Veronica Valencia Victoria
Veronica Valencia Victoria is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, having earned her doctorate from Florida Gulf Coast University. She joined FOCUS Therapy Fort Myers’ pediatric physical therapy team in the fall of 2018.
A native of Palmira, Colombia, Victoria is bilingual (English-Spanish), and physical therapy runs in her family – both her parents are physical therapists too.
Victoria’s clinical experience at FGCU encompassed outpatient neurology, outpatient orthopedics, outpatient pediatrics, inpatient rehabilitation and acute care. She enjoys treating patients with a diverse range of conditions, but has a special interest in treating those with cerebral palsy and brain injuries, noting the remarkable nature of the human nervous system and the ways in which the brain is able to compensate post-traumatic brain injury. This is especially true for children, whose neural pathways are still developing.
“I was drawn to working with children because it allows me to be very creative in my treatment interventions,” she says. “Moreover, working with children keeps me on my toes, as I constantly have to think of how to reach my treatment goals, while also keeping the child entertained.”
The emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration at FOCUS, she says, puts all professionals – speech, occupational, ABA and physical therapists – on the same team: The child’s.
“All therapists are on the same page and work together for the benefit of the patient,” Victory says. “Interdisciplinary collaboration allows us as therapists to get a better overall understanding of the patient, as well as what things they respond to best.