Board Members

Board Members

Karen Thompson, PT

Karen Thompson, originally from Lexington, Kentucky, is a 1989 graduate of the University of Kentucky School of Physical Therapy.   She has worked for Baptist Health since then, primarily in the areas of outpatient services, managing several hospital based outpatient clinics.    Karen has been Director of Rehab services since 2017,  overseeing operations of PT, OT and Speech Language services for acute care, outpatient and inpatient rehab facilities.    She has been active in the American Physical Therapy Association since graduation, serving as Student Liaison and Awards chairpersons for the Kentucky chapter.   Karen lives in Louisville with her husband and 2 children.

Sonya Dick, PT
Smith's Grove

Sonya Dick has been in healthcare, medical device industry, clinical practice/research in burn/wound trauma and academic education for over 30 years. Completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy at The College of St Scholastica and Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy at University of Central Arkansas. She is Adjunct Assistant Professor in Cadaver Anatomy at the University of Kentucky’s College of Medicine. Has been the Associate Director of Clinical Education and Assistant Professor at Western Kentucky University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. She is Board Certified Wound Specialist by the American Board of Wound Management and is Active member of the American Physical Therapy Association including the Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management, serving on their Council for Wound management Specialization and developing the initial exam for the first American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists. Sonya currently works for 3M-KCI medical Solutions Division as a Medical Science Liaison and has 2 daughters, expecting first grandchild soon. Sonya lives in Smiths Grove with her husband, Carl.

Peggy Block, PT


Peggy Block is a 1974 graduate of the University of Kentucky, with a bachelors in Physical Therapy. She obtained her Master’s from the University of Indianapolis in 1996. She has practiced in a variety of settings in Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio. She was an instructor and then Coordinator of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at West Kentucky Community and Technical College from 1990 to 2017. She also served as Dean of Allied Health and Personal Services for the College. She has been retired since June of 2017. She has served two prior terms from 2006 through 2013 as a member of the Kentucky Board of Physical Therapy. Other past service includes: serving as an Advanced Item Writer for the Federation of State Boards, District chair for the Purchase District, Membership chair for the KPTA, and instructor for the Clinical Educator Credentialing Course. She currently resides in Paducah with her husband Dr. Frank Block MD.

Mark Cook, PTA
Term 07/28/2021-4/30/2025

Mark Cook, PTA, graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1994 and is currently employed at St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Northern Kentucky, practicing in outpatient orthopaedic and sports medicine.  Active in APTA KY since 2010, serving as the Northern District representative for APTA #CHOOSE PT Task Force from 2016-2018.  Mark met with a Representative and Senator on Tri Alliance Day to discuss the importance of the passage of HB227, a compact agreement which was signed in March 2017.  Since June of 2020, Mark has been serving on the APTA KY membership committee, sub-committees, for PTA to DPT pathways and secretary for the newly formed PTA SIG.

Karen Ogle, PT
Term 12/2/2021- 12/3/2025

Stephanie Taylor, PTA
Term 07/28/2021-4/30/2025

Stephanie Taylor graduated from the Madisonville Community College PTA program in 1997. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in Career and Technical Education from Murray State University and her Masters of Arts degree in Adult Education from Western Kentucky University. Currently, she is a professor and program coordinator for the Madisonville Community College PTA program and also has served as the MCC Division Chair for Allied Health. She continues to practice PRN in the outpatient setting, but has acquired a variety of clinical experience in the inpatient, acute care rehab, and aquatic therapy settings. Other service activities include the role of APTA Kentucky PTA Caucus Representative (2017-2021), APTA KY Membership Chair (2013-2015), and serving as an onsite accreditation reviewer for the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. 

Michael Kleinert, Esq.
Public Member
Term 07/28/2021-4/30/2025

Michael Kleinert is a Member (Partner) of Stites & Harbison, PLLC based in the Louisville, Kentucky, office.  As a member of the Business Litigation Service Group, he advises and represents clients in a variety of business and legal matters, including complex commercial litigation, contract negotiations, regulatory matters, insurance coverage matters, civil litigation, business torts, and professional liability matters.  Michael also serves as the Deputy General Counsel of Stites & Harbison.


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