05 Jun Instructor Spotlight: Meet Katherine
Katherine Tan was originally drawn to physical therapy as a teenager when she sustained an injury as a competitive swimmer. This early experience with rehabilitation convinced her of the importance of an integrative approach to patient care.
For over 14 years, Katherine has been practicing physical therapy in the areas of orthopedics and manual therapy. She is a certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) through the American Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. In 2008, she became a Certified Cervical and Temporomandibular Therapist (CCTT). By earning this advanced specialty certification, Katherine joined the small, elite group of physical therapists who have been recognized by the American Academy of Orofacial Pain for their dedication to the treatment of neck, jaw, and head pain. Katherine has taken all of the coursework offered by the Institute of Physical Art and is working towards their certification as a functional manual therapist.
Katherine completed her BS in biology in 1997, and began her physical therapy training soon afterwards. In 1999, she graduated with a Master of Science in physical therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, one of the nation’s top physical therapy programs. Since settling in New York, she has completed extensive continuing education coursework in areas including myofascial release, visceral mobilization, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, cervicogenic headache, and pelvic pain.