional, hands-on care; most find that helping people recover from their pain and injury becomes a passion for them.
Samira’s road was all downhill—downhill skiing, that is. She tore her ACL. She had her first experience with PT during the grueling rehab process for her knee injury. But she had an amazing physical therapist, someone who not only returned her to prior levels of function, but encouraged her to push further.
It was a life changing experience. It has made her a compassionate healthcare practitioner, a better listener, making the best use of every minute she has with patients. She strives to help them reach their goals–and then, together, they set the bar higher. The one thing she knows for sure? Every patient is different, even if they have a similar diagnosis on paper. Samira believes in individualized care. Most importantly, she knows it succeeds.
Her education is first rate: a BA from Boston University, and MSt from University of Oxford, and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Columbia University. With that level of academic accomplishment, it’s no wonder she describes herself as “a bit of a perfectionist” and thoroughly detail-oriented, focused on the research and science in her field.
But her overall philosophy is straightforward and empathetic: “I believe if you are going to do something you should give it your all and do it well. However, we are all human and make mistakes; the important thing is to learn from them.”
Samira’s fitness certifications including Certified Personal Trainer, Indoor Cycling, Indoor Rowing, and Barre. She’s a Member of the American Physical Therapy Association and Women’s Health Section.