Kellie Collins, PT, DPT, PCS

Position title: PhD Student


About me: I am a licensed Physical Therapist, a board-certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist (PCS), and an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor. I received my Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from UW-Milwaukee in 2010 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology-Exercise Science from UW-Madison in 2006. I have worked in a variety of healthcare settings including school-based practice, early intervention (Birth-to-Three), hospitals, outpatient clinics, home health, and hospice care. Aside from clinical and research work, I am also passionate about fostering the development of future physical therapists, working as a clinical adjunct professor and guest lecturer for DPT students in the UW-Madison and UW-La Crosse physical therapy programs, and as a laboratory assistant for the UW-Milwaukee DPT human anatomy laboratory and at UW-Stevens Point in the laboratory for the DPT clinical neuroscience course.

What motivates me: One of the things I love most about working in pediatrics is the opportunity to be a part of a child’s life, helping them to grow, develop, and find joy in the experiences that movement can bring. I love to collaborate with families and a large variety of healthcare and educational professionals to support the participation of the child in meaningful (and fun!) activities. After having worked for many years treating children with a history of a brain injury, the work in this lab is so exciting to me, with enormous potential impact on improved care and outcomes for children. I am fascinated by the science of neuroplasticity, learning more about how the brain develops and changes after injury, and the potential to improve and individualize future interventions for children after brain injury. Lastly, I am motivated to continuously become a more equitable and inclusive clinician, ensuring that all families have access to the highest quality of care and medical advances.