Deborah G. Kelly, PT, MSEd, DPT 

Associate Professor, Division of Physical Therapy

Dr. Kelly is an associate professor and has been a full-time faculty member in the Division 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

  • Readiness for Change models
  • Patient adherence issues
  • Bio-impedance as a measurement tool
  • 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
Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
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.


Deborah G. Kelly

Deborah G. Kelly, PT, DPT, MSEd
Associate Professor, Division of Physical Therapy

Room 204M Wethington Building
900 South Limestone Street
Lexington, Kentucky 40536-0200
(859) 218-0599
Fax: (859) 323-6003