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Kate Latorraca, PT

Gender Female
Facilities Clark Fork Valley Hospital
Bachelors of Science Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL, 1985
Physical Therapy
Bachelor of Arts Lawrence University, Appleton, WI, 1983
Biology

Biography

Kate Latorraca, PT joined the CFVH Rehabilitation Team in August 2018. She brings with her over 32 years of experience in both inpatient and outpatient care settings. Her career has allowed her to work in various specialties including orthopedics, neurology and cardiopulmonary.

Prior to coming to CFVH, she worked fifteen years in an outpatient orthopedic clinic where she saw a broad range of patients, including musculoskeletal and spinal diagnoses, orthopedic sports injuries, pre and post surgical rehabilitation, chronic pain, TMJ, basic pelvic floor and osteoporosis patients.

Latorraca additionally has experience teaching group classes for post-op total knee and hip rehabilitation, low back pain, general knee strengthening, pelvic health, and perinatal care.

After growing up in St. Louis, MO, Latorraca went on to receive her undergraduate degree in Biology in WI. Upon graduation, she returned to St. Louis to work in a botany lab at Washington University.

“I've always been a people person, so it didn't take long for me to realize that lab work was not a good fit. I ended up volunteering at Barnes Jewish Hospital in the PT department, and I was hooked,” she shared.

Latorraca attended PT school at Northwestern University graduating in 1985 where she then worked in Milwaukee and eventually in Madison with a few different jobs in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

“I enjoy the challenge of figuring out root causes of impairments and looking at the big picture when treating patients. Each muscle is a separate entity in itself, however, when we move there is a natural flow that directly or indirectly affects every muscle. If one muscle along the chain is weaker, tighter, or off balance from the others, then all the muscles along the chain will be affected and influence the patient's ultimate function. Along with orthopedic rehab, I also have an interest in osteoporosis and women's health,” explained Latorraca.

In her spare time, she enjoys being in and near mountains, hiking, biking, and x-country skiing. She is an active member of the Madison Chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation which focuses on sustainable agriculture and nutrient density.

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