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

Associate ProfessorDoctor of Physical Therapy Program
Manager and Physical TherapistPhysical Therapy Clinic
Clinic Appointment 515-271-1717
Email kari.smith@dmu.edu
  • 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
  • Certified National Athletic Trainer
  • 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
Awards and honors
  • Outstanding DMU alumni for College of Health Sciences
Areas of Expertise

Professional Organizations, Committees and Boards
  • American Physical Therapy Association
    • Education Section Member
    • Section on Women’s Health
    • Orthopedic Section
  • Iowa Physical Therapy Association
  • National Athletic Trainers Association
  • Alpha Eta Honor Society


  • Our Ladies Immaculate Heart Catholic Church, Chair of Parish Pastoral Council
  • State Liaison for Guillian Barre Syndrome Foundational International
    • Presenter at the Central Regional liaison training meeting, Cincinnati OH

Des Moines University Service:

  • Professionalism Committee for Faculty and Students
  • Interprofessional education facilitator
  • DMU Run Committee
  • Catholic Campus ministries
  • Educational Resources Committee
  • Pharmaceutical Representation and Biomedical Devices Committee
  • Community Service and United Way Committee, September
  • DMU day at the fair
  • Represented DMU at the Sandra Teague Memorial Dedication
  • Recruitment speaker at South Dakota State University
  • Community Service and United Way Committee
  • College of Health Sciences Curriculum Committee
  • Curriculum committee
  • Coordinator of PT continuing education courses
  • Search Committee for Neuro Clinical Faculty
  • PPDPT Faculty Search Committee9
  • Diversity Scholarship for Physical Therapy Committee
  • Physical Therapy Career Days Speaker
  • Physical Therapy Interviews
  • DMU Clinic Infection Control Committee
  • DMU Clinic Committee
  • Orientation to the DMU clinics for all student rotations
  • Pharmaceutical Representation and Biomedical Devices Committee
  • Electronic Medical Record Implementation Committee

State Professional Service

  • Iowa Physical Therapy Association Fall conference presenter
  • Legislative advocacy for the PT profession on equitable copays

National Professional Service

  • APTA Certificate of Proficiency in Pelvic Physical Therapy Case Reviewer
  • APTA Pelvic-Level 1 Continuing education lab assistant
  • APTA Section on Women’s Health Educational Programming Committee
  • APTA Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) introduction of speakers
  • APTA CSM presenter


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.

Poster Presentations

Smith KN, Stevermer CS, Katzer K.  Physician Perception of PT with Urological and Gynecological Disorders.  DMU Research Day. December 2010

Smith KN, Stevermer CS, Katzer K.  Physician Perception of PT with Urological and Gynecological Disorders. APTA National Convention, June 2012.

White, TE, Duffy PA, Stumbo T, Smith, K, 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.

Platform Presentation

Smith, KN.  Case Study:   Physical Therapy Treatment of Levator Ani Syndrome.  Des Moines University Research Symposium. December 2013



  • 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