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Kaitlyn Sumner



  • OMPT (Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy), Oakland University
  • DPT, Oakland University
  • Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, Minor in Entrepreneurship, Central
    Michigan University


  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) since 2016

  • Michigan Physical Therapy Association (MPTA)

  • APTA Sections: Orthopedics & Sport

Professional Involvement

While completing her doctoral degree, Kaitlyn assisted with research that looked at different manual techniques and their effectiveness at treating excessive kyphosis in the elderly population. She currently assists with teaching in Oakland University’s entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program class​‘Examination and Evaluation I’.


Ever since Kaitlyn was young, she knew she wanted to work as a health care professional due to her innate desire to help others. It wasn’t until her first bout of physical therapy due to two spinal fractures while in gymnastics did, she find the direction leading to physical therapy as a profession. Kaitlyn’s education and internships focused on manual therapy allowing her to develop a foundation of skills that could be adapted to individualized treatment programs for her patients. 

Kaitlyn has an integrated understanding of sports injuries and physical therapy through her 10 years of gymnastic coaching. She has a unique perspective on common injuries associated with gymnastics, cheer, and dance since she not only participated in the sports but also coaches them. She is passionate about decreasing injury in sports through preventive education and rehabilitation guidance to prevent future injuries. 

Personal Experience:

Outside of work, Kaitlyn enjoys being physically active through weightlifting, yoga and Pilates as well as playing golf and snowboarding.

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