Written by Helen Goelet\r\n\r\nJACKSON, Wyo. \u2014 Having grown up in Jackson, Amy Harmon Foley is no stranger to the physical demands that come with living in a mountain town. Gold winner for Best Physical Therapist in this year\u2019s Best of Jackson Hole, Foley branched out on her own to start Joint Effort Physical Therapy just this past May.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt\u2019s not something I expected,\u201d Foley says when asked how she felt about taking home gold. \u201cBut it feels really good to be supported by the community that I grew up in.\u201d\r\n\r\nFoley has always been interested in health, wellness, and the complexities of the human brain and body. When she started her bachelor\u2019s degree at the University of Southern California Santa Barbara, Foley\u2019s sights were on Med school. A traumatic brain injury during her freshman year, however, changed her course.\r\n\r\n\u201cI lost my taste and smell for a year and a half,\u201d Foley says. \u201cNo one was able to help me rehabilitate.\u201d\r\n\r\nAfter taking a semester off to try to heal, Foley returned to USCSB. Still very much affected by her injury, Foley\u2019s frustration with the lack of aid and understanding from her school led her to transfer to the University of Wyoming in her Junior year where she started their Kinesiology and Health Sciences Program.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\u201cThat\u2019s when I had my first real exposure to PT and it felt like a much better fit than the med track,\u201d Foley explains. During a rotation at school, Foley met someone who was able to help rehabilitate her through balance and concussion rehab, a practice she now offers to clients.\r\n\r\nAfter finishing school, Foley moved to Los Angeles where she took her first job as a Physical Therapist. A year and a half later, she returned home to Jackson and started working for Excel Physical Therapy where she worked until branching out on her own this past May.\r\n\r\nWhen asked what value she sees her business bringing to her community, Foley says that she hopes to give a new, more holistic way of healing injuries. Foley is currently studying a French style of Osteopathic training. \u201cIt\u2019s much more hands-on and looks at the entire body instead of focusing on just one problem area,\u201d she explains. \u201cIt\u2019s so important to focus on all aspects of the body, from nutrition to other aspects of a patient\u2019s life that can be contributing to their injury.\u201d\r\n\r\nFor Foley, working with other members of Jackson\u2019s health and wellness community is also vital to ensuring that her patients are able to rehabilitate to the fullest. \u201cI want people to feel like they can get a variety of treatments to help them get better,\u201d she says. \u201cI want them to crush life. That\u2019s what we\u2019re all here for, right?\u201d That\u2019s why she\u2019s dedicated to creating a strong network of people around her, from fellow PTs to Pilates instructors, chiropractors, nutritionists and more.\r\n\r\nStarting her own business has certainly not been an easy task, but Foley is learning the importance of teamwork and the power of networking in a small town. \u201cThis town is tough,\u201d she says, \u201ceveryone wants to be the best at everything here. But I\u2019ve found good people to fill in the cracks where I\u2019m not as strong and that\u2019s been really great.\u201d\r\n\r\nWhen asked what her favorite business in Jackson Hole is, Foley had two answers.\r\nFirst: Hayden Hilke\u2019s Peak Physical Therapy. \u201cI think she runs an awesome business,\u201d Foley says. \u201cShe has a great team and an even better attitude. She doesn\u2019t view other PTs as competition because we\u2019re all just here to heal the community.\u201d\r\nSecond: Cultivate Caf\u00e9. \u201cI grew up with the Garnick\u2019s,\u201d Foley explains. \u201cThey all work really hard and have such delicious, good, healthy food.\u201d\r\n\r\nIf you\u2019re interested in making an appointment with Amy Harmon Foley, email firstname.lastname@example.org or give her a call at (307) 699-2149.