Photo of Dr. Emily Richard (Formerly Schivley), PT, DPT


Water & Sports Physical Therapy, Inc.
2999 Mission Blvd, Suite 101
San Diego, California
Mon 8:00 am - 4:00 pm  
Tue 9:00 am - 5:30 pm  
Wed 8:00 am - 1:00 pm  
Thu 9:00 am - 5:30 pm  
Sat 9:00 am - 1:00 pm  


Dr. Emily Richard (formerly Schivley), PT, DPT, is a 2006 graduate of Miami University of Ohio where she received her BS degree in Health and Sports Studies. In 2009, she graduated from Ohio University with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Emily was born and raised in Ohio and moved to San Diego to experience better weather and new adventures. Prior to Water and Sports PT, she worked two years in an outpatient hospital setting in Dayton, Ohio, with orthopedic, neurological, post-operative, and sports medicine patients. She is an American Physical Therapy Association certified Clinical Instructor and has taken many students under her wing as part of their didactic clinical training. She enjoys “paying it forward” because she had wonderful clinical instructors that inspired her to want to help educate other PT students. The daughter of two retired teachers, Emily has learned the value of education. She enjoys educating her patients about the cause of their injury and the importance of all aspects of their physical therapy. Emily knows what it is like to be a patient as well. She suffered a season-ending knee injury during a senior year, high school basketball game. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise, because one day, during her rehab, she discovered this was the profession that was meant for her. Emily has empathy for all her patients because she, too, has gone from an injured athlete to a totally rehabilitated one. She values the use of manual therapy techniques as the primary treatment for most patients because it specifically targets problematic muscles and joints. She has been called the “posture queen” by many of her past patients because she always emphasizes the importance of anatomical alignment, ergonomics and injury prevention with the maintenance of good posture. Emily has worked with patients of all ages: from the developing eight-year old to the mature ninety-two year old with back pains and balance problems. Her proudest achievement thus far is teaching a patient to walk again after suffering a spinal cord injury. Emily is thrilled to be in San Diego where she can play volleyball, her first love, all year round. She has played basketball and volleyball since she was eight years old and jokes she was “born swimming” because she fearlessly dove head first into the water at a very young age. She loves San Diego and enjoys bike riding, taking her two dogs, Bear and Thor (big boy names for little dogs) to the dog park and the dog beach, trying new restaurants, and SeaWorld.

What are the top 3 treatments that you focus on?

Aquatic Therapy, Manual Therapy, Land-Based Therapy