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Doctor of Physical Therapy

Michael Puthoff

mike

Program Director

Associate Professor

Health Sciences Center, CHS259
1320 W. Lombard St.
Davenport, IA 52804

563-333-6009
puthoffmichaell@sau.edu

Teaches cardiopulmonary therapeutics, clinical exercise physiology, PT procedures, and topics in geriatrics. His research interests include measuring function in older adults and the relationship between muscle power and function in older adults.

Dr. Puthoff is a board-certified clinical specialist in geriatric physical therapy. He has clinical experience in a multitude of settings and currently practices in the outpatient setting where he works with older adults. 

Education and Training

PhD, University of Iowa
Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

MPT, Marquette University
Physical Therapy

BA, Marquette University
Psychology

 

Certifications

Board Certified Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy
Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers

 

Current Teaching Responsibilities in the Entry-level Physical Therapy Program

  • DPT 640 Cardiopulmonary Therapeutics
  • DPT 560 Physical Therapy Procedures I
  • DPT 760 Physical Therapy Procedures II 
  • DPT 635 Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • DPT 705 Issues in Research II 
  • Other guest and supporting roles

 

Areas of Interest

  • Geriatrics
  • Patients with cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions

 

Recent Publications and Presentations

Sutter J, Puthoff ML. Objective Gait and Upper Extremity Assessment in a Patient with Idiopathic Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus: A Prospective Case Study. APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Chicago, IL, 2012 (Poster Presentation)

Puthoff ML, Saskowski DA. Reliability and Minimal Detectable Change for Physical Performance Measures in Cardiac Rehabilitation. APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Chicago, IL, 2012 (Poster Presentation)

Puthoff ML. Identifying and Managing Patients at Risk for Falls in Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. AACVPR Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA. September 2011

Ehrmann BJ, Puthoff ML. The impact of physical therapist centralized application service on admission demographics: one program's experience. APTA Combined Sections Meeting, San Diego, CA, 2010. (Platform Presentation)

Bartels MN, Puthoff ML, Savage P, Springs T. Management of Special Populations in Cardiovascular Rehabilitation: Focus on Function. AACVPR Annual Conference, Milwaukee, WI, 2010.

Puthoff ML. Power Training for Aging Adults: It's Not Just for Athletes. APTA Combined Sections Meeting, San Diego, CA, 2010.

Puthoff ML. Physical Therapy Management of Nutritional Deficits in the Older Adult. APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, 2009.

Huff EG, Hughes B, Puthoff ML. Incorporating Medical Setting Interdisciplinary Experiences into a Graduate SLP Program. National American Speech Language and Hearing Association, New Orleans, LA, 2009. (Poster Presentation)

Puthoff ML, Janz KF, Nielsen DH. The relationship between lower extremity strength and power to everyday walking behaviors in older adults with functional limitations. Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy. 2008; 31(1): 24-31.

Puthoff ML. Outcome measures in cardiopulmonary physical therapy: short physical performance battery. Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal. 2008; 19(1):17-22.

Puthoff ML. Outcome measures in cardiopulmonary physical therapy: gait speed. Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal. 2007:18(4):16-20.

Puthoff ML, Nielsen DH. The relationships between impairments in lower extremity strength and power, functional limitations, and disability in older adults. Physical Therapy. 2007;87(10):1334-1347.

Puthoff ML, Darter BJ, Nielsen DH, Yack HJ. The effect of weighted vest walking on metabolic responses and vertical ground reaction forces. Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise. 2006;38(4):746-752.

Darter BJ, Janz KF, Puthoff ML, Broffitt B, Nielsen DH. Reliability and accuracy of the AMP 331 for activity monitoring and energy expenditure prediction in young adults. Journal of Physical Activity and Health. 2006; 3:277-291

 

Honors and Awards

  • St. Ambrose University Graduate Professor of the Year, 2008
  • Emerging Leader Award, American Physical Therapy Association, 2007
  • Clinical Research Award, Iowa Physical Therapy Association, 2007
  • Adopt-A-Doc Award, American Physical Therapy Association, Section on Geriatrics, 2006
  • Adopt-A-Doc Award, American Physical Therapy Association, Section on Geriatrics, 2005


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