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Kirsten Radke, PT, DPT

Practicing at West Des Moines
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Kirsten is a practicing partner at Core Physical Therapy and a 2015 graduate of Des Moines University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Kirsten has advanced training in pelvic health rehabilitation through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, Craniosacral Therapy through Michigan State University and is also a Clinically Certified Vestibular Therapist (CCVT). In addition to these specialties, she is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200).

With these advanced myofascial, craniosacral, and vestibular skills, she has a passion for treating patients who are healing from inner ear and balance impairments, head trauma, and chronic pain. Before pursuing a career as a physical therapist, Kirsten graduated cum laude from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, with her Bachelor of Science in Biology. During her time at BVU, Kirsten was a four-year member of the volleyball team. While there she met her husband; they now reside on their acreage near Ames. Kirsten and Scott have two children, Riley and Raymond; Riley was born still in 2020.

Following Riley’s stillbirth Kirsten became active in the non-profit No Foot Too Small and is deeply passionate about caring for families that are navigating loss and infertility. She understands the physical impact and toll these experiences have on our bodies and how important it is to care for your whole-self while healing. Outside of the clinic, Kirsten can be found teaching and practicing yoga, hiking, traveling, and spending time outside exploring with her family. She has a habit of collecting farm kittens, loves hanging out with her chickens, and considers the ideal post-work-pastime to be walking or running the gravel roads of Boone County with her two dogs.


Clinically Certified Vestibular Therapist (CCVT)
Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200)


Head/Neck Trauma
Inner Ear
Birth Trauma/Loss


How Physical Therapy Can Help Migraines

How Physical Therapy Can Help Migraines

This blog post was written by Kristen Radke, a Core Physical Therapy PT who specializes in vestibular therapy. We get dozens...
The Road to Recovery: A Patient’s Journey at Core Physical Therapy

The Road to Recovery: A Patient’s Journey at Core Physical Therapy

This post was written by one of our incredible patients who felt compelled to share her journey with you. Thank...

Meet Kirsten

“After battling chronic lower back pain for years, missing a big golf trip with friends, work events, and being stuck on the couch for days because of my lower back being so locked up I couldn’t function; I was ready for back surgery, or any possible treatment that would give me my freedom of movement back. After a friend recommended exploring physical therapy, I had the fortune of meeting Kirsten at CORE PT during an episode of being locked up that had lasted for approximately two weeks with no success from alternative treatment methods and a steady stream of painkillers. I saw rapid improvement in relief of my symptoms after my initial consult with Kirsten, but more importantly she helped identify my movements, vulnerable triggers, and natural posture that were the root causes of my problem.”

Collin B.

“I highly recommend Core Physical Therapy and Kirsten Radke. I was referred to Core PT by a friend who was treated by Core for her vertigo. Kirsten is very knowledgeable and my therapy sessions have successfully helped treat my benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. I’m truly grateful for the therapy I received that’s allowed me to resume my daily activities without feeling dizzy all of the time.”