Jillian is a Doctor of Physiotherapy.
DPT in the USA,
Jillian Zitny, PT, DPT, ATS
Jillian gained interest in physiotherapy early in life. She recovered from sport injuries by completing intense physiotherapy, which encouraged her to volunteer at physio clinics throughout grades 10-12, to learn more. Jillian received her BS in pre Physiotherapy: Kinesiology at Cal State University of San Marcos (CSUSM), while working at various physiotherapy clinics throughout. She studied abroad at Victoria University for her last year of this degree, and worked with AFL teams under a previous trainer of the Western Bulldogs. After graduating, she completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at University of St. Augustine of Health Sciences in California, graduating in 2013.
In addition to her doctorate degree, she specialised in Manual Therapy, as well as completed the following Manual Therapy Certifications:
- Advanced Training Specialist*
- Spinal Evaluation & Manipulation: Impairment Based, Evidence Informed Approach
- Advanced Evaluation & Manipulation of Pelvis, Lumbar & Thoracic Spine Including Thrust
- Advanced Evaluation & Manipulation of the Cranio Facial, Cervical & Upper Thoracic Spine
- Functional Analysis & Management of the Lumbo-Pelvic-Hip Complex
- Lower Extremity Evaluation & Manipulation
- Extremity Integration
- Myofascial Manipulation
- LSVT BIG (Parkinson’s Disease)
She is registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA), Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) including full membership, Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand, American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), and Oregon Physical Therapy Association (OPTA).
When Jillian isn't working, she enjoys outdoor activities such as biking, hiking, and swimming. She also enjoys yoga, dancing, playing guitar, arts & crafts, and traveling.
Jillian has been working as a physio in the field since 2009. She has expert experience in:
- Manual Physiotherapy
- Neck & shoulder pain
- Low back & hip pain
- Dry needling
- Sport injuries: (especially dance, AFL, soccer, and swim)
- Pre-post surgery
- Exercise therapy
- Gym programs
- Weight loss & nutrition
*The Advanced Training Specialist (ATS) course trains physios at a level far above the industry standard in exercise therapy. Specifically, physios learn how to apply biomechanics, sports medicine, and neuroscience principles to exercise prescription in a manner that minimizes joint stress and time commitment, yet maximizes therapeutic benefit, all of which are neglected in physio schools. The course has been endorsed by the American Physical Therapy Association, Oregon Physical Therapy Association, and American Council on Exercise. To our knowledge, we are the only physio clinic in Melbourne with this level of required training.