LORI A. SCHRODT, PT, M.S., PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Western Carolina University (WCU) where she teaches geriatric and neuromuscular physical therapy content.  Additionally she is lead physical therapist of the WCU Balance and Fall Prevention Clinic. Lori brings 23 years of clinical experience having earned a BS in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College and her MS and PhD in Human Movement Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also completed a doctoral fellowship through the UNC Institute on Aging. The focus of her clinical practice and research interests involve both neurological disorders and community-based balance and fall prevention programs and issues related to healthy aging. She also serves as a content expert for several regional and statewide fall risk screening and prevention programs. Lori is a member of the North Carolina Fall Prevention Coalition, the Western North Carolina Fall Prevention Coalition, the APTA Geriatrics and Neurology sections, and currently serves as Chair of the Health Promotion and Wellness SIG of the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy.  She recently was the recipient of the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association– 2012 Excellence in Clinical Practice Award.  She is a clinician, researcher and educator, and considered to be one of the leading therapists in the fields of balance and fall prevention in the United States.