Mike Ripley, PT, BA

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Areas of Special Interest

Sports medicine, shoulder, and knee. I have had the pleasure of working with pro athletes from virtually every sport over my career of more than 30 years.

Education

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Physical Therapy, College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN

Certificate in Athletic Training, South Dakota State University Minnesota

PT Student of the year, College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN

Graduated with Highest Honors, College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN

Professional Activities

Minnesota APTA Shoulder and Knee, and speaking to the Rotary Club about my Olympic Training Center Experience.

Memberships

APTA, Sports Physical Therapy Section

A LITTLE ABOUT ME


Mike has been treating injured athletes for over four decades. He has treated USTA professionals, NHL hockey players, NFL all pros, NBA players, Olympians, and several WEE wrestlers. Mike began his work at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs along side some of the most renowned MD’s and PT’s in the U.S. In Mike’s career, he has taken thousands of hours of continuing education in the areas of sports medicine, orthopedics, and athletic training. Mike has also spent 40+ years on the sidelines as an Athletic Trainer for fencing, football, wrestling, marathons, etc.
If you have a sport or orthopedic issue, Mike will know how to help you reach your goals.

Spare Time Activities

Mike truly enjoys barefoot waterskiing in his spare time. He has spent nearly 30 years skiing with two of the greatest bare footers in the state of MN. Paddle boarding is another activity he greatly enjoys. Mike’s biggest joy as of late is going on mission trips to serve those less fortunate in other countries. Thus far Mike has been to El Salvador, Honduras, and soon will be going on another. These trips have helped Mike to grow as a person and allowed him to help those that he is serving.

Specialty

Orthopedic Physical Therapy
Sports Physical Therapy

Education

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Physical Therapy, College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN
Certificate in Athletic Training, South Dakota State University
Minnesota PT Student of the year, College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN
Graduated with Highest Honors, College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN

Professional Certifications

APTA Member since 1978
APTA certified clinical instructor

What others are saying

Mike is an excellent therapist who knows every patient’s history and treatment without even looking in the charts. He is experienced in treating a wide range of orthopedic conditions. Mike is also an athletic trainer and is very active and visible in the Stillwater community. He has an amazing ability to multi-task and is a “glass is always half full” kind of guy.

What patients are saying

“I was advised to have shoulder surgery, but after seeing Mike Ripley, I am convinced that therapy is the way to go. After two weeks of doing the prescribed therapy I have little to no pain that I had constantly before treatment. Not only has it helped my shoulder, but has improved my posture and sore back issues.”

“I just wanted you to know that my shoulder and hip are much improved and I credit you for a lot of that improvement. You have a ‘can do’ positive attitude that lends a definite psychological element to improvement of a physical problem. And, you are very knowledgeable and believable which combines to motivate people and inspires them to work hard at getting better. I may crab a little, but I truly enjoy each and every appointment. Thanks of all you do for those of us who have a few hurdles to jump and need a little help getting down the track.”

“I wanted to thank you and Linda for all your help, patience and guidance with my physical therapy for my ACL replacement. You were so positive and encouraging and it made a big difference. I was able to be on skis the past two weekends to officiate at ski races. It was a great feeling to be “on the snow” again!”

“Mike Ripley and his OSI staff in Stillwater have been putting me back together for years! Together we have worked on my back issues, elbow issues, shoulder issues, achilles tendon repair, a motorcycle accident, two total hip replacements and most recently a total knee replacement. I kid him that he is equal parts physical therapist, motivator and psychiatrist-and does them all well. I always enjoy going to OSI and being part of their unique blend of personal attention and open banter in the PT gym. Since I believe that laughter helps the healing process-it certainly has worked for me. I am actually sorry to see these current sessions end-but am quite sure that I will see you again soon for my next PT/motivation/psychiatry needs.”

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