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Doctor of Physical Therapy

Mark Levsen

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Assistant Professor

Health Sciences Center, CHS212
1320 W. Lombard St.
Davenport, IA 52804



Teaches Musculoskeletal Therapeutics I and II and Orthotics and Prosthetics. He currently practices part-time in the area of orthopaedic physical therapy. A clinical specialist in sports and orthopaedics, he is a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists.


Education and Training

Certificate in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy, Perth, Western Australia
Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy

MA, University of Iowa
Physical Education

Certificate in Physical Therapy, University of Iowa
Physical Therapy

BA, Wartburg College
Undergraduate studies



  • Board Certified Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
  • Fellow in American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists


Current Teaching Responsibilities in Entry-Level Physical Therapy Program

  • DPT 620 Musculoskeletal Therapeutics I, Fall Semester
  • DPT 670 Orthotics and Prosthetics, Spring Semester
  • DPT 720 Musculoskeletal Therapeutics II, Spring Semester
  • DPT 910 Teaching Practicum for Residency Students, Spring Semester
  • DPT 915 Teaching Practicum for Residency Students, Fall Semester


Areas of Professional Interest

  • Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Manual Therapy
  • Sports Physical Therapy


Recent Publications and Presentations

Farrell KP, Levsen MJ. A Case-Based Approach to the Lower Quadrant' St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA, March 2011

Manual Therapy for The Upper Quadrant, Peoria, IL, Evidence-based, April 2008.

Differential Diagnosis of the Lumbar Spine: A Validation of a Classification System, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA, South East Iowa District APTA Meeting, September 2007.

Wise Action, Davenport, IA, Evidence-based, May/June 2007

Levsen MJ, Hansen ML, Kent AD, Sieren JJ, Thoreson JP, Farrell KP. Effects of Physical Therapist Training on Outcomes of Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain or Chronic Shoulder Pain. The Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy. 2001; 9( 2):84-92.

Cassady SL, Levsen MJ, DeBrower A, Esters J, Kruse B, Miller A. Cardiorespiratory Responses to Abdominal Stabilization Exercises Performed on a Therapeutic Exercise Ball. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy 2001; 12(3):83-87.


Honors and Awards

  • St Ambrose University Graduate Faculty of the year 2005-2006
  • St Ambrose University Graduate Faculty of the year 2004-2005 
  • Iowa Physical Therapy Association and Foundation Clinical research Award

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