Samantha Cavagnaro, 500RYT and Pediatric Physical Therapist

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My Professional Background

My name is Samantha Cavagnaro, but everyone calls me “Sam.”  I graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy in 1998, and have been a licensed physical therapist in the state of Arkansas since 1999.  I returned to UCA in 2006 for my doctoral studies, and graduated in 2008 with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy.  I have been working with children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities throughout my PT career.  I have also served as an APTA credentialed clinical instructor for various physical therapy programs, as well as, the APTA pediatric residency program for over 15 years.

I have had the opportunity to complete specialty trainings/certifications in the areas of: Bobath Neurodevelopmental Training (NDT); Schroth 3-D Treatment for Scoliosis (BSPTS C1 Certification); and coursework related to the mechanics and function of breathing dynamics and postural control strategies and function with Mary Massery, PT, DPT, DSc, as well as, serving as her teaching assistant with such coursework.

Yoga History

I am a registered yoga teacher at the 500 hour level and completed both my 200 hour and 500 hour-level trainings with Matthew and Holly Krepps at Circle Yoga Shala in Jasper, AR. I am currently a student in the Yoga Therapy program at Circle Yoga Shala working toward completion of becoming an IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist (2019). I am also on the teaching staff for the 500 hour Yoga Teacher program and Yoga Therapy program at Circle Yoga Shala.


I have been blessed by the teachers I have encountered along my journey and am humbled by the breadth of knowledge to which I have been exposed in both my Western medical education, as well as, my yoga training. My yoga training and practice provides me a lens through which to learn about the body, mind and spirit like no other. I view my work as a physical therapist and yoga teacher as a life of service to assist others in developing internal awareness so they can have a better relationship with themselves and the potential to live a healthful and happy life.