Jason Willer, MPT
My initial interest and love for physical therapy developed through my own collegiate athletic career as a member of the swim team at the University of Iowa. After my own shoulder and back injuries and watching other team mates recover from various other injuries, I recognized the value and importance of physical therapy in getting people back to everyday life. My interest led me to a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and later a Master of Science in Physical Therapy. Through my education and training orthopedic physical therapy has always remained my main interest.
After receiving my degrees, my wife and I have moved frequently over the past eight years. We've lived in Chicago, Washington DC, and even Manchester, New Hampshire. Through these travels I have had the privilege of working in a wide variety of settings including outpatient orthopedic clinics, large and small hospitals, and nursing homes/rehab centers. All have been amazing learning experiences that have allowed me to develop a deep and diverse therapy skill set.
But when my wife and I decided we wanted to start a family, we knew that coming back to Iowa was the next right move. As I began my job search in Eastern Iowa, I knew I wanted to work with the best physical therapists and physicians in the area. I believe that by working with the best, I am constantly pushed to strive for excellence. I knew of the great reputation of both the doctors and therapists at Physicians' Clinic of Iowa and it was clear that this was the place for me.
Almost two years later, I can say that I have loved every minute of my time here. The team of physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and therapy assistants are an extremely knowledgeable and experienced group. I love the fact that I'm constantly able to talk with the doctors about their patient's individual course of treatment. It's also great having a team of therapists to discuss treatment techniques with. The collaborative environment really allows my patients to receive the best possible care.
Most days I deal primarily with the evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal diseases and injuries. I gain deep satisfaction in helping individuals progress from initial sessions where they may be experiencing either pain or limited function to their last session where they have reached their goals and are able to return to full and active lives. I see a variety of people, some who just had their ACL or Rotator Cuff repaired, to those who have back pain or knee pain and are want to return to activities without having surgery.
During my time with patients I enjoy being able to connect on a personal level. Not only does this allow me to better tailor treatments to their unique situation, but I've met some great friends too. The best part of my day is when I can shake a patient's hand and watch them leave therapy for the last time knowing that they are either fully recovered or well on their way to getting back to the life they want to live, and the activities they enjoy most.