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Before becoming the Clinic Director and owner of the Arlington, Virgina clinic, Egoscue and the Method seemed to be a perfect match right from the start.
Kristen Thor, Clinic Owner/Director
Before becoming the Clinic Director and owner of the Arlington, Virgina clinic, Egoscue and the Method seemed to be a perfect match right from the start. Born and raised in Rochester, New York, Kristen has always been passionate about anatomy, posture, and function. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science from East Carolina University where she played Division I Soccer. Her expertise in kinesiology, anatomy and how the body moves and works makes her an invaluable part of the Egoscue Method family of professionals.
Kristen first got started with Egoscue as she was finishing her degree as an intern with a local health organization in San Diego. Some of her clients were also Egoscue clients, and by working with them through their menus and "e-cises," she saw significant improvements in the clients, which peaked her interest in learning more about Egoscue and the Method. After another internship with the San Diego, Del Mar clinic in 1999, she was brought on board as an Exercise Therapist. Kristen moved back to the east coast, after working with Pete Egoscue in the Del Mar clinic for 5 years, before opening her own clinic in Arlington, Virgina in 2004.
"I enjoy teaching clients about how the body works and why it does what it does when you have pain or limitation [...] It's very empowering to know," Kristen says. "Giving people the ability to understand their body gives them the opportunity and skills to change their own life." Working with clients one on one for over 10 years, has provided Kristen with a compassionate understanding of people.
Kristen continues to lead a very active lifestyle: competing in marathons, triathlons, and playing competitive soccer. She is involved with a local giving circle and volunteers in her community frequently.
Playing sports throughout my life, I have seen a fair amount of injuries. Some being my own and others being those of teammates and also opponents.
: Columbus, Ohio (Go Buckeyes!)
: Winthrop University (Rock Hill, SC)
- Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science
- Competed at a Division 1 level in track and field. Specializing in the throwing events, but primarily hammer and weight throw.
- Completed an internship with the Strength and Conditioning division of Winthrop Athletics working primarily with the track and field, lacrosse, and softball teams.
Playing sports throughout my life, I have seen a fair amount of injuries. Some being my own and others being those of teammates and also opponents. With the throwing events of track and field, there were often subtle pains that I would either put tape on or a functional brace to continue to compete, but I was never able to address the actual problem. It was to the point that I was dependent on a wrist brace when I would throw and as a result the wrist wasn't functional enough to compete without it. Before discovering Egoscue, I believed that using a brace when throwing was going to be a way of life. Egoscue has shown me to view the body as a whole and taught me that the sight of pain is rarely the source of pain.