Kari Smith, P.T., D.P.T., BCB-PMD

Associate Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Kari Smith, Des Moines University Clinic Physical Therapy

Kari Smith, P.T., D.P.T., BCB-PMD

Associate Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Additional Roles
Manager and Physical Therapist, Physical Therapy Clinic

515-271-1717 (Clinic Appointment)

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Kari Smith is an associate professor in the Des Moines University Department of Physical Therapy and manager of the DMU Physical Therapy Clinic. Her clinical emphasis is in orthopedics and the treatment of bladder and bowel incontinence, constipation, pelvic pain and sexual dysfunctions with the use of exercise and manual therapy, including visceral mobilization and biofeedback. She has a certificate of achievement in pelvic physical therapy from the Section on Women’s Health of the American Physical Therapy Association and is board-certified in biofeedback for pelvic muscle dysfunction through the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance. She is also a Stott-certified Pilates instructor, and she integrates these concepts into her back and pelvic stabilization programs. Her current research involves measuring pelvic pain in pregnancy and how it correlates to functional mobility tasks. Dr. Smith graduated from DMU with a master of science degree in physical therapy in 1998 and a doctor of physical therapy degree in 2004. She has a background in athletic training, sports-related injuries and general orthopedic conditions.

Education:
Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Des Moines University, Des Moines, Iowa
Masters in Physical Therapy, University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, Des Moines, Iowa
Bachelor of Science – Athletic Training, South Dakota State University

Certifications:
Iowa Physical Therapy License
Credentialed Clinical Instructor, Advanced Course
Certified Stott Pilates Instructor Mat and Reformer
BCIA Board Certified in Biofeedback- Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction
Section of Women’s Health, APTA, Certificate in Achievement- Pelvic Floor

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