Traci Bush, D.P.T., OTR/L, DHS

Chair, Program Director and Associate ProfessorDoctor of Physical Therapy Program
Chair and Associate ProfessorPost-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Physical Therapist (limited availability)Physical Therapy Clinic
Office Phone 515-271-1597
Clinic Appointment 515-271-1717
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of New England
  • Doctor of Health Sciences, University of Indianapolis
  • Master of Science in Physical Therapy, Des Moines University, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Bachelor of Health Science in Occupational Therapy, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
  • Iowa Physical Therapy License
  • Iowa Occupational Therapy License
Awards and honors
  • College of Health Sciences Alumni of the Year, Des Moines University
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, Des Moines University
  • Outstanding Volunteer, Occupational Safety and Health Advisory Council
  • Annual Communication and University Service Award, Des Moines University
  • Quality Service Award, Des Moines University
Areas of Expertise

Professional Organizations, Committees and Boards
  • Alpha Eta Honor Society
  • American Academic Council of Physical Therapy Education
  • American Occupational Therapy Association
  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • Easter Seals of Iowa, Board Member
  • Higher Learning Commission, Peer Corps Reviewer
  • Iowa Occupational Therapy Association
  • Iowa Physical Therapy Association, Southwest District Chairperson
  • Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service Workgroup Member


  • Iowa Physical Therapy Association
    • Chairperson, Southwest District
  • Journal of Allied Health, Manuscript Reviewer
  • American Academic Council of Physical Therapy Education, Communications Committee


  • Faculty Leadership Council, Founder and Chairperson
  • Faculty Organization Officer, President, Vice President,
  • Master of Science in Clinical Leadership Feasibility Study Team
  • DMU Golf Benefit Committee
  • Rank, Promotion and Tenure Committee
  • Annual Fund Committee
  • Workload Task Force
  • Summer Research Program Mentor
  • University Bylaws Committee
  • CITL Search Committee
  • Higher Learning Commission Steering Committee
  • Portal Governance Committee
  • Continuing Medical Education Committee, Chairperson
  • Faculty Appraisal Project Team
  • Presidential Search Committee
  • University Quality Steering Committee
  • College of Health Sciences Alumni Council
  • College of Health Sciences Strategic Planning Committee
  • College of Health Sciences Golf Outing Committee, Chairperson
  • Clinic Committee

Dr. Bush’s research and scholarly focus has been in the areas of manual based physical therapy, and physical therapist education.

Grant Activity

“Influence of a School Based Walking Program on Healthy Lifestyle Choices of Parents and Their Children Aged 5 – 12 years. “ – Primary Investigator.  Awarded by Iowa Osteopathic Educational Fund, 2010 – $4,026.60

“Effects of an exercise program compared to a walking program on bone mineral density and balance in persons over the age of 65.” – Primary Investigator.   Awarded by Iowa Osteopathic Educational Fund, 2005 – $14,129.00


Papers and Abstracts Published in Referred Journals

Canby C, Bush T.   Humanities in gross anatomy project: A novel humanistic learning at Des Moines University.  Anatomical Sciences Education, 2009.

Canby C, Bush T.  Humanities in gross anatomy project: a humanistic learning tool.  Experimental Biology, 2009. Abstract.

Bush TA, Mork DO, Sarver KK, Weller D & Bravard SL. The Effectiveness of Shoulder Taping in the Inhibition of the Upper Trapezius as Determined by Electromyography.  Phys Therapy. 1996;76(S28). Abstract.

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publication

Bush, TA.  Elder Abuse.  GeriNotes.  Publication of the Geriatric Section of the American Physical Therapy Association.  November. 2006

Peer-Reviewed Presentations

Bush TA, Weir JP.  Predicting physical therapy success based on undergraduate institution attended:  A preliminary study.  American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting.  January 2013.  Poster Presentation

Bush TA, Deshpande P.  The effectiveness of a cross year peer tutoring program in academic performance for at-risk doctor of physical therapy students.  American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting. February 2010.  Poster Presentation

Bush T, Weir JP, Robel J, McCloy C. Effect of strain counterstrain and static stretching on hamstring muscle length. Des Moines University Research Symposium December 2010.  Platform Presentation

Canby CA, Bush T.  Humanities in gross anatomy project:  A humanistic learning tool. American Association of Anatomists. April 2009. Poster Presentation