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Karen J. Bock, MPT, CWS, CLT

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Clinical Instructor, Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Science, and Athletic Training

Professional Background

Karen Bock, MPT, CWS, CLT, is a clinical instructor in the Department of Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Science, and Athletic Training at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She received her master's degree in physical therapy from Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Mo., in 2002. She received board certification as a wound specialist by the American Board of Wound Management in 2005 and board certification from the Lymphology Association of North America in 2012.

She is currently a student in the doctor of philosophy (PhD) program in Rehabilitation Science at KU Medical Center.

Bock has more than 19 years of clinical experience in acute and outpatient settings at an urban level-one trauma hospital in Kansas City, Mo. She has presented research on her specialty areas of interest in lymphedema and complex wound management at national and international conferences.

She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Lymphology Association to promote high quality training and standards among lymphedema therapists.

Through 15 years of experience as the site coordinator of clinical education and her current role as the clinical co-chair of the American Physical Therapy Association's Academy of Education Clinical Education Special Interest Group, Bock has focused on excellence in clinical education instruction She is also serving a four-year term as a commissioner for the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. This role allows her to promote equitable standards and training for the field of physical therapy education.

Recent awards Bock has received include the Young Investigator Award for the spring 2018 Symposium on Advances in Wound Care peer-reviewed poster presentations and the spring 2020 Australasian Lymphology Association Conference Best Overall Poster Award.

Professional Affiliations
  • Academy of Education, a component of the American Physical Therapy Association, Clinical Education Special Interest Group (CESIG), Co-Chair, 2019 - Present
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Member, 1999 - Present

  • Bock, Karen., J. 2013. A Physical therapy directed approach for axillary web syndrome. National Lymphedema Network Lymph Link, 25 (2), 9-11, 25
  • Mullins, M, Bock, K, Bhatia, A. 2017. Extremit-Ease compression garment: A review and cases.. British journal of community nursing, 22 (Sup12), S41-S47
  • Ehmann, Suzie, Bock, Karen. 2018. Case report to demonstrate the need for selection criteria for optimal adjustable Velcro wrap prescription. JOURNAL OF WOUND CARE, 27 (1), S10-S17