Kelli Nielsen, PT, DPT, NCS

Assistant Professor


Kelli Nielsen joined the St Catherine University DPT faculty in 2017 as an assistant professor. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a bachelor of science in kinesiology and a minor in Spanish. She completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the Mayo School of Health Sciences and graduated in 2012. She then went on to complete a neurologic residency at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, WA. She became an American Board of Physical Therapy Certified Neurological Clinical Specialist in 2013.

Dr. Nielsen practiced full time with inpatient adults at the University of Minnesota Health from 2013-2017 and continues to work part time primarily in the intensive care unit and step down ICU. Dr. Nielsen is a certified clinical instructor and had many student physical therapists prior to becoming an assistant professor. Dr. Nielsen teaches in multiple areas of the DPT curriculum including applied neurologic physical therapy, pulmonary rehab and acute care topics.

Doctor of Physical Therapy
Mayo School of Health Sciences, Rochester, MN, 2012

Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 2009

Nielsen, K & Tripp, L. (2018). "Introduction to Laboratory Values for Adults". Fairview Rehab Services, Minneapolis, MN.

Nielsen, K & King, D. (2018). "Emerging Evidence and Exercise Prescription for Advanced Cardiac Rehabilitation and LVAD Patients." Minnesota APTA Annual Conference.

Journal Articles

Hollman, J. H., Conner, M.N., Goodman, K. A., Kremer, K. H., Petkus, M. T., & Lanzino, D. J. (2013). Timed limb coordination performance is associated with walking speed in healthy older adults: A cross-sectional exploratory study. Gait & Posture, 38(2), 316-320. doi:10.1016/j.gaitpost.2012.12.014

Lanzino, D. J., Conner, M. N., Goodman, K. A., Kremer, K. H., Petkus, M. T., & Hollman, J. H. (2012). Values for timed limb coordination tests in a sample of healthy older adults. Age and Ageing, 41(6), 803-807. doi:10.1093/ageing/afs070

Book Chapter

Stevens, V., Goodman, K., Rough, K., & Kraft, G. H. (2013). Gait impairment and optimizing mobility in multiple sclerosis. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America, 24(4), 573-592. doi:10.1016/j.pmr.2013.07.002

Assistant Professor, St. Catherine University, 2017–Present

Physical Therapist, University of Minnesota Health (Fairview), 2013-present

Physical Therapist, St. John’s Hospital, 2013-2014

Physical Therapist, University of Washington Medical Center, 2012-2013

Physical Therapist, Saint Mary’s Hospital (Mayo), 2012.