Meet Our Director
Amy Higgins DPT
Amy was first exposed to the physical therapy profession during high school, when she was active and frequently injured in soccer, basketball, and track and field. The extensive time she spent as a patient rehabilitating these injuries showed her a relaxed but passionate environment that she really enjoyed and saw as a good fit for her future. This brought Amy to Stockton University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2014, and then a Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2017. While at Stockton, she developed an interest in outpatient orthopedics and served as a student class representative from 2014-2017, as well as president of the Stockton Graduate Physical Therapy Club from 2016-2017.
Amy joined the Twin Boro team after graduating from Stockton, starting off as a staff therapist at the Toms River clinic in 2018. The following year, she was promoted and became Clinical Director of the Manahawkin location. Since becoming a physical therapist, Amy has taken several continuing education courses with Great Lakes Seminars, including a course on shoulder dysfunction. She also has a Level 1 certification in the Selective Functional Movement Assessment, which allows her to more accurately identify the cause of each patient’s pain in order to reach a comprehensive movement diagnosis. In addition, Amy is currently planning to obtain a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification to broaden her capabilities as a therapist.
Amy has clinical experience in outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation, subacute rehabilitation, spinal cord injury rehabilitation, amputee rehabilitation, and pulmonary rehabilitation, with a special interest in orthopedic and amputee populations. She finds that providing care for these patients is always a rewarding challenge, and the novelty of each case is one of the primary aspects of physical therapy that truly inspires her. Amy utilizes a variety of strategies to help patients reach their goals, which may include soft-tissue mobilization, joint mobilization, myofascial release, gait training, and/or activity-specific interventions. She prides herself in utilizing an approach to care that focuses on the patient as a whole person, instead of just a body part. This means taking the time to really get to know each patient’s personality and understanding their background and how they’re doing at home, which she takes into consideration when formulating each treatment plan.
Amy also implements Twin Boro’s One2FourTM Care Model to determine the “right level of healthcare” for every patient she manages. She finds it to be incredibly effective for determining the functional level any patient is at and understanding how to progress them to achieve their goals. This unique approach looks at the entire episode of care for the patient, which may range from a relatively low level of function at the start to the peak performance required to return to a prior or preferred level of function. It also means that one patient’s Level 1 may not be the same as another’s, so Amy realizes that it’s her responsibility to establish where each patient stands before making careful treatment decisions that will advance him or her to the next level.
Spending time with her family, going to the gym, and playing sports, especially soccer and basketball
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