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The two have been married for six years and have a fun-loving and energetic relationship.
Meet Todd and Kristin, a couple you should know.
How did you meet?
K: We were introduced to each other by Phillip Smith, of Peak Sport and Spine. T: A mutual friend introduced us. He told her she would like me because I was a good person and athletic. He told me I would like her because she was athletic and gorgeous. I guess that sums up the difference between men and women.
What was your first date?
K: Todd invited me over for dinner. I thought that meant a fancy dinner, but it was bagged lettuce (without dressing) and a frozen steak — such a gourmet! But it was a good meal despite all that, and Todd was so funny! T: Just to clarify, I actually cooked the steaks. They were not served frozen. The story she loves to tell everyone about our first date is that I asked her how much she weighed. I’m not the smoothest guy. Once a wrestler, always a wrestler.
What do you like to do in your free time?
K: Geez, I don’t really have a lot of that — who does? I enjoy reading, exercising, and working in the garden. And, now that the season is back, football! T: Family, family, family, exercise, sleep, golf. In that order.
What are some of your favorite outdoor activities?
K: Running, lounging by a swimming pool, and working in the garden. T: Skiing and golf.
What is the best quality of your spouse?
K: Todd loves to make my life easier — whether doing the laundry, going to the grocery store, or fixing something around the house. He is truly a blessing to me in so many ways. T: That’s a tough one. There are many, all equally important. As a matter of fact, she has so many good qualities that it would be easier to come up with a worst one. I guess her best quality is that she has so many good ones!
What makes you most proud of your spouse?
K: Todd is the most amazing father, and his girls adore their dad. T: Her success and leadership in a new and innovative field of medicine.
What is unique about your relationship?
K: I married a man who asked me, “how much do you weigh?” within one hour of meeting him. In his defense, he meant it only as curiosity, since I seemed petite to him. But still! T: Neither of us depend on the other for happiness or entertainment. We bring that to the table without help.
What is your favorite restaurant in Columbia?
K and T: Jina Yoo’s.
What is one thing people don’t know about you?
K: On my first day of kindergarten, I got sent home for squirting Gary Gaven in the face with red paint. It was so unfair . . . the boy was pulling my pigtails! What’s a girl supposed to do? T: I have a tattoo.
How would you describe your relationship in one word?
K: Loving. T: Healthy.
You both practice medicine. What’s different about your approaches?
K: I practice non-operative sports medicine with a focus on biologics and stem cells. Todd is an orthopedic trauma surgeon, so he takes care of broken bones. I try to keep people from having surgery, while Todd is an expert if you need surgery. T: I’m all about putting metal in people. She’s all about preventing it!
What does the future hold for the two of you?
K: Hopefully, a porch swing and a breeze. T: Although I don’t know when or where, I hope it involves family, friends, and good health.