Tessa is originally from Lodi, California. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and a minor in Psychology from the University of California, Davis in 2010. She then left sunny California for North Carolina and graduated from Duke University with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2014. She recently completed her manual therapy certification through Evidence in Motion.
While at UC Davis, Tessa was a Division I pole vaulter. Although she had always been interested in physical therapy, her experiences as a college athlete solidified her passion to pursue a career in this field. Her initial focus was the rehabilitation of athletes, but during PT school she discovered that there were so many different areas of the profession that interested her. Today, she enjoys working with the wide variety of patients here at CORS including high school athletes, post-surgical patients, chronic overuse injuries, and helping restore balance and function in the elderly.
Outside of physical therapy, Tessa enjoys hiking, snowboarding, traveling, fantasy football, cheering on Duke Basketball, and spending time with her friends and family.