Kathleen founded Vitam in 2013 to provide a unique and needed service for the Boise community. She provides high quality physical therapy, personal training/performance optimization, general consultations, and soft-tissue/manual therapies in a comfortable, private, motivating, positive, and supportive environment. She has been working with individuals and their wellness, rehabilitation, and movement for over 15 years. Her style is dynamic and functional and caters specifically to the goals and status of each individual. She has specialty training (see below) in treating the spine and limbs with focus on the whole person – not only how they function but also what drives them. She is passionate about the healing and transforming abilities of education, movement, and patient empowerment. Kathy knows, whole-heartedly, that this work is her purpose. She is honored to work with you!
Education & Certifications
• DPT – Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Vermont
• MS – Master of Science of Exercise and Sport Studies (Biophysical Emphasis), Boise State University
• BS – Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Human Performance, University of Montana
• OCS – Board Certified Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
• FAFS – Fellow of Applied Functional Science (A 10 month intensive program through the internationally acclaimed Gray Institute)
• Functional Soft Tissue Transformation Practitioner
• Candidate for certification in FMR, Functional Manual Reaction
• GPS – Coming Soon: Nike Golf 360 Performance Specialist Credentialing
• SASTM – Practitioner of sound assisted soft tissue mobilization by David Graston.
• Aquatic Orthopaedic Specialist credentialing by the Aquatic Therapy and Rehabilitation Institute
• Numerous fitness and wellness certifications including CSCS – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Certified Personal Trainer by the American Council on Exercise, and numerous group fitness certifications including spinning, kickboxing, pilates, yoga.
Areas of Research and Continuing Education
• Doctoral Literature Review – “The effects of manual therapy in non-specific neck pain. A systematic review.”
• Masters Thesis – “The effects of functional fatigue elicited by rapid, repetitive acceleration and deceleration on the ground reaction forces of a jump landing in female collegiate soccer players.” A study with the Boise State Women’s Soccer team at the Boise State Center for Orthopaedic & Biomechanics Research.
• Exercise Psychology – University of Vermont – Mood Enhancement Persists for Up To 12 Hours Following Aerobic Exercise, Sibold & Berg, 2010
• Exercise Adherence & Motivation – Clinical Trial Coordinator for a National Institute of Health (NIH) clinical trial (2012).
• NIOMT – Ongoing education through the National Institute of Manual Therapy
• Attended recent seminar on current trends in oncology rehabilitation.