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Areas of Expertise
|Clinical Practice||OP adult neurology; vestibular dysfunction, fall prevention. Des Moines University Medical Clinics (prn)|
|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 and fall prevention- Part I and II, Seated tai chi, Tai chi for diabetes, Five elements of Qigong|
|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 | $9,279.00 IOER
Postural stability in healthy older adults following Tai Chi lessons from a novice versus experienced instructor. September 1, 2013- June 30, 2016.
- Prairie Meadows 2017 Community Betterment Grant. Primary author. | $16,525. Awarded $5,000.
- Stroke Camp. Ongoing growth of Stroke Camp through additional funding for transportation of low income camp participants to and from camp. With additional participants, there is a need for additional equipment for camp
- Mercuris, K. Co-Primary Investigator| $14,129.00
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. F.A.Davis. 2018.
Peer Reviewed Scientific and Professional Presentations
Cook J, Lowry K, Mercuris K, Bush T. Movement System Diagnoses and Neuromuscular Conditions: Student Learning following an Intensive Lab Experience. American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting. February 23, 2018. New Orleans, LA. Poster Presentation.
Prepare for Holistic Admissions Take-off: Perspectives from 5 Physical Therapy Programs. S Bills, L Bordenave, M Bowden, B Coleman-Salgado, K Mercuris, S Chesbro. 2018 American Physical Therapy Association Educational Leadership Conference. October 12-14, 2018. Jacksonville, FL. Panel Presentation
Sturdevant K, Pola C, Mercuris K. Effect of Tai Chi on Stiff-Knee Gait Post Total Knee Arthroplasty. 2017 DMU Research Symposium. Des Moines, Iowa. December, 2017. Award; Most Outstanding Undergraduate Poster Presentation
Mercuris K, Hintz T, Espey S, LeMaster K. Dynamic Balance in Healthy Older Adults Following Tai Chi Lessons from a Novice versus Experienced Instructor. American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting. February 17-20, 2016. Anaheim CA. Poster Presentation
Stevermer C, Mercuris K, Gillette J, Rindfleisch A, LeMaster K. Assessment of Turning during Ambulation on an Instrumented Walkway. American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting. February 17-20, 2016. Anaheim, CA. Poster Presentation
Farrington WJ, Miller T, McGaughy G, Mercuris K, Lowry K.A. Is change in physical performance in persons with Parkinson’s disease meaningful following LSVT® BIG: A retrospective study. 19th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders, June, 2015. San Diego, CA. Poster Presentation
Simon L, Mercuris K. Effects of tai chi for arthritis on postural stability in older adults: a literature review. Des Moines University Research Symposium, July 17, 2015. Poster Presentation
Hintz T, Mercuris K, Espey S, LeMaster K. Postural Stability in Healthy Older Adults Following Tai Chi Lessons from a Novice versus Experienced Instructor. Des Moines University Research Symposium. December, 2014. Poster Presentation
Rindfleisch A, Stevermer C, Mercuris K. Relationship Between Timed-Up-and-Go and Functional Ambulation Profile. American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting. February, 2014. Poster Presentation
Professional (5 years):
Mercuris K. Suchan T. It Takes a Village: The status of Fall Prevention in the State of Iowa. Iowa Physical Therapy Association Spring meeting. Des Moines, Iowa. April 20, 2018. Invited speaker
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
Mercuris, K. Sturdivant, K. Tai Chi for Health. Seniors on the Move annual conference. Des Moines, Iowa. May 29, 2019. Invited speaker
Mercuris, K. Johansen S. Balanced Mobility. Unitarian Church, Des Moines, Iowa. April 5, 2018 Invited speaker
Mercuris K. Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention Overview and Demonstration. 4th Annual Iowa Fall Prevention Symposium. Ankeny, Iowa. July 20, 2018.
Lowry K, Mercuris K. Fall Prevention: Walking and Tai Chi. Annual Iowa Parkinson’s Disease Conference. West Des Moines, Iowa. June 15, 2018. Invited speaker.
Brown, M, Mercuris K. Fall Prevention. Presented at Des Moines Area Retired School Personnel Association. October 26, 2017.
Mercuris K, DeSio M, Riley A, Radske-Suchan T. Establishing Fall Prevention Classes in Your Community (focus on Otago Exercise Program. Panel member at Iowa Fall Prevention 2017 Symposium. July 13, 2017. Invited speaker
Mercuris K. Aging, Fall Risk, and Prevention through Exercise. Iowa Fall Coalition.
Webinar-September 17, 2014. Invited speaker
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.
Mercuris, K: Update on Research Results for the CVA population. Stroke Club, Des Moines, IA. June 16, 2009.
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