By Diana Colson ~
Kristy and Dave Ochsendorf live in The Landings, and are the proprietors of Siesta Key Sports & Physical Therapy. Located in the Village on Siesta Key, the office is celebrating its sixth year of operation.
Both Kristy and Dave are highly trained physical therapists, having met when they were both students at Old Dominion University. There, Dave earned his Master of Physical Therapy Degree and Kristy earned her Doctorate. Early in their careers, they traveled the country, working in outpatient orthopedic clinics in Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C., Arizona, California and Hawaii.
Dave was raised in Elkins, WV, and grew up playing soccer, baseball and basketball. Aspiring to have a career in sports medicine, he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Physiology from West Virginia University, becoming a certified Athletic Trainer. He then completed his Master of Education degree in Sports Medicine at the University of Virginia. Before meeting Kristy in 2001, he worked for four years as an athletic trainer for the football and wrestling teams at Virginia Military Institute focusing on acute management of injuries as well as rehabilitation and prevention. This involved covering practices and traveling with the team to games where he assessed and treated orthopedic injuries on the spot.
Kristy Grew up in Ohio, where—from age 5 to 16— she studied and danced with the Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet Company. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from Ohio University in 2001, before attending Old Dominion University and meeting Dave.
Kristy's grandparents discovered Sarasota when they retired in 1985 so she and Dave were already familiar with the area. Working in multiple warm weather locales across the country confirmed their love of Sarasota. With degrees in hand and having accumulated extensive clinical experience, they settled here in 2008. In 2010 they bought their home in the Landings and opened Siesta Key Sports & Physical Therapy.
The following year, daughter Jessie was born. Now 5, she entered Kindergarten in September and has also just taken her first tennis lesson! Although tennis is not yet on her sister’s horizon, Lyla is not far behind: now 3, she attends preschool.
Both parents are ardent runners: Kristy serves on the board of the Manasota Track Club, while Dave runs for Team New Balance, a group of 25 of some of the best runners in the area who compete in Sarasota and Manatee County races. In 2015, Kristy was named Female Runner of the Year by the Manasota Track Club.
Specializing in foot/ankle, spine, and shoulder biomechanics, Siesta Key Sports & Physical Therapy has a proven track record for reducing pain and helping patients and athletes improve strength, balance, and flexibility. Their enlightened, scientific approach to sports and physical therapy effectively treats a variety of issues ranging from post-operative care to gait and balance problems. On their website, www.siestakeypt.com, you will find a wide range of individualized, one-to-one treatments based on each client’s specific needs and impairments.
Dave uses a variety of manual skills to effectively treat the spine and extremities. When applied properly, Dave believes that the principles of biomechanical correction, sports medicine treatments, and manual therapy yield great results for clients of all ages. Dave specializes in rehabilitation of runners, dealing with running related injuries by analyzing their form and prescribing specific exercises to address muscle imbalances.
Kristy takes summers off to be with their two young children. In the winter, however, she specializes in the treatment of vertigo and working with Sarasota’s active population of senior citizens. Both Ochsendorfs provide 1:1 physical therapy for patients recuperating from a variety of orthopedic injuries or surgeries including knee, hip, and shoulder replacements.
Kristy’s passion and enthusiasm for exercise translate into exceptional results for her clients. She takes a scientific and evidence-based approach, applying principles of anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics to successfully treat a variety of acute conditions as well as movement disorders and postural dysfunctions. She inspires her patients to enjoy an active lifestyle through participating in regular yoga, cycling, weight-training, and running herself.
Siesta Key Sports & Physical Therapy accepts Medicare and most other insurance plans. They also offer special treatment packages and payment options for people with high out-of-pocket costs. They offer one free initial consultation/screening to determine just how much physical therapy can improve your condition.
Siesta Key Sports & Physical Therapy is located at 5147 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key, Sarasota, FL, 34242. Their phone number is 941.870.5811.