Dr. Nathaniel D. Hoover

Dr.  Hoover is a Wisconsin native practicing since May  2012

Why did you want to be a physical therapist?

After sustaining a fracture of my low back when I was 16 years old when snowboarding, I personally learned the great benefits of physical therapy. My back injury motivated me at a young age to pursue my dream of helping patients regain their function and decrease their pain to participate in what they enjoy.


Undergraduate: UW-La Crosse in Exercise Sports Science

Graduate: Doctorate in Physical Therapy at UW- Madison

Residency: UW Hospitals and Clinics and UnityPoint Health – Meriter Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency


  • Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
  • Trigger Point dry needling
  • APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor
  • American Heart Association CPR and AED Certified (this is true for all clinicians)

What can the patient expect when they have you as a doctor?
“My patients can expect a detail-oriented, caring approach to their care. I take great pride in understanding what my patient is having trouble completing and work with them to meet personalized goals. I value education, manual therapy and exercise. I feel that if a patient can understand and learn the reason for their pain or dysfunction, they will be successful in changing it.”

What is the most important factor in a doctor-patient relationship and why?
Communication. Clinicians need to understand what a patient is going through to be able to help them most effectively. Sound communication allows for empathy, appropriate intervention, education and ultimately goal attainment.


  • American Physical Therapy Association Member
  • American Physical Therapy Association – Wisconsin Chapter – Member
    • Southwest District Committee Member
  • AAOMPT Member

FREE TIME: Dr. Hoover is a devoted husband and father to his son, Edwin.  His physical activities: Golfing, hunting, softball, biking and chasing after his rescue dog, Redbone Coonhound, Harley.


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