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Kris Balgaard, DPT, OCS

Physical Therapist & Champlin Lead

“I believe that the first step to successful treatment is listening to the patient.”


Expertise

  • Spine care
  • Manual therapy
  • Athletic optimization/injury prevention
  • Occupational rehabilitation
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN)

Education

  • University of Minnesota: Doctorate of Physical Therapy
  • University of Minnesota: Bachelor of Kinesiology

Kris earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology and Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Minnesota. He has practiced physical therapy in an outpatient setting since graduating and has focused his efforts on becoming skilled in manual therapy treatment of the spine and extremities. Kris utilized the knowledge gained through these efforts to successfully pass his board examination and became an Orthopedic Certified Specialist in 2007.

Living an active lifestyle (which includes keeping up with three boys), has allowed Kris to experience many of the same complaints he hears from patients and has confirmed his belief that patients know their bodies better than anyone else. He understands that the difference in how we respond to an injury or pain relates to the knowledge we have related to it. Kris believes that in order to achieve success through physical therapy, the patient must play an active role in their treatment by understanding their body and have the desire to improve. This combined with Kris’ evaluation, treatment skills, and knowledge of how the body recovers leads to successful outcomes.

Kris’s greatest satisfaction in being a physical therapist is seeing an individual return to their desired levels of function after being limited by injury.