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Physical Therapy Faculty

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

Dr. Furgal has been practicing physical therapy since 1991.  During that time, she has worked with orthopedic, medical, and neurologic patients across the lifespan in a practice settings that include hospital, out-patient clinic, skilled nursing, and school-based pediatrics.  Having spent a majority of practice working with children of all ages, she became a Pediatric Board Certified Specialist in 2014.  During her time in the clinic, Dr. Furgal has served as a clinical instructor and enjoys mentoring physical therapy students.  She has previous teaching experience teaching a pediatric elective course in a transitional DPT program, as well as assisting with the pediatric content in an entry-level motor learning and control class at a university.  Additionally, she is an active member in the Education and Pediatric Sections of the American Physical Therapy Association, as well as the Kentucky Physical Therapy Association.    Dr. Furgal enjoys her role as Director of Clinical Education, along with her teaching responsibilities in the WKU DPT Program.  These include clinical assessment and pediatric content areas.  Her scholarly research agenda involves pediatric topics including assessment and infant motor development.  Dr. Furgal values great community partnerships that enable her to work with children and adults who have physical impairments. 

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