- Television Personality
- Castaway, SURVIVOR Season 35
- Doctor of Physical Therapy
- Co-Host, "The View from Hampton U," Season 7 & 8
- Former Director, William R. Harvey Leadership Institute at Hampton University
- Former Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy at Hampton University
- Yoga Instructor (RYT-200)
- Public Speaker
- Media Spokesperson
- Miss Virginia USA 2016, Top 10 Miss USA
- Miss Virginia 2013
Dr. Desi Williams, PT, DPT, RYT-200
Perhaps it was evident Desi was destined for a career in entertainment when a five year old Desi sauntered into her parents’ living room wearing her ‘My Size Barbie’s’ full length gown; perhaps it should have been a clue when Desi turned the dialogue from ’Little Rascals” into a monologue; possibly the way she confidently canvassed her neighborhood for Halloween candy in a custom made "Scary Spice" animal print costume was a hint that she was meant for a larger stage. Despite these clues, Desi took a more conventional career route before making the decision to follow her passions.
Desi grew up in Peachtree City, GA, a suburb south of Atlanta. She worked hard both inside and outside the classroom. Her drive and work ethic not only made her a leader in her community, but also led to her being hired--at the age of 15--to serve as head coach of the newly established Special Needs cheer squad at her local cheerleading gym. It was her work with disabled children, combined with lengthy rehabilitations following two knee surgeries, that eventually led Desi to obtain a yoga certification and Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
Desi passionately believes that good things come to those who seize the day—and every opportunity. And her experiences have proven that opportunity combined with preparation create luck. Not blind luck, but instead purposeful luck created by growing, learning and connecting with people. From that philosophy alone, Desi has been met with great success. Dr. Desi Williams, PT, DPT is a television host, actress, and television personality with a Doctorate degree in physical therapy and a past life as a college professor.
Her pivot from the conventional academic/clinical career began when an administrator at her university encouraged her to explore the world of pageants. Saying yes to that opportunity led Desi to winning several local, state and national titles in addition to competing in the Miss America 2013 Competition and Miss USA 2016 Pageant (finishing in the Top 10). Through this work as a public figure, Desi was introduced to the entertainment business through local commercials, television, and live hosting.
You might say that Desi has not planned for the life she lives, but instead has always worked tirelessly to ensure she is prepared to take on whatever comes her way. Knowing that opportunities and risk-taking often go together, Desi moved to Los Angeles in late 2016 with a renewed sense of passion and zeal for a new career. Desi is excited to explore the opportunities available in her new home of Los Angeles, CA.
Desi recently moved to Los Angeles, California to expand her career as an on-camera talent.
Prior to her move, she worked full-time as a faculty member at Hampton University in eastern Virginia and a Physical Therapist for Riverside Health System. Additionally, Desi served as Miss Virginia USA 2016 and finished as a Top Ten Finalist in the 2016 Miss USA Competition. Prior to winning Miss Virginia USA in 2015, she held several other titles, including Miss Virginia 2013 (competing in the 2014 Miss America Pageant), National Sweetheart 2012, and Miss Hampton University 2011.
In alignment with her passion for health and fitness, Desi was the spokesperson for Newport News' Annual One City Marathon, the race director for Hampton University's Annual 5k by the Bay, and in late 2014 co-authored and published a book entitled, Love Affair with my Hair: Why Black Women Cheat on Health. Additionally, Desi served as keynote speaker for several organizations throughout Virginia including Riverside Health System's Leadership Conference, Virginia State Conference of the NAACP, and state convention for the Virginia Association of Health for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.