Annette Karim, PT, Ph.D., OCS, FAAOMPT

Director, Ph.D. and Postprofessional Studies Programs, and Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy

Phone: (626) 815-5072
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Annette Karim, PT, DPT, Ph.D., OCS, FAAOMPT, joined the Department of Physical Therapy in January 2016 as an assistant professor. She is an active physical therapy professional specializing in orthopaedics, dance medicine, and manual therapy. Karim is a graduate of the Harris Health System’s orthopaedic residency, and the Manual Therapy Institute’s fellowship in manual therapy, which she also serves as a mentoring fellow. She is the president of the Performing Arts Special Interest Group (PASIG) of the Orthopaedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, also serving as an Orthopaedic Section mentor and on the PASIG Performing Arts Fellowship Task Force. An active member of Dance/USA’s Task Force on Dancer Health, the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science, and the Performing Arts Medicine Association, she spends her time away from campus presenting on dancer wellness care at dance festivals, university dance programs, and conferences, and providing care for dancers. She has taught ballet, pointe, jazz, and tap for more than 25 years.


  • Ph.D., Physical Therapy, Texas Woman’s University
  • DPT, Texas Woman’s University
  • M.S., Physical Therapy, Texas Woman’s University
  • B.A., Physical Education, University of California, Berkeley


  • Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists
  • Board-certified Specialist in Orthopaedics

Academic Area

  • School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences
    • Department of Physical Therapy


  • Dance Medicine/Performing Arts Medicine
  • Manual Therapy
  • Orthopaedics