CAROL A. MILLER PT, PHD, GCS
Department of Physical Therapy
Professor
Director of Curriculum and Instruction


Carol Miller

Contact

Email: carolmil@pcom.edu
Office: 770-682-2304

Dr. Miller assumed her position as professor and Director of Clinical Education at the Georgia Campus of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in July 2016. She transitioned her position in the physical therapy department to Professor and Director of Curriculum & Instruction, following the hiring of an Associate Director of Clinical Education in July 2017.

Dr. Miller is a board-certified clinical specialist in geriatrics from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and was awarded her second re-certification in 2016. With extensive experience in the rehabilitation, sub-acute and outpatient care settings, her areas of clinical expertise include geriatrics, especially amputee management, gait analysis and balance/fall risk, diabetic foot care, and arthritis/osteoporosis management. Prior to full-time teaching, she worked at ATC Northside as Clinical Coordinator of Clinical Education/Staff PT and at Spaulding Rehabilitation Center in Boston, MA.

Dr. Miller has comprehensive experience in curriculum design and development and taught a variety of clinical and professional courses in physical therapy at the University of North Georgia. She also teaches as visiting lecturer at Georgia Tech Prosthetic and Orthotics Program.

  • Education

    • Doctor of Philosophy in Health and Human Behavior, Walden University, 2001
    • Master of Science in Orthopedics/Sports Physical Therapy, MGH Institute of Health Professions, 1994
    • Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, Boston University, 1984
  • Research

    Dr. Miller is actively engaged in researching effective interventions for enhancing gait, balance, and health and wellness for individuals living with lower limb loss and in investigating quality of life issues for older adults.

  • Awards

    • Awarded Geriatric Clinical Specialist Certification [20 year recertification], American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, 2016
    • Outstanding Teacher – Student Government Association, North Georgia College & State University, 2011
    • Distinguished Professor of Teaching & Learning – North Georgia College & State University, 2005.
    • Elected to Omicron Delta Kappa Society, North Georgia College, 2001
  • Publications and Presentations

    Publications

    Miller CA, Williams JE, Durham DL, Hom SC, Smith, J (2017). The effect of a community-based exercise program on balance, balance confidence, and gait in individuals with lower limb amputation. Prosthetics & Orthotics International, 2017: 1-9. [DOI: 10.1177/0309364616683818]

    Miller, CA. Amputee Coalition: Educational Video Series (2015). Amputees’ Balance Getting Started: The Ball Rolling Exercise; Amputees’ Balance Taking it to the Next Level: The Cup Walking Exercise www.amputee-coalition.org/resources/amputee-educational-video-series/

    Miller, C.A. (2012). Prosthetic Management for the Older Adult with Lower Limb Amputation (Chapter 23). In: Guccione, A., Wong, R. & Avers, D. (Eds.). Geriatric Physical Therapy (3rd Ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Mosby Publishing Company.

    Miller CA, Hayes DM, Dye, K., Johnson C., Meyers, CJ (2012). Using the Nintendo™ Wii Fit and Body Weight Support to Improve Balance, Gait, and Physical Capacity in Individuals with Above Knee Amputation: Two Case Reports. J Geriatr Phys Ther 2012;35:95-104.

    Miller, C.A., Harris, C.A., & Richardson, L.D. (April, 2002). Student Perceptions about participation in Community Service in Rural Northern Georgia. In Mary Walker (Ed.) Expert survivors: The oldest old. Southeastern Regional Student Convention in Gerontology and Geriatrics; University of GA, Georgia.

    Miller, C.A. (2001). The relationship between body image, self-esteem, level of depression and quality of life for older adults with lower limb amputation. Dissertation, UMI Publications. Walden University, Minneapolis, MN.

    Presentations

    Miller, CA, Wiley, J; David, S., Montgomery, M., South L., Sterling, K., White, CB. Parameters of Prosthetic Gait in Community Dwelling individuals with Bilateral Lower Limb Amputation. Accepted Poster Presentation at APTA Combined Sections Meeting, San Antonio, TX; February, 2017.

    Miller, CA, Clack, S, Kight L, O’Brien, M, Nagle. M. Determining Functional Mobility Potential for Individuals with Lower Limb Loss: A Prospective Study. Poster Presentation PTAG Fall Meeting – Calloway Gardens, Pine Mountain, GA: October 10, 2015

    Miller, CA, Walker, R. Gait Analysis & Collaborative Treatment w/ Patient Demonstrations. Invited Workshop Speaker. Mountain Area Health Education Center; Asheville, NC, Aug. 7, 2015.

    Miller, CA, Robinson, AJ, Burke EM, Davis KR, McCollum AR, & Raker KJ. The Effect of a 20% Body Weight Support Training Program on the Economy of Movement and Gait in a Participant with a Transfemoral Amputation: A Case Report. Poster Presentation PTAG Fall Meeting – Mercer University, Atlanta, GA: September 26, 2014

    Miller, CA. Physical Therapy Management of the Lower Extremity Amputee. Multi-disciplinary Conference: “Hot Topics in Lower Extremity Prosthetics.” Invited Workshop Speaker. North Fulton Hospital; Roswell, GA, March 7, 2014

    Miller, CA. Improving the Quality of Gait for Prosthetic Users. Invited Workshop Speaker. Mountain Area Health Education Center; Asheville, NC, Aug. 2, 2013.

    Miller, CA, Hayes, DM, May, A., Parson, J, Sloan, P., Thompson, B., & Yang, K. (2013) The Effect of Body Weight Support (BWS) on Energy Expenditure and Pain in an Individual with High Level Lower Extremity Amputation: A Case Report. Poster Presentation at APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Las Vegas, NV in February 2014.

    Miller, CA, Durham DL, Hom SC, Smith JL, Williams JE. (2012). The effect of a supervised group wellness exercise program on balance, gait, and quality of life in individuals with lower limb amputation: A pilot study. Poster Presentation at APTA Combined Sections Meeting, San Diego, CA in February 2013.

    Miller, C.A. (2011). “Implementing the Nintendo Wii™ Fit and Body Weight Support to Improve Cardio-Respiratory, Balance & Gait Function in Community Dwelling Older Adults with Lower Limb Amputation.” Invited Presentation at the Georgia State Orthotics and Prosthetics, Annual Conference; February 26, 2011.

    Miller CA, Hayes DM, Dye K, Johnson C, Meyers J. (2011) Nintendo® Wii Fit and Body Weight Support to Improve Balance, Gait, and Physical Capacity in Individuals with Above Knee Amputation: Two case reports. Poster Presentation at APTA Combined Sections Meeting, New Orleans, LA in February 2011.

    Miller CA (2010) Geriatric Amputee Case using Nintendo Wii™ Fit: A case study. Symposium Presentation at APTA Combined Sections Meeting, San Diego, CA in February 2010. In collaboration with Dr. Dawn Hayes & Dr. Terrie Millard.

  • Memberships

    • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Member
    • American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, Clinical Content Expert in Geriatrics.
    • Physical Therapy Association of Georgia (PTAG), Member
    • Amputee Coalition, Life Member & Scientific Medical Advisory Board
        • Member of Research, Education, and Quality of Life Committees
  • Other

    • Scientific Peer Reviewer for Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs [CDRMP]; Orthotics and Prosthetics Outcomes Research Program [OPORP], January 2017.