Derek Van Gerwen, PT, DPT


Liberty Park


Education and Certifications:

  • B.S. Biology University of Alabama-Birmingham 2009
  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy University of Alabama-Birmingham 2012
  • Certified Dry Needling Practitioner

Clinical Experience:

  • Outpatient Physical Therapist since 2013

Clinical Area of Interest:

  • Manual Therapy
  • Professional Associations:
  • American Physical Therapy Association

Personal Interests:

  • Family: Wife- Libby, Son- Thomas
  • Sports- Ultimate frisbee, disc golf, running, biking, kayaking, hockey

Why I Became a Physical Therapist:

I became a physical therapist to combine my interest in biology and anatomy and my passion for living an active lifestyle with my desire to help others. It is very rewarding to see people progress, whether it is somebody who has dealt with pain chronically who is now able to sleep through the night and not deal with constant pain, or somebody who has had to undergo orthopedic surgery and has returned to playing sports. I like to learn what is important to patients and implement a combination of hands on treatment and exercise to achieve their goals and Therapy South creates an environment to do so.

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