Kaitlyn has been practicing as physical therapist assistant in outpatient orthopedics for nearly 8 years in Connecticut. She recently moved to Redmond, WA and has been part of UW Medicine for about 1 month, working at the Sports Medicine Center at Husky Stadium.
Kaitlyn has predominantly worked in the outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine arena, though she also has experience in pediatrics, high level stroke rehab and occupational medicine/work conditioning. She has a strong skillset in working with a varied array of patients across the life span though has focused her last few years on lower extremity, shoulder and spine rehab including conservative injury management, post-operative care and return to sport.
She earned her associates degree in physical therapy from Naugatuck Valley Community College in Connecticut, graduating in January 2009 and plans to complete her bachelor’s degree in the near future.
Kaitlyn spent the first four years of her career working for Rehabilitation Associates Inc., in Fairfield County, Connecticut where she was able to develop a solid patient care foundation through mentorship and guidance from her supervising PT’s. During this time she carried a small pediatric caseload and also was responsible for carrying out plans in the company’s occupational medicine/work conditioning program where she helped patients return to heavy job classifications including public safety, logistics and sanitation.
In 2013 she began working at another Rehabilitation Associates office where she was able to implement treatment with a greater focus on higher level post-operative care and return to sport. There, she was also heavily involved with helping her office maintain their documentation and practice patterns to Medicare standards by reviewing hundreds of cases per quarter and participating in QI studies.
She is a certified yoga instructor for adults and children and uses her training to help aid her patients in return to sports/recreational activities. Kaitlyn uses yogic techniques and skills when appropriate to not only provide patients with well-balanced care, but also to help transition patients back to their own personal yoga practice. In combination with evidence based practice patterns and post-operative protocols, she is able to modify postures and educate patients on rational behind those modifications so they may use the knowledge and apply it to other areas of not only their yoga practice, but to their other independent wellness activities and daily life.
I believe in fostering connections with your patient that transcend beyond their diagnoses in order to better develop rapport and get to know who they are beyond their injured or surgical limb. It is through this patient-provider relationship you can begin to see where repetitive movement patterns or postures can play a role in their injury and therefore their recovery and return to meaningful activities and hobbies.
I really enjoy working with post-operative patients from the earliest stages of their recovery and seeing them through their entire PT program to completion. The first few weeks of post-op care require patience, compassion and understanding to ease patient’s fears and help them gain confidence in taking charge of their role in recovery. It is my firm belief that in putting these interpersonal skills to use along with providing the highest quality of care possible, patients see better outcomes.
When I am not working or playing with my cat, you can usually find me practicing yoga or sipping on a cup of tea. I really enjoy cooking and baking, which is typically reserved for weekends when there is time for disaster relief (kitchen clean-up). My husband and I recently took up casual cycling for exercise and are looking forward to exploring the new and much more “hilly” terrain here in the Pacific Northwest.