Jill Thein-Nissenbaum, PT, DSc, SCS, ATC is an associate professor in the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received her bachelor's degree in physical education from Iowa State University, her masters in physical therapy from the University of Iowa, and her doctorate of science in orthopaedic and sports science from Rocky Mountain University in Provo, Utah.
In addition, Thein-Nissenbaum has been a board-certified sports clinical specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties since 2001, and has been a certified athletic trainer since 1990.
Thein-Nissenbaum has served in numerous capacities since joining the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program faculty in 1995. In her current role, she teaches two five-credit courses in the musculoskeletal track.
Thein-Nissenbaum’s clinical appointment is with the Department of Athletics as the staff physical therapist for Badger sports medicine. She was the first physical therapist to be contracted into the athletic training room and is currently in her ninth season working with the Badgers. She provides rehabilitation services and consultation for all 23 sports, working directly with the athletic trainers and team physicians.
Thein-Nissenbaum is actively involved in professional organizations and serves as the continuing education coordinator for the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy. She has held that position for over 10 years and coordinates all of the continuing education opportunities provided by the publication. She is also in her second term as the chair of the collegiate for the University and Professional Athletes Interest Group within the American Physical Therapy Association.
Thein-Nissenbaum also hosts a monthly call-in show through Wisconsin Public Radio, where listeners can call in with musculoskeletal-related conditions and receive recommendations regarding treatment and/or management. Her co-host is her sister, Lori Thein Brody, PT, PhD, SCS, ATC.
Her research interests include the adolescent female athlete, bone-related injury, and prevention of anterior cruciate ligament injuries. She has numerous presentation and publications related to these and other sports-related topics.