Valeria Fleming, DPT

Connecting through movement

My journey to physical therapy took several winding turns. I grew up as a dancer and from a very early age was fascinated by the ability of the body to perform incredible feats. I always knew that I wanted to help others find the same wonder that I experienced with dance and movement. Following my undergraduate degree, I co-founded a professional contemporary dance company, worked as a choreographer and dance instructor. Throughout those years, education was always of the utmost importance, so I initiated a graduate degree in counseling. I soon discovered that physical therapy provided broader opportunities to help me better connect with a greater array of individuals. The study of movement and a hands-on approach to healing provided me with a much more familiar and stimulating approach.
LICENSURE IN PHYSICAL THERAPY: Texas State Board of Physical
Therapy Examiners
BS: Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Minor, Dance, St. Gregory’s University, Shawnee, Oklahoma
DPT: Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
MEMBER: American Physical Therapy Association, Texas Physical Therapy Association, International Association of Dance Medicine and Science

An eclectic approach

As a therapist, I work to continuously hone my therapeutic techniques and keep up to date with the latest evidence-based clinical practices. Most importantly, I strive to provide each patient with a treatment plan that is both motivating and tailor-made to his or her needs and goals. Each patient must be invested in their treatment and, ultimately, in their therapist in order to achieve optimal outcomes. It is also essential to keep an open mind and a sense of humor on the journey to recovery. While I have a special interest in treating dancers due to my background in the performing arts, I enjoy and look forward to interacting with patients of all ages and backgrounds. It is this variety of experiences that helps me to keep growing as a physical therapist.

Serving the community

As a military spouse, I have been fortunate to experience first hand the exceptional hospitality that San Antonio offers to members of the Armed Forces and their families. As a means to give back and also promote this welcoming atmosphere, my husband and I have been actively involved with the local USO, Meals on Wheels, Boy Scouts of America, and the Christian Medical and Dental Association. Additionally, my love for dance has led me to participate in the local performing arts community, including volunteering with the premiere dance company of the city, Ballet San Antonio.