Barbara Simmons


I have been a practicing Physical Therapist for 30 years and love what I do. Becoming a PT was mostly influenced by my background in athletics. After a skiing injury to my knee and attending PT, I discovered a career that integrated my interests of medicine, movement, health and helping others. I graduated from Northeastern University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy.

It is very rewarding to make a significant difference in somebody’s life. Patients say PTs get them back to living. It has been my privilege to assist countless patients with understanding their injuries, overcoming pain and physical challenges, and achieving their optimal health. I feel it is very important to help a patient understand their disability, recognize how posture and ergonomics affect symptoms, and learn how to prevent re-injury. My main objective is to empower people to help themselves.

Throughout my career, I have continued to advance my education by attending training yearly focusing on lower extremity and foot biomechanics, lumbopelvic and sacroiliac dysfunction, taping techniques, breast cancer rehabilitation, and fitting orthotics. I strive to keep my orthopedic clinical skills congruous with evidence-based research.

I have worked at OP since 2006. It is by far the best group of professionals I’ve worked with in my career journey. Why? I value our collaboration as a team to give our patients the best possible outcome. Our clinic has a fun energy that makes it a joy to come to work daily and greet patients with positivity and support.

Outside of work, I enjoy skiing with my husband and two kids, shooting photography of my children’s sports, and living out my childhood dream of owning a horse.