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Carol Thurston, MPE, ATC, ATR, EMT

Program Coordinator, Athletic Trainer, Exercise Physiologist

Ridgeview Medical Center

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Ms. Thurston's special interests include acute and emergency care of athletic injuries, hockey injuries, concussions, and medical fitness for cancer patients. She is the program coordinator for Ridgeview Rehab Specialties. She also sees student athletes at Central and Mayer Lutheran high schools.

She has 20 years of experience as a certified athletic trainer, including NCAA Division I and II athletic training experience with men's ice hockey, and women's soccer and softball, in addition to experience with USA Hockey and high school athletic training. She has worked in medical fitness for five years. She also provides exercise prescription for the bariatric/weight loss population.

She was a graduate assistant athletic trainer at the University of Nebraska, 1994-1995; staff certified athletic trainer for the St. Cloud State men's ice hockey team, 1995-2000; staff certified athletic trainer at the University of Nebraska Athletic Medicine Department, 2000-2002; and medical sales representative, 2002-2008.

She enjoys spending time with her family, taking her kids biking, working out and watching college hockey.

Specialties  Specialty Definitions

  • Athletic Training
  • Sports Medicine

Professional Interests

  • Hockey injuries
  • Anterior cruciate ligament injury
  • Concussion
  • Fitness consulting
  • Medical fitness
  • Exercise physiology



Years of Experience


Educational Institutions

  • Master's degree in exercise physiology (cardiac rehab emphasis), University of Nebraska
  • Bachelor's degree in sports medicine from St. Cloud State University

Current Licenses and Certifications

  • Certified Athletic Trainer

Please check with your insurance carrier for coverage details, including whether or not this provider and specific services are in-network or out-of-network, deductible amounts and co-pays.


Ridgeview Rehab Specialties–Waconia


Ridgeview Professional Building
560 S. Maple Street
Suite 210
Waconia, MN 55387
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