My name is Dr. Jessica Wiley. iAM a Doctor of Physical Therapy and owner of iAM Physical Therapy and Wellness in La Jolla, California.
My passion is to empower all people to live their happiest and healthiest life possible. I truly believe we are what we eat, think and do. Our everyday actions and decisions, however small or large, decide our fate. Our health not only affects us individually, but also our children, partners, parents, and all loved ones. We all have the choice to take control of our health and wellness. A choice to decide ‘iAM going to live my healthiest life today… for tomorrow’.
iAM committed to your journey of living your best life so you can pursue your dreams and passions. Your goal may be to enjoy your children or grandchildren, experience the world, run a race, or perhaps just to live everyday life without pain. My hope for you is that your health won’t be an obstacle in achieving your goals and living the life you imagined. Thank you for letting me be a part of your journey.
Board Certified Orthopaedic Specialist
What is a Doctor of Physical Therapy?
A DPT is a clinical, 3-year postgraduate degree, similar to a MD or dentist, including 2 years of theoretical and practical education, as well as 1 year of clinical internships. Areas of study include orthopedics, neurology, cardiopulmonary, imaging, and pharmacology. As autonomous practitioners, a referral from your physician is not required to see a physical therapist. Licensed physical therapist are required to pass a national board exam and are highly educated to clinically evaluate various human conditions and are recommended as clinicians of choice for musculoskeletal injuries related to movement dysfunction. Save time and money by seeing a physical therapist first for muscle, joint and nerve pain/injuries.
Dr. Wiley is A Board Certified Orthopaedic Specialist.
She received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from George Washington University in Washington DC graduating top of her class.
Upon graduation, Dr Wiley was awarded membership into the National Alpha Eta Honor Society for academic achievement, leadership, and service
Dr. Wiley completed clinical rotations at Georgetown University Hospital and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital with areas of focus on orthopedic and cardiopulmonary management. She has received advanced training in the evaluation and treatment of orthopedic, neurological and sport conditions from low back pain, shoulder dysfunction, ankle/foot instabilities, pre/post operative, fibromyalgia/chronic pain, neck pain, TMJ, headaches and running dysfunctions. She specializes in one-on-one, hands on treatment including manual therapy and neuromuscular re-education to maximize the body’s own healing ability and promoting proper movement patterns to resolve various musculoskeletal conditions. Jessica is committed to providing evidence-based treatments to achieve patient's goals efficiently as possible so you can return to the activities you love most. She empowers her patients with self-management strategies to maintain long-term results post treatment. As a Direct Access provider, she has strong differential diagnosis skills and considers the whole body when evaluating each patient.
Fun facts: Jessica is a former ballet dancer. She enjoys traveling, spending time outdoors, and playing with her dog Braxton.
Georgetown Univ Sport Medicine Series: Hip and Groin Injuries
Georgetown Univ Sports Medicine Series: Tendinopathy
NYU Harkness Center for Dance Injuries: Principles of Dance Medicine
USC - Management of Lumbar Spine and Pelvic Girdle
Functional Relationships of the Lower Half: Examination and Treatment
IPA – Dynamic Foot and Ankle
Mulligan Concepts: Upper Quarter
How it all started…
My appreciation for the human body started from a very young age. From the age of 3 to 18, I spent most of my after school days and weekends in the dance studio. It was there that I learned the human body craves to be active and physical. I spent my time exploring different forms of dance from ballet, jazz, tap, modern, lyrical. All of which were not just movements but also expressions of the soul. I marveled at the foots ability to create effortless extensions of the leg, how those legs could contour themselves in various shapes and arms that floated as if feathers in the air. The possibilities of human shape and movement were endless. However, with this great gift came the responsibility and dedication of learning proper technique, not only for esthetics but also for safety and longevity. Establishing the outer ranges of flexibility, strength, balance and muscular synergy is imperative to meet the great demands required of dancers. I spent my younger years learning, exploring and educating myself on the human body to enhance my love of dance.
Why I chose physical therapy…
At the age of 12, I had the school assignment of researching and writing a paper about a potential career choice. At the time, a father of a good friend of mine was a physical therapist. I remember him showing us his gadgets and telling us how they worked. He would always remind my friend to sit up straight. And to this day my friend has the best posture of anyone I know! I decided to interview and shadow a few physical therapists in my home town to learn more about what physical therapy was all about. I began to understand how the body could heal itself with just movement. From a dancer perspective, I just thought this was amazing and knew I need to learn more.
Why I founded iAM Physical Therapy
iAM Physical Therapy was founded with the goal of inspiring individuality in our clients. This goal ties in with the belief that top-notch care cannot be rushed, limited or capped. At iAM Physical Therapy, all of our patients receive one-on-one care and manual (hands-on) treatment from a Doctor of Physical Therapy at every session. I have the time to fully assess each client’s condition(s), provide hands-on treatment and educate them about their condition and how to overcome it. Knowledge really is power. By having extended time with each patient, I am able to provide faster results and better outcomes!