Regan Dewhirst, PT, DPT, OCS

Clinic Director – Waterbury

Regan is back from traveling with the U.S. Ski Team and has returned to VASTA full time!

Regan is originally from Hanover, New Hampshire.  She went to the University of Vermont, where she played Division I Women’s Soccer, earned her B.S. in Exercise and Movement Science, and completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT).

While at UVM, Regan coached alpine ski racing, youth tennis, and high school soccer.  She completed training in the Functional Movement Systems (FMS) and pursued additional coursework in developmental and sports psychology, the science of strength and conditioning, and coaching philosophy.  Regan traveled to New Zealand to help conduct research analyzing The Movement Competency Screen (MCS) and she presented research examining the MCS in adolescent Nordic Skiers.  During her final year at UVM, Regan spend time in Australia to learn advanced manual therapy techniques and spend three months at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases completing specific training for pediatric rehabilitation.

Regan originally joined the VASTA team in 2015 while also pursuing post-doctoral work in Arcadia University’s Orthopedic Residency Program.  During this time, she gained advanced skills in musculoskeletal management and manual therapy; in 2018 she earned her Orthopedic Clinical Specialists (OCS) Board Certification.  Since joining VASTA, Regan has mentored UVM DPT students as a Clinical Instructor and spoken in multiple undergraduate Exercise Science classes.   Regan is now managing VASTA’s second clinic in Waterbury, VT.

Regan spent the last two years as a physical therapist with the U.S. Ski Team, working primarily with 2x Olympic Gold Medalist, Mikaela Shiffrin.  As a member of the High Performance Team, Regan worked closely with the strength and conditioning staff, sport coaches, team doctors, and nutritionists to maximize athletic capacity, optimize recovery, and decrease risk of future injury.  During her time with the U.S. Team, Regan specifically studied the management of athletic low back pain and she was involved in elite return-to-sport rehabilitation programs.

Regan is currently working on her Performance Specialist Certification.  She is passionate about integrated care and advocating for patients’ needs.  Regan believes communication is key to injury management and she is devoted to refining movement quality and keeping people fit while they recover.  Regan particularly enjoys working with complex sports and orthopedic injuries, female athlete rehabilitation, youth athlete development, and return-to-sport programming.

Regan is also trained and certified in Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN)

Regan can be reached at: regandewhirst@vastasports.com.

Personal: Regan lives in Waterbury and spends her free time mountain biking, backcountry skiing, paddling, water skiing, camping, playing pond hockey, and traveling.