Kari Smith, D.P.T., ATC
Clinic Manager/Assistant Professor
Physical Therapy Clinic
South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota
Des Moines University, Des Moines, Iowa
BCIA: Board Certification in Biofeedback-Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction
APTA: Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy
NATA: Certified Athletic Trainer
Stott Pilates certified instructor on mat and reformer
What Attracted Me to Physical Therapy:
My interest in physical activity and health initially led me to athletic training. I enjoyed the rehab aspect more than the on-the-field acute management of injuries, so I went on to graduate school for physical therapy. It is the best decision I have made as I enjoy the greater variety of clients and working in a clinic setting.
My clinical interests have changed over the years from a sport medicine focus to the treatment of pelvic dysfunctions and women’s health.
Conditions I Treat:
The majority of the patients I currently see are here due to pelvic pain, incontinence, pregnancy and postpartum care, along with biofeedback for constipation and dyssynergic defecation. I continue to treat a variety of neuromuscular dysfunctions from neck and back pain to hip and shoulder injuries. I enjoy integrating my background in Pilates into core stabilization rehab programs.
How Physical Therapy Can Benefit Patients:
Physical therapy can help restore normal function and improve your quality of life through correcting motor coordination and movement dysfunctions.
How I Spend My Free Time:
I like spending time outdoors and at sporting activities with my husband and three boys. I also enjoy training for triathlons or marathons.
I grew up on a farm in western South Dakota and spent my summers showing horses and cattle.
Health Advice to Live By:
Take time to take care of yourself, including your physical, spiritual, mental and emotional health.