Amanda (Mandy) Blackmon received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Emory University in 2005 and Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Georgia in 2002.
Dr. Blackmon is a board-certified specialist in orthopaedic physical therapy with over 13 years of clinical experience treating patients with musculoskeletal conditions. She specializes in treating performing artists and dancers, and is the head physical therapist for Atlanta Ballet.
When not working, Mandy enjoys spending time with family and friends, her dog Otis, theater and dance performances, travel and food.
Dr. Blackmon teaches in the DPT program at Mercer University in Atlanta, GA, primarily in the musculoskeletal course series and related intervention courses. Her current research areas of interest include hypermobility, trigger points and dry needling, and injury surveillance and prevention in dancers and performing artists. She speaks on these topics at local, state, national, and international meetings.
She was certified through Myopain Seminars in 2010 and has been teaching since 2013.
Dr. Blackmon is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia (PTAG), and the APTA’s Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. She holds leadership positions in the Performing Arts Special Interest Group. In 2015, PTAG awarded her the Merit Award for Exceptional Service and Achievement.
She is also a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy, the International Myofascial Pain Society, and the Performing Arts Medical Association. She serves on the Executive Board for Dance/USA’S Taskforce on Dancer Health, addressing injury prevention and surveillance for professional dancers. Dr. Blackmon is the past President of the Eating Disorders Information Network and now serves on the Medical Advisory Board for the organization.