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Rich Banton

Rich Banton, PT, DPT, OCS, CMPT, ATC, CDN

Rich Banton,

PT, DPT, OCS, CMPT, ATC, CDN

Director
Physical Therapist

As a co-director for Virginia Therapy & Fitness Center’s practice, Rich is a dynamic leader in the field of physical therapy. He earned dual degrees in sports medicine and physical therapy, which he pairs with the latest advanced treatment techniques to get patients back to their active lifestyles and professions. His practice is focused in treating competitive individuals who are driven to get back “in the game!” His niche is specifically working with athletes ranging from weekend warriors, collegiate student-athletes, avid tri-athletes, marathoners, and professional athletes; including Olympic and NFL players, NASCAR and the LPGA. His dedication to advancing the profession has him fluent in trigger point dry needling, custom orthotics and Functional Capacity Evaluations, as well as a variety of orthopaedic, neurologic and pediatric conditions. Rich’s dedication to continuing education finds him teaching other physical therapists through course work through the Institute of Advanced Musculoskeletal Treatments.

Getting to know Rich

What's one fun fact about you?

Once (a long time ago) I hit a hole in one!

Who is your favorite musician?

I am a dedicated Willie Nelson fan.

What is one thing most people don't know about you?

I was valedictorian of my high school class, and I also serve as an adjunct professor for Musculoskeletal Treatment at Shenandoah University.

Education

Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Shenandoah University

Bachelor of Science, Sports Medicine Marietta College

Certifications

Board-Certified Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS)

Certified Manual Physical Therapist

Certified Athletic Trainer, National Athletic Trainers Association

Lead Instructor, Institute of Advanced Musculoskeletal Treatments (IAMT)

Certified Golf Fitness Instructor, Blankenship Functional Capacity Evaluator

North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy Levels I- IV

Completed Certification in Dry Needling (CDN)

Specialties & Affiliations

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Getting to know Rich

What's one fun fact about you?

Once (a long time ago) I hit a hole in one!

Who is your favorite musician?

I am a dedicated Willie Nelson fan.

What is one thing most people don't know about you?

I was valedictorian of my high school class, and I also serve as an adjunct professor for Musculoskeletal Treatment at Shenandoah University.

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