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Kelby B. Kaplan, PT, DPT, EdD

Academic Title:

Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment:

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

Secondary Appointment(s):


Administrative Title:

Director for Educational Affairs


Allied Health Research Building Room 315 C

Phone (Primary):


Education and Training

EdD with concentration in Curriculum and Teaching, Nova Southeastern University, 2022

Doctor of Physical Therapy, A.T. Still University, 2016

Master of Physical Therapy, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, 1999

Certified Exercise Expert for the Aging Adult since 2021

Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist since 2011

Certfied Orthopedic Manual Therapist since 2007

Certified Clinical Instructor since 2001


Dr. Kelby Kaplan is an Assistant Professor in the UMSOM Department of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science (PTRS), where she primarily teaches in the area of biomechanics, gait, orthopedic, and manual physical therapy. Her classrom and clinical instruction span the continuum of physical therapy education including professional doctoral students, practicing clinicians, and orthopedic residents, and she serves as a commmittee member for several PhD and EdD dissertations. She has over 20 years experience treating patients in the outpatient and acute care settings for orthopedic, vestibular, and post-surgical rehabilitation. 

Dr. Kaplan is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic physical therapy and is hightly committed to the process of specialization, specifically the development, review, and revision of the board certification examination. She was appointed and served as an orthopedic item writer through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties for two years and was then appointed to the Committee of Content Experts as an item reviewer. In conjunction with this role, she is serving as a Subject Matter Expert for the revalization of the Description of Orthopedic Specialty Practice. 

During her doctoral studies on curriculum and instruction, Dr. Kaplan's interest in cultural humility in healthcare education and practice was piqued, and has since become an keystone of her research beyond orthopedic physical therapy. 

Research/Clinical Keywords

Cultural humility, bias, curriculum, tendinopathy, orthopedic physical therapy

Highlighted Publications

Olivencia, O, Kaplan, K, Dreger, M, Marlowe, K, Kais, A, & Veloz, M. (2021). Post-rehabilitation considerations for temporomandibular dysfunction. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 43(6), 14-28. 

Olivencia, O, Godinez, GM, Dages, J, Duda,C, Kaplan, K, & Kolber, MJ. (2020). The reliability and minimal detectable change of the Ely and Active Knee Extension tests. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, 15(5), 776-782. 

Kaplan, K, Olivencia, O, Dreger, M, Hannery, WJ, & Kolber, MJ. (2019) Achilles tendinopathy: An evidence-based overview for the sports medicine professional. Strength and Conditioning Journal ,41(5), 24-40. 

Additional Publication Citations

Kaplan, K., Hanney, W. J., Cheatham, S., Masaracchio, M., Xinliang, L., & Kolber, M. J. (2017). Rotator cuff tendinopathy: An evidence-based overview for the sports medicine professional. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 40(4), 61-71.

Olivencia, O., Kaplan, K., Kreymer, B., & Kolber, M. J., (2017). Post-rehabilitation considerations for cervical disc herniation. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 39(3):46-57






Awards and Affiliations

Alpha Eta Honor Society, 2019

Professional Activity

Associate Editor, Physiotherapy Theory and Practice

Editorial Board Member, Topics in Geriatric Rehabiltiation

Ad hoc reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals including Strength and Conditioning Journal, Journal of Allied Health, Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice, and Biologic Orthopedics Journal.