Louisiana Physical Therapy Board

Board Members


Current Members of the Board

Patrick Cook, PT, MPT, OCS, FAAOMPT 
Board Chairman
Patrick Cook, PT, OCS, FAAOMPT was appointed to the Louisiana Physical Therapy Board by Governor Bobby Jindal on September 18, 2015, for a three-year term. He served as an Advisory Committee Member on the Board from 2014-2015. Patrick received his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Louisiana State University in 2005. He received his Master of Physical Therapy degree from LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2007. In 2010, he became Board Certified in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. For advanced clinical training, he completed a fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy through Regis University in Denver, CO from 2014-2015. In 2015, he was accepted as a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. Patrick is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the Louisiana Physical Therapy Association (LPTA).  Patrick was appointed Board Chairman by his fellow board members on September 20, 2017.

Term Expires September 17, 2018

Karl Kleinpeter, PT, DPT
Karl Kleinpeter was appointed by Governor John Bel Edwards on September 15, 2017, for a three-year term.  Karl is the Director of Kleinpeter Physical Therapy, an outpatient physical therapy clinic with locations in Baton Rouge and Zachary. Karl received his Bachelor of Science, Physical Therapy degree in 1990 from LSU Medical Center in New Orleans and later earned a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the EIM Institute of Health Professionals. In addition to being ASTYM and Trigger Point Dry Needling certified, Karl has a special interest in manual therapy and treatment of spinal conditions, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, upper and lower extremity orthopedic patients and sports-related injuries. Throughout his career as a physical therapist, Karl has become passionate about serving his patients through personal attention by listening, taking time to get to know them and making sure he understands their concerns and he works with them to achieve their goals so they can get back to loving their life. He trains his entire staff with these principles in mind, knowing that these interactions help to provide an even higher level of care and gives patients a real sense of the compassion which helps in their recovery.  Outside of work, Karl is involved in his community mostly through his participation in the Sacred Heart School, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and the Zachary Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife Stacey, have four children, Alyssa, Kalyn and identical twins Andrew and Kristopher. He spends his free time with his family, as well as sports and outdoor activities.

Term Expires September 14, 2020

Craig Prejean, PTA
Board Member
Craig Prejean was appointed to the Louisiana Physical Therapy Board by Governor John Bel Edward on September 28, 2016, for a three-year term. Craig has been a licensed PTA in the state of Louisiana since 1993 and has years of practice experience in outpatient, long-term acute care, home health, nursing home, and hospital settings. For the past 15 years, he has worked for the LHC Group at the St. Landry Extended Care Hospital in Opelousas. He is a graduate of University of Southwestern Louisiana (USL) in Engineering and worked as an engineer in the oilfield for 7 years prior to transitioning to the healthcare field. He resides in Scott, Louisiana with his wife Katrina. Craig and Katrina have a son, Caleb who attends Louisiana College where he is playing baseball and football. Craig enjoys watching Caleb play college sports, playing golf and spending time with his wife. 

Term Expires September 27, 2019

Julie Harris, PT, DPT, OCS
Board Member
Julie Harris was appointed by Governor John Bel Edwards on December 27, 2016.  Julie received her Bachelor of Science in Applied Science and Health and Exercise Science in 2003 from Centenary College of Louisiana where she was awarded an athletic scholarship to participate in NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball. She returned home to California where she earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Loma Linda University in June 2007. She completed her post-graduate orthopaedic residency program at Rancho Physical Therapy in 2009 with extensive training in manual therapy and orthopaedic evaluations.  Julie is Board Certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties since 2009. She is an APTA certified Clinical Instructor and also certified in Functional Dry Needling by Kinetacore. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), including the Orthopaedic Section and also a member of the Louisiana Physical Therapy Association. She served as the LPTA Shreveport District Chair and Executive Committee from 2010-2016. Julie is currently a faculty member of the LSUHSC Orthopaedic Residency program and an adjunct faculty at the LSUHSC Shreveport Entry-Level DPT program. She resides in Shreveport, Louisiana with her husband Chris where they enjoy spending quality time with their daughter, Jaicee, and son, Jaxon. 

Term Expires December 28, 2019

Kristina Lounsberry, PT, ATC 
Kristina Lounsberry was appointed to the Board in July 2012 for a three-year term. Originally from Oklahoma, Kristina graduated with her B.S in Kinesiology/Athletic Training from Texas Christian University in 1999. Upon graduation, she became BOC certified as an Athletic Trainer. In 2003, she graduated with her MPT from Texas Woman's University in the Houston Medical Center. Soon after, she began to specialize in industrial rehabilitation, focusing on functional evaluation and treatment of various orthopedic injuries. Kristina is a Level II Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist and remains certified in various nationwide functional assessment programs. Kristina is co-owner of Industrial Strength Work Rehab Center in Lake Charles. She remains an avid TCU Hornedfrog fan and enjoys watching sporting events at all levels. Kristina is honored to serve as a board member.

Lounsberry was reappointed to serve a second term effective September 18, 2015.

Term Expires July 04, 2018

Dr. Meredith A. Warner, M.D.
Board Member

Dr. Meredith Warner is a board certified Orthopedic surgeon, fellowship trained in complex foot and ankle reconstruction, practicing in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dr. Warner started her private practice Warner Orthopedics and Wellness in April 2013 and is an expert in general orthopedic medicine, care of the injured worker, the treatment of complex foot and ankle injuries and the non-operative treatment of the spine. Prior to arriving in Baton Rouge, she served as a Major in the United States Air Force with two deployments; she served in Iraq and Afghanistan performing combat surgery. Dr. Warner also performed surgery on a disaster relief mission to Haiti in January 2010. Upon her arrival to Louisiana, she entered into the executive MBA program at Louisiana State University and completed her degree in the winter of 2010. Dr. Warner is committed to offering her patients an accurate diagnosis and comprehensive treatment plan in order to get them back to the most functional and best life possible.  Dr. Meredith Warner graduated with honors from the Medical Scholars Program at the University of Delaware and earned her medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University Medical School in Philadelphia, PA. She completed an internship in General Surgery and an Orthopedic surgery residency at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA, and her fellowship in foot and ankle reconstruction at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX. She has trained extensively in spine intervention techniques.

Term Expires January 4, 2021 

Judith Halverson, PT
Board Member

Judith has 35 years of experience as a physical therapist.  She has practiced in outpatient clinic settings for most of these years.  8 years working in long term care facilities early in her career led her to an interest in working with the older population.  Her quest as a physical therapist is to ensure that her patients and clients reach their highest functional potential. 

She is currently the Rehab Manager of Education for Ochsner Therapy and Wellness, the outpatient services for Ochsner Health System in New Orleans.  In her role, she ensures that all clinicians and support staff have the skills, education and tools to care for their patients in the most effective manner.  Outside of work, she enjoys gardening, bicycling, and reading.

Term Expires July 11, 2019

 Board Vacancies 

Are you interested in public service? Do you want to become more involved with your profession? The board currently has one At-Large nominee vacancy and will soon have one LPTA nominee vacancy coming open in September, in addition to the consumer member vacancy available later this month. Those seeking the opportunity to serve as a board member should have an unrestricted license and at least three years of experience practicing physical therapy in Louisiana. The consumer member must possess the following qualifications: be a United States citizen, never have been licensed by any licensing boards pursuant to R.S. 36:259(A), nor can their spouse ever have been licensed by any boards, never have no felony convictions, and can have no material financial interest in any healthcare profession. In order to apply for the At-Large position, click here to complete the Boards and Commissions application via the Office of the Governor. If you know someone who may be interested in the Consumer Member vacancy and meets the above qualifications, please direct them to the same link. For LPTA members interested in the LTPA vacancy, please contact the association directly at office@lpta.org.


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