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Dr. Karma Peters

Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy 262.951.3032 klapacek@carrollu.edu Physical Therapy Building 109A


Physical Therapy


Dr. Peters has worked in many physical practice settings including travel PT, outpatient orthopedics, pediatrics, school-based physical therapy, skilled nursing facilities, retirement communities, and acute care/ICU. Her clinical practice for nearly 10 years focused on helping older adults improve their quality of life. She loved watching students within the clinic so much that she decided to transition to academics in 2016. Dr. Peters grew up in Poynette, WI, on an apple orchard. In her free time she enjoys her hobby farm and spending time with her husband, Matt and young son, Charlie.


  • College of St. Scholastica, Doctor of Physical Therapy, 2011
  • Carroll University, Master of Physical Therapy, 2005
  • Carroll University, Bachelor of Science in Sociology, 2003

Areas of Specialization

Geriatrics, acute care

Scholarly and Professional Achievements

Board certified as a Geriatric Clinical Specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapist Specialties, recertified in 2018

Service to Carroll University and Profession

  • Appointed to the Geriatric Specialty Council at the American Board of Physical Therapist Specialties (2017-2020)
  • Member of the National Physical Therapy Exam Development Committee at the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (2016-2019)
  • Item Writer for the National Physical Therapy Exam (2012-2015)

What is your teaching style?

I prefer to guide students through their own learning with engaging activities. I’m not into hearing myself talk so the more I can get students talking the better! In my experience, students tend to remember peer-to-peer conversations and hands-on activities best so my goal is to include these activities in every topic that I teach.

Why do you do what you do?

I love teaching PT because I get to share my passion for physical therapy with the future of this great profession!

How do you make learning engaging?

I purposefully encourage students to come to class prepared so we can minimize traditional lecture time and spend more time having discussions or completing in-class activities.

What should students know about you?

My goal is to help each student succeed in the classroom and become an amazing physical therapist! My door is always open to help in any way that I can within and outside of the classroom.

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