April Kirkner - CHKD Sports Med PT

April Kirkner, PT, DPT, ATC

Sports Medicine Physical Therapy



College: Hastings College

Graduate School: University of Nebraska


Being a student athletic trainer in high school and college, Kirkner knew she had a passion for working with athletes and getting them back to doing what they love. She also worked as an athletic trainer while gaining her doctorate of physical therapy.

After gaining experience working with adult outpatient orthopedics, Kirkner joined the CHKD family in 2005. Shortly after the sports medicine physical therapy program was developed, she was hired on as one of the first physical therapists. Kirkner created the ACL injury prevention program and the scoliosis and spinal fusions protocol. In 2010, Kirkner became the ambulatory educator for the department. She also serves as the coordinator of clinical education.

Clinical Interests

  • Administration 
  • Clinical Instruction 
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spondylolysi
  • Pectus Carinatum
  • ACL Rehabilitation
  • Lower Extremity Injuries


  • Certified Athletic Trainer
  • APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor