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Kelby Kaplan, PT, DPT, EdD

Kelby Kaplan
Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy - Ft. Lauderdale
(954) 262-1876

EdD with concentration in Curriculum and Teaching from Nova Southeastern University, 2021

Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy from A.T. Still University, 2016

Bachelor of Science in Health Science and Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, 1999


Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties 2011

Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist 2007

Certified Clinical Instructor Florida Consortium of Clinical Education 2005

Certified APTA Clinical Instructor 2001


Dr. Kaplan teaches in the Clinical Skills, Musculoskeletal, and Physical Agents courses in the Professional DPT program as well as Introduction to Clinical Reasoning, Advanced Differential Diagnosis, and Pharmacology in the Transitional DPT program.

Scholarly Activities and Research Interests

Dr. Kaplan’s primary research interests include cultural competence, metacognitive goal-setting strategies, and orthopedic clinical practice. She was co-creator of the Neuromusculoskeletal Manual Therapy Program at NSU and contributed to the curriculum of the Orthopedic Residency Program.


Dr. Kaplan serves as the Student Association Advisor for the first-year cohort and is a member of the Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy Admissions Committee.

Areas of Practice

Dr. Kaplan is a clinical mentor in the Orthopedic Residency program and a clinical instructor for the acute care Integrated Clinical Experience. Her clinical experience includes orthopedics, acute care, vestibular, and aquatic physical therapy.

Professional Activity

Dr. Kaplan served as an item writer for Specialization Academy of Content Experts (SACE) and is currently an appointed member of the Committee of Content Experts for the Orthopedic specialization ABPTS. She is a reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals and an Editorial Board Member for Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation.


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