Dr. Emily F. Rotert, PT, DPT
Before entering her final year of high school, Emily was convinced that she wanted to be a lawyer. However, at the end of the first quarter of the first basketball game of her senior season, an injury would change everything. Emily went down with no one around her clutching her right knee. In the coming weeks she would find out that she had torn her ACL and meniscus, which would require surgery and 4-6 months of recovery, effectively putting her out of basketball and almost certainly out for track as well, her signature sport.
After undergoing surgery, Emily began physical therapy and this journey would lead her to develop a love for the profession and inspire her career. Together with the help of the therapist, Emily was able to get back for the last two meets of track and participate in the State Track Meet her senior year of high school, placing in the 4×800 meter relay. Her injury also led her to choose Concordia University Nebraska for her undergrad and participate in track and field. During her collegiate career Emily was an NAIA All American in the 400 meter hurdles, 4×400 meter relay and the 4×800 meter relay. Her involvement with collegiate athletics further confirmed her career choice of physical therapy. She went on to pursue a Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Kansas School of Medicine, graduating in 2012.
Her own experience through physical therapy taught her a new appreciation for helping people get back to the things that they love. Emily found herself with a passion to serve others and was inspired by her own physical therapist who worked hard with her to ensure that she achieved her previous level and beyond.
Throughout her seven years as a physical therapist and working in the outpatient setting, Emily has made it a point to further her education. She has been working with post concussion patients for four years and has completed a year long certification program in Concussion Management. Emily has also completed certification in Functional Dry Needling, which she has found works well with her other manual therapy skills. Emily works hard to tailor each appointment to the patient’s needs, whether you are a competitive athlete, a weekend warrior or never exercised a day in your life, Emily will construct a program just for you, to get you back to where you want to be, doing what you love.
- BA in Exercise Science, Concordia University Nebraska, 2009
- Doctorate of Physical Therapy, University of Kansas Medical Center, 2012
- Certified Concussion Management Specialist
- Functional Dry Needling Certification
- Certified APTA Clinical Instructor
- Member of the Illinois Physical Therapy Association
- Member of the American Physical Therapy Association
Hometown: Atwood, KS
Favorite Childhood Memory: Showing sheep in the County 4-H Fair