Hi! I'm Stephanie Mundt, a Phoenix-based physical therapist & running coach.
My running career started off with a lot of promise - by the end of my sophomore year in high school, I had already won an Iowa state championship and a Drake Relays title. As I kept on winning, running became central to my identity - it was a way to cope with the stressors of high school, and it was something I was really, really good at doing. But as I entered my senior year of high school, things started to fall apart. I had begun reducing my food intake and running extra on my own in order to run even faster and perform at an even higher level.
I had my first stress fracture the fall of my senior year, forcing me to swim the last 3 weeks of my season before state. I had my second stress fracture just before state track the following spring and was unable to compete. By this time, I was pretty far gone in a state of disordered eating and exercise dependence. I had committed to running for Arizona State University and had high hopes to contribute to their team and reach new levels of performance. When I arrived on campus, I still had not had my first menstrual cycle and weighed under 90 pounds.
The next several years of being on the team at ASU wasn't quite what I hoped for - I continued to get stress fractures because my bone density had suffered so much from the eating disorder and delayed onset of normal menstrual cycles.
Over time and with help, I did gain weight, recover from my eating disorder and was able to race a few times with the Sun Devil jersey on. Following my college career, however, I continued to experience injuries including more stress fractures, a hip labrum tear, and osteochondral defects and arthritis in the knees.
Through all this, however, I've maintained my love for running and have discovered how to train, race and eat in a way that sustains me rather than burns me out. I completed my first marathon in June 2022 and qualified for Boston 2023, and am hoping to run many more!
It's because of my struggles with food, exercise and injuries that I'm passionate about helping runners prevent and manage injury. Having high-quality care & support when managing these complex issues is crucial, and I hope to be a dependable resource guiding recovery & setting runners up for long-term success.
• B.S. in Kinesiology from Arizona State University, 2012
• Member of ASU Cross Country & Track teams
• Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University of Southern California, 2017
• Orthopedic Physical Therapy Resident at University of Michigan, 2017-2018
• Board-Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, 2019
Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, 2020
• Presenter at Michigan Physical Therapy Association on The Physical Therapist's Role in Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S), October 2020
• Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S) Course Participant taught by Becca McConville, 2020