CAROLYN CWALINSKI, PT, DPT, MS, GCS

Dr. Cwalinski graduated from Northeastern University (NU) in 1997 with a B.S. in physical therapy.  Furthering her studies, she became a certified early intervention specialist while attaining her Master of Science in physical therapy from NU in 1998.  After graduation, Dr. Cwalinski provided physical therapy to children in Early Intervention (serving kids from birth to 3 yrs in the home setting) and continued doing so for about 10 years.  In 1999, while working in EI, she was accepted as a fellow in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program at Children’s Hospital Boston through the Institute for Community Inclusion.   Then, in 2004 she became an adjunct faculty member at Northeastern University.  It was during this time, she became interested in working with an adult population again and began treating patients in a rehabilitation setting.  Having an interest in balance and it’s relation to the vestibular system, she pursued further education and attended courses specializing in vestibular rehabilitation.  In 2007, she joined the team at the Center for Balance, Mobility and Wellness treating patients with vestibular disorders and those at risk for falling.   Missing the academic environment, Dr. Cwalinski returned to teaching and began at Bay State College in 2010.  She is currently teaching Introduction to Physical Therapy, Freshman Seminar I, Clinical Pathologies and has been a lab instructor in Kinesiology and Soft Tissue Techniques & Therapeutic Modalities.  She is passionate about teaching and has attended educational conferences, often with an emphasis on active learning strategies.  Dr. Cwalinski attained her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The College of St. Scholastica in 2015 and in 2016, she became a board certified geriatric clinical specialist.  She is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and is the chair of the Geriatric Special Interest Group of the APTA of MA.