Dr. Samantha Chernak, PT, DPT
I received my Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Chapman University following a six-year career in the public relations industry serving tech and finance clients. As a dancer and athlete, movement has always been a passion of mine and I couldn’t ignore the urge to share that with others. I want you to move better and feel better.
I started my PT career working in acute rehab at Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles where I worked with cardiac patients, patients recovering from strokes, spinal surgeries, brain injuries and brain surgeries. There I saw firsthand the incredible changes our brains can make in such a short time, and the healing capacity our bodies innately have.
From there, I worked in a variety of outpatient orthopedic settings helping patients recover from sports injuries, orthopedic surgeries, and continued to work with neurological patients including multiple sclerosis, post stroke, and Parkinson’s disease. Through advanced continuing education and rehabbing a personal injury, I found my passion for Pilates-based rehabilitation because of the way it applies to every body, every injury, every fitness level. Making small, unexpected changes in movement patterns to help the body become more efficient has made a profound difference in many of my patients ranging from acute low back pain to competitive athletes. Learn more about Pilates-based rehabilitation.
Why I Created Emerald:
I found there was a gap transitioning patients from physical therapy rehab to ongoing fitness and wellness programs. Insurance companies only pay for services that are “medically necessary.” This does not include fitness or wellness goals. So what’s next for patients after physical therapy?
Emerald PT & Pilates was created to give you opportunity to exceed your potential. This means, when you’re done with your rehab, you can continue to work with a physical therapist to reach your fitness and wellness goals. Whether that’s training for a marathon, advancing your weight lifting routine, or returning to your favorite group exercise class, I want you to feel confident about doing the activities you love.
I have a special interest in foot/ankle and shoulder biomechanics especially as they relate to dancers and overhead athletes, but enjoy treating all orthopedic injuries including spine, pelvis, hip, knee, and elbow.
After living in Colorado and California for seven years, I’m happy to be back home in the Pacific Northwest! In my spare time you can find me exploring the mountains with my husband and two dogs, or wine tasting in Woodinville.