Rayna Smith, PTA is originally from St. Louis, Missouri and joins us as a 2018 graduate from the Physical Therapy Assistant program with honors from the St. Louis College of Health Careers. Prior to joining the PTA program, Rayna graduated with her Bachelors degree in Exercise Science form Missouri Valley College in 2016. While enrolled at MVC, Rayna played collegiate basketball for all four years of her enrollment. Having been an athlete since her youth, Rayna quickly became interested in physical rehabilitation in high school where she dealt with multiple sport injuries of her own.
Rayna has worked with people of all ages and various diagnoses in her time as a PTA in an outpatient setting. Rayna is certified in M1 training of the Graston Technique which instructs and trains PTAs in scar tissue, fascial restrictions and in building a patient’s range of motion. Rayna’s approach involves building rapport with patients to help them feel comfortable with a goal of achieving their individualized functional goals, all while making their physical therapy experience enjoyable. She is excited to further her existing education with new manual therapy techniques and treatment approaches while working in our orthopedics and pain management oriented facility.
Her hobbies include traveling to see family and friends, going to brunch, lounging by the pool and doing cannonballs in the deep end.