Faculty Who Care
Dr. Krista M. Wolfe PT, ATC
Dean, Nursing and Health Sciences
I am a licensed athletic trainer and physical therapist and have a passion for helping others. Prior to coming to Central Penn, I worked full-time in outpatient physical therapy clinics specializing in women’s health, vestibular rehabilitation and lymphedema management. Although I am working full-time at the college, I have a desire to continue to stay competent in my field and therefore I continue to work PRN in the outpatient setting. I transitioned into Academia in 2006, when I began as the Director of the Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) Program at Central Penn College. I have since transitioned into the role of the Dean of the School of Health Sciences. My time at the college is split between serving as the Dean and teaching within the PTA program. I am a member of the Faculty Senate, co-chair of the Assessment Committee, served as co-chair for the Steering Committee for the college’s Re-affirmation of Accreditation through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. I also played an integral role in developing four new bachelor’s programs for the School of Nursing and Health Sciences: Bachelor of Science in Health Science, Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management, Bachelor of Science in Radiology Sciences, and the RN to BSN program. I am involved in several professional organizations, wherein I provide service to the field of physical therapy. One of which is the work I perform with the State Boards of Physical Therapy. I am honored to serve as an exam writer for the National Physical Therapy Examination as well as a member of the Item Bank Review (IBR) Committee for the State Boards of Physical Therapy. For continued devotion for the field of physical therapy education, I also serve as a manuscript reviewer for two publishing companies.
I have an outgoing and sometimes eccentric personality. I am always on the go and very active. When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my talented and handsome eight year-old son, who is very athletic. We are constantly playing baseball, hockey, soccer, or basketball. So when you see that crazy mom on the sidelines, yes, that is probably me!I am a bit of an over achiever as well, I have decided that I need to challenge myself on a regular basis and have begun running. It started out with a 5K and progressed to a 10K and now half marathons. That was not enough to satisfy me, so I progressed to spartan races. I have completed a spartan super and will complete a spartan sprint very soon. Fitness and health are extremely important to me. Overall I enjoy teaching, helping others and spending time with my family and friends. Some of my most favorite memories are floating down the Yellow Breaches, attending any country music concert, running races, sitting by camp fires with friends and spending time with my son at sporting events. Life is short... live it to it's fullest!
Central Penn College has many positive attributes, but I must say that I especially enjoy having the opportunity to unlock the potential that lies in all of my students. I am able to utilize my skills as a therapist in the academic setting with students who have a common desire for helping others through a career oriented educational experience. Being in the field of physical therapy is demanding yet very rewarding. There is no better feeling than when you can help someone else to achieve their goals. My favorite aspect of teaching is that I am able to participate in the growth and development of healthcare professionals, especially in the field of physical therapy. I promote evidence –based treatment practices inside the clinic as well as the classroom. I take pride in being able to share my clinical expertise by integrating research and practical skills into the classroom experience. I am a very hands on kinesthetic learner and I like to bring that into the classroom. I strive for my students to have the best possible education possible. My courses are designed to provide the students with information through lecture, discussions, case studies and presentations in the classroom immediately followed by hands on experiences in the laboratory. The students are presented with knowledge of disease processes, pathologies, treatments and techniques commonly seen in the clinics in lecture and then able to perform assessment and treatment techniques within the laboratory. We feel it is imperative for students to be able to perfect their clinical skills in the laboratory before entering their clinical component of their educational experience. After all, practice makes perfect!