New Physical Therapist Brings Many Specialties to RCH

Dr. Luke Kriley, PT, MS, CSCS, USAW joins the Physical Therapy Department at Rooks County Health Center (RCH) just as preparations are underway to begin construction of the new dedicated Rehabilitation Center on the north side of the hospital.

Kriley grew up in Stockton and graduated from Stockton High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion with a minor in coaching as well as a Master of Science in Health Physical Education and Recreation from Emporia State University.  He attained his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Wichita State University.  Kriley is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) as recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He is also certified as a Level I Sports Performance Coach through the United States of America Weightlifting (USAW) organization.  More recently, he became certified as a functional dry needling provider and has formal training with blood flow restriction rehabilitation.

Kriley co-published research in the NSCA’s Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and presented at both the local and state level on Blood Flow Restriction Training and its effects on strength and hypertrophy in both clinical and athletic populations. His experience and skill set in the clinic are heavily concentrated on sports and orthopedic physical therapy.

Kriley enjoys working with patients of all ages, from newborns to geriatrics, with a special interest in youth and college-aged student athletes focusing on long-term athletic development. To further add to his education, Kriley plans to add certification as a Sports Certified Specialist (SCS) through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in the near future.

Scott Carpenter, Director of Physical Therapy at RCH, mentioned Kriley’s extensive qualifications when asked about the new hire, “We’re excited by what Luke brings to our department with his credentials. His ability to provide dry needling is important because we really pioneered that service here in Western Kansas. He’ll be out in the community and schools and will continue RCH’s athletic training coverage for Stockton and Plainville high school football and basketball games.”

For his part, Kriley is excited to return to Rooks County saying, “I want to be able use my skills and knowledge to provide services to the people who helped shape and develop me into the professional I am today.”

Kriely’s interests and hobbies include outdoor recreation, hunting/fishing, Olympic weightlifting, skiing, dogs, music and spending time with family. He currently lives in Ellis with wife Taylor and one-year-old daughter, Wrenly.  The family hopes to relocate to Rooks County in the near future. Luke is the son of Mike and Cindy Kriley of Stockton.


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