Staff Physical Therapist
Donald Ford is a staff physical therapist at Premier Physical Therapy and Sports Performance in Smyrna, DE. A native of Townsend, DE, Donald returned to serve his hometown community and continue to develop his career in Spring 2019 following completion of sports residency training at the University of Delaware.
Donald also holds his both a Bachelor’s degree and Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Delaware whose graduate school of physical therapy is rated number one in the nation by U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” He then continued at the University of Delaware for an additional thirteen and a half months to complete a sports residency program which was of one of 46 sports residency programs accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy and Residency & Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE). The purpose of a residency in Sports Physical Therapy is to provide the physical therapist with an opportunity to develop advanced competencies in sports physical therapy. This includes the development of a theoretical rationale for evaluation and treatment skills as well as the attainment of clinical reasoning processes necessary to prevent, treat and rehabilitate injuries in an active population. The sports physical therapy residency program provides the resident with clinical experience under the mentorship of a recognized clinical expert. During his residency, Ford had the opportunity to work with professional, collegiate, high school, weekend warrior, and youth sports populations in addition to the general orthopedic populations at UD Physical Therapy Clinic. He has presented lectures to both physical therapy and athletic training students during his time as a resident.
A graduate of Salesianum School (2010) in Wilmington, DE, Donald enjoys remaining active in his Delaware community providing medical coverage and coaching for youth and high school populations. He hopes to continue to develop from opportunities in the Smyrna community and additionally throughout the state. Donald also coached girls’ soccer at St. Elizabeth High School in 2015-2017 and plans to continue coaching in his free time.
Donald enjoys traveling with his wife Paige, spending time with friends and family, watching his favorite Philly sports teams and Liverpool F.C., hiking, snowboarding, running, and playing in local adult soccer leagues.