Although originally from San Diego, Kelsie grew up in the Beaverton area and received her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science with a minor in Spanish at Oregon State University. She then ventured out of the Pacific Northwest to earn her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Regis University in Denver, Colorado.
While at Regis, Kelsie was a member of an interdisciplinary puppy-raising team for Canine Companions for Independence, an organization that provides service dogs to individuals with disabilities. Kelsie was also her class Admissions Representative at Regis where she was closely involved with planning interview days and acted as a liaison for prospective and incoming students. She loved having the opportunity to assist future physical therapists in pursuing their careers, which is something she hopes to carry over into her profession. Kelsie is also a member of the APTA Orthopedic section and aims to remain active with the APTA and PT advocacy throughout her career.
The idea of empowering patients to play an active role in their own recovery was what initially drew Kelsie to the field of physical therapy. She especially loves the outpatient orthopedic setting because of the opportunities to work with such diverse patient populations and to teach patients how they can regain function and independence by using their own bodies through exercise.
In her spare time, Kelsie enjoys hiking, camping, team sports, swimming, skiing, and country dancing. In Denver, Kelsie became much more of an avid hiker as she summited 15 of the Colorado 14ers (so far). She hopes to bring this adventure-seeking attitude back to Oregon to tackle more summits in the Cascades.