Dr. Christensen spent much of his high school time in a physical therapy clinic working as an aide for family friends and rehabilitating from athletic injuries. Basketball and baseball allowed him to continue his education at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) where he finished with Bachelor of Science degree in biology. After a short time playing basketball in New Zealand, Dr. Christensen returned to UCSD as head assistant coach for the men’s basketball program and strength and conditioning coach for the intercollegiate athletics program in 1997 and 1998.
Dr. Christensen attended graduate school at Western University of Health Sciences where he received a Masters in Physical Therapy, and later returned to receive his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2007. During the didactic years of graduate school, he was a National Dean’s List Award Recipient. His clinical orthopedic residencies included sports medicine hours with the Jacksonville Jaguars and spring training hours with the Giants organization.
Dr. Christensen was hired by Dominican Hospital to work in both orthopedic and neurological outpatient physical therapy. He soon became the Lead Physical Therapist and Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for the Sports Medicine Center at Dominican Hospital. There, he helped extend community-benefit sports medicine programs with a team of physicians that included sports performance programs for ACL patients and throwers. Dr. Christensen has presented seminars for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), local high schools and fitness clubs, colleges, the Seascape Sports Club and Dominican Hospital Focus on Health groups. Dr. Christensen became co-owner of Precision Physical Therapy & Fitness in 2008. He has a passion for movement evaluation and assessment that continues with ongoing education using Sahrmann and Vladimir Janda principles, and a Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) approach. He became a certified DNS exercise practitioner in 2014. Dr. Christensen currently lives in Soquel with his wife and 2 sons and hopes to educate and improve the health of the Santa Cruz community for years to come.