Kaitlyn (Katie) received her Bachelor of Science in Health Studies and Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Ithaca College. In 2017, Katie joined the ranks of two elite groups within the physical therapy world by becoming a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) through the American Physical Therapy Association and a Certified Functional Manual Therapist (CFMT) through the Institute of Physical Art. Because Katie believes education is a lifelong process (and a practical hobby), and wants to ensure patients receive the best possible care, she is constantly taking courses offered on weekends to further develop her skill set. Thus far she has logged nearly 800 hours of training in various orthopedic and pelvic floor courses. Currently, she is expanding her knowledge in pelvic health primarily through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Institute.
Katie’s interest in pelvic health and rehabilitation began to pique while trying to help her chronic low back patients find a more integrated solution for stability. Prior to joining the Beyond Basics team, Katie worked with adult and pediatric populations, mainly in outpatient orthopedic settings and in the NYC public school system.
Besides treating patients, Katie contributes to the Beyond Basics blog by bringing evidence-based information to readers regarding various topics, including orthopedics, pelvic health, and healthcare in general. Furthermore, Katie initiated a monthly Journal Club to help keep Beyond Basics on the forefront of medical and rehabilitation research. Outside of working at Beyond Basics, Katie is the Legislative Liaison for the Greater New York district of the New York Physical Therapy Association, where she coordinates local advocacy efforts related to patient care and access, as well as to the physical therapy profession. Additionally, she has an interest in contributing to research in pelvic health, to promote community awareness, and help raise the bar for quality of care.
Katie is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the New York Physical Therapy Association (NYPTA), and the International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS).
When she is not devoting her time to her beloved profession, Katie can be found making music, having earned a minor in vocal performance while in undergraduate college, and having studied piano and French horn since she was a child. She enjoys hiking, exploring the many wonders of NYC, attending various performing arts productions, and traveling.