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”. 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.