Donna Frownfelter

Donna Frownfelter, PT, MA, CCS, DPT, FCCP,is an internationally known consultant, teacher, practitioner and author. She is best known for the widely used text, co-authored with Elizabeth Dean PhD, PT, Principles and Practice of Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy 4th edition, 2006. In addition Dr. Frownfelter coauthored Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Patterns, Guide to PT Practice with Dr. Marilyn Moffat, 2007.

Dr. Frownfelters experience ranges from neonatal intensive critical care to medical/surgical acute and critical care in large major medical centers to long term care in rehabilitation and skilled nursing centers, home care and consulting to schools. She has been an advocate for children with asthma and who are ventilator assisted to be integrated fully in the school. She is currently promoting self care and management for people with chronic illness and is on the COPD Advocacy Committee of the Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago.

As a continuing education instructor to professionals, lay people and in patient advocate roles, Dr. Frownfelter is known for her attention to meet the individual needs of the group participants and provide a challenging and fun setting. Her goal through education is to enable others to improve cardiopulmonary function for themselves and their patients.

Dr. Frownfelter has taught Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy for over 30 years at the Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Science/the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. She is currently a full time Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science/the College of Health Professions.

Donna's Courses:

Maximizing Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Function in Patients to Decrease Re-Admissions and Reach Optimal Outcomes: If you Can't Breathe Nothing Else Matters

Treating the Cardiac Patient: Decrease Re-Admissions Promote Optimal Outcomes

What others are saying:

"Donna Frownfelter is an enthusiastic speaker who engages her audience - she makes you want to continue learning. She provides a wealth of significant and practical information that can immediately be used in the clinic. I highly recommend this course to all therapists to enhance your knowledge and understanding of the cardiac and pulmonary systems and applicable interventions." -Katerina Liapis, PT

"Excellent course in its scope and depth. Ms. Frownfelter has a wonderful sense of humor and uses it to good effect. She presents useful information for practical clinical application." -Thomas Basseches, OTR

"Donna is fantastically dynamic, knowledgable, and personable. The information was well organized, presented and very functional." -Tara M. Cole, MPT

"Presenter was so passionate about the topic, I couldn't help but get even more excited about being a part of starting a cardiac rehab program at our facility!

"Donna is a pleasure to have as an instructor. She is approachable and knowledgeable and truly facilitates an environment of learning." -Crista Forstrom, PT

"Donna is an excellent instructor who is very dynamic and knowledgeable. I would definitely go to another course that she presented. She is very passionate about this topic which rubs off on the participants."-Laurette Lietow, OT