Kristin Ryan, PT, DPT

Director of Clinical Education | Clinical Assoc. Professor

Dr. Ryan is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist. She teaches Clinical Education, PT Procedures, Clinical Correlates, Professional Seminar, Lymphedema, Wheelchair Seating & Positioning, and Neuromuscular Therapeutics.

Her clinical practice includes acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, and outpatient care. Her focus is on evaluating clients in a wheelchair clinic and treating patients with lymphedema and spinal cord injuries.

Read Dr. Ryan's CV (pdf)

See Courses Taught


  • DPT, St. Ambrose University
  • BA, St. Ambrose University, Psychology
  • Certified Lymphedema Therapist
  • APTA Certified and Advanced Clinical Instructor
  • State of Iowa License 004884; State of Illinois License 070014462

Certifications and Licensure

  • Rehabilitation Oncology Section, APTA
  • Academy of Physical Therapy Education, section member
  • Iowa Physical Therapy Association, member
  • Iowa Clinical Education Consortium, member
  • Matter of Balance Guest Health Professional

My favorite spot on campus is the Caf. As an SAU alum, the Caf provided me a location to build four years of quality time and conversation which fueled lifelong friendships. It nourished our minds, our tummies, and our hearts!

Dr. Kristin Ryan


Ryan K, Cooper, N. Student Physical Therapist Perceptions of Intra-Professional Education. Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, Denver, CO (Poster Presentation) February, 2020

Janota J, Ryan K, Lampe K. Management of a patient with Lipedema post water jet-assisted liposuction. Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, New Orleans, LA (Poster Presentation) February, 2018

Ryan K. Wheelchair seating tips all therapists should know. IPTA Southwest District Meeting. February, 2017

Ryan K. Facilitating positive PT & PTA student interaction through case scenario. Discussions. Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, Anaheim, CA (Poster Presentation) February, 2016

Ryan K. Walking recovery after spinal cord injury. Genesis Medical Center 7th Annual Spinal Cord Injury Conference. April, 2016

Ryan K. Incorporating Kinesio Tape-does it work. Genesis Medical Center 7th Annual Spinal Cord Injury Conference. April, 2016

Ryan K. Gait speed and outcome measures. Illini Outpatient Rehabilitation, Silvis, IL. January, 2013

Anderson KD1, Acuff ME, Arp BG, Backus D, Chun S, Fisher K, Fjerstad JE, Graves DE, Greenwald K, Groah SL, Harkema SJ, Horton JA 3rd, Huang MN, Jennings M, Kelley KS, Kessler SM, Kirshblum S, Koltenuk S, Linke M, Ljungberg I, Nagy J, Nicolini L, Roach MJ, Salles S, Scelza WM, Read MS, Reeves RK, Scott MD, Tansey KE, Theis JL, Tolfo CZ, Whitney M, Williams CD, Winter CM, Zanca JM. United States (US) multi-center study to assess the validity and reliability of the Spinal Cord Independence Measure (SCIM III). Spinal Cord, 2011; Aug;49(8):880-5.

More About Dr. Ryan

Courses Taught
  • Professional Seminar
  • Clinical Education courses
  • PT Procedures I
  • Clinical Correlates
  • Neurotherapeutics (lab assistant)
  • Cardiopulmonary Therapeutics (lecturer)
  • Orthotics & Prosthetics (lecturer)
Honors and Awards

People's Choice Award for implementing SCI Patient Education Series on the television at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 2009

  • Academy of Physical Therapy Education section
  • Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy
  • APTA
  • IPTA
  • Iowa Clinical Education Consortium
  • Matter of Balance Volunteer
  • Black Hawk College Physical Therapist Assistant Program Advisory Board Member
  • Jr. BIX Start Line Volunteer
  • Meal Delivery Volunteer St. Paul's Catholic Church
  • SAU Children's Campus Volunteer
  • Quality Improvement Project-Cancer Rehab, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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