Dr. Chelsea Walter, PT, DPT, OCS, C-MDT
A Doctor of Physical Therapy with an emphasis on treatment of spinal conditions. She graduated from Saint Louis University in 2014 with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy and completed undergraduate work at the same institution. From 2018 to 2019, she was a post-graduate resident with the McKenzie Institute where she achieved certification in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) and board certification in orthopaedics (OCS). Chelsea enjoys working with clients who are active in the gym or with recreational sports. She has led an active lifestyle from early on in life and enjoys hiking, travel, and spending time with family.
Dr. Walter’s education includes:
- BS, Pre-Physical Therapy -Saint Louis University
- DPT, Physical Therapy- Saint Louis University
Want to know more about Dr. Walter? See her interview below.
How did you get into Health and Wellness?
Growing up with a mom who’s a fitness professional, exercise was a very normal part of my life. I spent my younger years going to the gym with her and playing sports. As I grew older, I enjoyed volunteering my time to work with younger kids with disabilities introducing me to the world of physical therapy. It seemed to be the perfect fit for me. Once I was in PT school, I figured out I was better suited at working with teenagers and adults, and the rest is history.
How long have you been working in Health and Wellness? What is your training background and how long have you been practicing/teaching?
I completed my undergraduate and physical therapy training at Saint Louis University (SLU). Go Billikens! I knew I wanted to be a PT in high school so I chose to attend SLU’s 6 year program to earn my doctorate in physical therapy (DPT). I’ve been in practicing since 2014. Most of that time was spent in the outpatient orthopedic setting but I did work for a year in an acute rehab facility. I also did a post-graduate residency where I became a board certified orthopedic specialist as well as certified in the McKenzie method.
How long have you been working in Health and Wellness?
I have been practicing since 2014.
Who influenced your career path (who have you enjoyed learning from, mentor, etc.)?
I have been very fortunate to have wonderful personal and professional influences in my life. There’s a certain camaraderie that comes with surviving PT school together so several of my classmates are still great friends and colleagues. Colleagues and mentors from my residency have pushed me to achieve more throughout my career.
What makes you love your field?
Physical therapists have a unique position where we get to educate people on movement and help prevent long-term physical dysfunction. What I love is helping my clients get back to the activities they love. I love seeing how a person transforms when you decrease their pain.
What kind of clients do you love working with?
I love treating clients with back and neck issues, especially when clients have tried a lot of other treatments without much success. I love working with clients who want to avoid more invasive procedures and are invested in their overall health.
What sets you apart from other professionals?
The way to really help clients is to listen deeply to what they are telling you and that’s something I pride myself on. I left the insurance-based practice because it limited that. My McKenzie background also sets me apart because I’m able to focus on educating clients and empower them to help themselves.
What’s your mission?
My mission is to keep people active and pain-free and spread the word about what the profession of physical therapy can do!
What brings you joy? What do you do with your spare time?
I love traveling and getting to share those experiences with friends and family. I’ve been fortunate to see a lot of the world already and can’t wait to see more. You’re more likely to find me in the mountains than at the beach. When I’m in Ohio, I enjoy exercising, hiking, and spending time with my family.
How do we follow you?
- Instagram: @dr.chels.dpt
- Read more from Chelsea below:
- What To Avoid With Back Pain
- Pain Is Not Always A Bad Thing
- Does A Week Core Cause Back Pain?
- Choosing the Right Physical Therapist For You
- Am I Letting My Body Recover?
- Mobility VS Flexibility – What’s the Difference
- Physical Therapists, Physio Therapists, or Physio? What’s the Difference?
- How Can the McKenzie Method Help With Your Pain?