Professor Mike Keirns takes a hands-on approach to physical therapy and life

You might recognize Mike Keirns. He’s the guy who sits at the end of the Denver Nuggets’ bench, prepping players for action and treating their injuries during games. Serving as the physical therapist for a professional sports team would be a dream job for most. For Keirns, it’s one of several jobs that allow him to live his passion and make an impact in people’s lives.

Besides his role with the Nuggets, Keirns maintains a successful sports medicine practice while also serving as a professor in Regis University’s School of Physical Therapy (PT). He believes professors should practice what they teach, not only in the clinic, but in life. And he tries to impart that message to his students.

“I teach my students how to embrace their vocation wholeheartedly, to push themselves beyond expectations, to do everything they can to use the gifts they have been given to make a positive impact on the world.”

Keirns also models that way of life for them. During his free time, he leads a weekly service outing to Arrupe Jesuit High School, where future Regis PT professionals work one-on-one with high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds. He is proud these students get the same quality of care as professional athletes. Additionally, he serves as the University Ministry liaison for Regis PT students, whom he meets with regularly to discuss all things spiritual.

Keirns is passionate about the personal and professional development of Regis students. And he believes that Regis’ physical therapy program, which he helped establish in 1994, offers a unique approach to PT education that prepares students for great careers and even better lives.

“Our curriculum embraces Jesuit values like service, leadership and treating the whole person: body, mind and soul. Those values have made our program one of the best in the country.”

Study with professors like Mike Keirns in Regis University’s innovative physical therapy program.