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College of Health Professions and Social Work

College of Health Professions and Social Work

Kathleen Swanick, DPT, MS, OCS
Kathleen Swanick, DPT, MS, OCS

Instructor II - Rehabilitation Sciences
Phone: (239) 590-7538
Office: Marieb Hall 311

Dr. Swanick joined the faculty at FGCU in July of 2003 and currently serves as an instructor in the Physical Therapy Program. She is originally from upstate New York where she was actively engaged in orthopedic clinical practice while teaching in the Physical therapy program at the Sage Colleges in Troy, New York. She received her BS in Physical Therapy and Biology from Russell Sage College and her MS in Community Health Education. She completed her DPT in 2005 and is currently completing a PhD in Instructional Design at Capella University. Her primary areas of clinical practice have included acute care, outpatient private practice, and home care. She received her Board certification as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist from the ABPTS in 2003.

Research and Scholarly Interests:

  • Prevention programs - osteoporosis
  • Exercise such as yoga, pilates, spinal stabilization / therapy ball
  • Manual therapy techniques for the extremities and spine
  • Modalities such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation
  • Rehabilitation for post operative spinal surgery
  • Would care
  • Evidence based clinical case studies
  • PBL / acitive learning
  • Online learning in physical therapy
  • Curriculum design
  • Vestibular rehabilitation
  • Acute care
  • Physical therapy in ICU
  • Any orthopedic topic

Scholarly Works:

Hunt D,Chapa D,Hess B, Swanick K, Hovanec A (2015).  The Importance of Resistance Training in the Treatment of SarcopeniaJournal of Nursing Education and Practice, 39-43. 



Donald E, Peters J, Swanick K. (2016) Self-Reported Use of Vital Signs in the Adult Outpatient Physical Therapy Setting. ACSM, Boston, MA.



Dr. Swanick is the president of the Florida Physical Therapy Association, serving as Regional Director for the Southwest Chapter and delegate for the APTA House of Delegates.