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Dr. Kristal Nelson PT, DPT, SCS

Co-founder, Owner, Sports Physical Therapist

Kristal is a busy, busy woman.

Not only is she a co-founder of Back in Action, she’s got her hands pretty much everywhere in the Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs sports community. With leadership ties to Fuquay-Varina High School, Wake Football Club, and community tennis, she lives and leads in her passion every day. She is one of only 25 board certified Sports Clinical Specialists in North Carolina.

Even in her personal life, Kristal rarely slows down. Her co-founder husband Jeff love to go on adventures at home and abroad and bring their two adult sons along when they can. She plays tennis competitively (USTA 4.5), enjoys bike riding at the beach and hiking. Kristal works with  professional tennis player Patrick Kypson which allows her to bring all of her passions together – tennis, sports physio, and being a part of a team helping a dedicated player work towards his goal Top 100 ATP. 

Kristal is endlessly driven, a mindset that extends to her patients and staff. She pushes Back in Action to be better every day.

Education/Specialty Work:

  • Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist
  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Evidence in Motion
  • Residency-trained: Sports Physical Therapy, Evidence in Motion
  • Master of Physical Therapy, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
  • B.S Business and Marketing, North Carolina State University
  • Certified Massage Therapist
  • Certified Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)
  • Certified Level I Functional Dry Needle (Kinetacore)
  • Dry Needle Certified