I’m a Doctor of Physical Therapy and the Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy Coordinator. I am a board-certified specialist in orthopedic physical therapy with sub-specializations in running gait analysis and the evaluation and treatment of runners. I believe in patient-centered care where the patient and family are included in all decision-making and care is tailored to their unique needs.
My high school science teachers were the first to inspire me to pursue a profession in health care. Later, I injured my back while participating in cross country and needed physical therapy. Because of this experience, I decided to pursue a career as a physical therapist specializing in treating children, adolescents and athletes and runners.
My lab’s research assesses risk factors for injury, modifiable and non-modifiable, in youth and adolescent long-distance runners. We seek to understand how running form, maturation, gender and training impact running performance, injury and recovery. Our research aims to guide coaches, parents, athletes and clinicians in identifying opportunities to reduce the risk of incurring a running injury and develop interventions to hasten injury recovery.
I have worked at Cincinnati Children’s for over 15 years. As a clinician, researcher, athlete and parent, I can relate well to my patients and their caregivers. Through these relationships, I combine my 19-plus years of clinical experience with my up-to-date knowledge of the literature to provide optimal patient and family experiences and outcomes.
I help train our physical therapy residents annually on the evaluation and treatment of foot, ankle and shin injuries. I support the development and growth of our sports medicine team, orthopedic physical therapists and clinical assistants at multiple locations. I’m passionate about my job and profession and try to make physical therapy fun for my patients and their families.
I’m honored to have received the Ohio Physical Therapy Association Grant Award (2011), the Division of Patient Services Research Grant Award (2018), the Cincinnati Children's Patient Services Interprofessional Inquiry Day 2nd Place Research Award (2019) and the Cincinnati Children's Patient Services Grant Award (2022).
I am a runner who enjoys long-distance running activities with my friends and family. I have completed 15 marathons and enjoy the challenge of racing and competing. I also love to read, hike and spend time with my family. I have four kids who are all active in sports, so when I am not at work or running, I support them at their practices, games and competitions.
Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy, Sports Medicine
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Cadence in youth long-distance runners is predicted by leg length and running speed. Gait and Posture. 2022; 98:266-270.
Clinical phenotype and musculoskeletal characteristics of patients with aggrecan deficiency. American Journal of Medical Genetics, Part A. 2022; 188:1193-1203.
The influence of maturation and sex on pelvis and hip kinematics in youth distance runners. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 2022; 25:272-278.
Influence of hamstring flexibility on running kinematics in adolescent long-distance runners. Gait and Posture. 2022; 93:107-112.
Sport Specialization and Quality of Life among Middle- and High-School Long-Distance Runners of Different Injury Status: A Retrospective Study. Journal of Sports Sciences. 2021; 39:2727-2734.
Changes in Motivation, Socialization, Wellness and Mental Health in Youth Long-Distance Runners During COVID-19 Social Distancing Restrictions. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living. 2021; 3:696264.
Sport Specialization in Middle School and High School Long-Distance Runners. Journal of Athletic Training. 2021; 56:1003-1009.
Impact of COVID-19 Social Distancing Restrictions on Training Habits, Injury, and Care Seeking Behavior in Youth Long-Distance Runners. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living. 2020; 2:586141.
Running shoes, pronation, and injuries: do beliefs of injury risk factors among running shoe salespersons and physiotherapy students align with current aetiology frameworks?. Footwear Science. 2020; 12:101-111.
Assessment of waveform similarity in youth long-distance runners. Gait and Posture. 2020; 77:105-111.