Rehab Week: Get to know Kate Sigford, MD

Kate Sigford, MD, is the area’s only physician to be board certified in both physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) and pediatric rehabilitation medicine (PRM). PM&R, also known as physiatry or rehabilitation medicine, treats physical impairments affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons.

She is LifeScape’s Medical Director of Rehabilitation Services, with oversight of rehabilitation and medically complex services at our Specialty Hospital and Rehabilitation Center.

She joined Sanford Health in September 2015, and has since treated inpatients and outpatients at LifeScape. Dr. Sigford is a graduate of the University of California at Davis School of Medicine, and completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Stanford University in California. A St. Paul native, she completed a fellowship in Pediatric Rehabilitative Medicine at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare through the University of Minnesota.

Here’s more about Dr. Sigford:

Favorite dessert: Brownie sundae

Favorite book: Too many to count!

If I wasn’t a Physician/PA, I would probably be: A chef or baker because I love to cook

Water ski or snow ski? Neither. A cup of hot chocolate and a good book by the fire or a swim would be more fun for me!

First job I ever had: Cashier at Menards

#1 Song the week you were born? "Silly Love Songs” by Wings

What led you to choose medicine as a career? I wanted to be able to improve people’s lives.

One thing that you value about working with LifeScape staff: How much they care

What is one thing that you want everyone to know about PM&R, that they likely don’t already know? PM&R is an incredibly wide field that can probably help almost everyone at some point in their lives.