Kristin was born in Youngstown, Ohio, and resided in various parts until 1997 when she graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Physical Therapy.  In early 1999, after a phone interview with Providence Children's Hospital, Kristin was offered a job in Alaska.   Seeking a chance to work in a hospital setting with children, and intrigued by the unknowns Alaska had to offer, Kristin decided to make the move.   Not only did the children's hospital provide an excellent opportunity to grow professionally, Kristin met a mentoring physician, Dr. Ron Brennan, who introduced her to his sled dog team.    Kristin began helping at his kennel annually for several weeks while he and his wife traveled to Kauai for vacation.

In 2005, Kristin began volunteering at the Skwentna checkpoint during the Iditarod.  Kristin volunteered as a Skwentna Sweetie nearly every year since 2005... until 2016 when Kristin and team completed Iditarod for the first time.

When she isn't training for races, Kristin really enjoys sharing the dogs with the community during events like Ikidarod (free dog sled rides for kids with special needs) and Big Lake Winterfest (Jr. and Business person races), as well as doing adapted mushing activities with her pediatric clients at Bacon's Acres.

Kristin also continues to work as a pediatric physical therapist in Anchorage, the Mat-Su Valley and rural school districts throughout Alaska.


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