Dr. Kris Porter, PT, DPT, OCS

Dr. Kris Porter is an Alabama native and received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in 2007. He headed to the Washington DC area post graduation and practiced there for 10 years before moving to the Beehive state in August of 2017. While in the DC region, Kris completed his Board Certification in Orthopedics as well as an Orthopedic Residency Program at The Jackson Clinics. He eventually became director of that program in 2011, and he continues to run this program from Utah remotely.

Dr. Porter is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the orthopedic, research, and education sections and has served on several committees related to improving advanced physical therapy practice through residency and fellowship programs. Kris is also an APTA certified “advanced clinical instructor” and has taken students from many universities and had adjunct faculty roles at Marymount University in Arlington, VA. In addition to mentoring students and orthopedic residents, he lectures on low back pain and ankle/foot disorders, as well as on advanced mentoring principles. Kris is co-author of the peer reviewed “Pelvic Girdle” Current Concepts monograph published by the APTA and wrote a chapter on “Plantar Heel Pain” in 2014. Kris is committed to improving the profession of physical therapy globally and has been involved in physical therapy education programs in Peru, Bhutan, Ethiopia and Kenya.

Kris is skilled in treating musculo-skeletal disorders of the entire human machine, except the hand and women’s health disorders. He works with patients of all ages and abilities to include competitive athletes, but he does not work with infants. Kris was a college pitcher and naturally loves overhead athletics, and unfortunately their frequent injuries. However, through various fitness activities, Kris has also grown a passion for treating patients with lower extremity disorders and spinal disorders. Dr. Porter is skilled in custom orthotic fabrication for foot and related disorders of the knee and above. Kris is also trained in Dry Needling and uses this for chronic musculoskeletal pain most frequently. If Dr. Porter is not proficient in treating your condition fully, he is more than happy to recommend another therapist, physician or other healthcare provider that can help manage and restore function as soon as possible, to put the patient on the Fast Track to recovery!

When not treating patients, Kris loves to chase balls and occasionally hit them (e.g. tennis, baseball/softball and volleyball). He also loves to trail run, hunt (basically “hiking” with a weapon), ski and spend time with his wife, son and extended family. Now that his parents and brother decided to make Utah home a few years ago, Kris couldn’t resist the call of the mountains and the friendly people of the Salt Lake Valley.