Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA)
Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT)
Amanda has always been interested in human anatomy, which initially led her to her career as a licensed massage therapist. Working in a health and fitness club, she was able to expand her knowledge and manual therapy techniques through experience with a variety of orthopedic injuries. She has also participated in continuing education training on different styles such as myofascial release, Thai massage, therapeutic cupping, and kinesiology taping.
The desire to expand her practice and knowledge in anatomy and kinesiology led her to her career as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Amanda has worked in a variety of settings and is well versed in orthopedics, vestibular, and neurological physical therapy treatment.
She believes that movement is medicine and has a true passion for helping each individual reach his or her own personal wellness goals!
Q&A with Amanda Mueller
Q. How long have you been a physical therapist assistant?
A. Since 2018.
Q. What areas do you specialize in?
A. Manual therapy techniques and orthopedics.
Q. What brought you to your current style of practice?
A. My style of practice includes an emphasis on manual therapy which comes primarily from my six years of experience working as a licensed massage therapist.
I use my expertise in anatomy to provide each person with the education and tools to alleviate pain, gain mobility, and build functional strength specific to his or her own lifestyle and personal goals.
I have worked in a variety of settings including orthopedic outpatient, acute inpatient, long term inpatient, and home health physical therapy, all of which have contributed to building my skill set.
Q. What can a new patient expect?
A. A new patient can expect to feel engaged and also comfortable in my care. I enjoy getting to know each person I work with and developing an individualized treatment plan. I find it to be so important to look at the whole body and not just the affected body part. I enjoy educating my clients and strive for each person to leave therapy feeling confident on managing their strength and mobility independently.
Q. What recent industry trends have you found most noteworthy?
A. I believe self-care to be so important in regards to our body’s function and dysfunction. To me, this means looking at whole body wellness. To take care of the whole self means so much more than just prescribed exercises (which of course should always be completed, too! :). I believe education and alterations in lifestyle habits such as diet, sleep, and stress play a very large role in our physical bodies.
I support the more recent trends on wellness which emphasize more than a good workout. For this reason, I find it important to address all lifestyle factors because each person has a different lifestyle and therefore should not be prescribed the same treatment!
Q. What are your current personal wellness goals and how are you addressing them?
A. I am currently focusing on my mental health and well-being. This has included practice of more intentional movement and mindfulness through meditation, journaling, and talk therapy. I am fascinated by the mind-body connections and feel there is endless opportunity for personal growth.
Q. What are your top three favorite things to do/hobbies?
A. I am an avid hiker and camper- I enjoy traveling near and far to experience new parks. I also enjoy running and practicing yoga- really any activity that gets me moving or outdoors!
Q. What is your favorite beautiful spot in Milwaukee?
A. I love Southshore park! Such beautiful views of the city as well as a wonderful place for a walk, run, or picnic.
Q. What is your favorite place to eat in Milwaukee?
A. I love hungry sumo for sushi! Crazy Water and Triskele’s are a few of my other favorite Milwaukee gems.
Q. What do you do to de-stress?
A. For me, being outdoors provides me with the most peace and stress relief. Going for a hike, run, or walk in one of my favorite places is incredibly therapeutic for me.