Dr. Stolzman earned a M.S. in Physical Therapy from Marquette University in 1999 and worked as a pediatric physical therapist in Birth to Three, outpatient clinics, and aquatic therapy throughout North/Southeast Wisconsin. In 2001, she began her inpatient work at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin along with continuing her outpatient services and providing expertise to specialty clinics. During her time at Children’s Hospital, she developed the exercise component of the NEW (Nutrition, Exercise, & Weight Management) Clinic, a multi-disciplinary weight management program aimed at improving weight and health status in children 2-18 years of age. Her clinical physical therapy research in the area of pediatric obesity has been presented at national and international conferences. In 2011, she returned to Marquette University to complete a PhD in Clinical & Translational Rehabilitation Health Sciences (2015) to assess inflammatory, physical fitness, and pain in children and also a post-doctoral fellowship (2016) in community-based academic wellness protocols utilizing the biopsychosocial model of health. She joined the faculty at Concordia University Wisconsin in 2016 where she serves as an Assistant Professor of Exercise Physiology in the Department of Health and Human Performance in the College of Arts and Sciences and Director of the Master of Applied Exercise Science Program, Undergraduate Internships, and Graduate Practicums.
Throughout her clinical and research career, Dr. Stolzman has devoted her physical therapy skills to evaluating and treating pediatric obesity. She has critically assessed many barriers for the pediatric patient with obesity such as pain, deconditioning, and poor musculoskeletal alignment and explored creative and effective interventions. Her PhD and post-doctoral training increased her clinical and research skills including assessment of body composition through DXA, health status through clinical laboratory science, physical fitness through VO2max testing, and pain through pressure pain threshold testing. Her current research explores the use of aerobic exercise to decrease pain (i.e. exercise-induced hypoalgesia) and the role of physical fitness in metabolic health of children and adolescents with obesity.