physical-therapiststafforthopaedicsfemalenoEnglish/assets/MGH/images/orthopaedics/sports-medicine/physical-therapy/pt-chiesa-460x460.jpgChristen Chiesa, PT at Mass General Sports Medicine Physical TherapyChristenChiesaPT, DPT/sites/MGH/orthopaedics/sports-medicine/physical-therapy/staff/christen-chiesa.pageStaff Physical Therapy ResidentSports Medicine Physical TherapyConcussion management;Adaptive sports;ACL rehabilitation
Christen Chiesa of Pittsburgh, PA attended Central Michigan University in Mt Pleasant, MI for her undergraduate degree. While at CMU, she played on the varsity women’s soccer team as she pursued a major in Kinesiology and minors in Psychology and Leadership. Following her graduation from CMU in 2016, Christen returned to Pittsburgh to earn her degree as a Doctor of Physical Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh in 2020. During her time in the graduate program, she was able to partake in multiple opportunities outside of the classroom, including the formation of a student-run adaptive training program for those with physical disabilities in the Greater Pittsburgh area. Christen gained invaluable experience during her clinical rotations, many of which were based in multidisciplinary sports medicine clinics.
As a multi-sport athlete growing up and eventual collegiate soccer player, Christen has always had a passion for sports at the local, collegiate, and professional level. She believes that her past sport participation, especially at high levels of competition, has given her unique insight into the physical, psychological, and situational stressors that must be addressed while rehabilitating an athlete. She quickly realized that physical therapy would provide her with the opportunity to pursue her passion while providing a vital service to others. Currently, Christen has interests in concussion management, adaptive sports, and ACL rehabilitation as subspecialties of sports physical therapy.