Amalia Iwasaki Pfeifer | Therapeutic Associates Physical Therapy

Amalia Iwasaki Pfeifer


Physical Therapist


Amalia grew up in Lake Oswego and attended Lake Oswego High School. In 2016, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. After college she moved to Colorado, where she earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Colorado in 2019. She is passionate about the benefits of movement for physical and mental wellbeing and enjoys partnering with patients to help them enjoy their favorite activities to the fullest.

Amalia grew up playing soccer and became a distance runner when she competed for the club cross country and track team at Cal Poly. While in physical therapy school, Amalia enjoyed volunteering as a physical therapy provider and Spanish interpreter at a student-run free clinic as well as exploring the Rocky Mountains trail running in the summer and skiing in the winter.

Although she enjoyed her time in Colorado and California, Amalia is very happy to be back in Oregon. She enjoys cooking and eating with friends and family, reading (especially if you count audiobooks), and running. On weekends, you can find her exploring the Oregon outdoors with her husband, Ross, and their dog, Stenner.


  • Certified Manual Physical Therapist (CMPT) through North American Institute for Orthopedic
  • Manual Physical Therapy

Special Interests

  • Functional exercise to promote healthy aging
  • Manual therapy
  • Running injury treatment and prevention
  • Incorporating breath training into exercise and daily life


Q & A

What is your favorite Pandora Station?
The Lumineers, Passion Pit, Classic Rock

What is your favorite sport to watch? To Play?
To watch: basketball
To play: Spikeball

If you could only eat one food or meal for the rest of your life what would it be and why?

What is your Starbucks order?

Hot – decaf americano with soy milk
Cold – black tea lemonade

Additional Certifications

Certified Manual Physical Therapist (CMPT) through North American Institute for Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy


University of Colorado, Doctorate of Physical Therapy


Lake Oswego, OR

Recent Blog Posts

Our educational blogs draw on the expertise and experience of our therapists, bringing you the information you need to pursue an active, healthy, and pain-free life.
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