CORE Learning Collective is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the science (and art) of physical rehabilitation through excellence in professional development.


Our Cooperative Effort

Together we can achieve great things.

Get to know CORE.

Meet The Founders

Carol Daly, Melanie Mckinney

Carol T. Daly, PT, DPT, PCS    CORE Executive Director

Carol received her Pediatric Clinical Specialist certification in 2002 and her Post Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Drexel University in 2006. She has extensive experience in pediatric physical therapy clinical practice and administration primarily in outpatient and school-based practice settings. As a physical therapy program faculty member of the University of Michigan – Flint (2009 – 2016), she received specialized training in online course development. She has created and conducted multiple graduate level courses for the transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy, Certificate, and Residency Education Programs. Dr. Daly is a life-long member of the American Physical Therapy Association. As a member of the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy, she continues to serve on the Knowledge Translation Committee. Carol continues clinical practice as a Senior Physical Therapist at Witwer Children’s Therapy, St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Melanie McKinney, PT, DPT, PCS     CORE Executive Director

Melanie is a physical therapy clinician with experience working in a variety of settings with clients of all ages. She received her Post Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2008 from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and became a Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy in 2011. Melanie completed the Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program in 2014. In addition to clinical practice, she is an adjunct faculty member of the University of the Incarnate Word School of Physical Therapy (San Antonio, Texas), is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, and is Vice Chair of the Knowledge Translation Committee for the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy.

Together, Carol and Melanie have a special interest in the science (and art) of knowledge translation—bridging knowledge gained through inquiry and practice. Their work in knowledge translation includes innovative application of instructional design strategies in production and delivery of professional development education. Their collaborative work in this area helped to establish the CORE Learning Collective using a “collective learning” approach in which individuals collectively learn, apply, and grow knowledge. CORE is a non-profit organization dedicated to excellence and innovation in professional development and education.

You! are a CORE partner.

The CORE Learning Collective is a non-profit partnership-driven organization.

Partnership is…  Engagement in blogs and discussions.  Participation in courses.  Volunteering to grow with us.


Partners include ALL individuals who participate in the collective learning community including engaging in blog discussions, groups, courses, and as volunteers. CORE Learning Collective and all partners succeed through engagement.


Engagement is essential!  Participate in blogs, groups, and course topics.  Browse “CORE Courses” for information and course registration.


Provide evidence-informed professional development.

  Engage physical rehabilitation practitioners, groups, organizations, and other key stakeholders.