Makenzie Grevelding is a doctor of physical therapy at St. Vincent Health. She has always loved science, and first earned her bachelor’s in zoology from State University of New York (SUNY) in Oswego. She studied to become a physical therapist at SUNY’s Upstate Medical University.
Makenzie chose her profession because she wanted to empower people and give them the confidence to return to both their leisure and functional activities in daily life. In addition to general PT, Makenzie specializes in pelvic floor rehabilitation and concussion care.
“I was drawn to healthcare, and specifically physical therapy, because I watched it bring significant quality of life back for my dad after a back injury, says Makenzie. “After treatment he was able to participate in tons of activities with us.” And for Makenzie personally, her PT treatment for whiplash was effective in helping her return to the activities she enjoys, and that it further validated her career choice.
The way she sees it, mobility, freedom and independence are the positive and tangible outcomes of PT, and particularly in Lake County.
“I have never lived somewhere with so many active community members, of all ages, until I moved to Leadville,” says Makenzie. “We can keep people participating in the recreational activities in our natural surroundings and help them get back to what they love to do after injury or surgery.”
When Makenzie isn’t helping patients rehabilitate, she’s likely indulging one of her many hobbies. They include running, mountain biking, hiking, yoga, reading, journaling, playing her Nintendo Switch and doing her own nail art.
She has one fur-baby, a spoiled rescue cat who has extra toes and a crooked head — Makenzie says that makes him look like he’s “extra-curious” about the world!