Karene Boos, Carroll University faculty

Dr. Karene Boos, PT, JD, DPT

Clinical Associate Professor of Physical Therapy Get Contact Info


Physical Therapy (DPT)


Dr. Karene Boos has been a clinical physical therapist for over 23 years in a variety of settings including work with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Home Health for adult and pediatric clients and outpatient clinics. Dr. Boos has also been involved with physical therapy on a global scale through her work in Tanzania, East Africa where she has worked on a number of humanitarian projects, performed research and recently helped start a PT diploma program.


  • College of St. Scholastica, Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • University of Wisconsin Law School, Juris Doctorate
  • Marquette University, Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy

Areas of Specialization

Health Promotion and Health Equity (Local and Global), Professional Practice, Interprofessional Collaboration

Scholarly and Professional Achievements

Grant Activity

US Fulbright Teaching and Research Scholar Grant to Tanzania, East Africa 2017-2018

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Losing Ground: How the Lack of Opportunity for Women to Own Land Impales the Tanzanian Economy, Women, Trauma and Empowerment in Post-Authoritarian States, (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2007).

At the Intersection of Law and Morality: A Descriptive Sociology of the Effectiveness of Informed Consent Law. (Journal of Law in Society, Vol. 5, No. 2, Winter 2004).

Killing the Fatted Calf: Managed Care Liability in a Post-Pegram World (Northern Illinois Law Review, Vol. 24, No. 1, Fall 2003).

Service to Carroll University and Profession

Service to Carroll University

  • Faculty member for the Primary Care Training and Enhancement Program/HRSA grant

Service to Profession

  • American Physical Therapy Association Member and volunteer (HPA/Global Health SIG and Education sections)
  • Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association Member
  • World Confederation for Physical Therapy Member and DOVE volunteer
  • State Bar of Wisconsin Member

Honors and Awards

  • 2018 APTA Societal Impact Award
  • 2015 Marquette University College of Health Sciences Alumni Service Award

What is your teaching style?

My teaching style has been referred to as “real.” I have a wealth of clinical and personal experiences from which to draw to help information come to life for students. I also strive to make the classroom a place for open dialogue which is professional and respectful of differences. I welcome feedback and want to be viewed as a resource for the students.

Why do you do what you do?

I love the profession of Physical Therapy and what it represents. A significant reason I love working as a clinical physical therapist involves the opportunity it provides to educate clients, their family, staff, students and peers about the how’s and why’s of body systems, impairments and health promotion. I look forward to sharing this passion for the profession of Physical Therapy with students at Carroll. There is nothing better than seeing that look of understanding when someone has truly learned something. 

How do you make learning engaging?

I work to make the class interactive using my own stories and experiences, as well as, those of the students. In this way, I help the students recognize that the subject matter is important and relevant. I encourage all students to be active listeners and learners rather than passive recipients of information. I do this by asking questions, facilitating discussions and engaging in real-life examples.

What should students know about you?

I have done various humanitarian projects in Tanzania, East Africa for the past 23 years and run a non-profit organization for kids with albinism in Tanzania, together with my husband and four children. I have very eclectic interests from reading, writing poetry, and gardening; to DIYs, natural health and multi-cultural cooking; to yoga, swimming, skiing and all sorts of sports. I love meaningful quotes, a wide-range of musical genres and fun socks.

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