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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 three children, including walking, biking, throwing the football around, and playing basketball. 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
  • Thoracic spine pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches/migraines in adults and children
  • Abdominal migraines
  • TMJ dysfunction
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic pain
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Pediatric orthopedic injuries
  • Infant torticollis
  • Vestibular disorders/vertigo
  • Balance and gait disorders
  • Aquatic therapy
  • Work-related injuries
  • MVA injuries

Awards

  • Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association Physical Therapist of the Year (2013)
  • 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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Steve Wowzynski, MPT, CMTPT/DN

Steve Wowzynski, Physical TherapistPhysical Therapist 

Steve Wowzynski has two decades of experience providing individualized care as a physical therapist in northeast Wisconsin in the out-patient orthopedic and sports medicine settings. He has previously worked part time at MotionWorks Physical Therapy over the years, but now has returned to take on a full-time patient caseload.

Steve earned his Masters of Physical Therapy from Carroll University in Waukesha in 2002. Since then, he has pursued continuing education in sports medicine, orthopedics, pediatrics, and physical therapy for neck pain, low back pain, and post-surgical care of the spine. More recently, he found a passion for trigger point release and chronic pain management, so he became certified in trigger point dry needling through MyoPain Seminars, which he uses in adjunct with other manual therapy skills blended with a strong background in exercise science.

Steve is thoroughly Wisconsin, growing up on the south side of Milwaukee, feeding his love of baseball with the Milwaukee Brewers in addition to partaking in a hobby as a home craft brewer. In his free time, Steve spends time with his wife, three children, and two dogs, enjoying the outdoors by hiking mountain trails, bush craft camping, kayak fishing, game hunting, and working towards his goal of visiting all 48 states by the time his oldest graduates from high school.

Areas of Expertise​

  • Sports injuries
  • Post-operative physical therapy (elbows, shoulders, spine, hips, knees, and ankles)
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling
  • Low back pain/sciatica
  • Thoracic spine pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic pain
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Throwers’ injuries
  • Runners’ injuries
  • Pediatric orthopedic injuries
  • Pediatric Motor Delays
  • Infant torticollis
  • Balance and gait disorders
  • Aquatic therapy
  • Work-related injuries
  • MVA injuries

Awards

  • American Heart Association Heart Hero Award (2006)

 

 


Michelle Schaefer

Michelle SchaefferReceptionist / Medical Biller

Michelle Schaefer is our helpful receptionist and medical biller, who brings over 15 years of customer service and billing experience to MotionWorks Physical Therapy.   A graduate of UW Whitewater, Michelle earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

A long-time resident of the Fox Cities, Michelle enjoys traveling to zoos and museums with her three children, and takes care of her menagerie of pets including a dog, a cat, and two guinea pigs.  She is also a big fan of the Brew Crew.