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Physical Therapy Program

College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences

Kara Boynewicz, PT, DPT, PCS, ATC
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Kara  Boynewicz  PT DPT PCS ATC

Assistant Professor
423-439-8797 /
Building 2, Quillen College of Medicine/Veterans Affairs


East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN. PhD, Early Childhood Education 2014-current. Estimate graduation 2017

Governors State University, University Park, IL

Physical Therapy, transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy tDPT, 2012- 2013

Governors State University, University Park, IL

Masters of Physical Therapy, M.P.T., 1998-12/2000

Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL

Bachelors of Science Major: Zoology, Concentration in Athletic Training 09/1989-05/1994


08/14-present Assistant Professor Physical Therapy department, Johnson City, TN

05/12-10/13- Adjunct Faculty, Governors State University, University Park, IL

01/12-12/13 Adjunct Faculty, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL

01/09-12/09 Wilbur Wright College: Consultant, Chicago, IL
Program Curriculum Design and Development for Physical Therapy Assistant Program: Researched and Developed Curriculum for PTA program, collaborated with Director of current COTA program for potential joint programming, developed Syllabi, Schedules and Credits for all courses over 2 years for program and designed cost analysis for implementation of PTA program

08/05 – 07/14 Fundamental Therapy, Chicago, IL
Owner and President of Home Health Agency for Early Intervention Therapies: Manage Staff Therapists and support staff, Coordinate Billing and Reimbursement issues for staff physical therapists, evaluate and treat a variety of pediatric condition for home health population in trans-disciplinary model and wrote LOMN and DME equipment ordering and fitting

10/10-12/10 Fox College: Lab Instructor, Tinley Park, IL
Lab Assistant for Functional Anatomy II and Introduction to Patient Care. Department for Physical Therapy Assistant Program
Audience: Physical Therapy Assistant Students

10/01 –08/11 Sinai Health Systems; Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital & Mt. Sinai Hospital, Chicago, IL; Clinical Specialist/Pediatric Program Coordinator patients with orthopedic, neurological and cardiopulmonary conditions.

8/98- 04/01 Midwest Orthopedics, Oak Park, IL: Affiliate Athletic Trainer: Evaluated and treated various athletic injuries and acted as the sole trainer to various sporting events, games, and tournaments for children and young adults ranging in age from 8-21 years.


ADMN: Interprofessional Education Program Cohort

PHYT 6331 Neurotheraputic Principles I

PHYT 6432 Neurotherapeutics II

PHYT 6433 Neurotherapeutics III

PHYT 7764 Case Study in PT

PHYT 6523 Prosthetics and Orthotics


2013-2014: UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Science. Infants with Periventricular Brain Injury Kicking and Treadmill Stepping Coding Manual

Collaborator including reliability tester for analyzing video analysis of groups of infants born premature with Grade III/IV hemorrhage and PVL.

2008-9: Mothers & Growing Babies
UIC College of Nursing: Division of Women, Children and Family Health Service; Feeding and Transition to Home for Preterm at Social Risk
Collaborator including developmental testing (TIMP and Bayley III) with group of babies in NICU, 6 weeks post NICU, 6 months and 12 months

2007-9 CCTS UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Science. Clinical Trial of Physical Therapy with Kicking and Treadmill Stepping to Promote Locomotion in Infants Perinatal White Matter Injury.
Collaborator including testing (TIMP, AIMS, Peabody II) and exercise groups of infants born premature with Grade III/IV hemorrhage and PVL.

2000 – RidgeCrest Learning, Inc. Learning in HealthCare: Focus on Technology Award Winning Poster Presentation: The ADA... Chicago... and YOU!
Developed, constructed and presented a poster presentation that explained the development, tools of utilization, and findings of a research project conducted to assess and collaborate handicap accessible establishments in the Chicago area.


Campbell SK, Zawacki L, Clark A, Boynewicz K, Gaebler-Spira D, deRegnier R-A, Kuroda M, Bhat R, Cooper A, Yu J, Campise-Luther R, Kale D, Bulanda M, Zhou X. Effects on Motor Development of Kicking and Stepping Exercise in Infants with Perinatal White Matter Injury. Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine: An interdisciplinary Approach 4 (2011), 1-13.

Sangeetha Madhavan, Suzann K. Campbell, Rose Campise-Luther, Deborah Gaebler-Spira, Laura Zawacki, April Clark, Kara Boynewicz, Dipti Kale, Michelle Bulanda, Jinsheng Yu, and Xiaohong Joe Zhou. Correlation between fractional anisotropy and motor outcomes in one-year-old infants with periventricular brain injury. Journal of Magnetic Resonance 39 (2014), 949-957.

Suzann K. Campbell, Whitney Cole, Kara Boynewicz, Laura L. Zawacki, April Clark, Deborah Spira-Gaebler, Raye-Anne DeRegnier, Maxine Kuroda, Dipti Kale, Michelle Bulanda, and Sangeetha Madhavan. Behavior During Tethered Kicking in Infants with Periventricular Brain Injury Peds PT (2015) In publication.

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