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Meet Jennifer Anderson of Root Physical Therapy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jennifer Anderson.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Jennifer. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Prior to launching Root Physical Therapy, I earned a doctorate degree in physical therapy from A.T. Still University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Mesa, Arizona in 2012.

Before this, I completed a bachelor’s degree in exercise science at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. I have been a group fitness instructor for over a decade and love the personal connections that come with leading others through exercise classes.

I volunteer on the board of directors for The Parkinson and Movement Disorders Alliance, a statewide non-profit organization that provides incredible resources for people with Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders.

Always in pursuit of learning, I enjoy continuing education in various areas of neurological rehab, but have a particular interest in movement disorders. I am a board certified neurologic clinical specialist (NCS), LSVT BIG® certified for the treatment of people with Parkinson’s disease, PWR! trained (Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery), and a designated Certified Stroke Rehabilitative Specialist through the National Stroke Association. I am a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and a credentialed clinical instructor through the APTA.

When I’m not practicing physical therapy, I enjoy spending time outdoors with my husband, Kyle, our four-month-old son, Wade, and our two dogs, Larry and Walter. I think of myself as a yogi and am always looking for a new trail to hike.

Has it been a smooth road?
I am so fortunate to have several mentors and supporters. This has helped smooth the road along the way tremendously. As a physical therapist, one of my biggest challenges has been figuring out ways to most efficiently run a business while simultaneously devoting the majority of my time to patient care. I am also a new mom, which helps me appreciate organization and time-management more than ever.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Root Physical Therapy – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Root Physical Therapy is a mobile-based movement disorders clinic that specializes 100% in Parkinson’s Disease. The driving force in creating Root Physical Therapy was my passion for working with people with Parkinson’s Disease. Our team knows that the most successful outcomes incorporate principles of neuroplasticity and we operate under the concept that “exercise is medicine”. The Root Physical Therapy vision is to provide clients with exceptional physical therapy along with the additional opportunity to provide physical/mental/emotional services through community outreach/volunteerism and various wellness classes. We are known for two things: our highly individualized and specialized services for people with Parkinson’s Disease and the fact that we are a mobile-based company. By traveling to our clients, they are able to focus on the most important thing: their individualized therapy plan.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
There are many things that I love about Phoenix, but one of my favorites is the hiking…both rural and urban! My favorite hike in the valley is Flat Iron in the Superstition Mountains. My least favorite thing about our city is the long, lingering summer. I am from the Midwest, so I miss fall weather…but appreciate that it can be reached only a short drive away from the city.

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