Kathleen Hansen founded Shanti Physical Therapy because her passion for an active lifestyle and the outdoors led her to pursue a model of practice that isn’t limited by constraints of the medical field and melds rehabilitation with wellness and performance training. With a background in treating general orthopedic conditions, Kathleen also specializes in treating runners and yogis and has extensive experience in treating back and pelvic pain.
Originally from New York, Kathleen received her doctorate in physical therapy from Stony Brook University in 2008. Evolving her practice over the years, she has pursued continued versatile training in manual therapy through courses with IMTS, NAIOMT and Institute of Physical Art. She has also studied pelvic health with Herman & Wallace.
In addition to her physical therapy degree, Kathleen is a certified emergency medical responder through the American Red Cross, and a certified running coach through the Road Runners Club of America. She has also completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training through Yoga Medicine and enjoys teaching yoga classes as well as incorporating therapeutic yoga into her physical therapy practice.
After spending a year exploring the U.S. as a traveling physical therapist, Kathleen landed in Portland in 2011. In addition to her passion for sports medicine, Kathleen enjoys running, yoga, hiking, skiing and surfing.