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Physical therapist receives WVU award

DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS — Wellsburg physical therapist Dr. Mark Karnoupakis was presented the West Virginia University Division of Physical Therapy’s Sandy L. Burkhart Outstanding Clinical Instructor Award for his efforts to educate future professionals in his field. With him is former student Natalie Fowler, who nominated him for the honor. -- Contributed

MORGANTOWN — The owner of a Wellsburg physical therapy practice has received an award from the West Virginia University Division of Physical Therapy for his efforts to educate future professionals in his field.

Dr. Mark Karnoupakis, owner of NXT Level Physical Therapy, was presented the Sandy L. Burkhart Outstanding Clinical Instructor Award during an awards ceremony held at the Waterfront Hotel.

He was nominated for the honor by Natalie Fowler, a 2015 Brooke High School graduate who completed a clinical rotation under his supervision.

Karnoupakis also was invited to address 2022 graduates of the university’s physical therapy program, the 50th class to have completed it.

A Weir High School graduate and New Cumberland resident, Karnoupakis earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology, with emphasis on aquatic therapy, at WVU in 2009 and a doctorate in physical therapy there in 2012.

He received WVU’s Student Research Award for his efforts to further the study of physical therapy.

Karnoupakis is certified in orthopedic manual therapy, functional movement systems and selective functional movement assessment.

He said through his Wellsburg practice, he strives to apply new and innovative techniques to address the individual needs of his patients.

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