Commitment to Patient-Centered Care

“As a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) physician my goal is to focus on the whole person as they are on the road to recovery. This includes a commitment to involve the patient in the decision making process and educate them regarding their options”.

Clinical Expertise

Dr. Tonkin graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 2003 with a B.S. in Exercise Science and was fortunate to begin his journey toward a career in rehabilitation by working with cancer patients through their rehabilitation process as an undergraduate student. He then attended the University of Colorado Medical School, graduating in 2008, and completed his residency training in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Minnesota in 2012.


Peer-Reviewed Publications

1. Gustavson AM, Patrick A, Ludescher M, Tonkin B, Toonstra A. Building and sustaining organizational capacity for the rehabilitation profession to support Long COVID care. In press, accepted for publication August 2023. Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal.

2. Gustavson AM, Purnell A, Adly M, Awan O, Bräu N, Braus NA, Bryant MS, Chang L, Cyborski C, Darvish B, Del Piero LB, Kiliveros A, Kloth H, McNiel, Miller MA, Patrick A, Powers P, Pyne M, Rodriguez IG, Romesser J, Rud B, Seidel I, Trinh H, Tonkin B, Vachachira J, Yang H, Shak JR. A Learning Health System Approach to Post-Coronavirus 2019 Care. Federal Practitioner. 39 (7), 310-314

3. Topor L, Balser D, Bruhnding P, Dvorak J, Anderson C, Tanguay B, Seidel E, Tonkin B, Senk A. How to One Up a Pandemic: University of Minnesota’s PM&R Virtual Classroom — A Model for Alternative Clinical Training and Preliminary Validation Study. American Journal of PM&R. 100 (11), 1100-1104

4. McCool L, Tonkin B, Guo D, Guo D, Senk A. Ultrasound Measurements of the First Extensor Compartment: Determining the Transection Limits for Ultra-minimally Invasive Release of De Quervain Tenosynovitis. Hand, 2019; Published.

5. Guo D, Kliot M, McCool L, Senk A, Tonkin B, Guo D. Percutaenous cubital tunnel release with a dissection thread: A cadaveric study. Journal of Hand Surgery European Volume 44(9): 920-924, 2019. PMID: 31189372.

6. McCool L, Guo D, Guo D, Harrison R, Tonkin B, Senk A, Kliot M. Thread common peroneal nerve release – a cadaveric validation study. Acta Neurochirurgica 161 (9): 1931-1936, 2019. PMID: 31270613

7. Guo D, Guo D, Harrison R, McCool L, Wang H, Tonkin B, Kliot M. A cadaveric study using the ultra-minimally invasive thread transection technique to decompress the superficial peroneal nerve in the lower leg. Acta Neurochirurgica 161(10): 2133-2139, 2019. PMID: 31123834

8. Greer N, Balser D, McKenzie L, Nicholson H, MacDonald R, Rosebush C, Senk A, Tonkin B, Wilt, TJ. Adaptive Sports for Disabled Veterans. VA ESP Project #09-009; 2019.

9. Guo D, Guo D, Guo J, McCool L, Tonkin B. A cadaveric study of the thread trigger finger release (TTFR): The first annular pulley transection through thread transecting technique. Hand 13(2): 170-175, 2017. PMID: 28720008

10. Guo D, McCool L, Senk A, Tonkin B, Guo J, Lytie R, and Guo D. Minimally invasive thread trigger digit release: A preliminary report on 34 digits of the adult hands. Journal of Hand Surgery (European Volume) 43(9): 942-947, 2018. PMID: 29764283

Medical School

  • University of Colorado, Denver, CO, USA


  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA


– Over 10 years’ experience working with TBI, sports-related concussion, EMG, botulinum toxin injections, musculoskeletal ultrasound, and general neurological rehabilitation including specialized experience treating ALS.

– Program Director for the University of Minnesota PM&R residency program

– Board certified in PM&R and Brain Injury Medicine

– Registered in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound


  • Chief Resident, University of Minnesota


“In my free time I enjoy time with my wife and four children, and being outside hiking and camping”.