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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.
|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|
|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|
Stumbo T, Merrium S, Nies K, Smith A, Spurgeon D, Weir J. (2001). The Effect of Handgrip Stabilization on Isokinetic Torque at the Knee. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 15 (3): 372-377.
Duffy, P. A., Ronnebaum, J., Stumbo, T., Smith, K.N., & Reimer, R.A. (2016). Does including public health students on interprofessional teams increase attainment of interprofessional practice competencies? JAOA. Accepted August 3, 2016.
Peer-Reviewed Scientific and Professional Presentations
Shelly B, Smith KN, Reimer R. Ultrasound Imaging Use in the Clinical Practice of United States Physical Therapists. International Continence Society Meeting. August 2018; Philadelphia PA.
Buhrow C, McDaniels L, Forehead S, Stevermer C, Smith, KN. Comparison of the Pelvic Girdle Questionnaire and the Timed-Up-and-Go to assess pregnant women with pelvic pain. APTA Combined Sections Meeting; February 2018; New Orleans, LA.
McDaniels L, Buhrow C, Stevermer C, Smith KN. Pelvic Floor Impact Questionnaire to evaluate pelvic pain in pregnancy. APTA Combined Sections Meeting; February 2018; New Orleans, LA.
Smith KN, Burlow B, Danielson C, Hulme M. Iowa Pelvic PT Study Day. Research Updates for Pregnancy and Pelvic Pain. March 2017.
Smith KN. Iowa Pelvic PT Study Day. Clinical Decision Making for Beginning Pelvic PT. April 2017.
Smith KN. Iowa Pelvic PT Study Day. Prevention of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction across the Lifespan. April 2016.
Abraham K, Cabelka C, Pagliano C, Shea A, Smith KN, Wente K, Wiebe J. APTA Combined Sections Meeting Educational Session, Complex Cases in Men’s and Women’s Health. Feb 2015.
Smith KN. Iowa Physical Therapy Association Fall Conference. Prevention and Treatment of Pelvic Floor Problems across the Lifespan. Nov 2014.
Smith, KN. Case Study: Physical Therapy Treatment of Levator Ani Syndrome. Des Moines University Research Symposium. December 2013
Smith KN, Stevermer CS, Katzer K. Physician Perception of PT with Urological and Gynecological Disorders. APTA National Convention, June 2012.
Non-Peer Reviewed Publications
Estes, K, Smith KN, Stevermer C. Assessing Male Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Using Ultrasound Imaging: A Literature Review. DMU Research Day. December 2017.
McDaniels L, Smith KN, Stevermer C. Participant Recruitment Associated with a Study on Pregnancy and Pelvic Pain. DMU Research Day. December 2016.
Buhrow C, McDaniels L, Hulme M, Smith KN, Stevermer C. Comparison of Pelvic Girdle Questionnaire & Timed-Up-and-Go in pregnant women with and without pelvic pain. DMU Research Day. December 2016.
Bray D, Stevermer C, Smith KN. Literature Review of Mobility During Pregnancy with Pelvic Girdle Pain. DMU Mentored Student Research Program. July 2016.
Omar, M, McCall, B, Smith, KN, Stevermer, C. Effect of Simulated Pregnancy On Gait
Parameters. DMU Research Symposium, 2015.
Stevermer C, McCall B, Smith KN. Gait Assessment During Simulated Pregnancy. DMU Research Symposium. 2014.
White, TE, Duffy PA, Stumbo T, Smith, KN, Ronnebaum J. Preliminary findings from an synchronous IPE activity: A qualitative study of health professional students’ interprofessional education experience in a virtual environment. Student Osteopathic Medical Association Conference, October 2013 and DMU Research Day, December 2013.
Smith KN, Stevermer CS, Katzer K. Physician Perception of PT with Urological and Gynecological Disorders. DMU Research Day. December 2010
Non-Peer Reviewed Presentations
DMU Grand Rounds, Interprofessional Care of the Pregnant and Post-Partum Client, Oct 2019.
DMU Admissions Retreat, Workplace Wellness, May 2019.
DMU Mini-Medical School, The Pelvic Connection, March 2019
Iowa Physical Therapy Association Fall Conference, Advances in Pelvic PT Practice. October 2018
Youth Emergency Shelter. PT Treatment for Encopresis. Feb. 2018.
Midwest Society GI Nurses Conference. Retraining the Pelvic Floor with PT Biofeedback for Elimination Disorders. October 2017.
Ray’s Society. In Control: Core Stability and Bladder Function. June 2017.
Elite 4 Sports Z3 Triathlon Team. Keeping Your Athlete on the Course. May 2017.
Women’s Bicycle Collective. Keeping the Wheels Rolling. March 2017
DMU Senior Health Fair. In Control: Core Stability and Bladder Function. November 2016.
Women and Parkinson’s Initiative. Women’s Health PT: Who we are and what conditions we treat to help persons with Parkinson’s Disease. May 2016.
Elite 4 Sports Z3 Triathlon Team. Injury Prevention for Triathlons. May 2016.
Central Iowa Chapter of Certified Medical Assistants, From the Couch to the Pavement October 2014.
Willowsong Midwifery, Pain Free Pregnancy Workshop. Feb, June, Nov 2014, March 2015
John Stoddard Cancer Board, PT and Use of Pelvic Dilators. May 2014
Des Moines University Foot and Ankle Symposium, When is it Okay to Return to Play?, March 2014
Juvenile Arthritis Foundation, Proper Backpack Fit and Back to School Exercises. October 2013
Resident Education, Multidisciplinary Approach to Management of Female Pelvic Floor Dysfunctions. Sept 2013
Des Moines University Grand Rounds. Multidisciplinary Approach to Management of Female Pelvic Floor Dysfunctions. Feb 2013
Drake University Health Sciences II, New Trends and changes in PT education, training and practice. April 2012
- Pain Free Pregnancy Workshop. Willowsong Midwifery. Feb, June 2014
- Des Moines University Grand Rounds. “Multidisciplinary Approach to Management of Female Pelvic Floor Dysfunctions.” Feb 2013
- Resident Education, “Multidisciplinary Approach to Management of Female Pelvic Floor Dysfunctions.” Sept 2014
- Drake Univerisity Health Sciences II, “New Trends and changes in PT education, training and practice.” April 2012
- Women Be Strong Presentation, 2011
- Lunch-n-Learn for DMU on Flexibility Training, 2009
- Speaking to the Geriatrics Club for gait training and transfers, 2008
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