Current Members of the Board
Julie Harris, PT, DPT, OCS
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
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
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
Dr. Meredith A. Warner, M.D.
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
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 January 11, 2021
Kathryn Brittain, PT, DPT, MBA
Kathryn Brittain was appointed by Governor John Bel Edwards on September 7, 2018 for a three-year term. Kathryn received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Duke University Medical School where she held multiple offices including serving on the medical school board of directors. She also received her MBA from Texas Woman’s University and has been instrumental working with organizations in developing programs for quality improvement, strategic planning, and business development. Further, she served as CEO of a startup technology company and was responsible for the development of best practice guidelines specific to managing spine related pain. Kathryn’s primary interest is a combination of utilizing her clinical depth of knowledge with the business models of cost analysis and quality improvement as it relates to medical intervention best practice and assessment of long term outcomes. Currently, Katie continues to serve primarily in the role of administrator in managing quality improvement, business development, and as a resource for best practice in the diagnosis and treatment of complex orthopedic patients. In addition, she volunteers as the Louisiana Physical Therapy Association (LPTA) Policy and Payment Committee Chair, member of the Louisiana Department of Insurance Health Care Commission, member of the Department of Insurance Pharma and Healthcare Costs Work Group, and she served on the 2017 Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy national physical therapy exam standard setting task force.
Term Expires September 06, 2021
Phillip Page, PhD, PT, ATC, CSCS, FACSM
Phil Page is a licensed physical therapist, athletic trainer, and certified strength & conditioning specialist. He graduated from LSU in physical therapy and received his master’s degree in exercise physiology from Mississippi State University, as well as a doctorate in Kinesiology from LSU. Dr. Page is a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine. Since 1998, Phil has been the Global Director of Clinical Education and Research for Performance Health. Dr. Page has faculty appointments at Tulane Medical School and Wichita State University. He has received the Lifetime Excellence in Education Award from the American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy, and serves as Vice-Chair of the Research Committee. He is a member of several national advisory boards and regularly reviews grants and journal article submissions, also serving as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Performance Health Research. Dr. Page lectures extensively and provides workshops on a variety of topics around the world. He has presented over 200 international lectures and workshops on exercise and rehabilitation topics, and has over 100 publications as well as 3 books including Assessment and Treatment of Muscle Imbalance: The Janda Approach. He has worked with the athletic programs at LSU, Tulane, the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, as well as the United States Olympic Track and Field Trials.
He lives with his wife and 4 children in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Term Expires September 17, 2021
Melissa Cox received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Louisiana State University in 2004. In 2006 she received a Master's degree in Counseling Education and a specialization in Education in 2007. Melissa is currently finalizing an Ed.D. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Administration. She is on her 14th year teaching high school science in Calcasieu Parish; having taught Biology II, Biology I, Chemistry, and Physical Science. Apart from her career she is also a loving mother to her four rambunctious and wonderful boys ages 15, 9, 7, and 5. Melisa is an active member of the Junior League of Lake Charles and serves on the board of the Calcasieu Soccer Club. She also plays a heavy involvement in her children's sports by coaching their soccer teams in the Fall and Spring and managing the baseball teams her husband coaches.
Term Expires December 31, 2019