Kris Carlson, PT, OCS

krisKris graduated from the University of Montana in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. Prior to this, she attended Montana State University from 1983 to 1987, where she was majoring in physical education with a sports medicine option.

Kris began her physical therapy career in Bellingham at St. Joseph Hospital, rotating through all rehab settings, working with both neurologic and orthopedic patients. After working for a home health agency and an orthopedic clinic, Kris joined the team at Bellingham Physical Therapy in 1998. She has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 1987. She earned a clinical specialization certification in orthopedic physical therapy (OCS) from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 2009.

Variety is the spice of work for Kris, and she enjoys treating a wide range of patients with orthopedic issues. She uses an integrated, holistic approach to create a course of treatment that addresses the needs of each individual. She combines manual therapy techniques with therapeutic exercise and works with optimizing movement patterns. She loves helping a person find the tools for self-management of symptoms, enabling them to play an active role in their rehab process.

Kris’ continuing education includes a variety of specialized manual therapy techniques; osteopathic muscle energy technique, Jones Strain Counterstrain, Maitland spinal and peripheral joint mobilization, and Manual Ligament Therapy. Her coursework encompasses Sahrmann muscle imbalances and movement disorders, classes with Diane Lee and L.J. Lee on the lumbo-pelvic-hip and the thorax-shoulder complexes, geriatric orthopedics, courses specific to the spine and pelvic girdle, running mechanics and injury rehabilitation, and KinesioTaping. Most recently, she completed The Barral Institute’s Visceral Mobilization series. Kris is a student of Iyengar Yoga, and delights in integrating the “gems of yoga wisdom” into her physical therapy practice.

Growing up in Alaska, Kris developed a love for outdoor activity in all seasons. She now finds happiness sharing outdoor pursuits with her husband Dean and son Devon in this beautiful corner of the PNW, from the mountains to the saltwater. Her passions include gardening, running, cross-country skiing, sea kayaking, hiking, and backpacking. Motherhood is a bright spark in her life.

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