Kim Lephart, PT, DPT, MBA, PCS is the owner of STARs. Dr. Lephart is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy. Specialist certification provides formal recognition for physical therapists with advanced clinical knowledge, experience and skills in a defined area of practice. Certification is achieved through the successful completion of a standardized application and examination process.1 She received her initial training in physical therapy from California State University, Long Beach. In 2007, she earned her Master in Business Administration with an emphasis in Healthcare Managment. Five years later, she obtained her Doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Texas, Medical Branch in Galveston through their Specialized Training for Occupational and Physical Therapists in Early Intervention and Related Services (STAIRS) Program.
Since 1995, Dr. Lephart has been an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and Pediatric section. She is involved in the Virginia Physical Therapy Association (VPTA); in 2014, Dr. Lephart was appointed Secretary to VPTA's Pediatric Special Interest Group (PSIG). She is a certified Early Intervention Professional. Dr. Lephart is a dedicated member of Virginia's Part C Integrated Training Collaborative (ITC), which coordinates Virginia's Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD) for early interventionists who provide services under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA). She is also a working member of Virginia's Department of Education Committee on the Revision of the Handbook for Occupational and Physical Therapist. Dr. Lephart works with families in both English and Spanish; she also has limited knowledge of American Sign Language, which she uses with several of her students. Dr. Lephart was recently published in the peer-reviewed journal, Pediatric Physical Therapy.2
Dr. Lephart is a dynamic pediatric physical therapist with nearly twenty years of experience. She has a strong work ethic, excellent organizational skills and is efficient in time management, all of which are vital in autonomous work situations. Dr. Lephart is a team player who enjoys the collaborative model of working with parents, teachers, occupational, speech and vision therapists to meet a child's individual therapeutic needs. She has worked with children in a variety of clinical settings including private clinics, school systems, home health, outpatient rehabilitation, aquatics and early intervention programs. She is a creative problem solver who often uses critical thinking to improve the status quo.
Of all of Dr. Lephart's accomplishments both professionally and personally, Dr. Lephart is most proud of her children. She is a busy mother of four children ranging in ages from highschooler to first grader. She has discovered the simple pleasure of being chauffeured by her daughter.
1. Pediatric Physical Therapy: Description of Specialty Practice. Jeffries, et. al.: Specialty Council on Pediatric Phys
ical Therapy, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties: 2002.
2. Lephart K, Utsey C, Wild D, Fisher S. (2014). Estimating Energy Expenditure for Different Assistive Devices in
the School Setting. Ped Phys Ther J. 26(3):354-359.
Kim Lephart, PT, DPT, MBA, PCS
Board Certified Clinical Specialist
Pediatric Physical Therapy