Episode 3: Samantha Oft

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Samantha Oft PT, DPT, ATC

Samantha Oft is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and a Certified Athletic Trainer practicing in the Orlando, Florida area for the past 10 years. Sam is a orthopedic physical therapist specializing in rehabilitative management and emergency care of athletes. Sam received her Bachelor’s of Science in Education degree with a focus in Exercise and Sport Science and Athletic Training from the University of Georgia in 2007. There she became an Emergency Medical Technician and assisted with rehabilitation and care of Division I football, basketball and volleyball athletes. Upon graduation, Sam completed a professional internship at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports before settling in Rome, GA as the Assistant Athletic Trainer for Berry College. After two years in Rome, Sam moved back to Florida as the result of promotion to Director of Sports Medicine and spent a year helping to restructure Sports Medicine programs for local high schools in North Florida. Sam received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2013. During her graduate program, Sam worked with performers from the Walt Disney World Resort and tactical athletes in the Central Florida area.

Upon graduation, she began working as the Head Therapist for Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba production in Disney Springs where she remained until the show’s closure in December of 2017. While at Cirque du Soleil, Sam helped to progress advanced level emergency extrication techniques specific to acrobatic apparatus, developed screening tools to assess biomechanical movement specific to acrobatic specialties, and helped to build a comprehensive care model encompassing bio, psycho and social aspects of rehabilitation and performance. Following La Nouba’s closure, Sam and Cirque colleague, Nicole, opened Next Level Physiotherapy and Performance. Next Level is a small, private, concierge physical therapy practice with a mission make elite level physical therapy and performance services available to everyone.

Sam currently lives in the Orlando, FL area with her husband and 3 kids. She enjoys running, reading and playing beach volleyball in her spare time. Sam has a passion for working with postpartum mothers to destigmatize conversations surrounding pregnancy and postpartum health. Sam maintains an Instagram account dedicated to providing clients with a very real account of who she is as a person. There she hopes to provide all the info one would hope to glean from a Google search and review of Social Media accounts.

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