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Kelby Kaplan, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT

Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy - Ft. Lauderdale


Dr. Kaplan received her Master of Physical Therapy degree from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia in 1999 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy in June 2016 from A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona. She is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Education program at Nova Southeastern University with a concentration on Curriculum and Teaching.



Dr. Kaplan is a board certified specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist in the Maitland Australian approach, and a certified Clinical Instructor through the American Physical Therapy Association.



Dr. Kaplan is the course leader for the two-course Clinical Skills sequence (PHT 6710 and PHT 6720) and lab faculty in the first course in the Musculoskeletal series (PHT 6810). She is course leader for Advanced Differential Diagnosis (PHT 7615) and co-course leader for Radiology/Pharmacology course (PHT 7415) in the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. She was instrumental in developing the Neuromusculoskeletal Manual Therapy Program at Nova Southeastern University and teaches the Upper Quadrant (PHT 7878) and Distal Extremities (PHT 7879) courses in the certification sequence.


Scholarly Activities and Interests

Dr. Kaplan’s primary research interests include goal setting strategies utilized by physical therapy students and evidence-based practice for tendinopathy.


Areas of Practice

Dr. Kaplan has practiced in the outpatient and acute care settings, and is collaborating to develop the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program at Nova Southeastern University.


Professional Activity

Dr. Kaplan serves on the committee of content experts in orthopedics for the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and has served as an item writer for the Orthopedic Clinical Specialist certification examination and National Physical Therapy Examination. She has been an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 1999 and is a member of the Orthopedic and Education sections.

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