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Professional Career

  • Clinical Director, Runners’ Edge Alaska, Anchorage, AK (Feb 2020 – current).
  • Senior Physical Therapist, Vice President, Advanced Physical Therapy, Anchorage, AK (January 2004 – May 2019).
  • Senior Physical Therapist, Vice President, Advanced Physical Therapy, Anchorage, AK (January 2004 – May 2019). Outpatient orthopedics, sports physical therapy, chronic pain.
  • Sports and Wellness Programs Director, Advanced Physical Therapy. Oversees speciality program development including sports rehabilitation program and community outreach at Advanced Physical Therapy. Organizes and participates in sports screenings and workshops with focus on prevention of musculoskeletal injuries.
  • Volunteer Physical Therapist, U.S. Cross-Country Ski Team (2013 – present), covers Cross Country Ski World Cup races, World Championships and Winter Olympics.

Educational History

  • International Olympic Committee Sports Physio Diploma Program (October 2015 – May 2017)
  • World Congress on Injury and Illness Prevention in Sports, Monaco (April 2014, 2017)
  • ScD in Physical Therapy, Texas Tech University. Focus: Teaching. Dissertation: Lower Kinetic Chain Injury Prevention in Adolescent Athletes (May 2013)
  • International Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (IAOM-US) continuing education courses in the Spine and Extremities (2003 – present)
  • Masters in Physical Therapy, University of Washington, Seattle (December 2003)
  • BS in Natural Sciences, University of Alaska, Anchorage (May 1999)

Keynotes & Lectures

  • Year-Round Physical Therapy Care for the Elite Cross Country Ski Athlete’ IOC Workshop, Winter Olympic Games, PyeongCheng, South Korea (February 16th, 2018)
  • Lower Kinetic Chain Injury Prevention in Adolescent Athletes: A Continuing Education Course for Practicing Clinicians’, 2 day course
    • Advanced Physical Therapy, Anchorage, AK (Dec 7-8, 2012)
    • Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX (June 29-30, 2013)
  • Save Your Knees! Knee Injury prevention in Female Athletes’, Fast and Female Workshop, Anchorage AK, May 2012, 2014, 2015
  • Multiple workshops regarding Injury Prevention, Return to Sports, Adolescent Athletes

Academic consulting & mentoring positions

  • Clinical instructor, Advanced Physical Therapy
  • University of Washington School of Medicine/ WWAMI Program: Chronic Pain clinical rotation mentor
  • University of Alaska, Physical Therapist Assistant Program
  • Service High School Biomedical Program
  • West High School Highly Gifted Program

Clubs & Organizations

  • U.S. Cross-Country Ski Team (2013-present)
    • Winter Olympic Games, PyeongChang, South Korea (February 2018)
    • World Nordic Ski Championship, Falun Sveden (2015), Lahti Finland (2017)
    • Cross-Country Ski World Cup (2014-2017)
    • NAWTA Camp, Anchorage, AK (July 2013, 2014)
    • Altitude training camp, Park City, UT (October 2013-2017)
  • Alaska Dance Theatre (2006-present)
  • Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Team (2010-present)
  • Alyeska Ski and Snowboard Club, Alaska (2000-present)
    • Director, Developmental Ski Program (2003-05)
    • Junior Ski Coach (2000-2001)
    • Alaska Rock Gym
    • Fast and Female (2013-present)
    • Healthy Athletes, Alaska (2000-2003)

Main Areas of Expertise

  • Sports injury prevention, Lower Kinetic Chain, Adolescent Athletes
  • Sports injury prevention, Lower Kinetic Chain, Adolescent Athletes
  • Sports rehabilitation, return to play
  • Post race/exercise recovery
  • Manual therapy management of non-operative orthopedic conditions
  • Chronic pain
  • Trigger point dry needling

Achievements & Awards

  • Alaska’s Top 40 Under 40 in business and community outreach (2013)
  • University of Alaska Sports Hall of Fame (2011)
  • Alaska’s ‘NCAA Woman of the Year’ (1998)
  • ‘Athlete of the Year’, University of Alaska, Anchorage (1998)
  • Alpine Ski Scholarship, University of Alaska, Anchorage (1994-1999)
  • ‘NCAA All-American’ in Alpine Skiing (1995, 1997, 1998)
  • National Alpine Ski Champion of Czechoslovakia and Slovakia (1989-1993)
  • Member of the Czechoslovak and Slovak National Ski Team, World Cup and Europa Cup experience (1989-1992)

Professional Memberships & Certifications

  • Alaska licensed Physical Therapist
  • Certification of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT) of the Spine (2005) and Extremities (2009) through International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine (IAOM-US), focus on diagnosis specific orthopedic management
  • Member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Sports Section of the APTA, and the Alaska Chapter of the APTA (October 2001-present)
  • International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy (2016 – present)
  • American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy (AASPT)

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Slovak
  • Czech
  • Russian