OTR-L, CLT-staff lymphedema therapist
Amanda graduated from D’Youville College located in Buffalo NY with a Masters in Occupational Therapy and minor in Psychology. She had a Clinical in WNC and fell in love with the mountains, moving to Asheville after graduation in 2012. She lives in Asheville with her husband and 2 dogs, Leia and Ellie.
After graduating, she started working in a SNF, through the years, she has gained experience in a variety of settings including, inpatient, outpatient, and home health. She also volunteered/worked at a hippotherapy/therapeutic riding center, where she helped develop and served as initial chair member for Equinox Horse Foundation to help provide equine services to those in need.
She has received certifications in Lymphedema, LSVT BIG, and NBCOT specialty certificate in Geriatrics. She is looking to continue her education in Hand therapy and Wound care.
When not working, she loves to kayak, cycle, and hike; and has a growing interest in photography. She also enjoys running agility with her dog Ellie; and volunteering at Asheville humane society, working in the Urban tails and Foster programs.
Jessica graduated from Stetson University with her Bachelor's in Rehabilitative Studies in 2006 and completed her graduate work at the University of St. Augustine and earned a doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2010.
Her continued education includes advanced certification in Manual Therapy through the University of St. Augustine in 2012. She then became a Certified Lymphedema Therapist through the Academy of Lymphatic Studies in 2014, and in 2017 finished her certification in Dry Needling through Myopain Seminars. Additionally, she has taken continuing education courses in the treatment of vestibular disorders, spine-related dysfunction, sacroiliac join dysfunction and extremity dysfunction.
At Cornerstone Physical Therapy, Jessica treats an orthopedic population and also runs the Post Oncological program. This includes but is not limited to treatment of lymphedema, myofascial pain syndrome post mastectomy or lumpectomy, postural syndrome, balance disorder associated with peripheral neuropathy following chemotherapy or long duration of immobility, scar tissue restriction, as well as tension headaches.