Kathleen Sun Worrall, DPT
Katie Sun Worrall is a driven, passionate physical therapist that found her career path by following her dreams. While she certainly didn’t take the express lane in getting there, the scenic drive was well worth the trip! Her journey started as a little girl when she pulled her hair back in a tight bun and stepped onto the hardwood floor of the local dance studio. Dance, for Katie, became a way of life. She had big dreams of becoming a professional dancer. Despite the usual warnings and concerns of this ambition from loved ones, Katie found herself as a professional dancer in New York City. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Barnard College, and then went on to dance and choreograph for various contemporary dance companies in NYC.
Throughout her journey, Katie had a supportive village that continued to help shape, mold, and influence her along the way. While dancing professionally, Katie suffered from a foot and ankle injury. She received physical therapy from a dance medicine physical therapist that skillfully showed her how to recover from her injury, prevent future ailments, and kept her dream of dancing alive. This experience opened Katie’s eyes and planted the seed of how she could evolve her professional career. Katie decided to go back to school and continue to study movement and body mechanics; she entered into the physical therapy program at Columbia University in 2016. Three years later, she once again achieved her goal and graduated with a doctorate degree. Her dream came full circle when she found herself working as a physical therapist for the dancers on Broadway.
Decades of studying the musculoskeletal system has given Katie a unique, keen eye for detecting abnormalities in one’s movement. Furthermore, her background has given her tremendous compassion and understanding for individuals suffering from injuries. It is important to Katie that her patients continue to have the ability to do the activities they enjoy. While under her care, patients receive a comprehensive plan that not only addresses the immediate, superficial needs such as pain reduction or muscle retraining, but addresses the underlying cause(s) of an individual’s ailment.
“I love helping my patients return to what they love doing – whether it’s dancing, running, walking, or playing with their grandchildren, I am most rewarded when my patients are happy,” states Katie