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Donna Lee Frownfelter, PT, DPT, MA, CCS, RRT, FCCP

Assistant Professor and Program Director, tDPT Program

Dr. Frownfelter received her Physical Therapy Education at Northwestern University Programs in Physical Therapy and her certificate in Respiratory Care from the University of Chicago. Additionally, she has an MS in Organizational Development from Loyola University of Chicago and her DPT from RFUMS. Dr. Frownfelter is recognized internationally as a teacher, clinician, author, and consultant in the area of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy and is an APTA Board Certified Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Clinical Specialist as well as a Registered Respiratory Care Practitioner. Her most recent book that she co-edited, entitled Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy; Evidence and Practice is the primary text used in many Physical and Respiratory Therapy Programs. She is currently in the process of the 6th edition of the book which will have an “e” book format as well as a hard copy textbook. She has received many teaching awards and has presented at APTA National Conventions as well as many Continuing Education Courses. She has served two terms as the President of the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section of the APTA. She is a Board Member of the Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago and serves on the COPD Advisory Committee. She is certified to present Courage to Quit Smoking Cessation Programs. She was elected a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians (FCCP), the only physical therapist to be granted that distinction. In June 2020 she was given the Catherine Worthingham Fellowship award (FAPTA), the highest award the APTA presents to a member for service and professional achievements.