Teresa Mata, OTR/L, is originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, but was raised in the Shenandoah Valley. In 2009, she graduated from Bridgewater College, with a double major in Allied Health and Spanish. Teresa is a recent graduate from James Madison University with a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. Teresa is licensed and registered as an occupational therapist through the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Teresa has experience with a diverse population, including neurologic and orthopedic based diagnoses and post-operative care. She completed clinical affiliations at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community and Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind. She has experience with a variety of conditions including autism, cerebral palsy, visual impairments, intellectual disability, cerebral vascular accident, hip fractures, total knee replacements, and dementia.
Teresa has been at The Center for Hand and Physical Therapy since 2013. She has been consistently mentored by a Certified Hand Therapist and has learned from top specialists in upper extremity, hand orthopedic, and post op care. During her mentoring experience, she has practiced advanced manual therapy skills and will be attending a post graduate Strain Counter-strain manual therapy series this fall.
Teresa’s professional background is also enriched by her experience as a certified medical interpreter for Spanish speaking individuals, for the last six years. Teresa has worked with a variety of allied health care professionals through The Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center. She served as a conduit, clarifier, cultural broker, and advocate for clients and healthcare providers.
Teresa is a dynamic, tenacious, and collaborative clinician who is passionate about empowering people to achieve their goals. In her personal life, she enjoys traveling vicariously through experiencing various cultural foods with her husband. Also, she enjoys vacationing with her energetic, fun-loving family.