Cathy H. Ciolek, PT, DPT, GCS, FAPTA Expert Witness
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Specialties & Experience of this Expert Witness

General Specialties:

Physical Therapy and Geriatrics

Specialty Focus:

Falls, Nursing Homes, Dementia, Functional Decline, Person-Centered Care, Standards of Care, Goals of Care, Long Term Care, Continuing Care Retirement Communities, Resident Rights, Independent Living, Transfers, Restraints, Safety, Anti-psychotics, Home Health, Exercise, Pain


Doctor of Physical Therapy, AT Still University; PT, Ithaca College

Years in Practice:


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Doctor of Physical Therapy, Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist Geriatric Physical Therapy Thought Leader • President, Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy (APTA Geriatrics) • Past President, Delaware Physical Therapy Association (APTA Delaware) • Additional appointed or elected positions in o American Physical Therapy Association o APTA Geriatrics o APTA Delaware • Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association • Additional awards including: o Marilyn Moffat Leadership Award (APTA) o Joe Lucca Service Award (APTA Delaware) o Lucy Blair Service Award (APTA) o Joan Mills Award (APTA Geriatrics) o Clinical Educators Award (APTA Geriatrics) • Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist since 1996 • Certified Dementia Practitioner, Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer • 32 years clinical and academic teaching experience o Former faculty University of Delaware, Department of Physical Therapy o Former Instructor/ Guest Lecturer/Lab Instructor at multiple universities including: Drexel University, Temple University, AT Still University/Arizona School of Health Sciences, Widener University, Rocky Mountain University • National speaker o Dementia o Exercise for aging adults o Falls and fall risk mediation o Person-Centered Care • Author: o Ciolek CH, Lee SY. (2019) “Cognitive Issues in the Older Adult”. Guccione’s Geriatric Physical Therapy, Elsevier, St. Louis, MO. o Ciolek CH (2016) “Restraint Assessment” and “The Older Adult With Multiple Comorbidities”. Geriatric Physical Therapy; A Case Study Approach, McGraw Hill, New York, NY.