Jill Murphy, owner and physical therapist at MotionWorks Physical Therapy in Neenah, was awarded the 2012 Wisconsin Physical Therapist of the Year by the Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association (WPTA) at an awards dinner held in Oconomowoc, WI on April 18, 2013. In her acceptance speech, Dr. Murphy stated, “I feel very honored and humbled to receive such an award, as I know there are many excellent physical therapists in the state who also deliver quality patient-centered care who may not be nominated and recognized in this way.” She also addressed the physical therapy students in the crowd and advised them to, “Invest in yourself when it comes to continuing education once you graduate. Even though continuing education budgets may be declining, furthering your education and skills will benefit not only you, but your future patients.”
The Physical Therapist of the Year award is the WPTA’s only patient nominated award. It recognizes physical therapists who demonstrate a high level of professionalism, compassion and technical skills. One patient nomination letter submitted in support of Dr. Murphy read, “Jill … understood my issues immediately. She is intuitive when assessing and developing individualized plans for her patients. Jill is the consummate professional that utilizes her full range of experience to address the individual needs of each patient. She partners with her patients to set realistic goals and provides education at each step of her treatment to assure maximum benefit is achieved.”
Brianna Scott, a student at UW Stevens Point has spent many observation hours in a variety of clinics in Wisconsin as she prepares to attend physical therapy graduate school. In support of Dr. Murphy’s nomination for the award, Bri wrote, “In the clinic Jill treats each patient with courtesy and respect to ensure they are not alone in their treatment but rather working together as a team. I have had the opportunity to observe Physical Therapists … in several locations throughout Wisconsin… Jill has surpassed the level of Physical Therapy treatment provided at all other locations due to her expertise, passion, and knowledge.”
Jill Murphy has been a practicing physical therapist for 12 years. She attended Concordia University Wisconsin and graduated with a Masters of Physical Therapy in 2001. She earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in Florida in 2009. Previously employed by Bellin Health in Green Bay and Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh, Dr. Murphy founded a private out-patient physical therapy practice, MotionWorks Physical Therapy in Neenah, in 2011. Jill is nationally recognized for her physical therapy expertise in manual therapy and sports medicine speaking to audiences across the country and contributing to articles published in the Chicago Tribune, Fox News, About.com, Women Magazine, and SheKnows.com. She has also served as an adjunct instructor for UW Oshkosh, and as a clinical instructor for physical therapy and athletic training students.
MotionWorks Physical Therapy is an out-patient orthopedic physical therapy practice for patients seeking high quality, manual (hands-on) physical therapy from experienced, licensed physical therapists. Their hands-on approach to care delivers faster results for all types of injuries, but is especially beneficial for post-operative, sub-acute, or chronic injuries and neck, back, and TMJ pain that may not respond to the typical physical therapy approach. The physical therapists at MotionWorks deliver patient-centered care to best meet the needs and goals of each patient, identifying and treating the cause of their symptoms to aid in faster goal achievement and improved long term results. MotionWorks also provides runners evaluations, sports performance evaluations and training, and custom-made foot orthotics.
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