Michael Puthoff, PT, PhD

Professor and Director

Dr. Puthoff teaches Topics dealing with health promotion, wellness, rehabilitation of those with cardiovascular and pulmonary disease and the management of aging adults. 

He is a TeamSTEPPS trainer and an LSVT Big Certified Clinician. He specializes in patients with cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions as well as geriatrics.

He has clinical experience in acute care and skilled care settings.

He holds memberships with the American Physical Therapy Association and American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

Read Dr. Puthoff's CV (pdf)

See Courses Taught


  • PhD, University of Iowa, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
  • MPT, Marquette University, Physical Therapy
  • BA, Marquette University, Psychology

Professional Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association, Member
  • American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Member

Participating in the commencement ceremonies each fall and spring is one of the highlights of being a faculty member at St. Ambrose. Seeing the joy and sense of accomplishment on our graduates' faces is so special. Graduation is about celebrating their successful education and beginning a new path in their personal and professional development.

Dr. Mike Puthoff


Puthoff ML. Participants' perceptions and the implementation of a physical fitness screen for aging adults. J Geriatr Phys Ther. 2019. Volume Publish Ahead of Print - Issue - p doi: 10.1519/JPT.0000000000000241.

Puthoff ML, Youngs B. Cardiac rehabilitation leads to improvements in activity limitations - brief report. J Cardiopulm Rehabil Prev. 2017; 37(6): 424-427.

Hillegass E, Puthoff ML, Frese E, Thigpen M, Sobush DA, Auten, B. The role of physical therapists in the management of individuals at risk for or diagnosed with venous thromboembolism - an evidence-based clinical practice guideline. Phys Ther. 2016; 96(2): 143-66.

Puthoff ML, Choffin BM. Improvements in doctor of physical therapy students' health and wellness following a six-week learning experience
APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Anaheim, CA (Poster Presentation)

Collins K, Puthoff ML. Detection of cardiovascular system issues in a patient referred for balance impairments
APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Indianapolis, IN (Poster Presentation)

Puthoff ML, Saskowski DA. Reliability and responsiveness of gait speed, five times sit to stand and hand grip strength for patients in cardiac rehabilitation. Cardiopulm Phys Ther J. 2013; 24(1):31-37.

Puthoff ML. Smoking cessation and the physical therapist. MedEdPORTAL; 2013. Available from: https://www.mededportal.org/publication/9618.

More About Dr. Puthoff

Courses Taught

DPT 640 Cardiopulmonary Therapeutics
DPT 635 Clinical Exercise Physiology

Honors and Awards
  • Marquette University College of Health Sciences Young Alumnus of the Year, 2014
  • 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
  • Graduate Council Chair
  • Clinic Manager for the Interprofessional Health Clinic
  • Manuscript Reviewer for various journals
  • Boutique Wine Auction Co-Chair for the St. Ambrose University Wine Festival Committee
  • Speaker for Matter of Balance courses sponsored by Milestones Area Agency on Aging

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