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Heather Demirci

PT, DPT, FFMT, FAAOMPT


Heather Demirci has had a strong passion to help people from an early age and quickly focused her career goals towards becoming a manual physical therapist after being plagued by shoulder injuries sustained from swimming. She was tired of being categorized as having “swimmer’s shoulder” even though the traditional exercises did nothing to alleviate her pain. It wasn’t until she started working with Functional Manual Therapists in her hometown of Steamboat Springs, CO that she finally felt like she had a say in her own care. This was an empowering realization and she decided she wanted to be the beacon for hope that her therapists had been for her.

Heather attended Northeastern University in Boston, MA where she was accepted into the intensive 6-year Doctor of Physical Therapy program and swam for the Division I school. After graduating in 2011, Heather moved to Greenwich, CT entering into a 1 year residency through the Institute of Physical Art (IPA) to be trained in Functional Manual TherapyTM and became the youngest ever Certified FMT in 2012. After completing the certification, she pursued courses in the Barral treatment philosophy of visceral and neural manipulation in order to create a more well-rounded skill set. In 2014, she was accepted into the IPA fellowship program in New York City where she became a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists(FAAOMPT).

Heather moved to Newport Beach with her husband in 2015 with the dream of opening her own practice where the focus is on getting the patient better through the use of hands on, personalized care. Her dream was realized when she opened Superior Performance PT in Fall 2016.

When Heather isn’t treating patients, you can find her running after her 1 year old daughter. She enjoys cooking delicious gluten free meals and spending time with her family. She has a passion for traveling and experiencing new cultures.


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Dr. Heather Demirci provides a high level of professionalism, knowledge and experience, as well as an intuitive sense of understanding the root of the problem. She is dedicated to her work and her patients. Dr. Demirci has helped me immeasurably with her treatments as well as teaching me exercises to keep me flexible and mobile. She is the best physical therapist I have ever encountered.

Nancy S.

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