Katie A. Burns Ryan

Katie Burns-Ryan
Director, Clinical Services
Clinical Services

Personal Information


Currently Teaching (2017-2018)

Northwestern has played an important role in my life since 1998. Two weeks after graduating with a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, I began the chiropractic program at Northwestern. During my time as a student, I not only learned the elements and skills of a successful doctor of chiropractic but also created a lifelong passion for learning.   

I now have the opportunity to work at Northwestern and give back to the community that has so shaped my life. I have the perfect balance of providing patient care in University Health Services, working with interns and teaching a variety of courses. This is a demanding program, so as an educator, there is no greater moment than when you witness the "A-Ha" moment when a student understands a concept for the first time. I not only see the excitement from the classroom but also in the clinic when working with interns.

In my years mentoring interns, I have been consistently impressed with their level of dedication, knowledge and clinical thought process. I have not only learned from them but I am also energized by their enthusiasm for their chosen career.


  • Bachelor of Science - University of Wisconsin, 1998
  • Doctor of Chiropractic - Northwestern Health Sciences University, 2002


Hanson L, Burns Ryan K, Ahmad K. Designing and Constructing Clinical Pamphlets in a Physiology Course Facilitates Learning in Chiropractic Students. Journal of the International Association of Medical Science Educators. 2010; 20:2

 Osterbauer J, Burns Ryan, K. Standardized Geriatric Patients Are Associated with Increased Novice Student Confidence Levels Taking Health Histories. The Journal of Chiropractic Education. 2010; 24:1 

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