Amanda (Mandy) Blackmon PT, DPT, OCS, CMTPT received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Georgia in 2002 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Emory University in 2005. Dr. Blackmon is a board-certified specialist in orthopedic physical therapy with 15 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.
Mandy runs a private practice in Atlanta, GA, and is a founding partner in Atlanta Dance Medicine. Dr. Blackmon has taught in the DPT program at Mercer University in Atlanta, GA for 10 years. Her current research areas of interest include hypermobility, Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S), 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. Mandy was certified in dry needling by Myopain Seminars in 2010 and has been teaching dry needling courses 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.