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Kripa Dholakia, PT, DHSc, PCS, MA

  • Assistant Professor

Affiliated Programs

About Me

I joined the IPTE faculty in July 2019. I am a clinician with over 20 years of experience in pediatric PT in the medical and community setting. I have a board-certified clinical specialization in pediatric physical therapy. I am a member of American Physical Therapy Association's staff work group for Internationally Educated PTs and a member of the Global Health SIG of the HPA Section. My travels as a PT to several countries informed my doctoral scholarship. My research explored the ethicality of International Service-Learning (ISL) experiences offered by DPT programs to advocate for a more just model of ISL that focuses on patient beneficence. I teach Neuro I, Lifespan II, and the pediatric elective courses. I received my bachelors' degree in physical therapy from Mumbai University, India, and my advanced master's degree and DHSc from Drexel University School of Nursing and Health Professions. 

Area of Expertise

My clinical experience is working with the pediatric client, especially in the inpatient rehab setting. I have extensive work experience within a medical model as well as in the community setting as an early interventionist.

Research Interests

My doctoral scholarship work explored the ethicality of International Service-Learning (ISL) as a teaching model. My interest lies in Global Health and disability issues in low- and middle-income countries.


  • Dholakia K, Wilgens, A, Robertone, P, Ebaugh, D; Uncovering Ethical Dilemmas in International Service-Learning: A Grounded Theory, Journa lof Physical Therapy Education: June 2021 - Volume 35 - Issue 2 - p128-137 doi: 10.1097/JTE.0000000000000179