Karen E Vitak, PT, DPT
 Title: Clinical Assistant Professor
 Dept: Health Sciences
 Office: HS 108
 Phone: 216-687-3903,  216-687-3903
 Email: K.VITAK@csuohio.edu
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. HS 108, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Education:
D.P.T, Arcadia University, 2002
M.S., Physical Therapy, Arcadia University, 2000
B.S., Biology, Case Western Reserve University, 1998
 
Brief Bio:
Dr. Vitak is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Health sciences and a member of the Graduate Faculty.  Prior to coming to Cleveland State University, she worked as a Senior Physical Therapist at the Cleveland Clinic.  Her clinical background includes evaluation and treatment of both adults and children in the acute and outpatient environments.  While at the Cleveland Clinic, she was instrumental in the development of a new Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis clinic.  Dr. Vitak has traveled to Jamaica and Peru providing pro bono physical therapy services in underrepresented areas.
 
Honors and Awards:
2009 Outstanding Allied Health Educator Award - Cleveland Clinic
APTA Clinical Instructor and Advanced Clinical Instructor Credentials
 
Research Interests:
Multiple Sclerosis in Pediatric Population
Physical Therapy Clinical Education including development of the PT-PTA Partnership
Service-learning Experiences in Physical Therapy, including international experiences
 
Teaching Areas:
Acute Care Physical Therapy
Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy
Lifespan Development
Interactions/Communication
PT Professional Issues
PT Clinical Education
 
Professional Affiliations:
-American Physical Therapy Association (APTA): Member of Acute Care, Education & Pediatric Sections; Member of Clinical Educators and Academic Faculty Special Interest Groups
-Northeast Ohio Clinical Education Council (NEOCEC) - Chair
 
Professional Experience:
Senior Physical Therapist, Cleveland Clinic January 2001-July 2009
Currently working as PRN Physical Therapist, Cleveland Clinic
 
University Service:
PT Program
2009-2010: Curriculum Committee, Admissions Committee, Teaching Technology Enhancement Committee  
2010-2011: Outcomes Committee, PT Search Committee

School of Health Sciences
2010-2011: Curriculum Committee

University
-Member of the Task force on Autism in the Center for 21st Century Health Professions
 
Professional Service:
Northeast Ohio Clinical Education Council - Acting Chair
APTA - Moderator for Education Section platforms
Provided Pro Bono Physical Therapy services in Jamaica and Peru
 
Community Service:
Community fundraising for health-related issues including the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Western Reserve Rowing Association Row for a Cure, and the Hydrocephalus Support Group of Northeast Ohio