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Tami Struessel, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC

Core Faculty

Assistant Professor

(303) 724-9140

Professional Qualifications


University of Colorado, Denver, CO, Doctor of Physical Therapy, 2006

Rocky Mountain University, Provo, UT, MS in Physical Therapy, 2002

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, BS in Physical Therapy, 1991

Licensure Information/Registration Number

Colorado #4211


Recertification: Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS)-APTA Board of Specialties, 2012

Certified Clinical Educator-APTA, Regis University, Denver, CO, 2004

Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) - APTA Board of Specialties, 2003

Certificate in Manual Therapy (MTC), University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, St. Augustine, FL, 1999

Functional Capacity Evaluation Certification, Isernhagen Work Systems, 1997

Curriculum Vitae

 Teaching Responsibilities

Summer Semester

DPTR 7711: Health Care Delivery, Course Coordinator
DPTR 7212: Advanced Exercise and Sport Physical Therapy Elective, Course co-Coordinator
DPTR 6402: Musculoskeletal Conditions II, Lab Assistant

Fall Semester

DPTR 6612: Patient Care Seminar II: Course Coordinator
DPTR 5203: Clinical Skills: Therapeutic Intervention, Guest Content
DPTR 5151: Motor Control/Learning, Guest Content
DPTR 6403: Musculoskeletal Conditions III, Lab Assistant

Spring Semester

DPTR 5611: Patient Care Seminar I, Course Coordinator
DPTR 7613: Patient Care Seminar III, Course Coordinator
DPTR 6702: Differential Diagnosis, Guest Content, Lab Assistant
DPTR 5401: Musculoskeletal Conditions I, Lab Assistant


 Clinical Specialty, Interests and Practice Sites

Clinical Specialty: Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Interests: Manual Therapy, Screening for Sports Injury, Intervention following Total Joint Replacement

Practice Site: Catalyst Therapies, 2680 18th St., #150B, Denver, CO 80211


 Research and Scholarship Interests

Funded Activity

2011-2016 Stevens-Lapsley J(PI), Bade M, Struessel T. Progressive strength training following total knee arthroplasty. The purpose of this study is to assess the effectiveness of progressive strength training following total knee arthroplasty. Role: clinical consultation/clinical trainer. Funding: NIH $1.5 million grant over 5 years

Completed Grant Activity

Struessel T (PI). An evidence based paradigm: student perceived barriers to learning to practice manipulation. The purpose of this study was to assess student-faced barriers to practicing evidence-based orthopedic interventions, specifically thrust manipulation. Grant awarded. February 2008.

Stevens J (PI), Struessel T. Neuromuscular electrical stimulation after total knee arthroplasty to counter quadriceps muscle activation deficits. The Foundation for Physical Therapy (funded). The purpose of this study is to assess the effectiveness of neuro-muscular electrical stimulation on functional outcome following Total Knee Arthroplasty. Role: co-investigator for data collection/clinical consultation. Ongoing.

Stevens J (PI), Struessel T. Optimizing lower extremity muscle function after total knee arthroplasty. American College of Rheumatology New Investigator Award. The goal of this study is to investigate quadriceps force and reflex inhibition after TKA and explore rehabilitation strategies to minimize these deficits after TKA. Role: clinical consultant. July 2007-June 2009. ($100,000).


 Publications (within the last five years)

Peer Reviewed Publications

Struessel T, Balter JE, Stevens-Lapsley JE. A case report illustrating the impact of delayed total knee arthroplasty on post-operative muscle strength and functional performance. What is optimal timing for surgery? Journal of Knee Surgery in Review 6/2012.

Struessel T, Carpenter K, May J, Weitzenkamp, D, Sampey E, Mintken P. Student Perception of Applying Joint Manipulation Skills during Physical Therapist Clinical Education: Identification of Barriers. Journal of Physical Therapy Education. 26(2): Spring 2012


Rabin K, Struessel T. Rehabilitation of a 9 year old boy with bilateral multi-directional shoulder instability, compounded by voluntary subluxations.Combined Sections Meeting, APTA. Las Vegas, NV; February 2014.(Case from Patient Care Seminar III entry-level course)

Bragiel M, Struessel T. Exercise May Exacerbate Functional Decline in Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy: A Case Report Illustrating Careful Exercise Progression and Monitoring.Combined Sections Meeting, APTA. Las Vegas, NV; February 2014.(Case from Patient Care Seminar III entry-level course)

Cahall C, Struessel T, Johnson C. Unique compensatory mechanism to achieve functional reach in a patient following rotator cuff repair with chronic axillary nerve damage. Combined Sections Meeting, APTA. Las Vegas, NV; February 2014. (Case from Patient Care Seminar III entry-level course)

Shenk J, Carlson B, Struessel T, Nordon-Craft A. The importance of medical monitoring and modification of exercise prescription in physical therapy for patients with anorexia nervosa: a case report. Combined Sections Meeting, APTA. Chicago, IL; February 2012

Elliott J, McDevitt A, Nordon-Craft A, Struessel T. Recognizing psychosocial, physical and systemic effects of breast cancer treatment on recovery from elective Total Knee Arthroplasty: A Case Report. Combined Sections Meeting, APTA. Chicago, IL; February 2012

Struessel T, May J, Carpenter K, Sampey E, Mintken P. Adoption of joint manipulation into clinical practice: Student cited barriers. Combined Sections Meeting, APTA. New Orleans, LA; February 2011

Bade MJ, Struessel T, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Early Progressive Rehabilitation Following Total Knee Arthroplasty Improves Outcomes. American College of Rheumatology Meeting, Atlanta, November 2010.

May J, Struessel T, Sampey E, Carpenter K, Mintken PE. Student perceptions of practicing joint manipulation during clinical education: identification of barriers. American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists Annual Conference; Oct 2010

Bade MJ, Struessel T, Kohrt WM, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Quadriceps strength and stair climbing time after total knee arthroplasty. Combined Sections Meeting, APTA. San Diego, CA; February 2010.

Howard J, Nordon-Craft A, Page R, Struessel T. The importance of adverse drug event (ADE) identification by the physical therapist in the acute neurological rehabilitation setting to optimize patient outcome: a case example. Combined Sections Meeting, APTA. San Diego, CA; February 2010

Struessel T, Balter JE, Stevens JE. Impact of delayed total knee arthroplasty surgery on post-operative quadriceps muscle strength and functional performance: a case report. Combined Sections Meeting, APTA. Las Vegas, NV; February 2009.


 Honors and Awards

Outstanding Physical Therapist for 2009, given by the Colorado Chapter of the APTA, Nov 2009

Bob Doctor Service Award, in recognition of service to the APTA/Colorado Chapter, Nov 2007