Komal Deokule is a Board Certified Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Clinical Specialist and the founder of Vital Physical Therapy out-patient practice specializing in cardiovascular,pulmonary, balance and vestinular out-patients. She is also an adjunct faculty at the University of St. Augustine, CA teaching on the cardiopulmonary course in the DPT program. She has been an invited guest lecturer in various universities. She was recently featured in local Newspaper in San Diego for her entrepreneurship by opening a niche out-patient PT clinic, the only one of its kind in San Diego. She was also interviewed by the PT Talker and highlighted in the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary section Newsletter of APTA as a lead expert in the cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy field. Komal earned a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Maharaja Sayajirao University, India in 1992 and MSc in Physiotherapy (cardiopulmonary) from University College of London, Britain (UK), in 1999. Komal has over 20 years of clinical experience as a cardiopulmonary Physical Therapist. Her international experience includes several years of practice as a clinical specialist in UK, NZ and India. She has worked with patients with heart--‐lung, liver transplants, cardiac and thoracic surgeries, mobilizing medically complex patients in ICUs, and in outpatient cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. She was responsible for the initiation of some PT led cardiac and pulmonary rehab programs in the UK and developed several assessment tools and informational packets. In US she has worked in various practice settings like acute-care, SNF, home health, out-patient and has been actively involved in inservice education and journal club. She enjoys teaching and has taught in several professional courses in UK, NZ, India and has lectured for the San Diego district of CPTA and presented a CEU course for UCI, California. Komal has a keen interest in research and has presented her work at international conferences. She served as a reviewer for the journal for the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care (ACPRC). Her academic achievements include a survey on rehabilitation of ventilated patients in ICU looking into rehabilitation techniques used at different stages of weaning. Her work has been published in peer reviewed journals and her article titled “Effects of Body position on Gas Exchange with relation to mechanical ventilation and ventilation perfusion matching” earned her an ACPRC Medic-Aid Award.