Heather Cicanowski, Family Medicine physician, TRIA Orthopaedic Center - Woodbury

Heather Cichanowski, MD, CAQ

Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician


Growing up, I pursued competitive biking, swimming and canoeing, but my main sport was cross-country skiing. I remain active in all of these sports today. My own athletic experiences, including injuries, sparked my strong interest in sports medicine. My practice focus is the care of musculoskeletal injuries as well as the non-musculoskeletal aspects of sports medicine, including return to play decisions and injury prevention. From my own experiences, I know how important it is for injured athletes to resume sport participation timely, efficiently and safely. I am a medical volunteer for many local events including the Twin Cities Marathon and high school football games. I travel internationally as team physician for the U.S. Cross-Country Ski team.



Musculoskeletal Injuries



Injury Prevention

Return to Play Decisions



  • Family Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical Center-Fairview, Minneapolis, MN


  • Sports Medicine, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN

Medical degree

  • University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN


  • American Board of Family Medicine
  • American Board of Family Medicine - Sports Medicine


  • Medical Director Women’s Sports Medicine at TRIA


  • American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • American Academy of Family Physicians

Honors & Awards

  • Minnesota Monthly Magazine "Top Physician for Women" (2008, 2011, 2014)
  • Minnesota Monthly Magazine "Best Doctors Sports Medicine" (2014, 2016, 2017)
  • Mpls/St. Paul Magazine "Top Doctors Sports Medicine" (2016)

Personal Interests

  • Cross country skiing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking and I speak fluent Norwegian