Dr. Amanda Butler, PT, DPT
Amanda Butler, PT, DPT graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. While earning her undergraduate degree, she worked with a variety of clinics and hospitals, including Carle Hospital and the DRES (Disability Resources and Educational Services) clinic, to gain a knowledge and understanding of rehabilitation in different settings. Amanda also received her minor in Spanish to ensure communication across cultures and has utilized this throughout her career.
In 2011 Amanda earned her Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Utica College in Utica, NY and upon graduation, continued to work in the outpatient setting at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences in Chicago. There she developed her skills as a manual therapist while treating a variety of patients with both orthopedic and cardiopulmonary issues.
Amanda has further developed her desire to assist Doctor of Physical Therapy students in their clinic rotations and gained her Clinical Instructor certification from the APTA (American Physical Therapy Association). She spent multiple hours as a Teacher’s Assistant for the University of Illinois’ Doctor in Physical Therapy program, including classes in Kinesiology and Cardiopulmonary Dysfunction. Amanda also began assisting in teaching classes for South College in Knoxville, TN, providing additional services to the development of Physical Therapy students.
Evidence-based practice is of the highest concern for Amanda to appropriately and effectively treat her patients. She has been involved in several research studies, including the effects of pulmonary physical therapy on readmission rates, effects of manual therapy for low back pain when an aortic abdominal aneurysm is present, and the effects of the Wii board for balance testing. She is a proud member of the American Physical Therapy Association in order to stay updated with current literature.
When Amanda is not in the clinic, she enjoys spending time with her family, running in local races, playing basketball, yoga, and traveling.