What I love most about physical therapy is that it is a proactive approach to healthcare where patients and providers work together to reach goals of optimal health and wellness. I believe that knowledge is power, and that through patient education both in and out of the clinic, we can help people move better to enjoy the activities they love and live happier, healthier lives.
Kristen Gasnick, PT, DPT, is a writer for Verywell Health and a physical therapist at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, New Jersey, working in the outpatient rehabilitation department. Kristen previously worked in both inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient settings, where she treated a multitude of different diagnoses including traumatic fractures and surgical repairs, joint replacements, strokes, spinal cord injuries, amputations, and various other orthopedic, neurological, and cardiopulmonary conditions.
Outside of clinical practice, Kristen serves as a freelance medical writer and an item writer for practice board exams to prepare doctoral students for the National Physical Therapy Examination. She also serves as an expert consultant for health content and has been featured in publications like Cosmopolitan, Women’s Health, WebMD, Healthline, Livestrong, MyFitnessPal, and Openfit.
Dr. Gasnick received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and completed her clinical training in inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, orthopedics and sports medicine, and occupational health.
Prior to her doctoral studies, she graduated from the Honors Program at the College of New Jersey with an undergraduate degree in biology and psychology and an interdisciplinary concentration in health communications.
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