Dr. Heather Demirci
PT, DPT, FFMT, FAAOMPT
Heather 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.
Dr. Tina Roberts
PT, DPT, CSCS
Tina grew up in Steamboat Springs, CO as a competitive swimmer, skier, and volleyball player. She has always been fascinated by human movement and anatomy, sure she would want to incorporate this into her work but wasn’t sure in what capacity. She studied Neurobiology at Dartmouth College for her undergraduate degree where she also competed on the NCAA Division I Alpine Ski Team. Upon graduation, she followed her love of skiing and the mountains to Jackson, WY where she lived and worked for 8 years. Tina is a certified Pilates Instructor and has been teaching Pilates and Fitness classes for over 10 years. She is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Over the years she has coached ski racing to athletes ranging in ages from 10-18, as well as middle school volleyball. She became a certified Health and Wellness Coach, has worked as a Medical Assistant, and as a Physical Therapy Aide.
While she loved all of these experiences, she was still searching for a deeper way to contribute to improving quality of life for those around her. She knew that to make a bigger difference, she would need to go back to school and enhance her knowledge base. She went to Physical Therapy school at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH and during that time was fortunate to have a clinical rotation at a Functional Manual Therapy clinic. She noticed immediately how special this type of PT was, how comprehensive and effective it was to treat the body as a whole rather than its individual parts. In light of this, she is thrilled to be joining the team at Superior Performance PT.
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