Kathy Mercuris, P.T., D.H.S.
Associate Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Researchers
515-271-1717 (Clinic Appointment)
Areas of Expertise
|Clinical Practice||OP adult neurology; vestibular dysfunction, fall prevention. Des Moines University Medical Clinics|
|Professional Organizations, Committees and Boards||
|Doctor in Health Sciences, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN|
|Masters in General Studies, Drake University, Des Moines, IA|
|Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL|
|Neuro-Development Treatment 3-week training program for Adults with Hemiplegia|
|Exercise Experts for Aging Adults: Evidence-based Examination and Exercise Prescription|
|Tai Chi for Arthritis (TCA) Certification|
|Iowa Physical Therapy License|
Primary focus is balance, gait, and fall risk in the older population and in individuals with neurologic pathology. Educational research is focused on changes in students’ empathy during completion of the physical therapy curriculum.
Mercuris, K. Primary Investigator
Postural stability in healthy older adults following Tai Chi lessons from a novice versus experienced instructor. September 1, 2013- June 30, 2016.
Mercuris, K. Co-Primary Investigator
The effects of an exercise program compared to a walking program on bone mineral density and balance in persons over the age of 65 years March 31, 1995-June 1, 2008 Iowa Osteopathic Education and Research Foundation
Peer Reviewed Publications
Neuromuscular Rehabilitation: A Patient-centered Approach from Examination to Interventions and Outcomes; Fell, Dennis W; Lunnen, Karen Y; Rauk, Reva P Chapter 15: Neurologic Rehabilitation, K. Mercuris, J. Stephenson Chapter 35: Functional Activities in Sitting, R. Rauk, K. Mercuris Chapters submitted and revisions completed. Publication set for December 2014
Peer Reviewed Scientific and Professional Presentations
Rindfleisch A, Stevermer C, Mercuris K. Relationship Between Timed-Up-and-Go and Functional Ambulation Profile. CSM February, 2014. Las Vegas, NV.
Mercuris KL, Wilkening K, Fielitz K, McDermott M. Impact of Electrical Stimulation Training on Gait and Function in Six Children with Disability. CSM February, 2014. Las Vegas, NV.
Mercuris KL, Frandsen M. Effects of an intense week-long exercise program in chronic CVA: a case series. CSM January, 2013. San Diego, CA.
Rindfleisch A, Mercuris KL, Severmer C. Analysis of Turn Initiation and Termination. CSM January, 2013. San Diego, CA.
Wilkening K , Mercuris KL. The Impact of Civic Engagement on DPT Students’ Attitudes Toward Service: A Literature Review. DMU Research Symposium, December 6, 2012.
Mercuris KL, Morrow C. Book Club Elective Course on Individuals with Disability and the Impact on Empathy in Physical Therapy Students. CSM February 2011, New Orleans LA.
Buchanan, P. A. & Mercuris, K. L. (2010, July). Developmental changes following complementary Feldenkrais Method lessons to rehabilitation in a child with hemispherectomy. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Feldenkrais Guild â of North America, Chicago, IL.
Mercuris KL, Bradley-Diehl S, Schider R. Correlation of Gait and Balance Parameters to Self-Reported Functional Measurements in Community-Dwelling Subjects with CVA. CSM April, 2010. San Diego CA.
Mercuris KL, Vardaxis V, Killian C. Relationship of Temporal Gait Asymmetries and Clinical Balance Measures in Community Dwelling Subjects with CVA and Controls. CSM Feb 9-12, 2009 Las Vegas, NV
Buchanan P, Deshpande P, Mercuris K, Ronnenbaum J, Vardaxis V. Ambulatory Adult with Cervical Spina Bifida: Case Study. CSM February 9-12, 2009. Las Vegas, NV
Stepping Out of the Box: Assessment and Intervention of Neurologic Gait. K. Mercuris, G. Beecher, G. McGaughy. IPTA Spring Conference, April 25, 2014. Ames, Iowa. 6 hours.
Pearls from the Podium. Stroke Camp- What it Can do for You. IPTA Fall Conference. Ames, Iowa. Fall, 2013
Making Tracks with Gait Research in Parkinson Disease. Invited speaker at the Annual Iowa Parkinson’s Disease Conference sponsored by the Iowa and American Parkinson Disease Association. June 14, 2013.
Lower Extremity Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation. Inservice at Mercy Riverside. May, 2012
Neuromuscular Interventions. Continuing education course for Mary Greeley Hospital therapists. October 20, 2011.
Upper Extremity Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation. Inservice to Mercy Riverside therapists. August 17, 2011.
Evidenced-Based Concepts for Planning and Implementing a Community-Based, Parkinson’s Specific Exercise Class based on the Delay the Disease Fitness Program. KL Mercuris presentation: Evidence Based Research on Exercise in Parkinson’s Disease. April 15, 2011. West Des Moines, IA.
BPPV Guidelines. Southwest District IPTA Speaker- November 10, 2009
Slip, Sliding, Away: Fall Prevention. Presented through the Des Moines Adult Community Education Department. Co-Presenter Michelle Brown, PT. Presented 2013 Spring/Fall; 2014 Spring.
DMU Mini-Medical School- Applying Neuroplasticity Concepts to Rehabilitation. February, 2011.
Iowa Chapter Parkinson Association- Current Trends in Exercise for Individuals with Parkinson Disease. Sept. 2010
Mercuris, K: Update on Research Results for the CVA population. Stroke Club, Des Moines, IA. June 16, 2009.
- 2016-17 Iowa Campus Compact Engaged Scholar Faculty Fellow.
- DMU Outstanding Service Award presented by DMU Faculty.
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