Through her journey from competitive tennis player to Doctor of Physical Therapy, Lina Padegimaite has learned what it takes to overcome injuries and empower her patients to unlock their healing potential.
Lina grew up in Lithuania and moved to the United States at the age of 18 in order to represent Women’s Tennis at the University of Texas at Austin.
Lina is a high-energy individual who enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, playing tennis, and learning new skills, like jiu-jitsu and kickboxing. She never says no to a challenge and you’ll always find a smile on her face. She is excited to serve CHARM and her community.
Education And Training
At the University of Texas in Austin Lina earned her B.S. in Exercise Science with highest honors and led the Women’s tennis team to two Big XII Conference Championship titles in 2012 and 2013. She was also named the Big XII Freshman of the Year. Lina has a passion for teaching – she tutored fellow student athletes in the fields of Kinesiology, Biology, Anatomy and Math during her senior year at UT, all while serving as her team captain. Lina is also proud to have represented the Lithuanian Women’s National Team in Fed Cup in 2011.
Lina first encountered the NEURAC (NEURomuscular ACtivation) method as a patient recovering from her shoulder injury while competing at the University of Texas. Lina pursued Redcord Active courses as a student physical therapist and continued developing skills for kinetic chain and postural restoration during her clinical internship at CHARM. Lina uses her movement analysis, manual therapy and neuromuscular activation skills to help patients in pain restore their altered movement patterns as well as identify musculoskeletal asymmetries that, over time, often lead to pain and injuries.
Lina received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Texas State University. While at Texas State, she worked as a Doctoral Instructional Assistant helping faculty and fellow students in Neuroanatomy and Spine Anatomy courses. Lina always led by example, she volunteered at multiple career fairs for student-athletes at UT, Health and Wellness fairs at Texas State University and Special Olympics events held in Austin. She received the Dr. Diana Hunter’s Award of Excellence from the Department of Physical Therapy as well as the Outstanding Doctoral Student award from the College of Health Professions. Lina is also grateful to have received the International Peace Scholarship from the Philanthropic Educational Organization, and continue its legacy of “women helping women reach for the stars”.
I thought I was eventually heading for surgery, but Lina had faith and really guided me back to health. Three months ago I could barely walk. Last weekend I went surfing and played tennis. Amazing results! Full recovery without surgery – one could not ask for more. The entire experience at CHARM has been a pleasure. Some advice – listen, and do the work. Thank you Lina!