Kari Smith, Des Moines University Clinic Physical Therapy

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

Associate Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Additional Roles
Manager and Physical Therapist, Physical Therapy Clinic
Manager and Physical Therapist, Physical Therapy Clinic in the RecPlex

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 who serves patients of all gender identities, with trauma-informed care. Her clinical emphasis is on the treatment of bladder and bowel incontinence, constipation, pelvic pain and sexual dysfunctions with the use of exercise, manual therapy, visceral mobilization and biofeedback. She is a board-certified clinical specialist in women’s health (pelvic physical therapy) and is board-certified in biofeedback for pelvic muscle dysfunction through the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance. In addition, she has a background in athletic training, sports-related injuries and general orthopedic conditions. 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.

D.P.T., Des Moines University, Des Moines, Iowa
M.P.T., University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, Des Moines, Iowa
B.S. – Athletic Training, South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota

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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