Derek Vraa Physical Therapist

“My objective for each patient is to give them the best possible care, using the best available practices helping them recover and reach their goals. Each patient is very different and because of this, every patient is treated individually to improve their unique problems”


  • Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Regis University in Denver, Colorado, 2012
  • Masters of Physical Therapy, Carroll College, Wisconsin, 1998
  • Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse, 1995

Additional Training and Certifications

  • Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
  • Fellow, American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
  • Certified Manual Trigger Point Therapist/Dry Needling
  • Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Therapists

Professional Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association

Areas of Specialty

Professional Activities

  • Adjunct Instructor, Concordia University St. Paul – Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
  • Poster presentation CSM 2014
  • Conference presenter CSM 2015
  • Guest lecturer at regional PT schools
  • Conference presenter MN State APTA Conference 2015


American Physical Therapy Association, Orthopedic Sections American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapists National Strength & Conditioning Association

What do you like best about PTOSI?

The ability to individualize treatment programs for patients utilizing best practices.

Hobbies and Activities

Water-skiing, hunting, spending time with my wife and daughter.

Joined PTOSI:

  • 2005

Clinic Location(s)


  • Poster presentation at CSM 2014 “Clinical Justification to Include Thoracic and Rib Manipulations on a Patient With Shoulder Pain Who Does Not Meet a Clinical Predication Rule: A Single Case Study”