Paula Doering-Skurka, MSPT, ATC-L, CSCS

Paula Doering-Skurka, MSPT, ATC-L, CSCS obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training and Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis.

She became interested in this career from her own experiences as a therapy patient during her time playing sports at Lake Central High School. She continued her athletic career playing softball while at University of Indianapolis.  

While in graduate school she spent time athletic training for local high schools, along with personal training at a local gym and fire department. Despite loving Indianapolis she decided to move back to the region to be close to her and her husband’s family. She started her physical therapy career specializing in pediatrics and orthopedics.  

She then became part of the growing Great Lakes Orthopedics team in 2005 and was hired to be the physical therapy department manager in Saint John which opened in 2006.   She also is the student coordinator at Great Lakes for physical therapy, physical therapy assistant, and athletic training students.

She enjoys mentoring and challenging these students, along with learning from them on the newest concepts in the field in the ever changing medical world and field of physical therapy. She now resides in Saint John and has a daughter and son and stays busy with all their extracurricular activities. In her spare time she enjoys hiking and water sports and plays softball. She is also active coaching her daughter and teaches local fitness classes. She loves interacting with people at all levels of impairment and fitness and it is so powerful and rewarding to watch them heal, get stronger, and achieve their goals.

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The Physical Therapy team at Great Lakes Orthopedics offer a wide range of programs and specialized services to help our patients restore and maintain their physical strength, performance skills, and levels of function. Our well-trained, professional staff utilize the most progressive treatment options and techniques to ensure the best possible recoveries.

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