Karin Townson teaches courses in cardiopulmonary physical therapy, basic PT skills, pharmacology, orthopedics, and PT for the performing artist. She is a certified manual therapist and certified clinical instructor. Prior to graduating from Puget Sound's DPT program, she performed professionally in a variety of genres, including ballet, contemporary, Broadway, and aerial work. She currently treats dancers from the Pacific Northwest Ballet, and several other performing groups in the Seattle area. Her patient population ranges from dancers to musicians to gymnasts to aerialists. She is highly involved with the American Physical Therapy Association's Performing Arts Special Interest Group. Her research interests include pain neuroscience and biomechanics surrounding professional and amateur performing artists.