Finding Fortitude

Finding Fortitude

Finding Fortitude is hosted by Dr. Tori Williams, PT, DPT, owner of Fortitude Physical Therapy and Wellness. This podcast is dedicated to helping former athletes build sustainable health habits and discover evidence-based strategies for managing pain through a whole-human perspective. Tori is on a mission to make a difference in healthcare by focusing on wellness instead of illness and by making you feel whole and supported instead of blamed and broken. If you're looking for information on how to re-claim your inner athlete and live your best life, you've come to the right place!


February 19, 2024 46 mins

When it comes to managing pain–especially chronic pain–acknowledging the relationship between the mind and body is essential. With this, we know that both physical therapy and psychotherapy can be critical parts of recovering from and coping with pain and injury. In this episode I sat down with my client-turned-friend, Payton Bush, who is currently studying to become a clinical mental health counselor to talk about all things menta...

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There are many superficial questions about fitness that tend to float around the internet and spark debate. Does lifting make you bulky? Which exercises will grow your glutes and “snatch” your waist? Should I do “this” or “that” for “x” result? But in this episode, strength and conditioning coach Allison Tenney calls us in to go deeper and consider the systems of oppression that lie beneath these questions.

Spoiler alert: there is m...

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Happy New Year! 2024 is a big year because in less than six months I'll be tying the knot with my best friend, who also happens to be a Doctor of Physical Therapy. So to kick off the year I’ve brought my fiancé, Joe McIntire, onto the podcast for a conversation about the field of physical therapy, new years goals, and more. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • Joe’s background as an athlete turned Doctor of Physical Therapy, as well...
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December 29, 2023 14 mins

Welcome back to the final episode of Finding Fortitude for 2023! The end of the year can be a great time for reflecting and setting new goals for the new year ahead. However, I know that many people are also feeling exhausted and burnt out this time of year so feel free to come back and listen to this episode when the time is right for you.

In this solo episode with me, you’ll hear:

  • How I’ve taken action to prepare for ...
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Are you a runner or endurance athlete? If so, this episode is for you! In this episode you’ll hear from registered sports dietitian, Kathryn Ward MS, RD, CNSC, about her journey recovering from ACL injuries not once, but twice, and how she successfully made her way back to running and training for a marathon!

Kathryn and I discussed:

  • The road to recovery after ACL reconstruction surgery (x 2!)
  • The importance of adequate ...
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Life is full of transitions and changes, each challenging us in different ways. But as former athletes, we often have an especially hard time with the transitions that require us to slow down and rest. Sound familiar?

Today, Megan Reuter joins me on the podcast to explore this topic and to discuss:

  • Overuse injuries as a collegiate athlete
  • Transitioning to life after sport and starting a 9-to-5
  • Finding community in life af...
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I'm baaaack! I've been on a bit of a hiatus from the podcast, but I'm no where near done. Don't call it a comeback (or do!). This episode is dedicated to all of my fellow recovering perfectionists out there who are ready to start embracing "good enough" so they can live their best lives.

In this episode you’ll hear about:

  • Why I took a break from the podcast for over 6 months
  • How perfectionis...
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Stress is a normal part of life, but our past experiences have an impact on how we perceive, respond to, and manage stress. In this episode I chat with Jessica Patching-Bunch (JPB), a stress management coach, educator, and speaker who is involved in neuroscience research. JPB is one of my favorite people to talk nerdy with and we are lucky enough to have her as our stress resilience coach in my upcoming group coaching program, Form...

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In this episode, I talk about all things nutrition in life after sport with registered dietitian and nutrition coach, Katie Spada! Katie is one of the guest coaches who will be providing education and resources in my upcoming group coaching program, Former Athlete Fortitude. I admire her passion for helping former athletes optimize their diet while finding food freedom and coping with body changes in life after sport. She is an inc...

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In this episode, I chat with strength and conditioning coach, Ashley Barry. Ashley is one of the guest coaches who will be providing education and resources in my upcoming group coaching program, Former Athlete Fortitude. She is a wealth of knowledge and is super passionate about helping athletes and former athletes train in a way that honors their own self-authority and self-trust.

We discuss:

  • Ashley's background ...
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March 25, 2023 23 mins

Welcome back! This episode is dedicated to setting the stage for all future episodes by defining the terms “former athlete” and “fortitude.” I also dive into the difference between fortitude and toughness, and how you can build fortitude in the contexts of pain management and improving general health and well-being.

In this episode you’ll hear about:

  • Who I’m talking about when I say I work with former athletes
  • The defini...
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March 24, 2023 16 mins

It's FINALLY HERE! Welcome to the very first episode of Finding Fortitude! I'm super pumped to bring you all of the goods on health and wellness so you can be equipped with the knowledge and tools to live your best life as a former athlete!

In this episode I start things off by telling you a little bit about:

  • My athletic and educational background
  • Why I decided to become a physical therapist
  • Why I chose to start...
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