Kristin Carpenter Doctor of Physical Therapy

Dr. Kristin Carpenter

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Board Certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Fellowship Trained in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy

“I joke with my clients that I have a unique job in that I ultimately hope to be fired. Physical therapists have a diverse and evidence-proven skill set to treat musculoskeletal conditions in the clinic, but ultimately, the goal at Mend is to transition our clients from intervention in the clinic to independent management and prevention with an understanding of your condition so that you do not require ongoing care.”

Kristin has been practicing physical therapy in Boulder since 2008, after graduating from the University of Colorado Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.  She is a board-certified orthopedic specialist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT), placing her amongst the less than 0.5% of fellowship-trained physical therapists in the U.S.,another of whom is Mend’s co-founder, Jeff Ryg.


Kristin has extensive experience treating spinal and orthopaedic conditions and sports injuries. After the birth of her 2 children she has blended her orthopedic and manual therapy expertise with additional training in women’s/pelvic health to help pregnant and post-partum women manage pain, stay active and return to sport after baby. Kristin values active listening in order to collaborate with her clients and decide upon the most appropriate combination of manual therapy, dry needling, individualized exercise and education to allow each individual to meet their goals and manage their long-term health and performance.

 Prior to her career as a physical therapist, Kristin played Division 1 water polo (Indiana University) and worked in biomedical research at the University of Michigan. Kristin is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT).  She has participated in numerous peer-reviewed studies investigating the effects of physical therapy in management of musculoskeletal conditions.  She is an avid runner (Boston 2:59:10) and former Ironman triathlete (Wisconsin 10:44). Outside of Mend, Kristin maintains her health by running, strength training, and chasing after 2 young kids. .