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Ellen Donald, MS, PT

Ellen DonaldAssistant Professor - Rehabilitation Sciences
Phone: (239) 590-7531
E-Mail: ekwill@fgcu.edu
Office: Marieb Hall 326

Ellen Donald came to FGCU in 1996 as the founding department chair for Physical Therapy and has overseen its expansion from one program to three, serving hundreds of university students annually. She was born in East Patchogue, NY, and graduated with a degree in physical therapy from Boston University in 1985. She earned her MS in Adult Education from Syracuse University. Prior to coming to Florida Gulf Coast University, she was Director of Clinical Education for the Physical Therapy Program at the University at Buffalo. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Curriculum and Instruction--Measurement and Research at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Her areas of teaching expertise include pediatric physical therapy, professional issues, and exercise/wellness. She has extensive clinical experience in adult neuro and pediatric physical therapy in various settings. Her research focus is related to adult teaching and learning, test and survey construction, and exercise with older adults and special populations. She is actively involved and serves in a leadership role for exam development for the NPTE at the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.

Outside the university, Ellen enjoys time with her three children and 13 animals. She stays physically active, renovates her home, supports the local Sled Hockey program, and leads the outreach programs in her church.

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