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Karen M. Avino

Karla Ann Bell

Director, Clinical Education
Secondary Appt. Assistant Professor

Physical Therapy Department
053 McKinly Lab/317 McKinly Lab


  • 2004 University of Massachusetts-Lowell – tDPT: Physical Therapy
  • 1997 University of Massachusetts-Lowell – MPT: Physical Therapy
  • 1993 University of Pittsburgh – B.S.: Biology & Chemistry


Delaware Physical Therapist #J1-0002353 (June 2008)

  • American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists, Geriatric Certified Specialist (2012)
  • American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists, Orthopedic Certified Specialist (2009)
  • APTA Certified Clinical Instructor (2005)
  • American Red Cross Emergency First Responder (Expires 2014)
  • American Red Cross Emergency CPR/AED Professional Rescuer/HC Provider (Expires 2014)
  • Certified Case Manager(2009)

Professional History

  • Jul06-Apr08 Comprehensive Physical Therapy, Manchester, CT, Senior Physical Therapist
  • Summer06-Fall06 University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Lowell, MA, Physical Therapy Transitional Doctorate Program, Adjunct Faculty
    • Adjunct Faculty Member
  • Jun01-Aug04 CNA Insurance Company, Quincy, MA & Rocky Hill, CT
    • Physical Therapy Consultant
    • Review Consultant
    • Medical Case Manager
  • Jun00-Apr01 Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital-Outpatient, Westborough, MA
    • Physical Therapy Aquatic Department Clinical Supervisor (Jun00-Apr01)
    • Level II Staff Therapist (Jan99-Jun00)
    • CCCE (Jan99-Jan00)
    • Level I Staff Therapist (Jan98-Jan99)


  • Signe Brunnstrom Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching, American Physical Therapy Association, 2012

Professional Organizations/Societies

Selected Publications

  • Bell KA, PT, DPT, OCS; Shovestul A. Total Knee Arthroplasty: Clinical Summary. APTA PT NOW (2011).
  • Bade M, PT, MPT, FAAOMPT; Bell KA, PT, DPT, OCS; Stevens-Lapsley J, PT, MPT, PhD; and Manal T, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS. Surgical Management and Rehabilitation of Knee Arthroplasty. APTA Monograph (2010).


  • Bell KA. PTNow is in Beta! Help Us Set the Direction for Accessing and Using Best Evidence. Panel Member. APTA Annual Conference in Tampa, FL 2012.
  • Bell KA, Larkin S, Manal TJ, Wruble Hakim E. Implementation of a Clinical Decision-Making Algorithm For Clinical Instructors To Determine Student Progression In A Clinical Experience. APTA Annual Conference in Tampa, FL 2012.
  • Bell KA, Beeson R, Manal TJ. A Case Demonstrating Physical Therapist Role in Primary Medical Management for Missed Diagnosis of Distal Radial Fracture/Subluxation. APTA Annual Conference in Tampa, FL 2012.
  • Shovestul AO, Bell KA, Manal TJ. “Primary Care Role of an Outpatient Physical Therapist for a Medically Complex Patient With Fear Avoidant Beliefs”. APTA CSM 2012.
  • Carroll A, Bell KA, Lynch, A, Manal T. “Assessing Vital Signs in the Outpatient Sports and Orthopedic Physical Therapy Setting- What are we missing when we don’t?”. APTA Annual Conference 2011.
  • Bell KA, Manal T. “Single treatment success of a lumbopelvic manipulation on a patient with a pelvic contusion diagnosis.” APTA Annual Conference 2011.
  • Ross C, Ciolek C, Bell KA, Manal T. "10,000 Steps: Do Adults Understand Their Current Level of Physical Activity?" APTA Annual Conference 2011.
  • Flug J, Bell KA, Manal T, “Using current evidence to treat a figure skater limited by low back pain prior to a national competition”. APTA Annual Conference 2010.
  • Schmitt LA, Bell KA, Snyder-Mackler L, Manal TJ, “Use of Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) to Assist Strength Return Following Achilles Rupture”. ACSM 2010.
  • Bell KA, Carroll A, “Physical Therapy and Neck Pain.” Second Annual Pain Symposium – Temple University 2010.
  • Bell KA, Manal T, Fass J. “Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation for Quadriceps Recovery After TKA Without an Isokinetic Dynamometer,” Combined Sections Meeting 2010.
  • Bell KA, Sions J, Manal T, Flug J. "Reducing Chronic Shoulder Pain in a Throwing Athlete - The Role of Thoracic Spine." APTA Annual Conference 2009.
  • Bell KA. "Physical Therapy As A Profession." HESC Class, University of Delaware, Fall 2008/ 2009.
  • Bell KA. "Wellness Program and Community Resources." CT MS Support Group, Manchester, CT, Fall 2007.
  • Bell KA. "Fall Prevention and Balance Safety for Seniors." Senior Center, Ashland, CT, Spring 2006.
  • Bell KA. "PT Informative Series for Insurance Case Managers." CNA Insurance Company, Quincy, MA & Rocky Hill, CT (monthly 2002-2003).


  • Search Committee Member for CHS - Director of NMHC (2011)
  • Specialization Academy of Content Experts (SACE) - Orthopedics
    Member (2010-2012)
  • Residency Review Subcommittee for APTA
    Member (2009-present)
  • UD LGBT Faculty and Staff Caucus
    Board Member (2010-2012)
  • HealthCare Practitioner Resource Committee for the Elderly, Willimantic, CT
    Member (2005-2006)

Teaching Experience

  • Clinical Management in Physical Therapy (Spring 2009-present)
    • Univeristy of Delaware DPT Program
    • Course Instructor
  • Musculoskeletal Evaluation and Treatment (Summer 2009)
    • University of Delaware DPT Program
    • Teaching Assistant
  • Geriatrics - "Musculoskeletal Aging" (Fall 2010-present)
    • University of Delaware DPT Program
    • Lecturer
  • Physical Therapy As A Profession, HESC class(Fall 2008-2011)
    • University of Delaware HESC
  • Clinical Reasoning in Physical Therapy (Summer, Fall 2006)
    • University of Massachusetts-Lowell tDPT program
    • Course Instructor
  • Principles of Neurological Physical Therapy (Fall 2005)
    • University of Connecticut
    • Lecture
  • Special Topics in Physical Therapy (Spring 2005,2006)
    • University of Connecticut
    • Lecturer
  • Basic Eval Techniques - Orthopaedic Lecture (Spring 2005, 2006)
    • University of Connecticut
    • Lecturer

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