Teresa Woody, Physical Therapist Assistant, brings 7 years of experience with her in inpatient rehab, outpatient, and home health settings to Life Motion Balance Center. She specializes in vestibular, orthopedic and geriatric populations. Her experience includes pediatrics, post operative rehab, balance impairments, manual therapy, athletic injury rehab, and vestibular rehabilitation.
Teresa graduated from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami, OK with her AAS for Physical Therapist Assistants receiving her license in July 2017. Then, she went on to get her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from East Central University in May of 2023. She enjoys helping people regain the quality of life they are hopeful for or even helping them by exceeding their expectations. She enjoys the creativity that comes with her patient treatments in the outpatient setting.
Teresa enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors in her spare time.
When Teresa Woody joined LifeMotion in September, she brought with her experiences and insights gained from time spent working in outpatient therapy clinics. She now enjoys putting that practical experience to use, helping improve the quality of life for our LifeMotion clients.
Teresa’s journey into the world of physical therapy began after a decade of being a stay-at-home mom to her four children, who today range in age from 14 to 28. As she explored various career options, physical therapy stood out because it aligned with her interests while offering growth opportunities.
Starting her career at Norman Regional Hospital, Teresa gained experience in diverse areas of physical therapy, specializing in vestibular therapy. This background makes LifeMotion a perfect fit.
“The physical therapists at LifeMotion know how to encourage their patients, “Teresa says. “It helps patients want to get better and can see that if they do what’s being asked of them, they will get better.”
Teresa has seen that kind of transferred belief manifest itself in a patient who had experienced a stroke but received no outpatient therapy for a year.
“The patient could hardly use his left leg,” Teresa remembers. “He came in on a walker and now walks with a cane and uses his left leg.”
Teresa finds joy in witnessing the progress and improvements her patients make under her care. She believes in the effectiveness of taking a holistic approach to therapy.
“I really feel like you have to take the whole person into account,” She says. “Each person is individual, and you can’t use a cookie-cutter plan when it comes to therapy.”
Teresa says her ability to think outside the box and exchange ideas with her colleagues at LifeMotion enhances her effectiveness as a PTA. She especially enjoys LifeMotion’s supportive and collaborative atmosphere, which allows for continuous learning. Right now, that learning is focused on working with Holly in concussion therapy.
“I love doing what I do because of the fact that it helps people,” Teresa says. “At LifeMotion, I’ve found a place with therapists who love what they’re doing and love the people they work with.”