Dr. Rachel Divas grew up in Exton, Pennsylvania where she was a competitive year-round swimmer. Through participation in swimming and a variety of other recreational sports, she sparked a strong interest in pursuing a career in sports medicine. From here, Rachel attended the University of Pittsburgh for her undergraduate degree, earning a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Science and a certificate in Pathokinesiology in Rehabilitation. She then went on to receive her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh.
During her final year of study at Pitt, she completed an internship with the University of Pittsburgh’s men’s football team. Working in a collegiate level athletic training room gave her the opportunity to become a part of a multidisciplinary sports medicine team, providing care for high level athletes both on and off the field. When she wasn’t spending time in the clinic, Rachel enjoyed volunteering for a student run adaptive training program for athletes with disabilities. She also worked for the Physical Therapy department as a teaching assistant for both undergraduate and graduate level courses. Through Rachel’s clinical, volunteer, and work experience she has developed a passion for teaching as well as treating a wide variety of high-level and recreational athletes. Her specific clinical interests are in return to sport following upper extremity injury and overuse injuries as well as integrating rehabilitation with sports performance and strength and conditioning.