Kristi Hallisy, PT, DSc received her bachelor of science degree in physical therapy from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1984. While practicing in sports medicine and orthopedics in Detroit, she obtained her master of science in kinesiology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1992.
Hallisy taught foundational physical therapy examination and biomechanics courses at Oakland University’s Master of Physical Therapy Program in Rochester, Michigan from 1991 to 1995 before moving to Milwaukee to become the orthopedic clinical specialist for curative rehabilitation services at Foedtert Hospital from 1995 to 1997. Hallisy joined the UW-Madison Physical Therapy Program in 1997 and later obtained her doctorate of science in physical therapy from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan in 2011.
Hallisy is a board certified orthopedic clinical specialist, certified manual physical therapist, certified exercise expert for aging adults and tai chi fundamentals certified instructor. These skills translate directly to her physical therapy teaching responsibilities that include musculoskeletal coursework, prosthetics, health promotion and wellness, and tai chi independent study. She has also taught extensively in the UW Health and Meriter UnityPoint Health orthopaedic residency program and has done dozens of international, national, and regional workshops, seminars and platform presentations regarding the application of tai chi to physical therapy practice.
Hallisy currently practices at University Health Services (UW-Madison student health), but has served in numerous UW Health orthopedics clinics over her tenure in Madison. In 2008, Hallisy developed UW Health's movement awareness and exercise class for patients with chronic conditions based on the tai chi fundamentals program.
Hallisy’s research revolves around the use of tai chi in community-based settings to promote optimal aging and wellness and falls prevention.
Professionally, Hallisy has a passion for education and service. Presently, she serves as the director of mentoring for the UW Health and Meriter UnityPoint orthopaedic residency program. An active leader in the Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association, she has had past roles as a district chair, director, founding co-chair of the Health and Wellness Committee and educational liaison to the Professional Development and Continuing Education Committee.