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FPTA Spotlight: Vanessa Gonzalez, PT, DPT

Where do you practice?

I practice at Nicklaus Children's Hospital.

Tell us about your practice.

I have 8 years of experience as a pediatric physical therapist and a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and health promotion, with a unique interest in treating both orthopedic and neurological cases. My passion lies in unlocking the athlete in each child I treat. I teach infants to achieve gross motor milestones through play. I guide them in activities like sitting, crawling, and first steps while also providing strength training through play.

As a former athlete, I find joy in helping athletes recover from musculoskeletal pain, injuries, or surgeries, empowering them to return to an active, injury-free lifestyle. Teaching them how to be aware of the neuromuscular aspect and their individual tendencies with any compensations they may have.

What led you to become a physical therapist?

My journey into physical therapy began as a multi-sport high school athlete who faced injuries. Dealing with these setbacks, I discovered a passion for helping others return to sports. This interest led me to explore physical therapy, appreciating its similarities to athletic training and its potential for a family-friendly schedule.

What’s your favorite thing about being a PT?

My favorite aspect of being a physical therapist is unlocking the athlete within each patient. I enjoy educating patients and their families on how to care for their bodies. The satisfaction comes from guiding individuals, from infants to teenagers, to overcome limitations, move effectively, and prevent injuries.


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