Board Members are appointed by the Governor. The two vacant positions should meet the following qualifications:
- A physical therapist who possesses an unrestricted license to practice physical therapy and has been practicing in the state for no less than three years and shall be appointed from a list of names submitted by the Louisiana Hospital Association (La R.S. 37:2403.B.2). Individuals who qualify for this position should contact the Louisiana Hospital Association to express interest in serving on the Board.
- A physician who possesses an unrestricted license to practice medicine in the state and who specializes in the practice of orthopedic surgery or the practice of physiatry and shall be appointed from a list of names submitted by the Louisiana State Medical Society. Individuals who qualify for this position should contact the Louisiana State Medical Society to express interest in serving on the Board.
Don’t qualify for either of these positions? The Board also has at-large positions available to Louisiana-licensed physical therapists and physical therapist assistants. These positions are currently filled, but when a vacancy does exist the Governor will appoint new members. You can apply at any time by completing the application found here: http://gov.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/form/home/14
Not sure if serving as a Board Member is right for you? Here are some facts that will help you decide:
- The term of each Board Member shall be three years (La R.S. 37:2403.C).
- The Board is domiciled in Lafayette Parish (La R.S. 37:2403.A).
- Board Meetings are typically held in Lafayette, La.
- Board Meetings occur at least six times a year to transact business (Rule §105).
- Board Members are expected to attend a minimum of 80% of meetings (Rule §105).
- Board Members are entitled to $150 per diem and actual expenses for attendance at Board Meetings or other official board approved business or activities (La R.S. 37:2404.C.).
- Board Members are required to complete one hour of training on the Code of Governmental Ethics (La R.S. 42:1170.A.) for each calendar year that they serve on the Board.
- Board Members are required to file a Personal Financial Disclosure (Tier 2.1) form, including information related to their spouse, with the Louisiana Board of Ethics every year that the Board Member serves on the Board and also the year following the termination of their service.
Current Members of the Board
Patrick Cook, PT, MPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
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
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
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
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