Dr. Jill Murphy, DPT, LAT, ATC, CSCS

Jill Murphy, best physical therapist in Wisconsin

Physical Therapist / Owner

Dr. Jill Murphy has over 15 years of experience providing personalized care as a physical therapist, licensed athletic trainer, and strength and conditioning specialist. Treating a wide variety of orthopedic injuries with a combination of hands-on, manual therapy techniques and individualized functional exercise programs to address movement dysfunction is her passion.  Dr. Murphy has worked in the out-patient orthopedic and sports medicine physical therapy settings, in addition to providing athletic training and strength and conditioning performance enhancement services to athletes throughout Northeast Wisconsin and the Fox Valley.

A Summa Cum Laude graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin, Dr. Murphy received a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Medicine and Athletic Training and completed her Masters of Physical Therapy in 2001.  She completed a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2009 from the University of St Augustine for the Health Sciences with an emphasis in manual therapy.  She has pursued over one thousand hours of additional continuing education in a variety of areas, but most notably in sports medicine; advanced spine evaluation and manual therapy treatment techniques including soft tissue mobilization (including cranial and adominal), myofascial release, joint mobilization for the spine and extremities, functional mobilization, spinal manipulation, and muscle energy techniques; vestibular disorders; and graded motor imagery for the treatment of neurological and chronic pain motor and sensory deficits.

An avid promoter of high quality continuing education, Dr. Murphy presents workshops and lectures on a variety of topics including spine injury prevention programs for industry, spine evaluation and treatment techniques, manual therapy, fibromyalgia and chronic pain, and medical documentation and billing in venues across the country. Jill has served as an adjunct instructor for the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and she serves as a current clinical instructor for physical therapy and athletic training students. Dr. Murphy has also authored a chapter entitled "Medical Records and Documentation" in Administrative Topics in Athletic Training: Concepts to Practice, and serves as a community columnist for the Appleton Post-Crescent.

Out of the clinic, Jill is a big Packer and Badger fan, but also enjoys participating in a variety of sporting activities with her husband Tim and three children, including walking, biking, playing basketball, and broomball. She also enjoys hiking in scenic locales, gardening, playing piano, and attending her children's performance and sporting events.

Areas of Expertise​

  • Sports injuries
  • Post-operative physical therapy (elbows, shoulders, spine, hips, knees, and ankles)
  • Post-concussion syndrome
  • Low back pain/sciatica
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches/migraines in adults and children
  • TMJ dysfunction
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic pain
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Pediatric orthopedic injuries
  • Infant torticollis
  • Vestibular disorders/vertigo
  • Balance and gait disorders
  • Aquatic therapy



  • Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association Physical Therapist of the Year (2012)
  • Pulse Future 15 Award (2013)
  • Wisconsin Athletic Trainers' Association Distinguished Service Award (2009)
  • American Heart Association Heart Hero Award (2006)


Speaking Activities

  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • American Physical Therapy Association Private Practice Section
  • National Athletic Trainers' Association
  • National Conference on Revenue & the Business of Athletic Training
  • NATA District IV Great Lakes Athletic Trainers' Association
  • NATA District VI Southwest Athletic Trainers' Association
  • Wisconsin Athletic Trainers' Association
  • Wisconsin Safety Council 
  • Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association
  • Minnesota Athletic Trainers' Association
  • Wisconsin Society of Medical Assistants
  • UW Oshkosh Kinesiology guest lecturer
  • Oshkosh School District
  • UW Oshkosh Kinesiology Club

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Tonya Pheifer

Tonya Pheifer

Receptionist and Medical Biller

Tonya Pheifer is our friendly MotionWorks Physical Therapy receptionist at our front desk as well as doing our medical billing, assisting patients with scheduling appointments, contacting insurance companies for authorizations, and answering questions about patient accounts and our retail health products. 

A graduate of the Univeristy of Wisconsin Oshkosh with a Bachelor's in Kinesiology, Tonya has spent the past five years as an early childhood education teacher, most recently working with three year olds at the Salvation Army. Tonya is looking forward to bringing her extensive sports medicine background to MotionWorks wellness and fitness classes for the general public!

In her spare time, Tonya enjoys spending time with her family and boyfriend, as well as playing volleyball, rollerblading, strength training, attending family sporting events for nieces and nephews, and playing with her dog, Antler.