Physical Therapist Bios
Mend is a practice focused on helping our clients/patients return to pain free living and sports. Our treatment experts are Fellows of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists, a designation attained by less than 1% of PT professionals in the U.S. Recent research indicates that working with a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) that is fellowship-trained in orthopedic manual therapy results in better outcomes in fewer visits.
Kristin Carpenter, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
“I joke with my clients that I have a unique job in that I ultimately hope to be “fired”. We have an highly effective skill set to treat musculoskeletal conditions in the clinic, but ultimately, our goal at Mend is to transition our clients from intervention in the clinic to independent management and prevention with education and understanding of your condition so that you do not require ongoing injury therapy.”
Kristin has been practicing PT in Boulder since 2008, after graduating from the University of Colorado Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. She has been a certified provider of trigger point dry needling since 2010 and a board-certified clinical specialist in the management of orthopaedic conditions since 2012. Kristin was recognized as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT) in 2014, placing her among a small group of only several fellowship-trained experts practicing in Boulder, another of whom is Mend’s co-owner, Jeff Ryg.
Kristin and Jeff established Mend on several core principles: (1) Spend sufficient time with patients for them to tell their story and provide comprehensive treatment each session (all visits are 1-hour long) (2) Provide the most current treatment for musculoskeletal conditions based on medical literature (3) Minimize the amount of time and money spent in the clinic by seeing patients for longer sessions over fewer visits. In order to stay true to our founding principles, Mend has decided to be an “out-of-network” practice to minimize insurance limitations on our practice model.
A runner, former Ironman triathlete, and collegiate water polo player, Kristin has developed expertise treating the endurance and overhead athlete over the years. Her approach to treatment consists of manual therapy (hands-on techniques targeting joints and muscles), trigger point dry needling, exercise and education to empower her patients to be active participants in the management of their own health and performance.
Kristin is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. She is actively engaged in the education of other PT professionals at a local and national level and has participated in numerous peer-reviewed studies investigating the effects of treatment in the management of musculoskeletal conditions such as ankle, shoulder and neck pain.
Jay Harpp, PT, DPT, OCS, Fellow in Training
“I enjoy working with patients of all ages and abilities, from the seasoned professional to the weekend warrior. As a musculoskeletal expert, it is my responsibility to use proven techniques and treatment strategies to help my patients get better as quickly as possible. In order to provide the highest quality of care in my field, I’ve chosen to pursue a fellowship in orthopedic and manual physical therapy and join the experts at Mend.”
Jay studied Biology at the University of Vermont where he was named to the Alpha Gamma Green Mountain Chapter Honors Society. After a short time racing as an elite amateur cyclist, Jay decided to head back to school at Regis University, obtaining his DPT in 2010. Having a real thirst for knowledge, Jay continues to consult the latest literature, instructs students from various universities, and seeks to set himself apart as a cutting-edge physical therapist. Jay is currently pursuing fellowship credentials through Regis University.
Jay is originally from Cleveland, Ohio but likes to pretend he is from Vermont, where he met his wife Alexandra. Jay likes to run, bike, ski (nordic and tele), snowboard, climb, hike, and do crossfit. Jay finds great satisfaction in helping his patients get back to the sports they love, knowing how frustrating it can be to be sidelined by an injury. When he is not treating patients, Jay is busy chasing around his twin 3 year olds and golden retriever Pancake.
Jeff Ryg, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC, CSCS, FAAOMPT
"I believe that physical therapists should be the practitioner of choice for patients with musculoskeletal disorders. I enjoy working with clients who are intrinsically motivated to achieve their goals through an active treatment approach. It is a joy coming to work when you are able to observe patients achieving goals they originally did not think were possible before treatment.”
Jeff’s experience as an athletic trainer and a sports and conditioning specialist ignited his interest in orthopaedics and sports medicine. Since his time working with Division 1 athletes at the University of Iowa, Jeff has launched a career treating patients with a variety of orthopaedic and sports related injuries from amateur to professional athletes. His background in orthopaedic manual therapy and his hands-on approach to each individual patient’s course of care is part of Jeff’s signature treatment style.
Jeff attended the University of Iowa where he received a degree in Athletic Training, and the University of Georgia, earning a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology. After graduating from Emory University in 2006 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, he spent time working in Indianapolis and Atlanta before returning to Boulder to open Mend with Kristin Carpenter.
Jeff’s priority at Mend is to combine his patients’ goals with the best available medical evidence and his clinical expertise to develop an effective treatment plan. He works to alleviate symptoms and improve function for patients through manual therapy and exercise interventions. The environment at Mend also allows him to spend each patient treatment session uninterrupted so he can devote his complete attention to each individual case. Jeff is continually inspired by patients who face huge obstacles during their recovery, but successfully return to their active lifestyles under his care.
Jeff is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and previously served as a member of the legislative committee and district chair in local chapters. He was honored with the Emerging Leader Award in 2012, presented to professionals who are up-and-coming in physical therapy. Jeff is also a Fellow of the American Association of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists achieving the highest level of clinical education and training. His professional interests include advancing the profession of physical therapy by promoting early access to physical therapy services for patients with musculoskeletal conditions and teaching within orthopedic physical therapy residency programs.
Outside of the office, Jeff enjoys spending time with his family, teaching, reading and enjoying the outdoors through cycling, swimming, mountain biking, hiking and camping.