Spotlight: Leading Edge Treatments for Pediatrics and Adult Neurological Disorders
The University of North Georgia Physical Therapy Department welcomed Dr. Kimberly Castle as an associate professor teaching in the program this past summer.
Dr. Castle comes to UNG from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse where she taught in the physical therapy program for over 20 years and from a private practice treating children with chronic illness or injury. Dr. Castle’s long history of practice treating pediatric and adult neurological disorders provides UNG students a window into leading edge treatments. Dr. Castle’s La Crosse practice specialized in intensive programming for children with chronic neurological disorders such as cerebral palsy and Friedreich’s ataxia as well as children with trunk weakness, bowel and bladder incontinence and other neurological disorders. Dr. Castle has brought expertise and clinical equipment to the University where she and UNG students will provide hands on clinical treatment to select pediatric patients. Dr. Castle earned her Bachelor of Physical Therapy degree from University of Kentucky, her Masters of Therapeutic Science and PhD in Kinesiology from University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Dr. Castle’s has been very active in pediatric research, currently focused on measuring active neck motion in children with torticollis. She is working to establish a clinically feasible and affordable way to measure active head/neck movement in infants that can be done by a therapist working individually rather than requiring two people for measurement. She will be continuing work with infants and children who have difficulty controlling their neck and trunk in her future research involving UNG students in these efforts as she did while at UW - La Crosse.
Finally, Dr. Castle has been active in service to the community creating dance class opportunities for children with disabilities and establishing the first Wisconsin chapter of AMBUCS, Western Wisconsin Wheels to provide adaptive bicycles for children and adults with special needs. She plans to initiate both of these activities in the Dahlonega region.