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Kelly Dean, Founder of The Tummy Team

Owner, Physical Therapist, Speaker, Educator

Kelly is a physical therapist specializing in the rehabilitation of the internal muscles of the abdominals and back. Kelly performed her undergraduate work at the University of New Mexico, where she also swam competitively for four years. She received her master’s degree in physical therapy from the University of North Dakota in 1997.

Kelly loves to teach people about the body’s amazing design and intended function. She’s passionate, too, about increasing the body’s performance without severe amounts of exercise. Through these passions, Kelly has amassed extensive professional experience in neuromuscular rehabilitation, strokes and brain injury, community re-entry, and home health.

After several pregnancies and subsequent severe back pain, a protruding tummy, weak core muscles, and a significant diastasis, Kelly’s own journey changed the direction of her career. Today, the owner of The Tummy Team, she is dedicated to fully understanding the neuromuscular, postural, and alignment issues that contribute to core weakness and abdominal separation. Her combination of multiple approaches specifically treats these conditions for long-lasting changes.

In Kelly’s free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and three kids. She loves the water and swims competitively on a Master’s swim team, spends hours on her paddle board, loves to explore the Pacific Northwest coastline, and go white water rafting. She even learned to surf last year. When not in the water, she is an avid reader, Olympic sports enthusiast, and enjoys leading the high school girls in her church youth group.

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