Kirsten joined the South Edmonton Physical Therapy team in March 2014. She completed her Master’s degree in Physical Therapy (MScPT) at the University of Alberta in 2014. While she was a student, she worked as the student physiotherapist for the University of Alberta Golden Bears and Pandas Varsity Swim Team. She has continued to work with the team even after graduation.
Prior to starting her training to become a physical therapist, Kirsten attended the University of Calgary and was involved in numerous Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre (SIPRC) research projects focussing on concussion in elite youth hockey players and injury prevention in soccer players using the FIFA 11+. Her main research project examined clinical and neuropsychological factors in concussion recovery in over 700 Alberta AA and AAA youth ice hockey players. She had the opportunity to present this research at the 2014 IOC World Conference for Sport Injury and Illness Prevention in Monaco as a poster presentation (“Neurocognitive Performance at Return to Play in Elite Youth Hockey Players with Sport-Related Concussion”). While pursuing her Bachelor of Human Kinetics (BHK) at UBC, Kirsten worked as a student athletic trainer with the varsity soccer and football teams. She also spent a summer working with the junior and senior men’s Field Hockey Canada Teams as athletic trainer.
Kirsten has continued her education in manual therapy through the CPA Orthopaedic Division and Western University, where she has completed the Advanced Health Care Practioner – Comprehensive Musculoskeletal Program (MClSc – AHCP CMP). In addition, Kirsten has also completed her certification in Gunn IMS (UBC). Kirsten has a special interest in sport injury prevention, concussion rehabilitation and athletic injuries (recreational and high performance).