Kelly Reynolds, PT, DPT, NCS

Kelly Reynolds
Medical Instructor in Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. Reynolds is a neurological physical therapist with 18 years of experience. Her clinical work has focused on inpatient adult neurorehabilitation with an emphasis on spinal cord injury. She joined the faculty as a Faculty Development Resident in 2019 and moved to Core faculty in 2022. Dr. Reynolds teaches in the foundational curriculum in gross anatomy, geriatrics, and neurologic patient management and the Durham Neuro Camp advanced practice course. She is currently a PhD student at Rocky Mountain University, studying Health Sciences. 


  • PhD, Health Sciences, Health Professions Education Rocky Mountain University, 2019 – Present
  • DPT, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2004
  • BS, Education, Sports Medicine, University of Virginia, 2001


  • PT 642: Physical Therapy for the Older Adult, Course Director
  • PT 646: Foundational Neurological Practice I, Course Director
  • PT 752: Foundational Neurological Practice II, Course Instructor 
  • PT 632: Structure and Function of the Human Body, Course Instructor
  • Durham Neuro Camp Advanced Practice Course, Course Instructor


Dr. Reynolds is board-certified in neurological physical therapy with specific expertise working with people with spinal cord injury.


  • Personal attributes and the relationship to performance in DPT students
  • Understanding characteristics of diversity (racial/ethnic minority status, educationally and economically disadvantaged) and impact on personal attributes and academic performance
  • Evidence-guided holistic admissions in DPT education
  • Equity in assessment
  • Impact of motivation and learning strategies on academic performance


Reynolds K, Bazemore C, Hanebuth C, Hendren S, Horn M.  The relationship of non-cognitive factors to academic and clinical performance in graduate rehabilitation science students in the United States: a systematic review. J Educ Eval Health Prof. 2021;18:31. doi:10.3352/jeehp.2021.18.31 

Whitson H, Potter G, Davis S, Plassman B, Sloane R, Reynolds, K, Schmader K, & Welsh-Bohmer K. Difference in brain activation with higher task demand in asymptomatic adults with and without an APOE E4 allele. Innov Aging. 2018:2(suppl 1):402. doi:10.1093/geroni/igy023.1502. 

Whitson H, Potter G, Feld J, Plassman B, Reynolds K., Sloane R., & Welsh-Bohmer K. Dual-task gait and Alzheimer’s disease genetic risk in cognitively normal adults: A Pilot Study. J Alzheimers Dis. 2018;64(4): 1137-1148. doi:10.3233/jad-180016