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Nicolle Samuels, MSPT, CLT-LANA, CWS, CKT

Adjunct Instructor, Doctor of Physical of Therapy* program

Department: Department of Physical Therapy


  • M.S., Physical Therapy, University of South Dakota (Vermillion, S.D.), 2001.
  • B.S., Recreation, University of South Dakota (Vermillion, S.D.), 1997.
  • CLT-LANA, CWS, CKTP, Certified Lymphedema Instructor


Assuming that the DPT Program does not hire a core faculty member that is appropriately qualified to teach Integumentary Physical Therapy, Nicolle Samuels, MSPT, CLT-LANA, CWS, CKT has verbally agreed to teach this course in the 2nd year of the didactic portion of the Program.

Mrs. Samuels received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation Therapy and Master of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of South Dakota (USD) with academic honors. She then specialized in lymphedema management, obtaining certification in Complete Decongestive Therapy from the Lymphology Association of North America. Her practice areas have been focused in orthopedics, lymphedema and swelling disorders, wound care, and cancer-related rehabilitation. In 2006, Mrs. Samuels joined the Academy of Lymphatic Studies as an Associate Instructor and Medical Advisor. She frequently lectures to the public and medical audiences regarding lymphedema education and advocacy. Mrs. Samuels has instructed the physical therapy students of the University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse and currently instructed the medical, physical therapy, and physician assistant students of the USD, as an adjunct professor, in the topics of lymphedema, edema management, and wound care.  She also guest lectures for Dordt College of Nursing.  Mrs. Samuels has also achieved designation as a Certified Wound Specialist through the American Academy of Wound Management and is also a Certified Kinesiotaping Practitioner through the Kinesiotaping Association.

Mrs. Samuels is also an active and involved member of the APTA and the South Dakota state chapter, as well as the National Lymphedema Network. After serving three years on the Federation of State Boards Exam Development Committee, Nicolle was appointed to serve an additional 3-year assignment with the Item Bank Review Committee.  She has also been presented with the Emerging Leader Award from the American Physical Therapy Association and was the South Dakota Physical Therapy Association 2012 Physical Therapist of the Year. She currently serves as the Director of Rehabilitation, Cardiac Rehab, and Wellness Services at Hegg Memorial Health Center in Rock Valley, IA. 

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