Get to Know Your PT: Jessica Manley, PT, DPT

Jessica Manley Portland Physical Therapist Pearl

Therapydia Pearl physical therapist Jessica Manley, PT, DPT, takes some time to talk practicing yoga, empowering her patients, and hanging out with goats.

“Believe in the power of your body to heal.”

When did you know that you wanted to be a physical therapist?

As an undergraduate studying mostly ultimate frisbee, I was told by my teammates that I would probably like being a PT. Once I got myself into a clinic and saw what a PT could do, I was hooked.

What surprised you the most about the physical therapy profession?

The lack of general knowledge about what PT can do. I first learned about this as a student of physical therapy by watching others recover from injuries and then I had to rehab from my own. PT is a powerful medicine that is underutilized by many.

How do you like to stay active?

I practice yoga and I run and cycle. When the weather is hospitable, I love to explore the world via backpacking.

What is the biggest challenge involved in being a PT?

Time management and my own self care. Empowering patients to move, grow, and believe in themselves takes time and energy. I strive to maintain the balance between this passion of mine and ensuring that I also take care of myself and my family.

What’s your favorite song to get you motivated?

This is the hardest question for me! I love music and am constantly seeking out new tunes. Currently, my choice is “Fading” by Toro y Moi.

Are you currently pursuing any further education or certifications?

As a pelvic floor specialist, I’m constantly taking classes to continue to understand this hidden world. I have extensive training in Functional Mobilization techniques through the Institute in Physical Art and I hope to become certified in the future. I will also be pursuing training in visceral manipulation soon.

What’s your go-to breakfast?

Scrambled eggs with cheese.

What do you wish everyone knew about PT?

PT often is thought of as this conservative measure that likely won’t work and that surgery will be required. Sometimes that is true and sometimes PT is all you need. I hear from my patients that they are surprised at the results PT can yield—they even get more better results than they thought possible!

In your opinion, what is the most important personality trait that a PT must have?

Empathetic communication.

What do you do to de-stress/unwind?

Movement and meditation. Also, cooking and baking. Occasionally, hanging out with goats. 🙂

Finish this sentence: On Saturday mornings, you can usually find me…

Baking scones.

What is your favorite piece of wellness advice?

Believe in the power of your body to heal.

Learn more about Jessica and the other Therapydia Pearl physical therapists.