Natalie Blonien received a bachelor of science degree in physical therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1998 and her transitional doctor of physical therapy from Arcadia University in 2015. She received her neurology clinical specialist (NCS) in 2006 and was granted recertification in 2016.
She joined the UW-Madison DPT program as a lab assistant for course work in motor control and dysfunction from 2013-2017 and joined the faculty as a faculty associate in 2018. Her teaching responsibilities as an instructor include PT 635 and PT 636 Motor Control and Dysfunction I and II, PT 675 Orthotic Management and PT 678 Integumentary Conditions.
Her service to the department include faculty liaison to LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities) at the Waisman Center, Go Baby Go program coordinator and faculty advisor for the student-run pro bono clinic. Blonien also is a pediatric physical therapist in the neuromuscular disease specialty clinic at UW Health's American Family Children’s Hospital. Her area of clinical interest includes neurologic dysfunction in pediatric populations and early intervention. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (pediatric and neuro sections).
Dr. Blonian is pursuing a capstone certificate through UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research in Clinical and Community Outcome Research. Her research interest includes the physical therapist role in care coordination in the pediatric setting.