About Afton Hendershot, PT, DPT
Afton is a Physical Therapist at IPTC Springfield. She graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering with an interest in medical device development. Shortly after graduating she realized she enjoyed working with people with injuries and disabilities more than designing and researching devices. She went on to complete her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) at the University of Central Florida in 2016 where she was awarded her school's "Clinical Excellence" award. She has obtained her APTA Certified Clinical Instructor qualification and loves teaching and sharing knowledge to maintain current best practice techniques with future DPTs.
Afton enjoys treating a wide variety of diagnoses in her practice with Inova. She is particularly passionate about returning high school athletes to the field/pool and working with recreational runners to prevent injury and re-injury. She also has a passion for treating the neurologic population and has been spear-heading the outpatient neuro program at IPTC Springfield. In addition to working at IPTC Springfield, she also works in inpatient rehabilitation with subacute stroke, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and poly-trauma patients. The combination of outpatient and inpatient treatment allows her to apply her knowledge across the continuum of care of the neurologic population.
Afton is originally from Monroe, Michigan, and lived in Washington, Texas, California and Florida before moving to Northern Virginia. She enjoys traveling, running, swimming and hiking with her husband and friends. She was a collegiate swimmer at Washington State University (Go Cougs!) and loves college football.