As Shenandoah University’s Division of Physical Therapy is a nationally recognized program, Kevin D. Forrer ’04 knew Shenandoah was the place for him. Forrer also felt very welcome when he came to campus for his initial interview, saying everyone was warm, friendly and inviting.
“Shenandoah University is a wonderful school that continues to gain national recognition,” said Forrer. “The physical resources on the main campus as well as satellite locations are growing and getting better than ever. In addition, SU is located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley where there are activities for people of all interests.”
Forrer’s fondest memories during his time at Shenandoah are all the times he spent with his classmates. “You become such a tight group working together with the same goals of making it through the program and finding a successful job upon graduation,” said Forrer.
Forrer is the owner of Spine & Sport Physical Therapy in Stephens City, Virginia, and an adjunct assistant professor of physical therapy at Shenandoah. While he is the owner of the business, Forrer practices as a physical therapist there along with his wife, Jessica M. Forrer ’05, David Divine ’08, ’10, and Shenandoah University Division of Physical Therapy Director and Associate Professor Sheri Hale, PT, Ph.D., ATC. Spine & Sport Physical Therapy incorporates the latest advances in evaluation and treatment to offer long-lasting solutions to patients’ problems. The group’s manual therapy techniques, integrated exercise and training programs and patient education, help patients quickly attain optimum physical performance and prevent future injury. Forrer also regularly oversees students at his office for clinical experiences in orthopedics-based practice. In 2018, Forrer was named Best Physical Therapist by The Northern Virginia Daily, a newspaper based in Strasburg, Virginia.
The most rewarding part of of Forrer’s career is owning his own practice. “Being able to run the practice and treat patients in a practice model that I believe in maximizes quality care and produces optimal outcomes,” said Forrer.
Forrer believes that Shenandoah produces strong physical therapists who are ready to enter the workforce upon graduation. As part of his third-year course work, he took a class on starting a private practice, which ultimately helped him create Spine & Sport Physical Therapy.
Forrer’s advice to students is: “No matter how good of a student you may be, continue to develop your skills by attending meaningful post-graduate continuing education courses. If you are planning on an career in orthopedic physical therapy, I recommend choosing a manual therapy tract that will not only develop your hands-on skills, but will also fine tune your approach and thought processes when treating patients.”
Written by Harley Ryan ’16
Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs