Liz Weidling is a sports massage therapist at Sport + Spine, and loves helping you not only relax, but really listening and helping you get to the bottom of pain. Meet Liz Weidling.

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What she loves most about Sport + Spine: The people. “Everyone here is not just knowledgeable, but really cares about what we’re doing. We’re really driven to take good care of people, for sure.”

Where she studied: Liz originally planned to become a lawyer, and so she earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Sociology from Beloit College in Wisconsin. But her desires shifted into coaching and sports massage. “I love the direct contact with people,” Liz explains. And so she continued her education at Concordia University, where she earned her master’s in Coaching and Athletic Administration.

Why she’s a massage therapist today: “Honestly, I wasn’t sure it was something I wanted to do this long! But I ended up loving it, especially working in an athletic environment at Sport + Spine.” She particularly values learning from her colleagues. “It’s amazing how they think about the functions of the body, and that’s made it so fun for me.”

Before Sport + Spine: Liz worked in the nonprofit world, including human rights and domestic violence victims’ advocacy. She continued in sports massage, serving her own clients independently as well as helping out in other studios in KC. She was renting space from another group when she got connected to Drew Dischinger. “I liked him and knew his athletic background. He was interested in including me in the learning process, which isn’t always the case with massage therapists. He’s open to helping people grow, and that makes me feel valued.” She joined Sport + Spine in 2011.

No place like home: Liz grew up in Kansas City, but has called a variety of places home. She’s lived in New Mexico, Wisconsin, Chicago, New York City, Hawaii and even New Zealand. “I came back to Kansas City to help my parents and didn’t intend to stay, but now it’s home.”

Family: Liz and her husband Casey have two dogs, Sauerkraut (a German shorthair) and Harley (a mutt).

Outside Sport + Spine: Liz is likely wearing running shoes or gardening gloves. She enjoys coaching fellow triathletes through her coaching group, The Reds Triathlon Team“I love to spend time with my dogs, I do triathlons, I like to garden and I like to travel,” she says. She and Casey have been trying to grow vegetables for about four years now — “and we’ve had a lot of disasters, but also some success!” 

Favorite Kansas City restaurant: Liz can’t pick just one! She loves Rye, Succotash and Il Centro.

Favorite KC coffee shop: A mocha aficionado, Liz has tried mochas all over the metro. “The two best mochas that I have found are from Aixois and Kaldi’s,” Liz says.

Books she loves: Liz enjoys books that make her laugh, especially by author Jenny Lawson. She also likes historical nonfiction.  

TV favorites: The Office. “I’m so sad it’s over!”

Favorite teams to cheer for: Liz prefers teams and sports without much notoriety. “I always like the underdog!” she says. From her days in New Zealand, she cheers for the country’s rugby team, the All Blacks.

Best part of her Sport + Spine job: “The learning and the people for sure,” Liz says. “I feel very lucky in that regard. I love listening to people and really helping them address what hurts.”