Gloucester Native and Tidewater Physical Therapy Veteran Starts Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

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Melissa Pollock, a Gloucester High School and University of Virginia graduate, hopes to return to the area after completing her physical therapy education.

Gloucester native and Tidewater Physical Therapy veteran technician Melissa Pollock started her Doctor of Physical Therapy, three-year program at the University of Maryland – Eastern Shore.

Melissa is attentive to detail and really helps people find new limits for what they thought they could do.

Gloucester native and Tidewater Physical Therapy veteran technician Melissa Pollock started her Doctor of Physical Therapy, three-year program at the University of Maryland – Eastern Shore.

Pollock, a Gloucester High School graduate, earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia and started working at Tidewater Physical Therapy in 2011.

“Melissa is compassionate,” said Karen Kovacs, clinical director of the Tidewater Physical Therapy location in Hayes where Pollock worked as a physical therapy technician while preparing for the rigorous pre-requisites and acceptance requirements to get into physical therapy school.

“She is able to connect with people and gently nudge them to push boundaries. Melissa is attentive to detail and really helps people find new limits for what they thought they could do.”

Why physical therapy?

"There is a great need for physical therapists in the market and it’s a role that directly impacts the quality of someone’s life," Pollock said.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for physical therapists is expected to increase 30 percent between 2008 and 2018.

Pollock hopes to return to the area once she completes her doctorate.

ABOUT TIDEWATER PHYSICAL THERAPY:

Founded in 1986, Tidewater Physical Therapy is an independent, outpatient physical therapy practice with more than 30 clinics in southeast and central Virginia and two Performance Centers, located in Newport News and Gloucester. Tidewater Physical Therapy operates two clinics in Gloucester – in Hayes off of Chapman Drive and on Main Street in the Courthouse district.

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