Jill Kuebler Hoakison 

(Iowa State)

The Physical Therapist | 40 Under 40 Class of 2020

“Sit at the table without forfeiting who you are.”



Direct, determined and conscientious – that’s Jill Kuebler Hoakison! She’s the director of rehabilitation services and a physical therapist at Greater Regional Medical Center in Creston, Iowa. She’s also the proud mom of three! Learn all about Jill in her extended interview.


What inspired you to go into this line of work?

My grandma had a stroke when I was 10. Growing up, I had the ability to spend a lot of time with her. She lived an amazing and fulfilling life despite her physical challenges. Her positive attitude and desire to continue to challenge herself is a true inspiration.


 Did someone help you get to where you are today, like a mentor?

A good family friend, Marilyn, was a physical therapist in Minneapolis for many years. When she returned to visit my grandma, she often worked of a variety of exercises to assist her in building strength, balance and coordination. Marilyn spent much of her time answering my questions about the physical therapy profession and allowed me to shadow her in Minneapolis.


What do you love most about your job?

I love working with a variety of people. I see patients from birth to end of life. Not every day is the same. It keeps my brain challenged and working.


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  • Vacation Destination
    Saint John, U.S. Virgin Islands

  • Favorite Season

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  • Favorite Color

Early Bird or Night Owl


Mountains or Beach


Physical Book or Audiobook


Left Brain or Right Brain


Stripes or Polka Dots


Describe yourself in three words.

Direct, determined and conscientious.


What is the best piece of advice you received?

Someone else’s opinion of you is none of your business.


If someone handed you an airline ticket to a place of your choosing, where would you go and why?

Caneel Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. My family has been traveling and staying at Caneel Bay for about 60 years. Most recently, the resort and St. John was destroyed by a hurricane. The island is returning to its glory; however, Caneel Bay has yet to be rebuilt. Caneel Bay has such a special place for my family. My boys love referring to Caneel Bay at their beach. We have been fortunate to travel to other destinations; however, we have yet to find a spot that gives us the warm that fuzzy feelings Caneel Bay does.


What’s something you cannot live without?



Name a book you read that positively shaped you.

“Dare to Lead” by Brené  Brown


If you weren’t working in the industry that you are, what would you be doing instead?

I’d have a flower farm.


How do you unwind or relax after a long day?

I go for a run.


The most rewarding aspect of your job is…

That I get to be involved in the community where I live.


If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it – metaphorically speaking, getting a message out to millions or billions – what would it say and why?

“Sit at the table without forfeiting who you are.”


In the last five years, what new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life?



When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, or have lost your focus temporarily, what do you do?

Go running!


What is one of the best or most worthwhile investments you’ve ever made? (Could be money, time, energy, etc.)

During my third pregnancy, I started going to yoga. It was an amazing workout, very different, but equally fulfilling as running. I have continued my yoga practice in the studio and at home, allowing me to make choices to be present throughout my day.

Name a confident woman of character who you look up to? Why her?

Sasha Shillcutt from Brave Enough. She encourages women to not isolate themselves. Success is amazing and lonely. Sasha encourages women to find their passion and their tribe. Women can be bossy and caring, smart and humble, fearless and vulnerable and relentless and forgiving. I continue to grow these skills.