Current Members of the Board
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
Judith Halverson, PT, DPT, MHA
Judith Halverson was appointed to the Board in January, 2018 to serve a 3 year term. Judith has over 36 years of experience as a physical therapist. Judith earned her Certificate of Physical Therapy from the University of Iowa Program in Physical Therapy in 1983. In 1998, Judith received a Master of Health Care Administration from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She received her DPT from Utica College in 2017. Her primary area of practice has been in the outpatient clinic setting. Her work experience in outpatient physical therapy has included working in the private practice environment, the Medicare Certified Rehabilitation Agency setting, which included long term care and home health, as well as the hospital-based outpatient clinic setting. She has had the opportunity to oversee the staff in inpatient rehabilitation and acute care settings as well. Several years working in long term care facilities early in her career led to her passion for caring for the older patient. She seeks out the patients that are over 70 years of age, with a desire to help them gain their highest functional potential. She is also passionate about teaching others, especially students, who are the future of the profession. As a provider of care and an educator, she strives to serve as a model for her colleagues and future physical therapists.
Judith is currently the Rehab Manager of Education for Ochsner Therapy and Wellness, the outpatient services for Ochsner Health System in New Orleans and surrounding communities. 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 caring and effective manner. Outside of work, she enjoys gardening, outdoor activities, singing and reading.
Term Expires January 11, 2021
Dr. Meredith A. Warner, M.D., M.B.A.
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
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
Dr. Phil Page is a licensed physical therapist, athletic trainer, and certified strength & conditioning specialist. Dr. Page is an Assistant Professor and Research Director in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He graduated from LSU in physical therapy in 1994 and received his master’s degree in exercise physiology from Mississippi State University in 1996, as well as a doctorate in Kinesiology from LSU in 2009. Dr. Page is a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine. He has been involved in rehabilitation and sports medicine for over 30 years, and most recently was the Global Director of Clinical Education and Research for Performance Health for 21 years. Dr. Page also has faculty appointments at Tulane Medical School and Wichita State University. He serves as a member of the Louisiana Physical Therapy Board. He has received the Lifetime Excellence in Education Award from the American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy. He serves 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. 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.
Term Expires September 17, 2021
John Marius, PTA
John Reichard Marius was appointed to the board on July 17, 2020 by Governor John Bel Edwards. John has been a licensed PTA in the state of Louisiana since 1995. A native and current resident of New Orleans, John graduated from Delgado’s PTA program. He currently works at University Medical Center in New Orleans and has previously worked at Charity Hospital and Touro. In addition to his professional work experience in the profession of physical therapy, John has also volunteered with the Exam Committee of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. He is excited to serve on our board and contribute to the state of Louisiana in this public service role.
Term Expires July 16, 2023
Oday Lavergne, Jr, PT
Oday Lavergne, Jr. was appointed to the board on July 17, by Governor John Bel Edwards. Oday graduated from the Physical Therapy program at Louisiana State University, New Orleans and has been a licensed PT in the state of Louisiana since 1978. He holds certification in functional nutrition for chronic pain. He is the founder and CEO of Agilus Health, an outpatient clinic that customizes individual recovery plans, using the most state-of-the-art technology and practices to get patients performing better than ever. Oday is eager to serve as a board member of the Louisiana Physical Therapy Board.
Term Expires July 16, 2023