Dr. Katie Hoffmann completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at the University of Central Florida, where she was also a collegiate pole vaulter. She went on to earn her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the University of Central Florida. During her time in physical therapy school, her capstone project titled “Children and Adolescents with Sickle Cell Disease and Physical Activity: A Pilot Study”, was accepted for a poster presentation at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting. She also took part in a student mission trip to Kingston, Jamaica to develop and implement care plans for children with special needs and provide caregiver education. She graduated at the top of her class, earning the Outstanding Student Award presented by the faculty.
Katie began her career working in a hospital-based outpatient clinic in Orlando. She worked as part of a team with a focus on a multi-disciplinary approach to the management of care for patients dealing with conditions of the spine. Early on in her career, Katie became an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor, and greatly enjoys teaching and mentoring DPT students. She developed a passion for working with the orthopedic population including an interest in manual therapy, exercise, and pain science which lead to the desire to specialize. She achieved the status of a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy in 2018.
Katie continues to work for AdventHealth and serves as the Clinical Lead Physical Therapist for the East Orlando location. She joined AdventHealth’s Orthopedic Residency faculty where she serves as a mentor and lecturer. In addition, she is adjunct faculty for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Central Florida and teaches a course called Integrative Clinical Practice. This unique course provides DPT students with mock clinic and documentation experience prior to going out on their first clinical rotation.
Katie is grateful to have the opportunity to educate and lead patients on their path to improved function and quality of life. Outside of physical therapy, she loves spending time with family and friends, traveling, relaxing at the beach, and going to sporting events.