Personally, Dr. JJ Junkin grew up in east metro Atlanta. Her family moved around frequently and she experienced a diverse group of friends that changed with every move. She grew up playing sports that led to a path in collegiate athletics. Throughout her basketball career, she was exposed to the profession of Physical Therapy through a series of knee injuries that ultimately ended her career prematurely. While Physical Therapy had always been an interest since that time, she pursued careers in teaching and law enforcement prior to enrolling in the DPT program at the University of St. Augustine in San Diego, CA.
Professionally, Dr. JJ Junkin has 9 years of clinical experience in outpatient Physical Therapy. During that time, she has completed an Orthopedic Residency Program and a Fellowship in Manual Therapy. Throughout her clinical experience she has been involved in higher education as well, serving as both adjunct faculty in a DPT program and through teaching continuing education courses for physical therapists in the outpatient realm of Physical Therapy. She has been a Clinical Instructor for over 6 years, mentoring 15-20 students/year over the last 3 years. In addition to being involved with education, she has also worked treating patients as a Staff Physical Therapist and a Clinic Director of 3 different clinics across the United States. She is currently more involved on the management and operations side of the PT business, operating 8 outpatient ortho clinics in metro Portland, OR. She is a current member of the American Physical Therapy Association, APTA-OR chapter, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists, and the National Association of Black Physical Therapists.
Dr. Junkin identifies as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community and is a self proclaimed feminist. She has used her background in education and teaching to create programs and initiatives geared towards increasing the diversity and gender make-up in the PT profession, DPT educational institutions, and throughout the corporate Physical Therapy world. She recognizes and values the cognitive diversity and success programs can have with a make-up similar to the world that we live and participate in. Her goal with co-founding IDEAL Education & Consulting is to help address, and ultimately improve, the homogeneity of the PT profession for a better tomorrow.