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    [Section_Value3] => <p>Dr. David L. Bell earned a B.S. degree from Western Kentucky University (1994), a B.H.S./P.T. degree from the University of Louisville (1996), and a D.P.T. degree from the University of Kentucky (2012).&nbsp; He also earned M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (2001, 2005).&nbsp; Dr. Bell has 21 years of clinical experience, mostly in the outpatient setting where he treated patients with a wide variety of orthopedic and neurological conditions.&nbsp; He is certified in manual therapy (MTC) and dry needling (Cert DN) and is experienced with vestibular rehabilitation.&nbsp; For most of his career, he has served as a clinical instructor for physical therapy students and has promoted the profession of physical therapy at career fairs at the high school and collegiate levels.&nbsp; He has volunteered his time extensively in helping children and adults recovering from traumatic brain injuries.&nbsp; He has research interests in professionalism and ethics and in dry needling.&nbsp; He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Kentucky Physical Therapy Association.&nbsp; In addition to his career as a physical therapist, Dr. Bell has served bi-vocationally in various ministry capacities including pastor, church planter, youth minister, and author.&nbsp; He has made multiple voluntary trips to Poland where he has worked with impoverished inner-city children and has taught in English language camps for teenagers.&nbsp; Dr. Bell has practiced martial arts for over 30 years and enjoys leading a self-defense training group.&nbsp; He also enjoys a variety of outdoor activities including canoeing / kayaking, camping, fishing, hunting, and recreational shooting.&nbsp;</p>
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    [Section_Value3] => <p>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&rsquo;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.</p>
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    [Section_Value3] => <p>Dr. Neelly is an Assistant Professor for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.&nbsp; Dr. Neelly, a Kansas native, received a BA in Health, Physical Education, &amp; Dance from Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas in 1991, an MS in Physical Therapy from the University of Kansas Medical Center in 1993, and a Ph.D. in Exercise Science from the University of Kansas in 2002.&nbsp; Prior to coming to WKU, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Health Science at Bradley University.&nbsp; Dr. Neelly has several years of experience teaching Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, Functional Anatomy, Foundational Patient Care Skills, and Therapeutic Exercise.&nbsp; He has also served over ten years on the Physical Therapy Admissions Committee while at Bradley University.&nbsp; Dr. Neelly has continued to be active clinically, the past six years treating patients in an Acute Care Medical Center setting.&nbsp; Dr. Neelly&rsquo;s research interests include PT student loan debt, resistance training with heavy chains and elastic bands, and biomechanical changes associated with pregnancy.&nbsp; Dr. Neelly is the proud father of 3 teenage boys and enjoys coaching and attending their athletic endeavors.&nbsp;</p>
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    [Section_Value3] => <p>Dr. Norris holds a BS in Physical Therapy, MS in Exercise Physiology and PhD in Health Sciences/Movement Science. She has 29 years of clinical experience, primarily in the area of outpatient orthopaedics. A significant portion of her clinical practice has included management and leadership responsibilities for individual and multi-site outpatient facilities. Dr. Norris has more than 10 years of university experience in teaching exercise science and physical therapy, and currently teaches Orthopaedic Rehabilitation, Spine Assessment and Intervention, Fundamentals of Therapeutic Exercise, and the Research Sequence I-III. Dr. Norris&rsquo; research agenda currently involves the examination of the reliability of measures of gait variability during short and long distance walk tests; the reliability and validity of a smartphone app in the measurement of hip range of motion; the relationship of non-weight and weight-bearing ankle dorsiflexion to functional performance ability in young and older adults; the cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, and physiological effects of hot yoga on novice and experiences practitioners; and the effect of therapeutic exercise to the plantar cutaneous receptors of the feet on balance and cutaneous sensation. Dr. Norris is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association in Orthopaedic, Education, Research and Geriatric sections. Additionally, she is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedics since 1997, with recertification in 2006 and 2015.</p>
<p>Dr. Norris holds a 500 hour certification in yoga and is designated an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher 500 hour level through Yoga Alliance.</p>
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Physical Therapy Faculty


David L. Bell, PT, DPT, PhD, MTC, Cert DN

David L. Bell, PT, DPT, PhD, MTC, Cert DN
- Assistant Professor

  • Email: david.bell@wku.edu
  • Office: Medical Center Health Complex 3312
  • Phone Number: 270-745-4378
Karen Furgal, PT, DPT, PCS

Karen Furgal, PT, DPT, PCS
- Director of Clinical Education (DCE) and Assistant Professor

Michael Kennedy, PT, DPT

Michael Kennedy, PT, DPT
- Associate Director of Clinical Education; Assistant Professor

Kurt Neelly, PT, Ph.D.

Kurt Neelly, PT, Ph.D.
- Associate Professor

  • Email: kurt.neelly@wku.edu
  • Office: Medical Center Health Complex 3314
  • Phone Number: 270-745-4062
Beth Norris, PhD, PT, OCS

Beth Norris, PhD, PT, OCS
- Interim Department Head and Associate Professor

Sonia Young, PT, DPT, EdD, NCS

Sonia Young, PT, DPT, EdD, NCS
- Associate Program Director DPT; Associate Professor

  • Email: sonia.young@wku.edu
  • Office: Medical Center Health Complex 3310
  • Phone Number: 270-745-3233

 

 


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