Kristin L Garlanger, DO
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
- Undergraduate at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
- Masters in Biomedical Science at Midwestern University
- Medical School at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM)
- Osteopathic Manual Medicine Teaching and Research Fellowship at CCOM
- Internship year at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago, IL
- PM&R Residency at Mayo Clinic Rochester
- SCI Fellowship at Medical College of Wisconsin/Zablocki VA Medical Center
RESEARCH PROJECTS / INTERESTS
I am very drawn to promoting health and wellness in our patients with SCI, specifically with involving individuals in exercise and nutrition programs and adaptive sports. I plan to focus my research efforts during my early career to these areas. I am involved in a couple studies currently in the pipeline, where we are investigating:
- Cardiovascular effects of high intensity interval training (HIIT) in individuals with paraplegia
- The effectiveness of a performance and nutrition program for athletes in adaptive sports
I also just proudly published a study on individuals with dual traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury, highlighting the differences in short term functional outcomes (such as differences in FIM scores, discharge location and rehabilitation length of stay) of this unique population compared to those with a single SCI diagnosis. The next step is to determine long term outcome differences (re-hospitalization rates, chronic pain rates/medication use, or pressure injury rates, etc) to identify areas of importance in focusing preventative efforts during chronic SCI follow-up.
THE FABULOUS FOUR QUESTIONS:
- Favorite part of working in the field of SCI: I love how each patient I interact with is unique, challenging me in a different way, which ultimately allows for personal growth as an SCI provider. I appreciate the depth of collaboration I have with my colleagues (both inside and outside of my institution) and with my patients to provide the best possible care and outcomes. It is also an exciting time for research in the SCI field. I am fortunate to work at an institution dedicated to advancing what we know about motor recovery in SCI. From epidural stimulation to stem cells, it is fantastic to be part of teams focused on these sophisticated interventions.
- Interesting personal fact about the MM: I became a mother in fellowship, and we are expecting our second child in a few months! My daughter has taught we how to prioritize tasks and the importance of balancing work and home life. She shares my love of ice cream, waterslides, and golf, and she will not nap (for fear of missing out) like myself.
- Why did you choose your field of research and how does your research add to, confirm, or change current practice in SCI.: I began my research in dual diagnosis as a PM&R resident. During months on the SCI rehabilitation unit, I experienced the pressures of relatively short rehabilitation length of stays. I felt concerns for those with dual injury, as it seemed their LOS was not all that different compared to those with a single SCI diagnosis. I wanted to better understand whether those with concurrent traumatic brain injury had differing functional outcomes yet similar rehabilitation timeframes. If so, this would provide evidence to advocate for longer LOS and education for the rehab team on the time and resources necessary for more successful outcomes. We established that at inpatient rehabilitation facilities, LOS does not differ significantly between those with single and dual diagnosis, but the motor functional outcomes do differ as do the discharge location for those with dual SCI and Moderate-Severe TBI. At our institution, we have changed our practice to be more diligent with diagnosing the dual injury, starting with the consulting rehabilitation services, and incorporating cognitive therapy early on to provide the best possible resources and outcomes for this specific population.
- Is there a story that you would like to share, that influenced your life, or career: During my osteopathic manual medicine (OMM) fellowship training in medical school, I had the privilege of working closely with Dr. Robert Kappler, DO. He was a true giant in the osteopathic field, and had a way of making difficult concepts we were learning seem not so daunting. The day I learned of where I matched for PM&R residency training, Mayo Clinic, I likely had that look of fear in my eyes when explaining I’d be off to bitter cold Rochester Minnesota, where I didn’t know a sole. Dr. Kappler didn’t say a word, just walked off to his office, only to come back with a tiny piece of paper with a name and number on it. It was a previous CCOM OMM fellow that was now on staff in the PM&R department at Mayo, and he calmly said, “Just give Dr. Brault a call, you’ll be fine.” He was right, fortunately. I had an amazing residency training and followed in the footsteps of the previous OMM fellow. I am now on the SCI team at Mayo. I take the opportunity to emulate Dr. Kappler’s teaching style with our residents and with medical students whom reach out looking for guidance when pursuing a similar path.
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