Kirsten Kuykendall

Kirsten Kuykendall , PT, DPT

Kirsten is thrilled to return home and join the MTI family at the Fremont clinic after living outside the Pacific Northwest for the past 15 years. She graduated from Pepperdine University with a degree in Political Science and then later, a Masters in International Relations from the University of Oklahoma while living in Germany. It was not until her stint working for the American Red Cross with the military in Iraq (2010) and Afghanistan (2011) did she truly discover her passion for rehabilitation. Her experience volunteering at a military field hospital and assisting with aeromedical evacuations in Afghanistan ignited her desire to be involved in the healing professions and prompted her to enter physical therapy school. Kirsten graduated in 2016 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She is pursuing advanced orthopedic manual therapy training through the Ola Grimsby Institute residency program beginning in 2017.

As a Bellevue native, Kirsten grew up playing volleyball, basketball and softball in high school and now, years later with aches and pains of her own, has empathy for the injured adult recreational athlete. As a physical therapist she loves anatomy, kinesiology and movement analysis, but the aspect she loves most about being a PT is the relationships she gets to develop with her patients.

In her spare time Kirsten loves to go on adventures with her two dogs, Charlie & Lucy. She enjoys indoor cycling, yoga, as well as most other group fitness classes as a way to stay active and loves any opportunity she gets to travel. She is passionate about physical therapy and enjoys being a part of political and social advocacy on behalf of her profession.

Education:

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (2016)
  • Master of Arts, International Relations, University of Oklahoma Advanced Programs (2009)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Pepperdine University (2004)

Credentials:

  • PT- Physical Therapist
  • DPT- Doctor of Physical Therapy

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
    • Orthopedic & Federal Sections
  • Physical Therapy Association of Washington (PTWA)

Awards:

  • Jill Pitman Jones Scholarship for Academic Excellence, OUHSC (2016)
  • Graduate of Outstanding Distinction, OUHSC (2016)
  • APTA Student Assembly Core Ambassador for Oklahoma (2014-15)
  • Empowering Patients through Interprofessional Care (“EPIC”) Scholar & Team Leader, OUHSC (2014-15)