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Deborah Kelly, PT, MSEd, DPT
Office Location: 

Room 204M Wethington Building

900 South Limestone Street

Lexington, Kentucky 40536-0200

Office Phone Number: 
(859) 218-0599
Fax Number: 
(859) 323-6003
Position Title: 
Associate Professor

Dr. Kelly is an associate professor and has been a full-time faculty member in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Kentucky since 1988. Prior to that she had taught part time for the program since 1984. She received a BS in psychology from Drake University, a certificate in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University, an MS in Education from the University of Kentucky and a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Arcadia University.

Her clinical experiences have included patient care and administrative duties in acute care, outpatient, home health, school systems, and skilled nursing settings with a focus on hand rehabilitation, burn care, lymphedema management and wound care.

Research / Scholarship

  • Patient adherence issues
  • Prediction and diagnosis of swelling, lymphedema, tissue fibrosis
  • Lymphedema management
  • Development of multimedia CD-ROM tools to enhance learning
  • Cancer Rehabilitation

Educational Focus
Doctor of Physical Therapy

  • Foundational Skills
  • Basic Clinical Skills
  • Orthotics
  • Pathology & Clinical Applications of selected disorders
  • Management of Vascular and Integumentary Disorders
  • Advanced Manual Interventions (Manual Lymphatic Drainage)
  • Public Health and Wellness
  • Domestic Violence
  • Research: Analysis and Outcomes
  • College of Medicine: Patient Centered Medicine

Clinical Work
Dr. Kelly is certified in Complete Decongestive Therapy and treats patients through the Kentucky Clinic Lymphedema Team. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Lymphedema Association of North America where she is Qualifications Committee Chair and is on the Item Writing Committee for the national exam. She currently focuses her clinical work on those individuals with wounds, Lymphedema or other edemas and diagnoses that benefit from treatment utilizing Manual Lymphatic Drainage.