Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Education
Dr. Cook holds a PhD in education from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in Houston, TX. Dr. Cook has been a Certified Wound Specialist through the American Academy of Wound Management and is also a Credentialed Clinical Instructor through the American Physical Therapy Association.
Research and Teaching
Dr. Cook’s research interests include issues related to wound management, peripheral neuropathy, urinary incontinence, balance and falls, and educational outcomes assessment. At Missouri State University she is course director for: PTE 756 Patient Management Integumentary. She also co-directs the six Clinical Internship courses and PTE 744 Patient Management Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Problems. She also contributes to: PTE 873 Patient Management Advanced Differential Diagnosis.
Clinical Experience and Service
Dr. Cook has 20 years of experience as a practicing physical therapist or educator. She particularly enjoys working with individuals with traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s Disease, cerebrovascular accident, peripheral neuropathy, diabetes, and wounds. She serves the Department of Physical Therapy as Director of Clinical Education. She also chairs the Curriculum Committee and the Marketing and Recruitment Committee, serves on various college and departmental committees, and is active in her church and community. She is also a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Naval Reserve.