Samantha Zimmermann, DPT, OCS, SCS, CSCS

Samantha first walked through the doors of Balance Physical Therapy as a patient in 2005. After enjoying the patient-focused, educational approach of the founding staff, she knew that she wanted to pursue a career in this field. She studied at Simmons College in Boston to receive her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2012.

In 2013, Samantha commissioned as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy. Her first tour of duty was at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, working with Marines and Sailors. While at Camp Pendleton, she completed a residency and earned her Board Certification as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists. She utilized these skills while deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan in support of a Special Operations Joint Task Force, traveling throughout the country to treat musculoskeletal conditions among United States Special Operations Forces as well as our NATO allies.

Upon her return to the United States, Samantha moved to the nation’s preeminent leadership school, Marine Corps Officer Candidates School, where she completed a residency in Sports Physical Therapy, earning a second Board Certification as a Sports Clinical Specialist. She also planned and trained all aspects of race medicine for the 2017 and 2018 Marine Corps Marathons. Additionally, Samantha worked with the Wounded Warrior Regiment, providing care to disabled service members at the Warrior Games in North Carolina, the Cateran Yomp in Scotland, and the Rehab Triathlon in England.

In 2019, Samantha left the Navy to join her husband at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. She worked as a civilian contractor with Marine Corps Special Operations Forces as part of the Human Performance team. While at Camp Lejeune, she was on the faculty of the 2020 Military Musculoskeletal Residency, providing mentorship to other physical therapists seeking board certification.

Over the past nine years, Samantha’s training has been extremely diverse. She has been practicing trigger point dry needling since 2014, has advanced training in manual therapy including osteopathic manipulations, and is certified to provide treatment of the male and female pelvic floor. An avid runner, her time in race medicine and residency training has helped hone her treatment of other athletes.

At Balance Physical Therapy, Sam enjoys working with people of all ages and activity levels. After returning from a devastating injury while playing college softball, she is passionate about helping people return to the activities that they love, no matter their prognosis. When Samantha is not working with patients, she enjoys hiking, running, cooking, and spending time with her family.