Heather Pappas, DPT

Physical Therapist

Heather likes to say, “Your physical therapist is the doctor who helps you get your life back.” She believes that physical therapists are healthcare practitioners that are positioned to get to know patients on a deeper level. She most loves watching her patients return to the activities they are most passionate about, and spending one-on-one time with them, learning from each individual with whom she has the opportunity to interact. Heather feels we are all unique; our treatment plans should be as well!

Originally from a small country town outside of Dayton, Ohio, Heather enjoys hiking, exploring caves and waterfalls, brewing kombucha, reading, weight lifting, and continuing to refine her dietary and lifestyle habits. Always trying to find new recipes that help improve recovery and reduce inflammation, she attempts to lead by example, and wants to be the health conscious person her patients may also wish to become. Her free time is spent adventuring with her husband or relaxing with her basset hound Sophie. On the laziest of days, you’ll likely find her curled up with a cup of coffee, a book, and her bearded dragon Kuzko.

* BA, Psychology, Otterbein University
* DPT, Ohio State University.
* Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties
* Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist

What makes me unique:
I’m unique in my approach to healthcare. I’ve been able to combine my background of psychology, personal training, physiology, and working alongside chiropractors, with physical therapy. Oftentimes I utilize an impairment-based approach and focus first on restoring the movement patterns that are most important to the patient (the objective measurements will improve along the way if we can reduce pain and restore function). I have high expectations of myself and my peers/students. Patients are expected to be involved and invested in their care because they should have the most power over their healing process. My goal is for my patients to understand what is wrong, what we will do as a team to make them better, and how to continue to improve their lives after discharge. I’m not just trying to get people back to their baseline, I’m working to help them achieve their maximum potential.

Why I practice:
I’ve been interested in the human body since I was young. The efficiencies and mechanisms for how our bodies work have always intrigued me. It’s very rewarding to see how happy people are when they feel normal again or can perform an activity they haven’t been able to pursue in years.