Kelly C. Villars, PT, DPT, CLT
Kelly Villars, PT, DPT, CLT, was born and raised in New Orleans. She graduated from Southern Adventist University (Tennessee) in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. She worked in oncology for 4 years before transferring to cardiac intensive care. After 10 years as a registered nurse, she realized her true passion was in the rehabilitation side of care. Kelly earned her doctorate of physical therapy degree from Slippery Rock University (Pittsburgh) in 2001 and has been practicing on the Northshore since 2002.
Kelly has pursued advanced studies in myofascial release, functional manual therapy and McKenzie’s mechanical approach to assessment and treatment of the back. She received her certification in lymphedema therapy from Klose Training in 2009. She is a widely recognized Certified Lymphedema Therapist serving the Northshore community.
Kelly and her husband, Rennie, live on the Northshore with children Jessica and Matthew and two dogs. Outside the clinic she enjoys gardening, walking, biking and reading.
Hometown: Metairie, LA
Education: Received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Southern Adventist University (Tennessee) in 1990; Graduated in 2001 with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Slippery Rock University (Pennsylvania)
Licensed: Louisiana State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners and Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy, Licensed since 2001
Certified: Certified Lymphedema Therapist, Pre-employment physicals for Industrial Safety and Rehabilitation, CPR, Certified Pilates Instructor
Emphasis Training: Lymphedema screenings and treatment, joint and tissue myofascial release; functional manual therapy; McKenzie’s mechanical approach to assessment and treatment of the back, wellness programs
Member: American Physical Therapy Association since 1998
“I have long had a strong interest in exercise and nutrition and how these two factors can improve one’s overall health and wellness. Physical therapy encompasses these values and has been integral in my personal journey towards health and fitness. The body has an amazing ability to heal itself. Even small changes in lifestyle can affect a large improvement in an individual’s life. I am delighted to be a part of this healing process and participate in my clients’ individual journeys toward a healthier life!”