Kristen is a Physical Therapy Clinical Specialist and Performing Arts Rehabilitation Program Coordinator at MedSport Domino’s Farms with Michigan Medicine. Kristen holds her Board Certification in Sports and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Kristen received her undergraduate education from University of Michigan, and her Master’s and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Central Michigan University. Kristen performs staff training in the evaluation, screening and treatment of Performing Arts patients; coordinates and performs on-site triaging, backstage treatment services, and has established referral network for the SMTD students. She has collaborated in the creation of return to dance post-operative protocol, gymnastic, instrumentalist, post-concussion return and figure skating injury risk screening for these specialized patient populations. For the past decade, she has coordinated injury risk screening for the UM SMTD including analysis of individual screenings and customized exercise prescription. She is on the US Figure Skating Team USA medical team and serves on their Sports Medicine Committee. Kristen supported the 2018 Olympic Team with physiotherapy coverage in Pyeongchang, South Korea and has traveled to Asia multiple times as Team Physiotherapist for Team USA at World Championship and International Figure Skating events. She was awarded the Michigan Medicine Learning Catalyst Award for Outstanding Staff Educator.
Kristen has presented at multiple national and international conferences on injury risk screening and performing arts medicine for the American Physical Therapy Association, International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, Performing Arts Medical Association, Music Teachers National Association, and National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy.
Kristen is mom to two little ones, Hope, 4 and Donovan, 6. Both love dancing and performing. She is married to Phil, a former Drum Corps member, and fellow Physical Therapist.