Kara Lardinois, PT, DPT, C/NDT

Kara Lardinois
Academic Coordinator of DPT STEPs®; Instructor, Medical Center

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Dr. Lardinois is the course director for STEPs®, Student Team Experience in Practice which is the four-course series of integrated clinical education in the Duke DPT program. She is an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor and a trainer for the APTA Level 1 Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program. She completed a program to earn a certificate in health professions education & teaching through the Duke Academy for Health Professions Education and Academic Development (Duke AHEAD). Dr. Lardinois maintains neurodevelopmental treatment (NDT) certification in pediatrics and provides patient care in the outpatient setting. She mentors students and residents and serves as a clinical educator in a collaborative model of clinical education.


  • DPT, Duke University, 2001

  • MS in Physical Therapy, Duke University, 2000

  • BA Hope College, 1998


  • STEPs®: PT 601, PT 611, PT 621, PT 701
  • STEPs® Clinical Educator
  • PT 742 Foundational Pediatrics 
  • PT 745 Advanced Practice Course - Pediatrics


Areas of interest and expertise include: neurological injury, cerebral palsy, and other neuromotor disorders; torticollis; infant treatment; aquatics; orthotic intervention; and clinical education. She has more than 20 years of outpatient clinic experience in pediatrics.

Selected publications

  • Lardinois, K. In pursuit. NDTA Network, July/August 2011; 18:4.

  • Lardinois, K. Entry-level clinical education: A collaborative model and NDT. NDTA Network, July/August 2013;20:4.

  • Lardinois KL, Gosselin D, McCarty D, Ollendick K, Covington K. A Collaborative Model of Integrated Clinical Education in Physical Therapist Education: Application to the Pediatric Essential Core Competency of Family-centered Care. J Phys Ther Educ. 2017;31(2):131-136.

  • Masoud, M., Gordon, K., Hall, A., Jasien, J., Lardinois, K., Uchitel, J., Mclean, M., Prange, L., Wuchich, J. and Mikati, M. A. (2017), Motor function domains in alternating hemiplegia of childhood. Dev Med Child Neurol. doi:10.1111/dmcn.13443

  • Howman, J., Wilkinson, T. C., Mulligan, N. F., Lardinois, K. L., & Pientok, C. (2020). Perspective in physical therapy education: creating a communication network to connect clinical education stakeholders. The Journal of Clinical Education in Physical Therapy, 2. https://doi.org/10.7916/jcept.v2.1962

  • Lardinois KL, Guge N. Physical Therapy for a Patient with Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood. Pediatr Phys Ther. 2019:31(3): E8-E14.

Awards and honors

  • Clinical Instructor of the Year from Duke DPT through the Carolina Clinical Education Consortium, March 2011