Since the age of three, Lexie Reimer, ‘14, has been captivated by dancing.

“I kind of latched onto it really early on,” said Reimer. “I love how artistry is so woven into it. It combines the athleticism of a sport and the artistry component when you’re choreographing and creating.”

In her early years of high school, Reimer experienced a few injuries, one of which was due to dance. However, those injuries proved to be beneficial because they led her to discover another interest.

“I was put in physical therapy and found it really interesting,” said Reimer. “I enjoyed getting to know my physical therapist and that’s what originally piqued my interest.”

Throughout her time at UR, Reimer focused on becoming a physical therapist. She majored in biology as a path toward her career in health care and continued her passion for dance by joining the University Dancers.

Although these two interests seem unrelated, for Reimer, they were similar in shaping her UR experience to be one of fulfillment and happiness. 

“Joining the University Dancers in my first year gave me a group and community to be a part of on campus,” Reimer said. “Then being surrounded by a lot of people who had interest in health care in some shape or form was good for me because it made me want to work harder in my field.”

Reimer went on to earn her doctorate in physical therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University and currently works as a physical therapist at the VCU Medical Center for inpatient rehabilitation. 

“The core of physical therapy is that we prescribe exercise,” Reimer said. “I think to treat the whole body you have to address that physical component. I think it’s an important service that’s preventive and helps people get back to being able to do what they like to every day.”

“My favorite part about my job is the patients,” said Reimer. “I love the relationships I am able to build with them. I love the progress I see happen: on day one I see them not able to walk, but by the last day, they’re walking out the door.”

Although Reimer is not currently dancing and performing, she incorporates her passion for dance in a new way. She received a chance to work with dancers during graduate school in a prevention and rehabilitation program through VCU. And in September, she performed an injury prevention screening at the University Dancers company. In the future, she hopes to delve into the field of treating dancers and work with a professional dance company.

“I can relate to those patients because I understand their pressures of classes, rehearsals, and performance,” she said. “One of the fun parts of being a PT is that you get to be creative and tailor your work to the patient’s injuries for better care. With dancers, I have a really strong skillset to treat them because I have that experience.”