As Director of Physical Therapy, Kim’s favorite part of her job is helping her patients reach their goals and get back to a life that’s pain-free. Meet Kim Erisman.
What she loves most about Sport + Spine: “Our clients are just the best,” Kim says. “The types of clients we get here vary so much, and they are so fun. Our patients want to get back to an active life and it’s so motivating to get that person back to whatever activity it is that feeds their soul.”
Where she studied: Continuing in the family tradition of studying at KU, Kim earned her undergraduate degree at KU in exercise science, then continued on to KU Med for her Master’s in Physical Therapy. “I was a fourth generation Jayhawk . . . I had no choice!” And she was the third generation to study at KU Med — her grandfather and father, both physicians, earned degrees there as well. She is also certified in Functional Dry Needling, Pilates Instruction and a McKenzie Spine Specialist, as well as an American Physical Therapy Association member and the Center Coordinator of Clinical Education.
How she decided to become a physical therapist: Kim suffered from knee pain in middle and high school and did some physical therapy during both. Furthermore, Kim loved the idea of being around sports and athletes while practicing medicine.
Before Sport + Spine: Kim has always practiced physical therapy in an outpatient orthopedic environment. Her first job was in Lawrence. It was there that she met her husband Tony, who is an athletic trainer. She continued on to St. Luke’s South and ARC.
The Christmas connection: Kim’s cousins are active swimmers and, because of Drew’s background in the sport, came to Sport + Spine for physical therapy and workout classes. Kim’s aunt mentioned an opening at Sport + Spine and she applied right away. “Drew interviewed me two days before Christmas and I was able to start work a month later,” Kim says. “I like to tease Drew that he once called me the best Christmas present ever, but it was my own little Christmas miracle too. This is the place God wants me to be.”
Family: Kim and Tony have two sons — Dylan, age 4, and Matty, age 5. They also have two dogs, a French bulldog named Rocco and a silky terrier named Rascal.
Outside Sport + Spine: “My dudes consume my life!” she laughs. “I love being with them!” Kim, her husband and sons enjoy being active, especially spending time in the water — they head to the lake and pool in warm weather and visit the community pool during colder months. Because they also love animals, they’re regulars at the Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead and the Kansas City Zoo, and they even check out the fish tank at Bass Pro occasionally. (Don’t judge — they just dig animals!) When she has a few minutes to herself, Kim likes running, practicing yoga and a weekend visit to Target.
The essentials: “I’m into the essential oils,” Kim says. Her favorite oil? It’s a grounding blend called Balance. “When life gets a little wild, it occasionally replaces my glass of wine,” she smiles.
Favorite Kansas City restaurant: Kim digs Unforked, especially their UN-tacos and the Hail the Kale salad.
Books she loves: She just finished For the Love by Jen Hatmaker, and is now reading Rising Strong by Brene Brown. “I love to read books written by amazing and inspiring women.”
TV favorites: Although it’s no longer on the air, she loved Parenthood. “I laughed and I cried, every episode. It was so great.” And yes, she will accept that rose — Kim has a not-so-secret obsession with the Bachelor and the Bachelorette.
Favorite teams to cheer for: She cheers for her alma mater KU, especially in basketball season. Born and raised in KC, Kim can’t help but love the Royals and the Chiefs.
Best part of her Sport + Spine job: “I just love seeing people reach their goals,” Kim says. “Whether it’s back to swimming, back to waking up in the morning without pain or back to basketball, they’re getting back to a life without pain and without limitation.”