Amanda Willis, DPT, PT, is a licensed physical therapist who has been with the UAMS outpatient therapy team since 2008.
She currently works in the Jackson T. Stephens Spine and Neurosciences Institute in the outpatient therapy department, but has also held extra temporary positions in the past as an inpatient therapist during evenings and weekends at the UAMS medical center.
During graduate school, Amanda completed a clinical internship here at UAMS outpatient therapy department and it was here that she developed her interest in orthopedics, especially lower extremity and post-operative conditions. After graduating with her doctoral degree from the University of Central Arkansas, Amanda accepted a position here and has been full-time since 2008.
Amanda especially enjoys the hospital’s outpatient PT setting because of the diverse patient population, the multitude of conditions she is able to see and treat, and because she is better able to communicate to other health care professionals involved in clients’ care.
Besides her interest in patient/client advocacy, Amanda also feels that education and understanding are key in the rehabilitation process, i.e. - not telling people what they need to do, but rather why it is they need to do it and what it’s actually going to accomplish for them.
As well as teaching her clients, Amanda also has a special interest in teaching students and other health professionals. Over the years, Amanda has been a mentor and clinical instructor for physical therapy students during clinical internships and she also lectures each year to the university’s advanced practitioner nursing students as part of their professional curriculum.