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 has pursued additional training in orthopedic physical therapy and is an APTA certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. Currently she is pursuing her NAIOMT Certified Manual Physical Therapist certification as well, and she is also a member of the APTA Orthopedic section. She 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 a diverse patient population and to promote autonomy by teaching 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, country dancing, doing jigsaw puzzles, and reading. While living in Denver, Kelsie summited 15 of the Colorado 14ers (so far) and hopes to tackle more summits in the Cascades.