Kristen Monzo, PT, DPT, Cert. MDT
Kristen Monzo is a Certified McKenzie Method Clinician with a strong background in working with the spine and joints.
She joined the Skyland Physical Therapy staff in July 2015 after exploring the country for five years as a travel physical therapist. Kristen’s professional background includes work with all patient populations, from the newborn to the elderly; in acute, home health, and outpatient settings. Kristen brings a unique joyful energy to her practice, as well as a multi-cultural perspective, that together create a fun and compassionate healing relationship with her patients. “All human beings have untapped potential,” she comments. “My role as a therapist is to facilitate the patient’s intrinsic healing abilities and create a safe space for that healing to take place.”
Kristen graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a B.S. in Kinesiology in 2005. She then completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree in 2009 at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. Kristen began her career as a sports medicine therapist at the Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center in Annapolis, MD, but quickly evolved into multi-specialty roles.
As a Certified McKenzie Method Clinician (2013), Kristen specializes in the Mechanical Diagnosis & Treatment (MDT) of orthopedic spine and extremity pathologies. She also specializes in Functional Manual Therapy, training with the Institute of Physical Art since 2010. Functional Manual Therapy is an integrated treatment system which couples the mechanical treatment of the joints, soft tissues, visceral and neuromuscular system with manual neuromuscular facilitation to enhance optimum human function. Kristen is a Credentialed Clinical Instructor through the APTA, and very much enjoys mentoring physical therapy students whether onsite in clinical or online.
Working diligently to educate patients and colleagues throughout her career, she also led the Spinal Education Program at her first clinic, teaching a weekly “Back School” patient education class, as well as leading sport-specific presentations for Athletic Injury Prevention Conferences.
Kristen has also lectured and assisted PT schools in the Dominican Republic with the development of their post-graduate programs. Kristen is currently training with the Barral Institute in organ specific Visceral Manipulation. And most recently, Kristen has started her 230 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with the Asheville Yoga Center. “I call myself a ‘healer of many modalities’,” she states. “I treat patients with a holistic approach; that includes mind, body, and spirit.”
Her interests include travel and adventuring into different cultures, yoga and meditation, soccer, multi-sport, hiking, live music, spirituality studies, creating art and poetry, jewelry making, and, of course, exploring her new home here in Asheville, NC.