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Dorothy (Dottie) Smith, PT, DPT

Dorothy (Dottie) Smith, PT, DPT

PATH Registered Therapist in Hippotherapy

On maternity leave.

Education

  • Graduated with a DPT from Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Worked as an outpatient Orthopedic Physical Therapist

Certifications

  • PATH International Certificate of Registration in Hippotherapy

Biography

I grew up in Virginia and began riding horses as soon as I could, I remember asking my mom for a pony when I was about 4 years old.  A pony was on my Christmas list every year until I was finally old enough to have riding lessons!  I eventually owned two horses and did most of my training in English hunter/jumper.  When I left for college I had to sell my horses, but my love for them remained.  I graduated from physical therapy school from Virginia Commonwealth University and began working as an outpatient orthopedic physical therapist.  I never dreamed that I could combine two of my passions into one, but I found out about Hippotherapy and began volunteering.  I took my Level I Hippotherapy course from the American Hippotherapy Association and immediately knew this was my passion!  My husband, son and I moved to San Antonio in 2016 and my first search was a location that I could begin to volunteer and hopefully continue my pursuit of Hippotherapy.  I am currently a registered therapist with PATH and living out my passion!