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Kathleen J Manella, P.T. Ph.D.

Kathleen Manella
Program Director, Physical Therapy - Tampa
(813) 574-5311


  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, University of Illinois in Chicago, IL
  • Master of Science in Physical Therapy/Orthopedics, University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Physical Therapy/Neuroscience, University of Miami, Miami FL



  • APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor – Level 2
  • APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor Trainer - Level 1


Teaching Areas

  • Neurorehabilitation
  • Neuroscience
  • Patient Care Management – Complex Cases
  • Preparation for National Physical Therapy Exam


Scholarly Activities and Interests

Manella’s research is focused on measurement of abnormal lower limb reflex activity and operant conditioning interventions for people with spinal cord injury and stroke. She has developed a smart phone video based clinical tool for ankle clonus measurement.


Professional Activity Summary

Manella is an active member of the FPTA and a 45-year member of the APTA. She is a member of the APTA Academies of Neurology, Pediatrics, Education, and Research, as well as a member of the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT). Manella has extensive clinical experience in orthopedic and neurorehabilitation of pediatric and adult individuals.  

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