Kimberly A Davis, DC, ART
Dr Davis took an interest in running in her mid twenties when she decided it was time to hang up her downhill mountain bike in favor of something with less potential for broken bones…or so she thought. After experiencing every running-related injury known to man, she began to seek help for her running biomechanics. Finding very few options, and after being told by her orthopedist that she should stop running because “running is bad for you”, she decided to dive into the world of human movement and hasn’t looked back since. By solving her own running issues, she has continued to PR into her forties with 4 Ironman finishes, podium finishes in many 12-72 hour adventure races, an average pace that has gone from 10:30 to 6:30, and several years of injury-free running at 50-80 miles/week. She has spent the last decade immersed in clinical biomechanics related to gait and is passionate about building the best running-specific healthcare facility in the country based around the concept that our bodies are meant to run, and that running is a skill that must be trained and evaluated consistently as our bodies change. Through her educational company RunLab Training, she helps trainers, coaches, and other healthcare practitioners effectively incorporate gait assessment and training into their practices and understand how to assess an individual’s structure, strengths and limiters. As a thought-leader in the industry, she is on a quest to debunk many commonly held running paradigms such as over-pronation, the existence of “perfect” running form, stretching is good for most runners, and that every runner needs to run at 180 steps per minute with a midfoot strike.
Dr. Davis graduated Cum Laude from The University of Western States in 2008. In addition to a bachelor’s degree in human biology and a doctorate in chiropractic, Dr. Davis has undergone extensive specialized training in running biomechanics, movement pattern analysis, lower extremity evaluation, return-to-sport protocols, clinical gait analysis, and Active Release Therapy. As part of her drive to help elevate the chiropractic profession’s use of evidence-based medicine, she spent several years as adjunct clinical staff for the University of Western States Research Department as a treating clinician and rehabilitation specialist for NIH funded low back pain studies on both adolescents and adults and has co-authored several publications on musculoskeletal injuries in the pediatric population. She also speaks at both personal training and healthcare seminars around the country on the importance of clinical gait assessment and the role that individual structure plays in human movement.