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Dr. Erin O’Tool


Erin O'Tool's path to becoming a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) is deeply intertwined with her passion for sports, particularly soccer, and a profound interest in the mechanics of the human body and the pursuit of maintaining an active, injury-free lifestyle. Her collegiate soccer experience at the University of Sioux Falls (USF) did not lead her to physical therapy through a significant injury of her own, but rather through a fascination with the body's capacity for movement and a desire to help others achieve their fullest potential, both in sports and in life.

Erin's academic credentials are as impressive as her passion for physical therapy. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Psychology from the University of Sioux Falls in 2020, further enriching her understanding of the physical and mental aspects of athletic performance and rehabilitation. In 2023, she completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of New England, solidifying her expertise in the field.

Her professional qualifications are extensive, including certifications in Return to Sport, ACL Masterclass Table to Turf, Manual Techniques, Movement Analysis, and Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy. As an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Erin's commitment to her profession and continuous learning is evident.

Erin's specialty lies in the strength and conditioning aspect of physical therapy, with a keen interest in treating athletes across various sports and age groups. She holds a particular fondness for working with soccer players, given her background, but also excels in managing lower extremity injuries, as well as those related to running and surfing.

Throughout her career, Erin has made notable achievements and formed significant affiliations. Her experience spans working with local and professional athletes in Lugano, Switzerland, to various outpatient clinics. She has treated a wide range of conditions from post-operative ACL and knee replacements to soft tissue injuries and soccer-related traumas. Her expertise in injury prevention, strength, and conditioning is particularly valued among her patients, ranging from those recovering from surfing injuries to those seeking to prevent or recover from sports-related strains and sprains.

Erin O'Tool's blend of academic excellence, professional certifications, and a heartfelt dedication to helping individuals achieve their physical best—whether they're professional athletes or individuals seeking to improve their general fitness—makes her a distinguished practitioner in the field of physical therapy. Her journey from a collegiate soccer player with a curiosity about the body's potential to a respected DPT exemplifies a profound commitment to enhancing the well-being and performance of those she works with.