Amy Thomas, DPT

Amy received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1985.  She earned her Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) in 1999 then returned to UNC-CH to complete her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in May of 2021.

From 1999 to 2000, Amy was a Fellow at UNC-CH’s Clinical Center for the Study of Development and Learning. She received the Tom Watson Trainee Research Award, while completing her fellowship, to pursue research involving access to community recreation for people with disabilities.  As a result of this work, Amy authored an article titled “Promoting Community Recreation and  Leisure” which was published in the Pediatric Physical Therapy Journal of the American Physical Therapy Association in 2003.

Amy prefers to work with infants and children in their natural environments using a variety of evidence-based interventions.  Her thoughtful, creative, and comprehensive approach to providing physical therapy services is highly regarded in the North Carolina healthcare community.  Amy embraces the ‘family-centered’ philosophy of caregiving in which family members play a central role in the developing health and well-being of a child.

As a testament to her eagerness to learn and help clients, Amy consistently earns more continuing education hours than required for licensure maintenance.  She has extensive experience with a wide variety of conditions that include, but is not limited to, various syndromes and associations, rare genetic diseases, organ transplants, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, torticollis, and unspecified gross motor delay.

In addition to her physical therapy work, Amy enjoys spending time with her two adult sons and friends whenever possible, as well as listening to many genres of music, dancing, cooking, reading, and traveling.