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Physical Therapist

Interview of Karlyn Dauplaise, physical therapist, Florida Hospital, and physical therapy alumna, University of Central Florida (UCF)
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Quick Facts

  • 100% - (ATHLETIC TRAINING) First-time pass rate on the certification exam by 2016 graduates
  • 2nd - (HEALTH SCIENCES) Ranking among the 15 most popular majors at UCF in 2016-17
  • 12 - (PHYSICAL THERAPY) Ranking among "100 Best Jobs" by U.S. News & World Report

Mailing Address

Department of Health Professions
College of Health and Public Affairs
University of Central Florida

4364 Scorpius Street
Orlando, FL 32816-2205

Phone: 407-823-2214
Fax: 407-823-2596

Knights on the Go Café

Knights on the Go Café was developed by UCF Go Baby Go!, an initiative of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, Aramark Inc, UCF Business Development, UCF College of Health and Public Affairs, and Professor Cole Galloway at the University of Delaware. The café uses harness technology as a way to offer an innovative and immersive opportunity for individuals with motor impairments that incorporates both physical an vocational rehabilitation. 

Featured News

Knights on the Go Cafe Featured in AmeriDisability - UCF Health Professions, Feb. 1, 2017

UCF Unveils First-of-its-Kind Therapy Cafe in Florida - UCF Today, Feb. 1, 2016


Cafe under construction

It started with one wish from a young woman who had suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) from a car accident. That wish got Cole Galloway, a professor with the University of Delaware physical therapy department thinking about mobility issues and real-world rehabilitation for individuals recovering from TBIs.

Galloway, an inventor as well as a physical therapist, had already invented an inexpensive way to provide mobility to small children combining battery operated ride on cars with parts from the local hardware store. Now he wanted to develop a way for patients to experience physical rehabilitation using real-world scenarios. Based upon the patient's desire to work in sales, Galloway created a harness system that could be attached to the ceiling of a small kiosk providing support for full mobility in any direction with guide bars overhead. The Go Baby Go Café was born, and within weeks the patient was selling ice cream, making coffee, and handling cash at the University of Delaware.   

Here at UCF, the Doctor of Physical Therapy program is embarked on the same path. Under the direction of pediatric specialist and DPT faculty member Jennifer Tucker, UCF is an official Go Baby Go! affiliate. Adding the mobility kiosk was a natural next step. The kiosk was assembled in the atrium of the Health and Public AffairsI building I (HPA I). In partnership with Aramark, a food, facilities and service provider, Knights Café opened for business in January 2016, helping to transform the life of a local TBI patients.


Our new student organization, the Health Awareness Prevention Society, focuses on promoting a healthy lifestyle by increasing awareness of healthy living through education and prevention.
— Suha Saleh,  Assistant Professor, Health Sciences Director
It was great to see Jennifer [Plant] honored with the statewide Athletic Trainer of the Year Award. She is an exceptional teacher, a professional leader and an amazing colleague.
— Kristen Schellhase,  Interim Chair, Athletic Training Director
The event [for children with disabilities] was a huge success. We had about 30 children, and the students did a phenomenal job. I'm already receiving inquiries about next year's event.
— Jennifer Tucker,  Physical Therapy Instructor
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