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Kristin L. Garlanger, D.O.

  1. Osteopathic Specialist
  2. Physiatrist

Kristin Garlanger, D.O., M.B.S., is an Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and is the current Chair of the PM&R Neurological Rehabilitation Division. She is board certified in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine and is an indispensable member of the PM&R SCI Clinic. Having received awards in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Scientific Development, and Academic Research, Dr. Garlanger is both an excellent clinician and researcher.

Dr. Garlanger is constantly advancing the science in many forms, including as a teacher. She is one of the Core Faculty Members for the PM&R Residency Program. In addition to providing clinical guidance and weekly inpatient SCI teaching, she leads yearly Osteopathic Manual Medicine and Adaptive Athlete Didactics to the PM&R residents. She allows Residents and Fellows to shadow her daily, giving them valuable in-person education in their 2-3 year programs. She leads many courses and discussion groups for Human Anatomy, Osteopathy, Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, Spinal Cord Injury, and more.

As an expert in the SCI field, Dr. Garlanger is committed to promoting the health and wellness of individuals with spinal cord injuries. She does this by preventing and treating sport-related injuries, encouraging involvement in physical activity in persons with disabilities, and went so far as to develop the Adaptive Athlete Multidisciplinary Clinic.

  1. Axial spondyloarthritis
  2. Cauda equina syndrome
  3. Compression fracture
  4. Concussion
  5. Foot drop
  6. Functional limitation
  7. Gait disturbance
  8. Gait unsteadiness
  9. Lumbosacral plexopathy
  10. Movement disorder
  11. Myopathy
  12. Neuropathic pain syndrome
  13. Neuropathy
  14. Paraparesis
  15. Paraplegia
  16. Quadriparesis
  17. Quadriplegia
  18. Somatic symptom disorder
  19. Spasticity
  20. Spinal cord infarction
  21. Spinal cord injury
  22. Spinal cord tumor
  23. Spinal fracture
  24. Sports injury
  25. Subdural hematoma
  26. Traumatic brain injury
  27. Whiplash
  1. Assistive technology therapy
  2. Assistive technology therapy for spinal cord injury
  3. Botox injection
  4. Exercise training
  5. Functional electrical stimulation
  6. Manual therapy
  7. Physical examination
  8. Regenerative medicine therapy
  9. Spasticity management for spinal cord injury
  10. Spasticity therapy
  11. Spinal cord rehabilitation
  12. Sport specific rehabilitation
  13. Stem cell therapy
  14. Tendon transfer
  15. Ultrasound
  16. Ultrasound-guided injection
  17. Ultrasound-guided musculoskeletal injection
  • Health and wellness optimization in spinal cord injury
  • Adaptive sports for disabled athletes
  • Upper limb reconstruction (tendon transfer) in tetraplegia
  • Spasticity treatment with phenol injections
  • Biomechanical analysis of Wheelchair Athletes with Paraplegia
  1. 2017
    Clinical Fellowship - Spinal Cord Injury (PGY-5)Medical College of Wisconsin and VA Medical Center
  2. 2016
    ResidentMayo Clinic Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  3. 2013
    Rotating Internship - Traditional Osteopathic Rotating InternshipIllinois Masonic Medical Center
  4. 2012
    Doctor of Osteopathic MedicineChicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
  5. 2009
    Master in Biomedical SciencesMidwestern University
  6. 2006
    BS - Molecular and Cellular BiologyUniversity of Illinois


  1. 2017
    Spinal Cord Injury MedicineAmerican Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  2. 2017
    Physical Medicine & RehabilitationAmerican Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Awards and honors

  1. 2019
    Ernest Bors Award for Scientific DevelopmentAcademy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (ASCIP)
  2. 2018
    Pre-ApplicantRehabilitation Medicine Scientist Training Program
  3. 2018
    First Place, Poster Presentation- Physician (APS) categoryAcademy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (ASCIP)
  4. 2018
    Academy Research Committee, "Member to Mention Award 2018"Association of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals
  5. 2017
    Mayo Clinic Scholar appointmentMayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Department of Education Administration
  6. 2015
    Community Service Award nomineeAAMC Organization of Resident Representatives
  7. 2010
    National Honorary Osteopathic Service FraternitySigma Sigma Phi
  8. 2010
    First place, "Best Original Research"American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  9. 2009
    Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Pre-Doctoral Teaching and Research Scholarship recipientChicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

Professional memberships

  1. 2020 - present
    MemberDepartment of Education Administration; Ask Mayo Expert Knowledge Content Board for PMR
  2. 2020 - present
    MemberPM&R Residency Clinical Competency Committee, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  3. 2018 - present
    Lead/ChairPM&R Adaptive Sports Clinic Workgroup
  4. 2018 - present
    Active MemberPhysical Medicine and Rehabilitation Research Committee, Research Committee, Mayo Group Practices
  5. 2017 - present
    Active MemberPM&R Adult Spasticity Management Clinic Workgroup
  6. 2017 - present
    Active MemberSpinal Cord Injury Leadership Committee, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  7. 2017 - present
    Core FacultyPM&R Residency Program, Program Evaluation Committee (PEC); PM&R Residency Program
  8. 2015 - present
    Health Policy Advocacy Committee MemberAmerican Spinal Injury Association (ASIA)
  9. 2014 - 2015
    Athletic Co-ChairMayo Fellows Association
  10. 2014 - present
    Electronic Communications Committee MemberAcademy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (ASCIP)
  11. 2014 - present
    MemberAmerican Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R)
  12. 2013 - 2016
    Resident Council Executive Board- Membership ChairAmerican Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AOCPMR)
  13. 2010 - 2012
    Medical Student Council Executive Board- SecretaryAmerican Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AOCPMR)
  14. 2007 - present
    MemberAmerican Medical Association (AMA)
  15. 2007 - present
    MemberAmerican Osteopathic Association (AOA)