Christine received her first Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois but quickly realized this was not where her passions aligned. She returned to school and received a Bachelor’s in Kinesiology from UIC, where she was fortunate to work with the UIC Men’s Soccer team and Chicago Rush Arena football team while attaining her ATC. Christine continued to pursue her passion of helping active individuals prevent and rehabilitate injuries by attaining her Doctor of Physical therapy degree from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences. Christine has had the opportunity to work with collegiate athletes preparing for the NFL combine, NFL and MLB veterans, in addition to working with high school athletes, the age grouper and the weekend warrior with numerous orthopedic conditions.
A very active individual, Christine began her dance career on her high school dance team. She continued to dance through college on the Nationally ranked Illini Dance Team and danced for the Chicago Bulls Luvabulls during the last Bulls championship. When she returned to school, she danced on the UIC dance team, earning 3rd place at the College Dance Team Championships. For over 10 years, Christine has combined her passion in dance and movement as the strength coach for the Maine South Hawkettes (Park Ridge, IL), the 2017 and 2011 National Dance Team Kick Champions. She has created a program focusing on strength, conditioning and injury prevention for these adolescent dancers. After dance, Christine found triathlon as her next avenue to keeping active, and has completed seven Ironman triathlons in addition to a number of 70.3, Olympic and sprint distance races.
Her professional interests are adolescent and adult athletic injury, endurance sports medicine, and performing arts medicine. Her treatment philosophy is to treat the whole movement chain, using manual techniques to improve joint and soft tissue movement and incorporate improved mobility into performance related activities. Christine works with her patients to achieve their goals, with an overall goal to be stronger after therapy than before the injury. She is certified in manual techniques such as ART and Graston technique. Christine is also USAT Level 1 and IRONMAN Certified Coach, Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach, and certified personal trainer. She combines her education to provide a unique treatment approach for each patient.
In addition to triathlon, Christine is an avid sports fan, loves to hike, read, and spend time with her black lab, Hudson.