Meet Samantha Cooper.
Where she studied: Samantha earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Rockhurst University in 2015. She also received her Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science Administration from Rockhurst.
How she decided to become a physical therapist: Samantha worked alongside an athletic trainer in high school, which first spurred her interest in the field. “I got my feet wet in the athletic rehab side of it and really enjoyed it.” Physical therapy school was a natural step for her and after shadowing therapists, she realized how passionate she was about helping people get moving and stay active.
Physical therapy across the map: Samantha’s clinical experiences took place across the map, including Oregon, Arizona, Nebraska, and Kansas City. Her most unique location, however, was Ecuador, where she traveled to do physical therapy as part of a medical mission’s trip in the summer of 2013. She also had the opportunity to spend her last clinical at Sport + Spine. This promptly led to her being hired after graduation!
Family: Samantha’s family is from the KC area. She grew up with her two younger brothers in Platte City, MO and moved to Overland Park after her graduation from PT school. “My parent recently moved to Fort Worth, Texas but they still consider Kansas City home and come back often.” Her brothers are still in the metro and the three of them love to triple date with their significant others. Speaking of significant others, Samantha married her husband, Austin in March, 2016.
What she loves most about Sport + Spine: “I love the functional aspect of Sport + Spine,” Samantha says. “It’s not just rehab after an injury. Instead, it’s about keeping you well and keeping you moving. Sport + Spine always seems to set itself apart with our focus on prevention, wellness, and drive to always be learning.”
Outside Sport + Spine: Samantha enjoys spending time outside, especially at Shawnee Mission Park, as well as swimming and running with her husband. As a couple, they love road trips so they are constantly exploring and enjoying adventures together.
Favorite restaurant: La Bodega is a favorite. “I love the tapas option so that I can get a little of everything.”
Favorite coffee shop: Thou Mayest is a new favorite. I don’t love coffee like my husband does, but I really enjoy a Vanilla Chai Tea Latte.
Books she loves: “I love reading and getting lost in the story. I find myself drawn to the mystery and adventure books the most. I like to see if I can solve the puzzle before the character does.”
Favorite teams to cheer for: Royals, Chiefs, and Sporting KC. “I will always be a KC girl at heart.”
Best part of her Sport + Spine job: “We work with everyone and focus on function, prevention, and wellness. I love getting people moving and helping them return to what they love. Exercise and laughter really are the best medicine and I like to think I bring a little bit of joy to people’s lives when I can improve their quality of motion.”