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Karen Furgal, PT, DPT, PCS
Director of Clinical Education (DCE) and Assistant Professor
Office: Medical Center Health Complex 3302
Dr. Furgal has been practicing physical therapy for 24 years. During that time, she has worked with orthopedic, medical, and neurologic patients across the lifespan in a variety of rural and suburban practice settings that include hospital, nursing home, out-patient, and school-based pediatrics. Having spent a significant portion of her practice in pediatrics, she became a Board Certified Specialist in that area in 2014. She has served multiple times as a Clinical Instructor and enjoys mentoring new therapists. Dr. Furgal has taught Current Topics in Pediatric Physical Therapy in a transitional DPT program, as well as assisting with the pediatric content in an entry-level Motor Learning class. She is a member of the Pediatric, Geriatric, and Education Sections of the American Physical Therapy Association, as well as the Kentucky Physical Therapy Association. Dr. Furgal enjoys teaching in the Principles of Clinical Assessment series of courses, Neurologic Rehabilitation, Patient Care Techniques, Physical Therapy Across the Lifespan, and Health and Wellness courses at WKU. Dr. Furgal’s scholarly agenda involves research in the areas of pediatric wheelchair and orthotic use, as well as motor learning in persons with intellectual disabilities. Professional development of DPT students as a result of pro bono or service work is also an area of scholarly interest, as well as the utilization of community-based fitness programs as an adjunct to PT in physically and mentally challenged individuals across the lifespan.
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