Dr. Kristin Carpenter
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Board Certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy
Fellowship Trained in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy
Dr. Carpenter 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 developed an interest in women’s/pelvic health and completed additional training in pelvic floor physical therapy, prenatal and postpartum physical therapy and treatment of the female athlete. She is passionate about empowering her clients to return to activities they love after life changing experiences such as injury or childbirth. 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, skiing and chasing after 2 young kids.
Kristin sees patients at Mend locations in Boulder and Lafayette.