Jessica McConahay, PT, DPT, TPS
Whole Body Health PT @ North Portland
Jessica received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of California, San Francisco. She previously studied music at the University of Illinois and then returned to school, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Neuroscience from the University of San Francisco, graduating Summa cum Laude.
Jessica is a certified Therapeutic Pain Specialist, which is a post-doctoral program for the evaluation and treatment of chronic pain based on current research in pain neuroscience. This certification, in combination with continued training through the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT), affirms her interest in the biopsychosocial aspects of care.
In addition to being a musician, Jessica worked for nearly 10 years at a startup company. There, she played several roles but ended up in software development. During this time, she also took several yoga teaching courses, working in the evenings and weekends at a yoga studio. Her 15-year yoga practice at this time lead to an interest in formal meditation, and she focused on mindfulness meditation training through programs at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. This experience has refined her ability to incorporate stress reduction techniques into treatment, and, of course, utilizing these techniques herself.
Jessica’s recent physical therapy focus has been outpatient orthopedics, but she continually draws from a variety of clinical experiences, including neurologic physical therapy. Attending UCSF allowed her to have learning opportunities in interdisciplinary care, and she frequently attended grand rounds with other medical students on topics concerning psychology and neuroscience. These experiences shaped her interest in team-based and holistic care.
Jessica spends time outside the clinic running, biking, trying to do regular weight training, reading research, and practicing mindfulness. She also loves birdwatching, photography, and working on her yard, which is certified as a Backyard Habitat through the Audubon Society of Portland and Columbia Land Trusts his personal experience of recovering from a traumatic brain and spinal cord injury when he was a teenager. He nearly lost his life due the brain injury but recovered with only minor right-sided weakness. This experience changed his life forever and fuels his passion to help others through their own recovery process. His previous brain injury also motivates him to treat patients suffering from post-concussive c symptoms.