Kendra Aikenhead, PT, DPT
I was raised in Elko, NV where I participated in competitive gymnastics as a gymnast, coach, and judge. While earning a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry from Seattle University, I spent my summers working in the geology department at a local gold mine. After graduation, I worked as a research scientist at the University of Washington in a parasitology laboratory where we were researching pharmacological treatments for third world parasitic diseases. It was while working in the lab that I discovered I enjoyed working with people rather than chemicals and made the decision to attend physical therapy school. I earned my doctorate of physical therapy from Eastern Washington University in June of 2008. My education provided me with a variety of physical therapy experiences ranging from acute care physical therapy to working in outpatient rehabilitation with patients who had sustained spinal cord injuries. Working as a Physical Therapist, I have gained experience in the treatment of post-surgical rehabilitation, generalized weakness, impaired balance, neuropathy, functional mobility limitations (training for both patients and caregivers), sports injuries, and a variety of other musculoskeletal conditions. My goal is to assist my patients in returning to work or play and and have the ability to participate in activities that make life worth living.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time outdoors rock climbing, snowboarding, and hiking; but I also enjoy participating in artistic activities such as jewelry creation and painting.
I have served as the Elko County School District special education physical therapist where I provided care to kids with special needs from tots to young adults throughout Elko County.