Dr. Emily Richard, PT, DPT, is a 2006 graduate of Miami University of Ohio where she received her BS degree in Health and Sports Studies. In 2009, she graduated from Ohio University with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Emily was born and raised in Ohio and moved to San Diego in 2011 to experience better weather and new adventures. Prior to Catalyst Physical Therapy and Wellness, she worked two years in an outpatient hospital setting in Dayton, Ohio, and 8 years with Water and Sports Physical Therapy in San Diego. She is an American Physical Therapy Association certified Clinical Instructor, and has taken many students under her wing as part of their didactic clinical training. She enjoys “paying it forward” because she had wonderful clinical instructors that inspired her to want to help educate other PT students.
The daughter of two retired teachers, Emily has learned the value of education. She enjoys educating her patients about the cause of their injury and the importance of all aspects of their physical therapy journey. Emily knows what it’s like to be a patient as well. She suffered a season-ending, severe knee injury during a senior year, high school basketball game. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise, because one day, during her rehab, she discovered this was the profession that was meant for her. Emily has empathy for all of her patients because she, too, has gone from an injured athlete to a totally rehabilitated one. She values the use of manual therapy techniques as the primary treatment for most patients because it specifically targets problematic muscles and joints. She has been called the “posture queen” by many of her past patients because she always emphasizes the importance of anatomical alignment, ergonomics and injury prevention with the maintenance of good posture. Emily has worked with patients of all ages: from the developing eight-year-old, to the mature ninety-two-year-old with back pain and balance problems. Her proudest achievement thus far is teaching a patient to walk again after suffering a spinal cord injury.
Emily and her husband love San Diego, where they can play volleyball all year round. She participates in indoor and outdoor volleyball and has won multiple local 4-on-4 tournaments. She enjoys bike riding, taking her two dogs, Bear and Thor, to the dog park, and trying new restaurants and craft beers. Emily is also attempting a new hobby: trying not to kill her succulents. Advice from green thumb experts is always welcome:)