Dr. Anna Wetzel PT, DPT recently made the journey to Portland from Chicago to pursue her passions. Anna holds a Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Anna chose to advance her skills via completion of intensive training with the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program at the University of Chicago. Anna is currently preparing for her Orthopedic Clinical Specialist examination to gain recognition from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists for her skills in orthopedics. She strives to continually advance her education and skills to provide her patients with the best possible care!
Anna is eager to help people achieve their functional goals whether that be to walk one block, to get back to work, to have less pain, or even to run an ultramarathon. She has experience with athletes in various sports from recreational runners to Paralympic gold medalists in wheelchair track. Anna utilizes wellness and healthy lifestyle promotion as a means to facilitate achievement of her patients’ goals. Anna has advanced her physical therapy practice by attending courses focused on the science and biomechanics of running to optimize patient outcomes and to keep runners running!
Since moving to Portland, Anna has been able to pursue several of her own passions that relate to her career. She is an avid marathoner with both the Boston and Chicago Marathon in the books for 2016 and over 10 full marathons and several more half marathons completed to date. She is a member of Team Red Lizard in Portland and competes in the Stumptown Cross Country Series. She runs with several other groups throughout the city including Fleet Feet, Foot Traffic, and Nike Run Club. She also enjoys trail running, skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking in the Pacific Northwest wonderland.
You can read Anna’s running blog here.
- Dee reviewed 5 months ago
After a recent accident I started to receive Physical Therapy services with Anna. Anna has helped me become stronger by strengthening multiple muscle groups to help increase agility and balance. I’m thankful to find a therapist I trust for the rest of my recovery .
- Matt Mastrantuono reviewed 5 months ago
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I have been in physical therapy with Anna for about 2 months now. Her kind demeanor is immediately disarming and makes an overwhelming situation feel a little bit easier. It was obvious right off the bat that she has a wealth of knowledge. It’s not just what she knows, though, it’s how she applies it. She does extensive work to figure out what’s wrong and then comes up with a comprehensive plan to fix it. My case in particular has been tricky, so she’s been diligent about making course corrections and suggesting alternative regiments. Anna does research about my pathology to make sure I’m getting the best care and she’s responsive to e-mails on her own time — so, I know have a PT that cares for my well being outside of that 45 minute session every week.
In particular, she is an elite runner and specializes in athletes who want to get back to running at full strength. Her personal abilities and knowledge of the sport is abundantly clear.
If you want a PT who knows her stuff, goes above and beyond and specializes in running, you should give Anna a call!
- Owen Rudloff reviewed 5 months ago
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In the process of moving to Portland this summer I injured my lower back lifting furniture. I tried to work it out myself but it was persistent enough that I was compelled to seek out physical therapy. I’m a pretty active guy- enjoy running, swimming, basketball, hiking- and the aggravation was severe enough that pain after any of those activities discouraged me from continuing to exercise. A friend recommended Bridgetown and Anna began meeting with me a couple times a week. She worked with me to specifically identify the main pain points of my injury and was really great at communicating her knowledge to help me isolate my symptoms. She developed a regimen of exercises tailored to stretch and strengthen the focal point of my injury, which developed into a series of stretches that I’ve continued to do that have unquestionably led to my recovery. She also did a gait analysis and identified some underlying glute weakness that likely contributed to my back pain and gave me some great band exercises to activate my glutes before running in a way that kept them engaged throughout my run. Finally, when I first went in my back felt like a xylophone. Since I was discharged, I’ve hardly felt a single cavitation. I’d definitely recommend Anna to anyone who’s interested in not only getting completely healed, but also understanding why they got injured in the first place, and how to prevent it from happening again.